Mom Fights to Keep Daughter's Killer in Prison ... for the Sixth Time!

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prisonHer daughter was murdered, and when her killer went to court, he was sentenced to life in prison. Only instead of taking solace in justice served, a mom in Nevada has spent the decades since her daughter's killer was sent to prison fighting to keep him there. It puts a whole new spin on "justice," doesn't it?

This is Carol Nicoletti's life now. Being tortured every few years with the possibility that the man who stabbed her 19-year-old daughter Susan, wrapped her body in duct tape, then abandoned her body in the desert will walk free.

Nicoletti shared the fight she has to wage every two to three years, every time her former son-in-law Simon Macias comes up for parole, in a heartwrenching interview with the Las Vegas Sun recently. In it, she explained she's gone six times, missing just one of his hearings because of -- surprise, surprise -- a nervous breakdown.

I have to admit I felt like I'd been completely naive about the prison system after reading it.

I've always been aware that parole exists. After all, I live not far from a prison that houses one of the world's best known serial killers. I've been aware since childhood that the "Son of Sam" is given the chance to be paroled, that if he walked out of prison tomorrow, he'd walk out into my community.

But every few years when I read something in the newspaper about Son of Sam being denied parole, I just take it as fact that we're all safe from a psychopath. I admit I have never before put thought into what those parole hearings are about or what they do to the victim's families.

Have you? Do you read that such-and-such famous killer has been denied parole and walk through what that must be like for the families of the people they killed? The mere thought that the monster who stole the life of someone they loved and cherished might get his freedom back?

For women like Carol Nicoletti, fighting to keep her daughter's killer behind bars, gathering signatures from some 13,000 people to prove once again to a parole board that people fear his return to society, "life in prison" isn't justice. It's a means for her to be tortured every few years.

Were you aware of what these sentences do to the families of their victims?


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LeeshaE LeeshaE

This is a common occurence my sister's dad went to prison for rape and was out in like four years. Was parolled and now lives across the street from a daycare/ preschool and 2 blocks from the local high school.

Coles... Coles_mom

Thankfully the only person I know first-hand in prison for a heinous crime was sentenced to life with no parole. I've never checked into it further- I assume that means he literally has no opportunities for parole.

Mamab... MamabearC

Our justice/legal/prison system is a joke though I don't think there's anything funny OR smart about letting violent offenders out on parole to put citizens safety at risk.I don't care how well they behave"on the inside". If they are sentenced to life in prison then that's where they should stay...IN prison,FOR LIFE.Period. 


I know Sharon Tate's mother fought tooth and nail to keep the Manson crew locked up. I think Sharon's sister has now taken up the mantle . Such a shame families have to go through that bullshit.

jalaz77 jalaz77

This is sad she has to go through this as much as she has. Pathetic.

MrsJa... MrsJaimet

My husband works in a prison maximum security prison. Our state just closed the only Supermax prison that it has they put some in the prison where my husband and spread some out into the other prisons and the ones that there wasnt room for they just let them out on parole. He comes home everyday with another horror story of a guard getting attacked or something and then the only punishment they get is like a week in segregation. They pretty much just get grounded... Our legal system is a joke.

Shirah Leffingwell

Life in prison doesn't really mean life in prison. they actually get like 14 to 20 years and most of the time it is cut in half because of time served and good behavior.

jbrad... jbradford

There is another side to the prison systems that people don't think about; the guards. It us a strong misconception that guards get paid well. Sure, they are paid well if your single but for a family its terrible. My hubby work for TDCJ for 2+ years and had to fight nearly every night. He would come home bloody sometimes. Also, someone has to clean up the murders that take place within the walls, suicides, accidental deaths, etc. He refused to tell me most of what he saw and dealt with but from what he did reveal would unnerve most people. This is all done by the guards who have sworn to protect the public.

Byron Mcnickle

indeed the entire justice system of America is a joke. men goto prison for twenty sum odd years if they get caught with a certain amount or drugs, but yet a man cabn rape a 5 or 6 year old b oy or girl, an only goto prison for 5 or 6 years. ask yourslef this, if you and your child were standing in line at a grocery store, would you rather be standing beside a man with a pocket full of crack, or a man looking at, an plotting a way to rape your little boy or girl. neither of course, but this being said, there is without a doubt more then a few things wrong with "our" justice system......

Liz Mccusker

I agree that violent crimia\nals should NEVER be relesed. It must be the most heart breaking thing for familys to go through. I have been watching the Jodi Aries trial and I look at the victums family in the court room everyday and the pain in there eyes is so heartwrenching to me. I wish we could change our justice system..if that s what you believe it is!!

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