The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Monday, February 18, 2008

Folsom Prison Blues

In 1956 Johnny Cash made the song 'Folsom Prison' famous, and in 69 he preformed at the famous prison in a live concert. Being a fan, anytime I hear Folsom- I think Cash... and the melody sort of strums through my head for a moment.

Shannon Lee Graling however, has a different connection to the prison which has housed many famous inmates over the years... he called it home. The 53 year old was serving a 400-year sentence, plus a 25-year-to-life sentence at Folsom for a list of sex crimes that included counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, failing to register as a sexual offender. He also had prior convictions: six-year conviction from Santa Cruz County under the name Edward Gail Neal for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.

Graling will no longer be able to work towards completely his sentencing (not that he'd have ever came close to finishing up those 400 years to begin with) after a recent run in with fellow inmate Steven Matthew Schultz.

Schultz is currently serving a 26-year-to-life sentence for the 1997 murder of his mother. Officials said Schultz, who was 17 years old at the time, strangled his 40-year-old mother Barbara Schultz in their Rocklin home. Her body was found chained to a propane tank and weighted down in a rock quarry.

Schultz is believed to have used a homemade knife to slash Graling's throat, killing him. Prison officials said that while they often have run ins between inmates, it's rare that it ever leads to murder.
“It doesn’t happen often, we may go a few years without a homicide,” she said. “We do have frequent stabbings and assaults that don’t result in homicides.”

During the investigation into Thursday’s attack Schulz will be housed in a “segregated” area of the prison.

Schulz has provided no motive for the alleged attack, officials said.


Still like Johnny Cash's song.