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Killer Groupie Samantha Spiegel 

Wednesday, Dec 8 2010
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Davis, on the other hand, is somebody she believes she could actually fall for. "He writes me like ten-page letters," she says. "And he does all these faces. Like this." She points out an emoticon with a slanted smirk. "What would you call that?" she asks her roommates, who seem a little zoned-out.

"Sideways face?" Nastassia offers.

Here's the thing about Davis, Samantha says. Although he goes on rants about crappy prison kitchenware and his back problems, he also makes a point of responding. He tells funny stories and uses Lone Ranger stamps, and gives her compliments.

She picks up another letter and starts reading. "I want you to know you have a soft, sensual voice. Wink. You match your voice very well. Nice looking and sounding. It's not often I can talk to someone. Especially a woman and there's nothing of an awkward silent moment while we talk."

It's true, she says, glowing. "Me and Richard Allen Davis never have an awkward moment."

When it registers with Pamela that this all means Samantha has actually spoken with him on the phone, she freaks. "What the fuck?" she says. "What are you doing?"

"But he's so funny," Samantha offers, cowering a little.

"I swear to God ..." Pamela starts.

"He sent me a visitation form," Samantha says.

"Dude."

"It's my rescue complex," she says, referring to her desire to comfort the afflicted killers.

"You are not that person," Pamela says. "You aren't supposed to do that for them. No one has to. Who cares about those stupid people?"

"I feel balance when I write to them. Like I have a purpose," Samantha says. Sure, she knows Davis and Ramirez are sociopaths. She knows that. But there's just something she can relate to.

Pamela shakes her head.   

A few days later, there's a status change on Samantha's Facebook account: "Samantha Spiegel is in a relationship."


Samantha had been carrying Davis' letters around with her, reading them multiple times. He said he was doing the same with hers. Then, in late September, a letter arrived that made his intentions clear. He wanted to be more than friends.

Although he had received letters from many, many women, "no other women except for you is in the cell with me," he wrote.

Samantha told Davis that she was also hoping to take things to the next level, and says they entered into a relationship she considers monogamous. Lately, they've been discussing ways to get her into the jail for a visit. Since she is not a spouse, the visit would not be considered conjugal. But she is hoping they can arrange to meet face to face. She's already thinking about the possibility of having Davis' child, if he wants one.

Samantha says her parents don't approve, but they've gotten accustomed to the way she operates and haven't tried to intervene. Several Facebook friends posted comments on the relationship announcement expressing various levels of disapproval, but she is moving ahead. She's planning to continue corresponding with Ramirez, and hopes Manson will contact her soon. When she's asked whether having several killer pen pals might be interpreted as cheating, she laughs.

Her roommates are less amused by the idea that she may become the mistress of multiple murderers. It's clear that they're both perplexed by and concerned about her. When asked what it's like to live with Samantha, they look at each other with raised eyebrows.

"It's interesting," Nastassia says.

"Yeah, interesting," Pamela says. "But sometimes I just want to strangle the shit out of her." She pauses, and then quickly adds, "I'm just kidding. It's not that bad. But sometimes I'm just like, 'Fuck!' and that's all I can say."

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