Therapist's husband gives police more love letters

May 27, 1999|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

The twisted tale of Elizabeth Feil -- the prison psychologist accused of helping an armed robber escape from state prison -- got even messier yesterday, as her husband handed over more love letters to state police, saying they indicate the pair plotted the escape for eight months.

Standing in front of the state police barracks in Glen Burnie at a news conference he called, Glenn Bosshard said he prays for his wifebut believes she should be behind bars.

She is charged with two counts of harboring a prison escapee, being an accessory and obstructing justice.

Bosshard turned over two file boxes filled with sexually explicit correspondence between his wife and the robber, Byron Smoot. In addition to phone-sex sessions and money-making schemes, Smoot writes of his desire to escape and run away with Feil.

In letters from September, Smoot outlines his escape route and lists possible dates, said Bosshard's attorney, David W. Fischer. Smoot also sketches a map of the prison and highlights places where Feil could pick him up, Fischer said.

Bosshard, who has lived with Feil for 11 years, also turned over letters from former inmate Richard Crowell.

Today, Bosshard plans to turn over e-mail correspondence between Feil and Smoot's mother, Constance Leonard, who lives in Tacoma, Wash.

Earlier this week, Bosshard gave state police fliers he said he found at his home.

The fliers for "St. Byron and Elizabeth" advertise "free money" if customers purchase their guide to home businesses. State police are investigating the existence of such a mail-order scheme, as well as whether Feil was renting an apartment in Baltimore.

Smoot and murderer Gregory Lee Lawrence escaped from the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup on May 18.

State police believe that the inmates were up at a pay phone less than a mile from the prison. Blood from the inmates was found on the seats of Feil's Subaru wagon.

The inmates were captured two days later.

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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