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  • Accused killer threatens disclosures

    Rogue River pig farm owner slated for bail hearing today
  • Accused serial killer Susan Monica might "say everything" in a court hearing today about allegations that she murdered and dismembered two people at her rural Rogue River pig farm, unless her conditions within the Jackson County Jail improve, she warns in letters.
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      Here is the entire text, including typographical and grammatical errors, of Susan Monica's hand-written response to a Mail Tribune letter to her in the Jackson County Jail. The letter was postmarke...
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      A letter from Susan Monica
      Here is the entire text, including typographical and grammatical errors, of Susan Monica's hand-written response to a Mail Tribune letter to her in the Jackson County Jail. The letter was postmarked Feb. 6.

      "Day 3 of hunger strike I ate a hard boild egg for breakfast I ate the meat for lunch I cannot understand how can manage to burn all 4 edges. I finaly put the matress on the floor by the door It is cold but out of the draft My next problem is how do I get up I and pretty good for 65 but once down it's hard Hope to have a visit tonight from my nabore I am told the cops have left so that now all the thives can come and help themselves Hard to belive how slow can move I try to think how well I treated my pigs and chickens and all I can think of is "crualty they name is man" To be throne into a cold cell and to have my only cumefort to be a corner on the floor It might be six or seven hours until the visit and six or seven weeks until the pretrial I have never thought of killing my self and I know I am not guilty But I don't know how much more of this I take The guard just came by as I reread these lines again and I think of my pigs and then say "crualty they name is D.A." He says he will pay me fairly He probably will not but I would rather be paid nothing and have them buchard They could have made a meal for two thousand people and what is the sense in the cold blooded murder of a one month old baby. I am not guilty of what you accuse me But I say your crome is much worse I have to help people and for four or five years I worked at the Gleaners in Central Point spending my time and money to take food to people and you have taken that meat from them. You have me on camera buying food for others If I had killed for a food card why buy for others Because had I given them the card they would have bought a couple of sandwitches and coffee for fifteen dollars I kept the card and bought bread lunch meat and some instant coffie so they could have several meals

      "I am served dinner and take only some flavord water in the hope I get moved to a cell where a vent is not blowing cold air on me 24/7 For three weeks they say they now the problem but do nothing"
  • Accused serial killer Susan Monica might "say everything" in a court hearing today about allegations that she murdered and dismembered two people at her rural Rogue River pig farm, unless her conditions within the Jackson County Jail improve, she warns in letters.
    As part of often-rambling written correspondence with the Mail Tribune, the 65-year-old Monica complains about her cold and isolated jail conditions while repeatedly denying that she murdered two people over a 17-month period beginning in 2012.
    In her initial court appearance by video Jan. 21, Monica spoke over the instructions of her attorneys by asking Rogue River residents to butcher the pigs on her property and donate the meat to charity.
    She warns in her most recent letter she may disregard advice for silence at today's bail hearing before Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack.
    The hearing originally was set for Monday.
    "For some reason telling the truth is bad for me but if things do not improve at my hearing on the 17th I may say everything," Monica wrote to the Mail Tribune in a letter postmarked March 6. "I do not like it in here. This is probably why I have never broken the law."
    Defense attorney Christine Herbert said she is prepared to "make the arguments Miss Monica wants me to make" in today's hearing in hopes that her no-bail status will change.
    "She's very unhappy in the jail," Herbert said. "She wants out of there and she's hopeful she will get out of there following the bail hearing."
    Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Allan Smith said he plans to contest any change in Monica's bail status.
    Monica is accused of murdering Robert Haney, a 56-year-old handyman and tenant, on her farm in early September 2013 and another unidentified victim in early August 2012.
    The FBI defines a serial killer as someone who kills at least two people in different locations and different times and not part of a short-term spree.
    An initial identity theft charge accuses Monica of using Haney's Oregon Trail card without him being present, and investigators' Jan. 10 search of Monica's farm in that case led to the discovery of human body parts, police said.
    Although Monica's indictment alleges that she dismembered the bodies, investigators have remained mum on how they believe Monica disposed of the bodies, what body parts were discovered and where they were found.
    Investigators spent more than two weeks looking for more potential victims at the farm at 9184 W. Evans Creek Road, where Monica has lived since she bought it in 1991, records show. Investigators dug more than 50 holes but prosecutors said they found no new victims.
    Investigators have not identified the remains of Monica's alleged first victim, including a gender.
    In her most recent letter to the Mail Tribune, Monica refused to identify who she believes that person was.
    "It is a secret," she wrote. "This is something I should probably not say also but they seam (sic) to feel I killed someone for their food stamp card to buy food for other people."
    The Mail Tribune initiated written correspondence with Monica and her three letters have all been responses. They are hand-printed in pencil and riddled with misspellings and ramblings about her case and living conditions within the jail.
    In her initial letter, Monica wrote about being isolated and going on a hunger strike, drinking only flavored water in hopes of forcing a move to a cell "where a vent is not blowing cold air on me 24/7." The strike ended on Day 3 when she ate a hard-boiled egg, Monica wrote.
    In subsequent letters she railed against jail food, particularly Friday's minced triangular fish patties that are "burnted on the edges."
    She wrote her initial letter in early February shortly after learning that investigators killed her pigs and destroyed the meat instead of donating it to charity amid rumors within the rural Rogue River community that her pigs somehow played a role in the case.
    Former tenants said she fed dead pets and domestic animals to the pigs she kept on her farm.
    In her letter, she expressed anger that the animals, including an infant pig, were killed and their meat wasted.
    "I think of my pigs and then say 'crualty they name is D.A.,'" she wrote.
    She also complained on several occasions why it took close to a week for letters between her and the Mail Tribune to reach their respective destinations, even though they are both downtown.
    She declined several Mail Tribune requests to meet during visiting hours at the jail, saying it would steal from her limited visiting time with friends.
    Though Monica was bald when arrested on her farm, she wore a wig in her Jan. 21 court appearance.
    Her wig was retrieved from her residence and taken to jail at her defense attorney's request, said Andrea Carlson, spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
    She is allowed to wear the wig during court appearances, but not in jail, Carlson said.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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