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August 19, 2009

Deborah Peagler has been in prison for a very long time.  She is now dying.  Her family wants her home so she can die in peace.  Deborah never deserved to go to prison.  Now her fate rests in the governor of California’s hands.  We need people to spread the word and to write letters.DP-graduation-home

Deborah Peagler was introduced to Oliver Wilson in the late 1970’s, when she was just 15 years old. Wilson presented himself as a kind and charming man. He took Debbie out on dates, gave her gifts, and acted like a father to her daughter. Then one night he revealed that he wanted Deborah to make him some money by becoming his prostitute. When Deborah refused, he beat her with his fists, kicked her with boots, and psychologically abused her with a combination of death threats and insults. Fearing for her life, Debbie did Wilson’s bidding for years, and during that time he whipped her with a bullwhip, raped her, made her hold hot ashes in her hands, and forced her to play Russian Roullette for the entertainment of him and his friends.

She tried to escape, but each time she was brought back with a combination of violence and death threats. In early 1982 when she was informed that Wilson had sexually abused her then six-year-old daughter, Debbie fled once more. Wilson came after her with a shotgun and a band of armed men. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, but the police quickly set him free. Fearing for her life and the lives of her family and seeing no other avenue, she desperately turned to two men who previously had protected her “to make him leave me alone.” These two men subsequently had a violent altercation with Wilson in a public park and Wilson was later found dead.

  1. August 19, 2009 9:16 pm

    I realize that this story is not one that centers on a MTF-F (thus not worthy of attention), nonetheless, hopefully feminists bloggers will spread the word.

  2. joankelly6000 permalink
    August 19, 2009 10:56 pm

    I won’t be holding my own breath. I don’t even see people blogging about another blogger, who is known and loved, one of us supposedly, who needs fucking help.

  3. August 21, 2009 6:07 pm

    melim, thank you so much for that news. I guess when they get the latest batch of letters I sent out yesterday they will just send them to the shredder. Nevertheless, good news! Especially, since today I heard the man who bombed flight 103 has been released because he has prostate cancer. I was really going to be pissed (not that California and Libya follow the same code of ethics or laws, but still, you know) knowing that a man who killed hundreds is allowed to die a humane death, while a poor abused woman could not go home and die around her family and friends.

  4. August 21, 2009 11:58 pm

    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but I think there’s a very limited time frame for justice. I’m glad Ms. Peagler gets to go home, but all the back-slapping and congratulating I’ve read about how “justice was delayed but not denied” is just sickening to me.

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