Husband turns in Feil's love letters

Police investigating links between doctor, inmates who escaped

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 could be sentenced to 12 years in prison if convicted of 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, highlights places where Feil could pick him up, and suggests Feil "dress like a professional old lady, with glasses," to distract prison guards while he escapes, Fischer said.

Bosshard, who has lived with Feil for 11 years, also turned over letters from former inmate Richard Crowell -- who calls her "Miss Marbles" and says he longs to "lay beside you one day."

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 that indicate Smoot and Feil were running a mail-order business scheme.

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 scheme, as well as whether Feil was renting an apartment in Baltimore.

In an interview after the news conference, Fischer said Bosshard turned down an offer of $15,000 to tell his story on the television tabloid program "Inside Edition."

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

They wrapped themselves in bandages and climbed over the razor-wire fence that surrounds the prison.

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

The inmates were captured two days later.

Three prison guards have been suspended for 15 days for not following security procedures, said Dave Towers, spokesman for the Maryland Division of Corrections.

State police say Feil gave them misleading information when she was initially questioned about the escape.

She turned herself in to state police in Glen Burnie on Tuesday evening and was released on $5,225 bond.

Feil met Smoot two years ago at the Patuxent Institution, a maximum-security prison that focuses on rehabilitating inmates. Smoot, who is serving a 29-year sentence for robbing 11 stores at gunpoint, was her patient for about a year.

She was fired in June for inappropriate contact with inmates. She had set up a post office box in Annapolis which she used to communicate with prisoners.

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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