[04/30/10 - 11:42 AM]
We TV Unlocks the Secrets of Life in Prison with the Arresting Women on Death Row Special and Season 3 of Women Behind Bars
The 12-episode third season of "Women Behind Bars" launches Tuesday, May 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from WE: Women's Entertainment]


WOMEN ON DEATH ROW 5 Premieres Monday, May 3 at 8PM ET/PT; WOMEN BEHIND BARS SEASON 3 Premieres Tuesday, May 4 at 10PM ET/PT

Web Exclusive Inmate Interviews at WWW.WETV.COM

New York, NY - April 30, 2010 - WE tv secures a limited primetime pass for viewers as it documents a frightening place rarely seen: life inside women's prisons. Get ready to be captivated as the network goes behind the crimes for the new special WOMEN ON DEATH ROW 5 premiering Monday, May 3 at 8PM ET/PT and season 3 of the one-hour original series, WOMEN BEHIND BARS premiering Tuesday, May 4 at 10PM ET/PT. From cold-blooded murder to crimes of passion, these jaw-dropping stories will shed light on another side of human nature.


WOMEN ON DEATH ROW 5 is the fifth installment of WE tv's popular docu-special that offers a hard look at the prison lives of women facing the death penalty. Women comprise less than two percent of all Death Row inmates in United States prisons. The two-hour special explores the stories and experiences of different women on Death Row, as told through the circumstances surrounding their crime, investigation and trial. Among those profiled are:

· Pamela Perillo, whose two murder convictions landed her on Death Row in a Texas prison for nearly 20 years.

· Debra Bracewell, who has spent 32 years in prison for a crime she was convicted of at the age of 17. She was the only woman on Alabama's Death Row for many years.

· Judy Buenoano, who took out multiple insurance policies and killed her husband, son and boyfriend, was found guilty and ultimately sentenced to death by electric chair.

· Tiffany Cole, who was sentenced to death in March 2008, was an active participant in the premeditated murder/robbery of a couple who were buried alive.

· "The Oklahoma 3," the name given to three murderesses executed in Oklahoma in 2001. These executions made Oklahoma the state that carried out the most death penalty executions, sparking fierce debate on the practice.


The following night, WOMEN BEHIND BARS returns for a third season to document a new group of real women whose lives took a severe turn - all with unpredictable outcomes. Several of the women interviewed remain behind bars currently, and many are serving time for murder. Each WOMEN BEHIND BARS episode delves into two different inmates' lives, stories and their criminal cases to reveal how they ultimately ended up in prison -- and how they are surviving day-to-day.

The 12-part series continues weekly, featuring profiles of a diverse range of prisoners' stories and interviews. Upcoming installments include eerie visits with a former law enforcement officer, now behind bars; a (then) five-month pregnant women who was found asleep beside her boyfriend's partially dismembered body; a baby kidnapper; a mother who elicited her children's help in disposing of her husband's body and several women who committed sinister crimes of passion.

Notable episodes this season include:

· EPISODE 1: "Teresa Deion Smith Harris & Jennifer Freels"

Premieres Tuesday, May 4 at 10 pm ET/PT

Teresa Deion Smith Harris and Jennifer Freels, were both were convicted of murder. Harris was convicted for her role in the 1993 murder of 19-year-old Dennis Brooks, Jr., who was fatally shot, his body dismembered and left to burn in his pick-up truck. Freels shot her husband to death in 2007, allegedly during an argument about their impending divorce. Both women claim they acted in a form of self-defense and deserve a fair shake - and both will spend the majority of their lives in prison (Freels though has no opportunity for parole at this time).

· EPISODE 2: "Holly Coomber & Renay Lynch"

Premieres Tuesday, May 11 at 10 pm ET/PT

Featured are the stories of Holly Coomber, and Renay Lynch. Holly, whose foster father, William Allen, allegedly starting having a sexual relationship with her when she was 15 - joined him in a multi-state crime spree in 1986, robbing two convenience stores and killing a female clerk in each. Holly was spared the death penalty in exchange for her testimony. Renay: a crack cocaine addict, convicted shoplifter and tenant of Louise Cicelsky - an 81-year-old widow and landlady of several rental properties, who was found stabbed to death in her apartment - was charged and convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and attempted grand larceny and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Renay is still claiming innocence while Holly claims she felt her life would be in danger if she didn't participate in her crime spree.

· EPISODE 5: "Roberta Jeannie Moore/Donna Duggins & Evelyn Jackson"

Premieres Tuesday, June 1 at 10 pm ET/PT

The ladies in this episode performed their crimes as a group. Robert Jeannie Moore and Donna Duggins who, along with Moore's on/off again boyfriend, Eddie Morgan, were convicted for the attempted murder of Donna's husband, Dean Duggins. Morgan testified that Dean was asleep while he bludgeoned him with a hammer for $1,000. Moore and Duggins each received two consecutive sentences of 13 years. In 1999, Evelyn Jackson along with two girl friends, Mary Arnold and Kathryn Amos kidnapped a woman and took her to a boat launch. There, Arnold, the ringleader of the group, allegedly beat the victim with a cane, a concrete block and a hammer and dumped her body into a river. The three friends plead guilty with Arnold receiving 80 years, Evelyn 45 years and Amos, who testified against the others, 20 years. These women claim innocence and misguided loyalty as their defense for their heinous crimes.

For WE tv, the series Executive Producer is Marjorie Levy. WOMEN BEHIND BARS is produced for WE tv by Burrud Productions.


Users can go behind the bars and get exclusive extended footage and interviews from the show along with blog posts from the inmates, their bios and sneak peeks of what's to come this season. Viewers can also join the "talk forum" to discuss and debate their thoughts on the crimes presented this season.

About WE tv

WE tv (http://www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the premier source for women looking to satisfy their curiosity with fascinating, real-life stories and entertaining, fresh content that is relevant to key stages of their lives. Available in over 76 million homes, WE tv's programming offers viewers compelling perspectives on women's lives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, presented in a non-judgmental voice. The network's popular original series include the signature show Bridezillas; critically acclaimed, viewer favorite The Locator (the net�work's most-watched-series ever), Amazing Wedding Cakes, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and Raising Sextu�plets. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.

WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, is dedicated to creating programs that foster and celebrate women's strength, confidence and diversity. The network's newest initiative, WE Volunteer (http://www.wevolunteer.tv), celebrates the idea that one full day - just 24 hours - of community service can make a difference in someone else's life. The initiative is a call-to-action for women to become more involved in their communities by connecting them with local causes they are passionate about while encouraging them to volunteer.

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