Jennifer Reali, Fatal Attraction Killer Turned Gospel Singer, In Lakewood Halfway House

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Jennifer Reali during a 2011 CBS4 interview. More photos plus video and audio below.
Jennifer Reali gained a lot more notoriety as the so-called Fatal Attraction killer of her lover's wife than she has for the gospel singing on self-released albums that she recorded while doing time at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. Hear a sample of her song stylings below.

Now, however, she's getting attention -- not all of it positive -- for being released to a Lakewood halfway house despite being turned down for parole just three years ago. Photos, video and more below.

See also: Jennifer Reali Sings! Fatal Attraction Killer Now on Fire for Jesus

As our Alan Prendergast reported, Reali burst into the public consciousness in 1990, after she ambushed and murdered Diane Hood, who was just leaving an El Paso County support group for those afflicted with lupus. Reali had disguised herself, ninja-style.

Brian Hood.
The motivation for the killing is said to have come from Brian Hood, with whom Reali'd been having a passionate affair: "Their first sexual encounter, she later confessed, took place on top of the washing machine in her laundry room," Prendergast writes. She claimed that Hood manipulated her into doing the deed, with him allegedly quoting Bible verses in a bid to convince her that the killing was part of "God's plan."

In the end, Hood was sentenced to 37 years in stir, while Reali received life. She wasn't supposed to be eligible for parole for forty years, but Governor Bill Ritter, persuaded by reports that she'd been a model prisoner, tweaked her sentence as he was leaving office. Although her conviction remained, she was given a shot at parole earlier than previously allowed.

Her 2011 visit to the parole board didn't result in her immediate release. Her application was rejected, meaning she won't get another chance at release until 2016.

Reali responded in unlikely fashion: via song. She released two albums, including Prisoner of Hope....

...and Love Me In:
The latter remains available on Amazon at this writing. Song titles include "Captured," "Beauty in the Ashes" and "Pool of Repentence."

The liner notes on the discs were penned by Reali and feature this acknowledgment: "I was not a songwriter. I was not a singer nor a guitarist. However, God chose me to sing, write and play" tunes such as "Promise Child," which sports the lines "My flesh fought against your plans for me/Now my heart's poured out in praise.../There's no more running from your will's embrace."

Arguably Reali's most personal composition is Love Me In's title track. The lyrics read in part:

Would you find me acceptable if you knew where I'd been?
Would you cringe in horror at the stories I could tell?
Would you judge and condemn me?
Sentence me to hell?
Oh-oh, straight to hell....

If you knew my dark side
Would you sense the hands of Christ?

I broke every commandment
I've hidden special sins....
Are you willing to hold me
When I'm poison through and through?
Can you see past my number
To see a child of God?

Listen to the ditty here:

Presumably, such sentiments factored into the decision by prison officials to grant her request to transfer to the halfway house. A spokesperson told the Colorado Springs Gazette that she met the requirements for the move for reasons of "time served and behavior."
Darla Blue.
Nonetheless, Darla Blue, a friend of Diane Hood's, is unhappy with this development, good behavior or no. Her comments are included in a piece from KRDO-TV. It's on view below, following a look at a recent Jennifer Reali booking photo.

Jennifer Reali.

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Of course she had good behavior. She's easily manipulated and controlled. It doesn't mean she's rehabilitated.

She should serve her entire sentence.

She murdered a woman, she didn't even know, in cold blood because someone told her to do it. If her mind can be that easily controlled, she should rot in prison.

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

I would not trust her for a second. Don't turn your back.

Justin Mendez
Justin Mendez

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 Did she pay her debt to society appointed by a judge or a group of her peers? Then she gets to move on, God bless


And what's the victim doing today with her life?  Oh, that's right she's DEAD, she isn't singing, or doing artwork, she's DEAD.  Enough with these stories of how these killers turned their lives around, they should be locked up forever.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Her first album titled "You blow me away" perhaps?

Hot.Sauce topcommenter

Guess who else recently got released to a halfway house?

Boulder baby killer Alex Midyette less than 5 years into his 16 year prison sentence.

People are doing more time for marijuana than murder in Colorado.


no my brother is a atheist after 23 in prison for lsd


he should do every minute of his sentence. but for him, his wife would not have been murdered. but for her (Reali) he would have found another woman to do the deed.


@Hot.Sauce It's our 'justice' system, it doesn't work, especially with liberals in control, they never saw a criminal that couldn't be 'cured'.  This mutt killed his infant, and after 5 years he's sane and ready for a 'new' start.  And the infant, well, the infant is dead, so let's go forward with 'tolerance and acceptance' of any behavior, all they need is 'understanding' and 'care', and of course a program.


@gofastgo @Hot.Sauce

Daddy Warbucks Midyette is a liberal-hating Dick Cheney-esqe Republican scumbag.

Wouldn't be surprised if he had some financial influence over the community corrections board and parole committee.

Remember, it was the Neanderthal spawn of the Rethuglycans that brutally beat and tortured that baby to death.

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