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Maria Isa-Update from Prison from a Journalist/former guard

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Submitted by Steve (United States), Apr 21, 2013 at 16:09

I am a journalist and worked undercover for a three-part report I did on the Vandalia, Missouri prison where Maria Isa is currently incarcerated. I remember her well from working in her housing unit multiple times ( I worked there a year). She is quite a large woman who has difficulty getting around and often needs a wheelchair.

From my perspective, she keeps for the most part, to herself, has very few close friends and has been discipline-free for a number of years. She speaks fondly of her ex-husband and her Italian heritage. From my first-hand knowledge of supervising her, she shows no remorse over her daughter's death, even when speaking about her husband, her time and Palestine and her time in St. Louis.


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Hate [31 words]AlbertE.Jun 5, 2014 14:23215260
2Colored [22 words]AlbertE.Jun 5, 2014 14:19215259
Maria Isa Dead [8 words]JohnMay 2, 2014 00:36214682
1Maria Isa-Update from Prison from a Journalist/former guard [124 words]SteveApr 21, 2013 16:09205389
5Rest in peace Tina [173 words]TabathaApr 20, 2013 14:54205337
4friend of Tina's sister, Soraia [263 words]Cindi WhistlerDec 11, 2007 15:13116027
1i'm soraias and tina's niece [36 words]allieOct 2, 2008 13:22116027
6Classmate of Tina's [490 words]Cateena WadeNov 22, 2008 23:46116027
1Tina Isa is remembered by more than you few. [49 words]Katherine SerranoJul 25, 2011 22:35116027
What else is there to say about your grand parents? [29 words]JRMay 2, 2014 23:45116027
What happened to [18 words]KathySep 19, 2014 15:50116027
Christianity [481 words]BeckaJan 22, 2007 19:0274158
Islam/Christianity [173 words]CherylLynneJan 27, 2007 17:4474158
It's not about religion [45 words]David P. LaniganSep 22, 2007 21:5674158
2the secrets [148 words]clarice dallasMay 15, 2008 14:2774158
1Don't be so ignorant.... [208 words]JenOct 15, 2011 00:4974158
A Web of Evil [216 words]PJNov 21, 2006 03:0766791
3Tina [270 words]NicoleJul 21, 2006 01:0150406
4i hate to be the one to deal with this... [164 words]anonMay 3, 2007 00:4350406
2Response to anon [129 words]JamesMay 5, 2007 01:1150406
2response [288 words]allieMay 6, 2007 13:1550406
Respond to Allie and Anon [64 words]FriendMay 8, 2007 22:0750406
to respond [73 words]a viewerAug 29, 2007 15:1350406
picture of TIna anyone? [41 words]AllyNov 11, 2008 16:5150406
Any new updates? [38 words]AussieFeb 24, 2013 08:3850406
Deplorable [157 words]YDec 28, 2005 13:5630701
Islam [50 words]Regan MacBannonDec 28, 2005 04:5430677
Correction [20 words]former christianJun 8, 2006 20:2130677
agreed [105 words]JenOct 15, 2011 00:5430677
Palestinian terror and a father's murder of his too-American daughter [379 words]foreign devilDec 7, 2005 03:5229563
FBI stepping in [149 words]JeremyOct 22, 2005 08:2727203
Tina Isa [143 words]Regan MacBannonOct 22, 2005 03:0227197
To Regan MacBannon [291 words]SoraidaNov 18, 2005 14:2627197
Sure thing [151 words]Denver JonesJul 30, 2006 09:4327197
understanding the arab culture [117 words]InayaOct 12, 2005 14:4426873
Inaya, it is your religion! [168 words]JustMeApr 30, 2006 10:0326873
1JustMe [100 words]AliJul 23, 2006 06:3526873
islam [250 words]friendsFeb 13, 2008 10:2026873
why? [32 words]azeri gurlSep 24, 2005 21:2726268
About the parents? [89 words]S.May 24, 2005 19:3722391
1A MESSAGE TO "D" [253 words]ch.Apr 29, 2006 17:4122391
Response to ch [120 words]"D"Jul 2, 2006 14:4022391
according to "Court TV" [71 words]JJMay 22, 2005 02:1922308
1Tina Isa Murder [130 words]SunnieApr 6, 2006 11:4822308
A scary story indeed [262 words]JinanApr 17, 2006 21:3522308
I saw it on Cour tv [65 words]someguyinkcJan 20, 2007 02:1222308
Forensic Files story response to Sunnie [58 words]KayJan 9, 2009 16:4522308
Forensic Files [79 words]DavidMar 3, 2009 22:1322308
So Sad [132 words]D.Mar 2, 2005 02:1920613
to "D" [82 words]CaroleneMay 24, 2005 13:1820613
to "Carolene"... [378 words]DJun 27, 2005 03:4520613
Question regarding FBI response [67 words]Tomas GoryFeb 21, 2005 01:1320446
PARENT INFO [102 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
JaneFeb 18, 2005 21:0220426
I'm an arab daughter but more an American [282 words]CaroleneFeb 10, 2005 19:4820258
14Palestina "Tina" Isa [371 words]Paula Walker (Smith)Nov 19, 2004 09:3918461
Sad but true [190 words]Roz JonesJul 30, 2006 01:1318461
Tina's burial place, does anyone have info? [143 words]NoraJul 30, 2006 01:1818461
Mortified [154 words]MJApr 3, 2007 11:0618461
islam [65 words]deanne littrellSep 20, 2007 17:2318461
Sorry [66 words]Suzie Kanbara PiatigorskiOct 11, 2008 20:1018461
Info on parents [170 words]D.Mar 31, 2004 01:5114433
Response to "Info on Parents [123 words]GJan 16, 2005 01:3914433
Info on Parents Reply [49 words]DMar 2, 2005 02:2514433
RESPONSE TO D ABOUT INFO ON PARENTS [366 words]NorieOct 14, 2005 23:4314433
A light once extinguished will find reason to shine again [89 words]Don Ramon de CordobaMar 19, 2004 10:1914260
Question [23 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Therese EliasOct 22, 2003 11:0011884
1To answer your question [57 words]ViewerJun 8, 2006 20:5411884

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