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By Mark J. Price
Beacon Journal staff writer
Velma West, 21, admitted slaying her husband with a hammer in 1927 and going to a card party afterward. (Beacon Journal file photo)
Confessed killer Velma West left behind an apologetic, three-page note for Superintendent Marguerite Reilley after escaping from the Marysville prison June 19, 1939. (Beacon Journal file photo)
Ohio Reformatory for Women inmate Velma West, 53, is pictured in 1959 after her parole was denied in Marysville. She died five months later of a heart condition. (Beacon Journal file photo)
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