Monday, October 20, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Defendant testifies in ‘thrill-kill’ trial

By
From page A3 | February 12, 2013 |

VALLEJO — Before jurors sat down Monday morning to their seventh week of testimony in a double-murder trial, the judge briefly described the nearly three hours of testimony last week by the defendant on the witness stand, answering often-leading questions from her defense attorney.

Judge Allan Carter summed up Paige Linville’s testimony last week as two and a half hours of saying how much and why she was scared for her life and docile and in shock about a pair of murders while devoting only about 15 minutes to the specific circumstances of the murders.

That pattern continued Monday, with Linville explaining why she wrote fan mail to serial killer Richard Ramirez while she was in jail after her arrest, and how she pretended to be tough and street savvy in jail and in prison.

Linville testified that the letter to the infamous Southern California killer of 14 people was written for her jailers “to shock them with something ridiculous” and to “get a rise” out of her cellmate.

Linville is accused of joining her boyfriend in a multiple-day methamphetamine binge that included shooting and killing two women, both strangers to them, on Nov. 16, 2007. The boyfriend has said they acted together and that Linville killed the second victim. Linville says she was numb with terror and shock to the first killing by her boyfriend and that he killed both women.

Linville spent much of the day Monday facing rapid-fire cross-examination from prosecutor Krishna Abrams.

Abrams started with questions about the fan letter to Ramirez, who is sitting on death row. Abrams asked Linville how she felt reading Ramirez’ autobiographic detailed account of rape, murder and grotesque violence. Linville said she was “not particularly terrorized by the book.”

The subject then switched to Linville’s claim that her childhood kidnap and rape at knifepoint contributed to her post-traumatic stress that erupted with the first murder.

Abrams had Linville provide specifics to the event in the fourth grade.

Linville said her mom had given her a ride to school but that she had to walk the last block or two due to traffic congestion at the start of the school morning. She said that two men grabbed her and drove away with her to a nearby alley, where she was raped in the back of a car before being dumped and then walking to school. Abrams got Linville to acknowledge she arrived at school as classes were starting. Linville continued to insist she never told anyone of the violent attack until adulthood because it had made her “feel dirty.”

Much of Abrams’ cross-examination focused on trying get specific details of what happened before, during and after each of the murders.

Linville said there was no conversation between her and her boyfriend after the first murder in Cordelia around 4 a.m. while they drove back to Vallejo, where they had picked up the victim off the street earlier with promises of methamphetamine and partying.

After the first murder and protracted silence, she joined her boyfriend to buy more ammunition and targets. Then the sparse conversation Linville recalled was mostly about his paranoia and his threatening to kill her if she did not shoot and kill her own victim. Linville said they drove around for as long as 45 minutes after target practice in rural Dixon, all of it with her in mortal terror, with him goading her to shoot and kill a handful of people walking by, since it “was her turn.”

She said she kept fearfully pleading and making excuses.

Linville insisted her boyfriend had, out of the blue, jumped out of the car and shot and killed a Dixon woman who was out for a lunch hour walk with her dog.

The long period of threats and goading were abruptly replaced by unexplained silence, Linville testified, even though her boyfriend then had twice as many reasons to be paranoid about her. Then they silently drove back roads and stopped for some snacks in Fairfield before they drove to Vallejo, where he dropped her off for work at her dad’s office.

Linville will face more questions from Abrams when the trial resumes Wednesday morning.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Girl Scouts explore sweet side of chemistry

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Arrivederci! Italian Festival

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Red Kettle Program returns for holidays

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

Holiday Fashion Extravaganza registration deadline looms

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

 
Elder depression and substance abuse topic of discussion

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

Vacaville library to host composting series

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

 
Senior Center hosts monthly travel presentation

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

Total Home, Garden & Harvest Festival wraps up

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Pumpkin Patch Festival set for final weekend

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

 
Sessions teach about child support process

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A3

Local governments schedule meetings

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Napa man jailed for running over ex-girlfriend

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

Weather for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

 
.

US / World

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Friends, family of Ebola patient reach milestone

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

 
CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
California lottery sales top $5B for first time

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Archaeologists seek movie set in California sands

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
The 10 semifinalists for World’s Funniest Person

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

On the road to find the world’s funniest person

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Super drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Robotic device helps paralyzed groom walk aisle

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Coroner: 6 fire victims died of smoke inhalation

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

UN says Iraq has executed 60 people this year

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod’s end

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Sweden: 3 credible sightings in submarine search

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

5 Things to Know about Pope Paul VI

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

.

Opinion

Beware a Trojan horse

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 4 Comments

 
Pulse poll question

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Is it truly affordable health care?

By Jim Mccully | From Page: A8, 22 Comments

Suisun mayor offers his endorsements

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 14 Comments

 
Which candidates support Alzheimer’s cure?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

.

Living

Community Calendar: Oct. 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Oct. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

I’m too scared to leave my abusive husband of 15 years

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Oct. 20, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Oct. 21, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

 
Report: Nashville songwriter Paul Craft dies at 76

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Reported ‘Easy Rider’ chopper sells at auction

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
‘New Girl,’ ‘Cosmos’ win Environmental Media Award

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

TVGrid Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

.

Sports

Manning breaks Favre’s TD mark in 42-17 win over 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Tim Lincecum waits his turn, still yet to pitch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Keselowski keeps title hopes alive at Talladega

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Palmer leads Cardinals past Raiders 24-13

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

38th Doug Butt Run highlights week’s events

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

 
Cal receiver Trevor Davis released from hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Sounders rally for 2-2 tie with LA Galaxy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rangers net 2 in 4 seconds; Lundqvist stops Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

NFL roundup: Jaguars bounce Browns, gets first win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ski champ Svindal injured while playing soccer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kings pick up G Ben McLemore’s option

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rockets beat Warriors 90-83 in exhibition game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

Hend wins Hong Kong Open in a playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Baek wins playoff to take LPGA South Korea

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Ilonen beats Stenson in World Match Play final

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Jay Haas wins Greater Hickory Kia Classic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

Ben Martin wins 1st PGA Tour title in Las Vegas

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Denkinger’s miss revisited as Series returns to KC

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

.

Business

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Rose is Rose Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield October 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Word Sleuth Oct 20

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Blondie Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Beetle Bailey Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C. Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Crossword Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku Oct 21

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7