Is it reasonable to make the victim of domestic abuse pay for the crimes of her abuser?
Years after she killed Jimmy, Tanya Mitchell continued to dream of her abusive husband. Though the two-decade nightmare of beatings and threats to family and friends who tried to protect her ended with his death, she went from feeling like a captive to a terrible relationship to doing time in a Missouri state prison. When she first went to prison in 2002 after being charged with second-degree murder, she stripped the sheets she brought from home off her bed every morning, folded them up, and stored them in the locker in her prison cell. “I’m just camping out here. I’m not staying,” 53-year-old Mitchell recalls saying to her cell mate.