New photos from our friend Eric. Now, doesn’t he look cool?
When I first met Eric I told him my passion is photography. His respons was “being a photographer you will have to send me some of your work”. These two were amongst the first I sent:
More photos that I sent Eric can be found on my page that I have here, Dutch Dreamcatcher Photopage.
In case anyone is looking to help Eric out and get notice for his story, here is a way to do so. Any and all assistance or suggestions for contacts would be much appreciated!
Simply copy and paste the following message onto emails sent out to your local newspapers, news stations, and radio stations. Also any talk shows would be helpful. THANK YOU!
Ft. Madison, Iowa – Iowa State Penitentiary
His last appeal now in jeopardy, a local convicted killer – ERIC MILLER – has published a novel detailing the homicide and how his life has led up to it. Furthermore, he claims that the State has exaggerated his crime from Manslaughter to Murder (a difference between 10 years and Life in prison without parole), and proves it with Constitutional law.
“It wasn’t lawfully murder, it wasn’t ethically murder – IT WASN’T MURDER!” he says. “This man forced me to kill him and it’s made obvious by the very evidence of the case! Not only had he had several failed suicide attempts – one very shortly before his death – but he was ON TOP OF ME WHEN I SHOT HIM!!”
Miller’s book, ‘Why Miller Turned Killer’ is absolutely FREE to download as an ebook, and the best way to access it is by visiting the website devoted to the furtherance of his story, ManicMonkey.org – a site with a direct link to the novel as well as much more information readily available.
Please help Eric spread his message and in doing so help others who may be struggling like he did, and possibly even help him acquire a fair sentence!
PS: If you wanna drop him a line, he’d love to hear from you:
Eric Miller #6472252
Iowa State Penitentiary
PO Box 316
Ft Madison, IA 52627
I’ve been thinking a lot about the patterns that have seemed to lead my incarcerated friends to their lives behind bars. Although all of their crimes and personalities are very different, the common denominator is this: mental illness.
As I’ve mentioned previously (and you know if you’ve read through “Why Miller Turned Killer“), Asher has clinically diagnosed manic-depressive disorder. Left improperly treated, this disorder caused Asher to often go through bouts of mania and extremely reckless behavior followed by long periods of darkness, depression, and self-loathing. He did not receive the correct medication, dosage, or treatment until he was imprisoned (and after he was removed from suicide watch). Now he is a much happier, balanced person who works hard, writes often, and shares his silliness with the world through his comics. Still, he will be locked up for life unless he wins his appeals.
I have a friend on Texas death row who grew up in an abusive and broken family in the ghetto. With only an 8th grade education, and no real support he became involved in gang activity and got into trouble. Only after incarceration was he diagnosed with major depression. This was after several years of him living on the row and believing he was a worthless piece of crap that deserved to die and could never be a positive member of society. Now on medication and an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation, he is a passionate and loving artist looking to do whatever he can to make a difference in the lives of the people he corresponds with. Still, he will be condemned to die within the next few years by the state.
I have another friend on Indiana death row. His crime was heinous, but it was later discovered that he had undiagnosed schizophrenia. Since being treated for his illness, he has completely turned his life around and has dedicated it to helping animals, writing poetry, and to his new found religious beliefs. Still, he is regularly beaten up by his fellow death row inmates and will eventually die compliments of the state.
Finally, I have a friend who is in a maximum security institution here in California. He basically self-destructed in his early twenties due to undiagnosed major depressive and anxiety disorders. He became reckless with his own life (regularly playing Russian roulette and doing drugs) and the lives of others. Now that he’s been treated in prison, he has almost graduated from trade school, works hard, and does what he can to support his terminally ill father. He has the best odds of any of my friends as he may be subject to California’s 85% rule and let out early on good behavior, but still, there’s a good chance that his father will pass away before he’s able to get out and see him. He hasn’t been able to see his father in 8 years.
All of these friends of mine committed crimes. I’m certainly not saying that they weren’t at all responsible for their actions. I just find it interesting that all of them suffer from mental illness that most definitely contributed to their irrational behaviors and actions. It prompted me to look up the statistics. A staggering 20% (1/5th) of America’s prisoners are SERIOUSLY mentally ill, while 50% of male state prisoners and 75% of female state prisoners experience some sort of mental health problem that will require treatment in prison.
Does anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?