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Tiffany Cole: An update from Florida's death row






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Tiffany Cole was sentenced from Duval County on March 6, 2008 and is currently on death row at Lowell Correctional Institution.
Tiffany Cole was sentenced from Duval County on March 6, 2008 and is currently on death row at Lowell Correctional Institution.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty for Casey Anthony. If she is found guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee, and if she is sentenced to die, Casey will join only one other woman on Florida’s death row.

Her name is Tiffany Cole. I profiled her and detailed her crime in an earlier blog. Given the developments in the Anthony case, it’s worth looking at her story again.

There are 393 condemned prisoners in Florida. But the 27-year-old Cole is the only woman awaiting execution.

Along with three men, Cole kidnapped, robbed and then murdered a disabled couple. The details reveal the extent of the victims’ suffering. During the court proceedings, the jurors were told the couple could be heard moaning in a shallow grave while dirt was being shoveled on top of them. Two of Cole’s co-defendants were also sentenced to death. A fourth was spared his life. He was given a lengthy prison term for cooperating with the prosecution.

Cole is on death row at Lowell Correctional Institution Annex. The facility is for women only. She is confined to a 6×9 cell. If and when the death warrant is signed, she will be transferred to a 12×7 death watch cell.

How does she spend her days? Here’s what Death Row prisoners are allowed, according to the Department of Corrections:

“Inmates may receive mail every day except holidays and weekends. They may have cigarettes, snacks, radios and 13″ televisions in their cells. They do not have cable television or air-conditioning and they are not allowed to be with each other in a common room. They can watch church services on closed circuit television. While on Death Watch, inmates may have radios and televisions positioned outside their cell bars.”
She also has time on her hands. Cole’s first day on Death Row was March 7, 2008. But the average wait before execution is about 12-years.

If Cole is put to death, she will be only the third woman in the history of Florida executed. In addition to Aileen Wuornos, there was Judias Goodyear Buenoano. Known as the “Black Widow,” she poisoned her husband and drowned her paralyzed son. Buenoano was sent to the electric chair on March 30, 1998.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. joseph

    yes i would like to say this young lady is human, and part of being human is being misguided. if we all believe in vengence, an eye for an eye, we will be a society of blind people. let us all do are part to love and be the best humans we can be. this hate and retribution mentality if for acerbic, people only..there is going to be people who are off, this is just a fact of life, death row doesn t make all people better. let god sort them out, these are my feelings....j.d

    April 18, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  2. K B

    Well being from Orlando, Fl. I have been very close to the Anthony case, and i am sickened by the fact that this girl has so many strikes against her that I cant even fathem the innocence in her. I would love to give the girl the benefit of doubt, but theres no way i can do that. I think she is a psycho, nasty excuse for a mother and she never deserved to have a presious baby girl asbeautiful as Caylee. I think tot mom needs to be put on death row at least for a really long time (due to statistics of women florida death row) and let her suffer as long as she can and then if they appeal and its turned over then thats that, but if not fill a needle full of chloroform and put it to her. I personally think thats what she deserves.

    April 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    What kind of person buries another person alive – listening to their moans with every shovel full of dirt put back on them? And if Casey Anthony did kill her daughter and it wasn't an accident then what kind of person is she to kill an innocent child who loved her because she was "mommy". I simply do not understand how people can be so evil as to do things like this. I hope execution day is not far off.

    April 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  4. Andasu

    I peronally believe that death row is to much of an easy way out for Tiffany Cole. Let her sit in a prison that does not allow her the comfort it sounds like she is receiving until she wishes for death.
    I guess i can understand why crimiinals return to the scene of the crime without any remorse. Prison is nothing but free room and board, free three square meals ,free education,and free stationery to write to their love ones with tax payers money,

    April 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  5. suntak

    God is coming soon! Where will we all go then?

    April 15, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  6. Jeanette

    Tiffany Cole not only murdered these poor disabled people, but in the worse way. SHE BURIED THEM ALIVE. She should be buried alive instead of the luxuries shes receiving.

    April 15, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  7. Rae

    I agree with Frank's post. I don't think that we should be concerned about the rights of the prisoner. I understand the whole Checks and Balance system, I was a law student, but for crying out loud, it should not take that long! There is no reason why a person should be sitting there, in jail, waiting for execution, when we know these people did it. A lot of appeal are asking that the person get life in prison, not death, well let me tell you something, when Tiffany Cole was killing those two INNOCENT people, I am sure that they begged her to spare their life, but she really didn't care. She went on to brutally murder them, and she has no regrets!! Why should we care about her, let her die!

    April 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  8. Frank

    First of all DNA evidence is only exonerating those who were convicted years ago prior to the intraduction of DNA. Those who are tried and found guilty with the assistance of DNA should be excecuted within 6 months. this crap about the violation of their rights is total bull; they were never concerned about heir victims rights so why should we be worried about their rights.
    When they are found guilty with DNA evidence to back it up then they automatically should forfeit their rights as of those who they (the victims) had their lives forfeited for them, by their Killers. then we will save a lot of the tax payers money.

    April 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Kim frandsen

    Interesting how the suspect in every case somehow becomes the victim. I agree why should our taxpaying dollars be spent on appeals and keeping them housed and everything else they get. Caylee Anthony will never get another chance to watch tv or even see the outdoors, and her mother is the one we should feel sorry for? It's no wonder why we have the crime rate we do. The prisoners have it better in their, then most of us do. Who else is going to provide a roof, food, clothing, tv, cigarettes, the everyday essentials that some people go without.

    April 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Carol Wright

    It is my understanding Florida is the only state where the prisoner can pick their method of execution by needle or by electrocuton. Which one has Tiffany Cole choosen? Will the vicitms family be able have a representaive ? Or do they even wish to watch?

    The death penalty like convicted felons is an equal opportunity employer. American socielty stil some how holds women who comitt henious crimes to a different standard? Why is this?
    Is this because they are portarayed differently in the media? Only if they are cute ,pettie ,and photogenic.Think about it. The state of Texas regularly puts women to death.

    After all whait is the19th amendment about? Thank you to
    Susuan B. Anthony and many other of our foremothers.

    Casey Anthony deserves what ever she gets. I pray it is she receives the death penalty. it is the only justice little Cayle will ever experince.

    April 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  11. mrsford

    In my opinion these criminals shouldn't get the lavish life. They should be put to death the exact way they murdered their poor innocent victim. On a whim of course so it is just as terrifying. An eye for an eye.......

    April 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  12. gary

    The Federal Supreme Court pretends its totally fair, logical, and interested in justice.

    Yet, isn't it interesting that they allow the death penalty to be enforced in some States while allowing California to mock the voting public and refuse to execute in that State?

    California judges and bureaucrats routinely do everything they an to avoid enforcement and actual execution of death row inmates. As a result, the average death row inmate in CA lives there about 25 years. They usually die of murder by another inmate, suicide, or natural causes before the State carries out the sentence.

    Yet the US Supreme Court doesn't see anything wrong with that? Interesting.

    April 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    I agree, I don't care about the people on death row, they are going to get what they deserve. Instead of profiling the convicted scum why don't we profile the victim? Tell about the things they had accomplished in their short lifetime before it was so savagely taken away! I'd much rather hear about them then about the worthless trash sitting in prison!

    April 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  14. jmcgill

    12 YEARS? What kind of a death sentence is that. That is another 12 years of life that she has over the people she killed. I guess Casey Anthony won't need to worry it is just another scare tactic as tax payers expense. No way should it take that long for the legal system to go thru any appeals. If these people are sentence then be done with it quite wasting everyones time and money.

    Television, snacks, cigarettes boy they are really suffering aren't they. Bet the people under the ground are laughing that one up eh?

    April 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  15. jmcgill

    12 YEARS? What kind of a death sentence is that. That is another 12 years of life that she has over the people she killed. I guess Casey Anthony won't need to worry it is just another scare tactic as tax payers expense. No way should it take that long for the legal system to go thru any appeals. If these people are sentence then be done with it quite wasting everyones time and money.

    Television, snacks, cigarettes boy they are really suffering aren't they. Bet the people under the ground are laughing that one up eh?

    April 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  16. Tammy

    I hope that the jury is given the opportunity to find Anthony guilty without the DP being part of the deal. I believe she deserves the DP and is GUILTY, but if one person on the jury is against her being executed they may acquit instead of convict. She has proven that she has the "power" to get people to do whatever she wants, and somehow feel sympathy for her in the process. I'm sure her looks and sexuality have ALOT to do with her behavior and ability to escape punishment for her previous illegal activities.
    I would hate to think that she would be found not guilty just because she's young and good looking, and someone doesn't want to see her be punished.

    April 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  17. Mike W

    It looks like Tiffany is going to get some company soon.

    April 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  18. womanwithstixs

    I think everyone is born perfect. It depends on who gets their hands on them early in life. Those people are rarley held accountable.

    April 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  19. Erin

    In response to Rae: They are on Death Row for so long because of the amount of time it takes to appeal a case. Prisoners have rights, just like anyone else and their lawyers appeal the cases if they believe their rights have been violated in any way. We can't simply lock someone up and sentence them to death immediately, our judicial system was designed to have checks and balances to ensure we are doing the right thing. Sometimes it does get redundant and tedious but think of people who have been sentenced who turned out to be innocent because of DNA testing or evidence found later on. Don't get me wrong, the evidence in the cases against these two women is substantial and they are truly awful people for what they have done but they still have the right to a fair trial with impartial judge and jury (if they choose).

    April 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  20. Pete

    12 years!!! Many cases go for more than 20 years. They should be offered only three appeals, 1-for retrial if warranted, 2-state appeal, and finally federal appeal. Failing those three the will of the jury of their peers should be carried out.

    April 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  21. kristin

    Eyes tell a lot about a person, and this woman's eyes are one of an empty soul. If you commit the crime do the time or pay with your life, and go away to the the vast abyss. These are trying times in the US. We should have one place to put these criminals. If you're a looser to start with, your life should follow the same path! You are what you do kinda thing.

    April 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  22. Heather,ca

    I can tell you from the bottom of my heart,I could care less about anyone on death row. They are where they should be. They have no regard for human life. They showed no mercy to their victims or compassion. They are all there for a very good reason. I dont care if its male or female. You do the crime you should serve the same time. Im totally against the female discount. Its just a shame that they get to live on our tax dollars and wait to die,unlike their victims who were attacked. Im so sick and tired of people showing concern for monsters who dont value human life . I think about all the families of the victims who lost their lives not from illness or accident, but nothing more than cold blooded murder. These people mattered,these people are missed. They are the ones we should care about.not the the monsters on death row.

    April 15, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  23. Rae

    I don't quite understand why it takes 12 years to condemn someone to death! If they know the person is guilty without any question, then they should be put to death within a year. The taxpayers money, our money, is being wasted on these people and I am sure that the money could go to better uses then keeping a murderer alive. Granted, I think that it is great to keep these people alive, because then they suffer longer, and they deserve that, but the money should be put to better use. This woman did not, as it is obviously stated above, care about the lives she took. She didn't just murder a diabled couple she tortured them. She does not deserve to live another minute.

    April 15, 2009 at 11:45 am |