Australian Teacher Falls In Love with U.S. Inmate and Wins his Release

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They say love knows no bounds, what about prison walls?

8.30pm Sunday on 60 Minutes, Peter Stefanovic goes inside two of the most unlikely and contentious relationships to make headlines this year – the Australian women who fell in love with convicted criminals serving life sentences behind bars.

What started as a pen-pal relationship between 47-year-old Danielle Laskie and convicted murderer, 30-year-old  soon turned into an unusual romance, and then a wedding inside one of America’s high security jails.

“His profile was so simple,” Danielle reveals. “It just said ‘My name is Tim Wright, I enjoy reading, I like listening to music and I was a Marine’. And that was it.”

After more than a year of back and forth between the Melbourne nurse and life-sentenced inmate, Danielle learnt more and more about his case and now insists that her husband is innocent. In fact, she’s so certain that she is now assisting Tim in his fight for freedom.

“Neither of them say they were interested in a relationship but over time it developed into love and marriage, says Stefanovic. “It’s definitely an unusual setup and something most people wouldn’t bother with but it’s their choice and it works for them.”

This Sunday, Danielle opens up to Stefanovic on the obvious question mark surrounding their relationship – how is she so sure that Wright isn’t taking her for a ride, that he isn’t a conman?

“I put that question to Danielle several times and she is absolutely certain that she is not being taken advantage of,” says Stefanovic.

“I expressed some doubt but she stood firm. People will believe what they want to believe, and that’s fine, but Danielle is happy with the decision she is making and backs it 100%.”

Tim is one of about two million Americans living behind bars across the States. As many as 20,000 of those are believed to be innocent – inmates just like Tyrone Hood.

Like Danielle, Perth teacher Barb Santek found love within prison walls after stumbling across Tyrone’s case back in 2002 through Amnesty International. She was baffled by his conviction and reached out in a letter of support – Letters then became phone calls and prison visits, and soon the pair were declaring their undying love.

Like Danielle, Perth teacher Barb Santek found love within prison walls after stumbling across Tyrone’s case back in 2002 through Amnesty International. She was baffled by his conviction and reached out in a letter of support – Letters then became phone calls and prison visits, and soon the pair were declaring their undying love.

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Source: 9Honey News | Liz Little