Tess Damm, teen killer and Juggalette, accused of plot to murder guard with shoelace
Right now, Tess Damm, eighteen, is a resident of a state youth facility, having been convicted of helping boyfriend Bryan Groves murder her mom three years earlier. Linda was stabbed eighteen times.
But officials went to court yesterday to ask that she be transferred to an adult jail. Among their arguments, as reported by the Boulder Daily Camera: She planned an escape attempt last year that involved strangling a guard with a shoelace.
It's the latest nasty twist for Damm, whose crime has been linked since the beginning to the music of the rap-rock group Insane Clown Posse: Groves was a juggalo, while she was a self-declared juggalette.
After Linda Damm was slain, ICP was effectively made a co-conspirator in the crime by the media. Take the Rocky Mountain News article "Music May Ignite Mayhem," which quoted ICP lines such as "Me and my axe will leave your head outlined in chalk," from "My Axe."
The association of ICP and murder ratcheted up fears so high that in 2008, one area mall, Colorado Mills, effectively banned anyone wearing juggalo gear.
Today, Damm's MySpace page remains eerily preserved. It features plenty of ICP photos and lyrics, plus a bio filled with mixed messages. For instance, she calls herself a Christian and writes, "My family means a lot to me." But at the top of the page, she declares, "A fucking bitch is what I am."
State officials probably wouldn't object to this last characterization.
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