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Sunday, June 22, 1997
Woman convicted in 1955 murders, to remain
in prison indefinitely
HOUSTON (AP) - A 75-year-old woman convicted child-killer who
was arrested in Idaho this spring after walking off parole 16
years ago will not be released any time soon.
A Texas parole panel has revoked Annie Laurie Williams parole,
which means she will be imprisoned indefinitely.
Ms. Williams was convicted in 1955 of murdering her sons -
Calvin, 9, and Conrad, 7 - dismembering their bodies and duping
a friend into burying them in Galveston County.
After serving 25 years in prison, she was released on parole
in 1980, only to disappear from a Houston halfway house and flee
to California and eventually to Riggins, Idaho, where she was
arrested in April.
After her return to Texas, parole authorities had the discretion
to grant Ms. Williams parole again, but decided against it.
The woman's age and delicate health could not be considered
as factors in the decision, said Terri Schnorrenberg, a parole
board panel member who voted to revoke parole.
Ms. Williams' friends in Idaho, who had no idea of her notorious
criminal past until after her arrest, believe she may be better
off in prison anyway.
"It's kind of like going back home," said Hattie
Stinnett, 73, a friend who writes to Williams in prison. "She
seems to be reasonably happy."
In their last correspondence, Ms. Williams wrote to Ms. Stinnett
that she was braiding yarn to be fashioned into hair for dolls
made by women inmates.
Although Ms. Williams pleaded guilty in 1955, she now denies
that she killed her sons while living in a Pasadena trailer park.
Last month she told reporters she fled Houston because her
fellow parolees at an Astrodome-area halfway house called her
a "baby killer."
Ms. Williams, who is legally blind, can petition to be paroled
again if she can meet "special needs" criteria, but
those usually apply only to terminally ill prisoners. Send
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