Sunday, March 9, 2009 The state may wish them dead, but San Diego-area death-row inmates want a life. And they’re using the internet to get it.
Susan Eubanks, who shot her four young boys to death in San Marcos in 1997, describes herself in an online ad as a middle-aged “cougar” who’s optimistic and enjoys meeting new people.
Cleophus Prince Jr., San Diego’s most notorious serial killer, writes on a prisoner “pen-pal” website that he is “open minded, compassionate, and caring.”
And Eric Anderson, who murdered the owner of East County’s Cajon Speedway during a 2003 robbery, writes in an online ad that he’s a “caring person that’s down to earth.”
In total, at least 11 death-row inmates who were convicted in San Diego County currently have messages posted online. As a rule, the convicted murderers are seeking to make connections and change how the world perceives them.
The inmates rarely mention their crimes and portray themselves as kind, approachable and even sexy, despite the fact that romance from behind bars is difficult, if not impossible. Those who contact prisoners are sometimes motivated by greed or titillation, although others simply act out of compassion or hope to spur spiritual conversion.