The Slammer (aka Penn Jillette’s House)

The designers of Penn Jillette’s “Slammer” explain what went into building it:

The primary residence for Penn Jillette in Las Vegas was a 2,500 square foot addition to an existing 1,500 square foot house. We joined our new architecture to the old using a cylindrical stair tower as a hinge point.

The residence which we completed for Penn Jillette in 1996 was, ultimately, a very successful design for the way he occupied the house. Rarely a week went by during the first two years that we didn’t receive an email message from him praising one aspect of the design or another. His comedy and magic show toured the country and each time he returned home he discovered the charms of the house anew.

The general scheme of the building is a single layer of spaces wrapped around a courtyard (which is treated as a large outdoor room, rather than separated as an exterior space). The outside of the house is prison-like and the courtyard interior is defined by a series of brightly-colored stucco walls and, at night, neon-like lighting. The courtyard is a microcosm of the Strip. Mr. Jillette refers to the house with a prison name, and as the project was under way called it Prison and Paradise saying, “You don’t want to knock on the door, but once you are inside you never want to leave.”

Serial Killer Groupies

Crime Library has a great section dedicated to serial killers and the women who want to be with them.

While there, Bundy received a great deal of media attention, and with it, plenty of fan mail from adoring women. In The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule noted that some of these women were frightened of Bundy even as they viewed him in the most romantic light. A few, unable to match the person Bundy was to the kinds of crimes of which he was accused, firmly believed that he was innocent of the charges, and during his trial they crowded the front rows of the courtroom to show their support. Many of them even looked like his victim type — girls with long brown hair, parted in the middle. Among these women, Carol Ann Boone became a rather steady girlfriend. She moved from Washington�to Florida to be near Bundy, and was soon a media darling.

Boone believed in Bundy’s innocence and took every opportunity to describe how he was being unfairly railroaded. Then after he was convicted, she maintained her stance and during the penalty phase of his 1980 trial, she testified on his behalf.

Then came a surprise.

Bundy took advantage of an old state law that allowed a declaration in court to constitute a legal marriage. He stood up and proposed. Boone gleefully accepted, and Bundy pronounced them married.

Somehow Boone got impregnated and had his child. Some sources say it was a daughter, others a son. Some say she managed to have conjugal relations with him, others that she smuggled his semen out of the prison and was artificially inseminated. However it happened, she was clearly a woman in denial of the facts. She even managed to ignore compelling evidence that Bundy’s teeth marks had been left in one of the victims. This confessed killer of more than 30 women had completely blinded her with his charm.

Headed South

I’m off to Miami on Wednesday and will be coming back on Monday so I am handing the keys to Cynical-C over to Radmila from My2SecondShelfLife and PVC who is a friend/ex-coworker/sometimes-blogger.

They have carte blanche to post whatever they desire (and yes, that makes me very nervous) as long as they feed Cynikitty and change his litter.