BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - When convicted murderer Derrick Todd Lee was hauled off to Louisiana's Angola state prison in 2004, there was one voice heard above all others. "You coward," she said. "Hey, Lee. Who's laughing now, you coward?" The voice was that of Lynne Marino, mother of serial killer victim Pam Kinamore.
Marino, who often said she wanted to live long enough to see the "monster" die, has passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 78. Lee remains on death row while his case is under appeal. Marino was a frequent and outspoken critic of the amount of time it takes for a death penalty case to make its way through the judicial system.
Marino's daughter, Pam Kinamore, was one of seven woman police believe were murdered by Lee. The accused serial killer has only been tried in two of the killings and was found guilty of both.
Kinamore disappeared in July of 2002. Her body was found four days after her disappearance near the Atchafalaya River at the Whiskey Bay exit of Interstate 10. When Lee was arrested two years later, Marino became a rock for other families suffering from the pain and torture he unleashed.
Lee was convicted in deaths of Geralyn Desoto and Charlotte Murray Pace. Pace's mother, Ann, became very good friends with Marino over the years. In an interview from her home in Mississippi Monday, Ann Pace recalled the rallies Marino would lead and the tremendous support she gave. "She was the energy, the activity that drove all of our efforts," Pace said.
Marino followed the appeals process through court with a passion and was critical of the length of time the process was taking. "It's ridiculous to have all these post-conviction appeals", she once said.
In 2007, on the fifth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance, Marino echoed what she had public said many times. "I will not rest until he's dead," she said. "She often said that she wanted her face to be the last one he saw," Pace recalled.
Angola Warden Burl Cain also became friends with Marino over the years. She even toured Angola to see where Lee is housed. "You always knew how she felt and you always knew where she stood regarding her daughter's murder and Derrick Todd Lee," Cain said Monday. "I am sure her desire to see justice completed before she died was her desire because she told me so."
Marino will be laid to rest in Metairie on Friday. She would have turned 79 this Saturday.