Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Prostitute Prisoner and Author to be Featured in Rodeo Documentary

8/20/07 -- OKC, OK - Jamie Brooks probably had dreams of what her future would hold, but none of them probably included being a published author, participating in a rodeo and a documentary film, prostitution, or serving time in an Oklahoma prison for murder. But, at only 17-years-old a set of unfortunate circumstances set the stage for all five.

Brooks, 30, was only a teen when she was convicted of shooting a man to death that she alleges was a "John."

While serving her 16-year prison sentence, Brooks authored "The Battle Within," a graphic retelling of the physical, sexual and mental abuse that led up to her becoming a prostitute and convicted murderer (see info, top right).

While serving time at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma, Brooks was a participant in this years "Behind the Walls" prison rodeo.

Billed as America's largest prison rodeo, the annual event, held in McAlester, began in 1940.

Brooks and another female prisoner participating in the rodeo are to be featured in a documentary entitled, "Behind the Walls Rodeo."

The documentary is being created by local independent film director Bradley Beesley and producer Amy Dotson.

According to an article published in the Daily Oklahoman, "The documentary team will bring 11 camera crews and a helicopter to the rodeo to shoot from many angles. The production is being funded completely by tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit sponsor. For more information on donating, e-mail BradleyBeesley@Mac.com."

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