Suspect to Suspect: "I Know You Did the Right Thing"
Associated Press -- 08/21/93
The Pensacola (Fla) News Journal has obtained copies of 25
admiring letters sent by the suspect in Friday's shooting of
a doctor outside a Wichita, Kan, abortion clinic to Michael
Griffin, the abortion foe accused of fatally shooting Dr.
David Gunn outside a Pensacola clinic in March.
"I know you did the right thing," reads one of Rachelle Renae
"Shelley" Shannon's letters. "It was not murder. You shot a
murderer. It was more like anti-murder. I believe in you and
what you did, and really want to help if possible. I wish I
could trade places with you."
Mrs Shannon's letters called Griffin "a brave soldier," "a hero"
and "awesome," the News Journal reports.
Griffin is awaiting a Sept 20 trial on a murder charge and could
be sentenced to death if convicted.
The newspaper quotes passages in which Mrs Shannon writes
approvingly of arson fires at abortion clinics.
She contributed at least $160 to a fund for Griffin's defense.
The letters indicate Griffin wrote back at least once and
At the time of her arrest, according to a police affidavit, Mrs.
Shannon said: "If there ever was a justifiable homicide, this would
have been it."
With shaking hands clutching a small gold New Testament, Mrs.
Shannon agreed during a 10-minute hearing Friday in Oklahoma City
to waive extradition and return to Wichita, officials said.
If convicted of Friday's nonfatal shooting of Dr. George Tiller,
she faces a sentence of 9 years and 2 months in prison.
I guess her "gold new testiment" left out the ten commandments.