John Kinsel: Kicked out of Angola Prison for Hair Balls Interview

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Mandy Oaklander
John Kinsel at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
Not every blog post can free a man from Angola Prison, but ours did.

Sort of.

In 1999, John Kinsel was convicted of raping a child and sentenced to life without parole. Despite his accuser coming forward as an adult and saying she made the story up, and despite a judge ordering him a new trial, Kinsel has been confined to Louisiana State Penitentiary -- known as Angola -- for the past 11 years. (Check our cover story on Kinsel.)

Hair Balls drove to the Angola Prison Rodeo earlier this month to talk to Kinsel, who was separated from us only by a chain-linked fence as he sold his wares at the craft fair. We published the interview here.

Angola, apparently, was not pleased.

Kinsel's sister, Alice Wilkinson, got a call from an Angola inmate today. "John told me to call you," the inmate told Wilkinson. According to the inmate, Kinsel was approached in the hobby shop by prison guards and told to pack his things. They were moving him out of Angola for having an "unauthorized interview" at the rodeo.

It's rumored that Kinsel is heading to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Saint Gabriel, Louisiana. Hunt holds about half the number of prisoners that Angola does.

Mary Kinsel, his other sister who is food service manager at the Eastham State Prison in Lovelady, Texas, said that Angola is denying Kinsel his right to media access. She said she's not surprised. "They're getting scared, that's all," she said.

As far as prison reputations go, it doesn't get much worse than Angola, which is nicknamed the Alcatraz of the South. Kinsel's family acknowledges the move may be a good thing. "None of us have any way of knowing," Wilkinson said. "I'm just scared for him."



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15 comments
Angela Walden
Angela Walden

He has been proven INNOCENT,not enough evidence, the girl at 9 lied... Give him what life he has left to be free and spent with his family and friends.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Dr Brian Neil Talarico North Bay Has been convicted of child molestation, anpossession of child pornography on his computer. Sexually molesting a young boy. He had prior convictions for child molestation in 1990 and 2001. After his parole in 2006. Dr. Talarico Brian. Works for north east mental health centre, despite  his background, and  numerous complaints against him of abuse, fraud, negligence, and imprisonment. Address: North East Mental Health Centre North Bay Campus Highway 11 North North Bay Ontario P1B 8L1, and now works for Act 2, North Bay.

ALICE
ALICE

 I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT. IT MEANS ALOT TO JOHN, MARY AND ME. SOMEHOW WE WILL GET THRU THIS. GOD IS ON OUR SIDE AND ALWAYS GETS US OVER THE MOUNTAINS WE HAVE HAD TO CLIMB. LORD KNOWS WE HAVE HAD TO CLIMB ALOT!!!!!!!!!! WE STILL HAVE OUR FAITH  AND WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE WILL CONTINUE THIS BATTLE, GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND THANKS AGAIN.

Bradypolly51
Bradypolly51

GOOD LUCK TO THIS FAMILY!!!!! LOTS OF PRAYERS....

Diedrelward
Diedrelward

Praying for his safety an return home God will guide him an watch over him! PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS CURTIS AN LONNIE ALSO! STAND STRONG~~

LEllis
LEllis

I am now worried about John's safety. I am praying every day that God keeps him safe.

Roberta Ham
Roberta Ham

Yep. It is looking like Angola is not liking the Media Coverage they are getting. I just hope & pray nothing bad happens to John on account of it all. We are praying for his safe release. This has went on way too long. I've always known John was innocent. He just need to come home

Ntowl
Ntowl

IT MAKES NO SENSE THAT SOMEONE WHO HAD EVIDENCE OF THIS CRIME CAN WALK FREE.... YET MY BROTHER REMAINS LOCKED AWAY FOR LIFE FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT.... THAT'S OUR WONDERFUL LEGAL SYSTEM WORKING AT ITS BEST.... THE STATE OF LOUISIANA IS ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT STATES IN OUR UNION.... JOHN KINSEL SHOULD BE A FREE MAN.... THEY HAVE NO EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM OTHER THAN THE WORD OF A CHILD THAT LATER ADMITTED THAT SHE LIED BECAUSE SHE HATED HIM WITH A PASSION.... THAT IS SOME STRONG EVIDENCE !!!!! IN JOHN'S CASE IT WAS ENOUGH TO PUT HIM BEHIND BARS FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.... WHILE OTHERS, WHERE THERE IS STRONG EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM CAN CONTINUE TO BE FREE AND HAVE A BUSINESS AND GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES JUST AS IF NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. WHERE THE HELL IS THE JUSTICE ? !!!!!

JR
JR

Well it really doesn't look good that you have a convicted child molester on here posting for your brother. 

Mary Kinsel
Mary Kinsel

John is ok for now, I have contact them they say he is doing fine, I have gotten the chaplian to check on him. We will never give up. Now we have to help Curtis and Lonnie because the tried to help John. They got shipped because of helping him. I was worried but he is ok!!

Friend Of The Family
Friend Of The Family

 Time...... Served. Prosecution.........FOREVER !!!!!!!!!! This is about John and no one else. Seems like his sister just wants to send out thanks to the people who believe in her brother. I know John and his family and they are good people. It's a shame that some people have to be negative and try to hurt others when it's not necessary. This family has had more than their share of tragedies. The story only touched on some of those. It didn't mention their sister Sharon who was killed in a car accident or Mary's daughter Jennifer who also was killed in another car accident a few months later. They also lost their oldest brother Lynn in a car accident. Their oldest sister Barbara died a few years ago. There is so much more that most people do not know. To Mary, Alice and John, my heart goes out to each of you. I don't know how ya'll manage to do what you do after all that has happened in your lives. Most people could not endure the things that ya'll have had to go thru. May God bless each of you and John I hope and pray that you will soon be released from the hell that you are in. I also want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support of this wonderful family. God bless you all.

Greg Schanfish
Greg Schanfish

I love all you and for many year i've know in my heart that this day would come... god and family up there know all the wrong that has taken place and as we set back down here and just take a look at what takes place over time ....... the truth will come out. Jhon will come home... that day is not to far off. You guys have to let God work it and as he will lead you. Things go wrong in our lives in which there never maybe an answer to but this time it want go down like that... THANK GOD AMAN!!!!! GOD speaks to us if you tske time to lesson. Them Judge they will see this one for what it is...... Just ask God to move in on them that they make the right decision...................................

Maryfkinsel
Maryfkinsel

This below is Mary Kinsel it shows Mar Odom because of my email address

Maryfodom
Maryfodom

OK I sit here with tears running down my face. I know that I HAVE LIVED ALL THE PAIN BUT I LIVE FOR THE DAY MY. ROTHER COMES HOME TO US. FAMILY, FRIENDS AND MY CHILDREN THANLS FOR ALL YPUR SUPPORT. I LOVE MY BABY BROTHER WITH ALL MY HEART. I HAVE LETTRT WITH TEAR. ON IT FROM MY MOTHER TELLING ME TO TALE CARE OF MY LITTLE BROTHER AN SISTERS O GOD I FAILED GOD HELP ME FOR GIVE THIS IS MY BABY BROTHER JOHN II LOVE YOU SWEETY

Diedre WARD
Diedre WARD

VERY WELL SAID, I KNEW YA HAD IN HEART AND SOUL ! IF GOD BROUGHT IT TO YOU ~ HE WILL GET YOU THROUGH IT! NUFF SAID

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