KellyBanaskiis awriter, mother of nine and an inmate liaison, living in rural Tennessee. Her blog, The Woman Condemned,details her insight to the lives of the women on death row through her letters, phone calls and visits over the past decade.
Kelly’s ability to engage the criminal element and gain their trust was garnered in part by her unusual upbringing and progressed as she grew older allowing her a peak into the heads of infamous criminals nationwide. She uses these insights to aid inmates in restoring some of the good they took from the world and to help the public understand why some people kill.
Kelly entered a writing contest for the second annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology, 2015, Volume II, and was selected over several other entries.
Shirley Turner: Doctor, Stalker, Murderer - Volume IV
by Kelly Banaski
On November 6, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was found dead in a parking lot for day use at Keystone State Park in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. He had been shot to death. There were five gunshot wounds as well as blunt force trauma to the back of the head. He had been shot in both the face and chest as well as the back of the head, back and buttocks. He was left face down in the parking lot in his scrubs, next to his Toyota Corolla. He died there.
The bizarre murder case of Andrew Bagby entails far more than death, although it has that threefold. It also brought to light a woefully inept Canadian legal system and the frighteningly dark mental descent of a woman scorned.
While evidence was steadily mounting against her, Dr. Shirley Turner dropped everything, left her car, apartment and every worldly possession, and went back to Canada. By the time Pennsylvania had an open warrant on her, she was in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. There, she gave birth to Andrew's son, Zachary.
While in jail, she wrote to a judge. Against legal precedent, this judge wrote her back and gave her legal advice on how to proceed with her case. The United States presented evidence of her crimes and their investigation and findings thus far. It was overwhelming. Her lies were exposed, her gun casings matched and witnesses placed her car next to his at the time of the murder.
What happened next is one of the strangest decisions in legal history.
An 18-year-old woman abused from birth and a chronic con man collide to concoct the most evil pairing since Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. Acting on a long-time fantasy, Michael Rafferty convinced Terri-Lynne McClintic to kidnap, rape and kill 8-year-old beautiful Victoria Stafford. The events that followed divided the community and changed the lives of an entire town.