Samurai slayer found sane, could face life

Full story: Chico Enterprise-Record

A jury Thursday found Rachael Porteous legally sane when she killed her mother with a samurai sword last year at the victim's Oroville home.
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anita

Penn Valley, CA

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Sep 11, 2009
 
I am not sure if anyone reads the public police logs like I do but...This womans mother called police 3 or 4 times before this happened. She told them her daughter was threating her and her family and begged for help. It all sounded as if she was a 5150 mental case( the daughter).. She should have been arressted then but wasn't, then she killed her mom.
Joe Sixpack

Manteca, CA

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Sep 11, 2009
 
This big tatooed hillbilly lady belongs in prison. She is perfectly sane as far as being lucid. But all killers are insane in my book.

The question remains: What happens to her four kids? Will the hillbilly meth crowd raise them too? Or will they get a real chance at life with some caring foster parents?

As a society, we have to break this chain of generation after generation of losers on meth and doing crime.
michele in oroville

Sacramento, CA

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Sep 11, 2009
 
I hope she gets the maximum sentence. This woman is too dangerous to be freed after 25 years - or less? Though Joe's comment is rather slanderous of 'mountain people'(I love good bluegrass-don't know 'bout you...) I agree it will take an upbringing above & beyond in love & guidance to assure her children grow up as unscarred by this as possible! Surely the 'state' will require counseling for them and keep up with their progress, if it is that they'll be raised by family or the 'system'???
rachaels daughter

Gridley, CA

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Feb 1, 2010
 
im rachaels oldest daughter. jox sixpack, my mom is not a hill billy. she is mentally ill. i hope you can imagine the struggle im having as her daughter, to deal with all this, and also with the fact that i have to listen to this ignorance. as for my younger sibblings. they are fine with their dad. no foster homes required. we are fine. it happened. its hurts a lot. but you go on. we all know that. did u know that they wouldnt allow my moms past mental health records in the trial. you tell me how a woman can be diagnosed with bipolar since 2001 i belive if my memory serves mye right, who numerous incidents of going to mental hospitals, and in and out of jail, kill some one she loves, and her past be included. i wish some one would just see what i know and have known my whole life. my mom is crazy, not a monster. there is always more than meets the eye
Pat

Flagstaff, AZ

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May 1, 2012
 
I met Rachel when she was just 7yrs old. She was a beautiful little girl with big, blue eyes. At the very, young age of 10 she began sneaking out of the house doing drugs and having sex. It was so sad to see her throw her life away like that. I would listen as the years went by, the gossip about her at family reunions. When I found out about this, I have to say I wasn't the least bit surprised.

Since: Apr 12

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May 2, 2012
 
I remeber wen this happened it tore me up i was close 2 rachaels brother yes the family is hurt & still healing from this but to say shes sane enough to stand trial is crazy yeah after over a year in jail &being forced to take meds of course she seems stable enough to go to trial.like the comment rachaels daughter made she was in trouble & in & out of mental hospitals maybe if she hadent of slipped through the cracks back then & recieved proper meds & counciling then things could be different now. I wish the best to the family.

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