After 7,300 unsuccessful appeals were made to the governor on her behalf, Teresa Lewis was executed Thursday by lethal injection at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia. As the first woman in five years to be executed in the United States and the first in Virginia since 1912, Teresa Lewis’s story received an enormous amount of media attention.
The 41-year-old has lived behind bars since 2002 when she conspired to murder her husband and stepson so she could cash in on the insurance policy — $250,000. Don’t people rob banks anymore? Or get bigger insurance policies? Clearly, it’s not certain whether Teresa Lewis was all there in the head. She was described by her defense attorneys as “borderline mentally disabled” but that was later rejected in one of her appeals.
The strangest thing is that Lewis claims she has always been a Christian and spent most of her days praying and singing hymns — but does admit she has a dark side. She explained in a statement read at a prison service in August,
I was doing drugs, stealing, lying and having several affairs during my marriages. I went to church every Sunday, Friday and revivals but guess what? I didn’t open my Bible at home, only when I was at church.
The difference between Lewis and the rest of the so-called religious people is that the majority don’t go around planning murders. Looks like she got what she deserved.