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Mervin R. Hughes 

 # V-82016- 5-EB-73 


San Quentin, California 94947

U.S.A for a first contact if you like, please leave a postal address for response. Thank you

May, 2012

My name is Mervin Hugdes, Iím 43 years old, black American. Iím from Oakland California. Iím in San Quentin state prison as a death row inmate. Iíve been incarcerated for 13 years now.

I am seeking correspondence with female pen pals, someone who has a lovely sense of humor, your worldly perspective would be rather gratifying.

You know this place will simply eat at your mind and soul if you donít have somebody with a good heart to write. Who can understand what youíre going through inside here. Iím not moralizing, just stating a fact.

I donít mind telling you about this daily struggle to hold on to dear life in here but I just like to talk about more pleasant things, such as yourself.

Iím going to be real with you from start to finish. That way you see if you want to be my pen friend and supporter. But I think youíll discover that Iím worthy of your trust and friendship.  I would never take from you or expect of you beyond that you give me Ė your open and real friendship unconditional friendship, some one that will have patience and be strong by my side.

Hopefully you, on the other hand will be some inspiration. I need someone not to be only my eyes in the world but also my voice if necessary. But I donít have time for anything artificial pen pals or anything else.

When you response to this personal ad please, send a picture of yourself along with your letter to me at the address below.


Mervin R. Hughes 

 # V-82016- 5-EB-73 


San Quentin, California 94947