Inmate Guilty Of Rape And Murder Demands The State Pay For Gender Reassignment Surgery

Katheryn Brown, 44, is a transgender inmate who was born Edmonds Tennent Brown IV. He is asking the South Carolina Department of Corrections to pay for her gender reassignment surgery. The thing is, Brown had been in prison for 13 years after she bound, raped and strangled 53-year-old Mary Lynn Witherspoon in November 2003.

Brown left Witherspoon's dead body in a bathtub in her Charleston, South Carolina home. Brown claims she had been taking hormones to become a woman before the murder. Brown's father had dated Witherspoon for several years. After the two split, his daughter continued to show up at the woman's home.

Witherspoon was not alarmed until Brown broke into her laundry room and stole a pair of her underwear in June 2003. Witherspoon pressed charges and Brown took a plea, serving time for burglary until she was released in November. In addition, Brown was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and gender dysphoria after her arrest.

After leaving prison on November 10, she went to undergo outpatient mental health treatment. While at treatment, Brown listed her home address as Witherspoon's address.

She then walked over to the woman's home where she murdered the teacher who did not know she had been released from prison. Brown was arrested when she returned to Witherspoon's home after the murder wearing a pair of her pants and underwear and having keys to her home and car. In addition, she changed the address on her license to Witherspoon's address.

Two years after her death, an anti-stalking bill was signed into law by then-governor Mark Sanford. It was called Mary Lynn's law after Witherspoon.

During a post-conviction hearing in 2007, Brown claimed that she was innocent. She said, "I believe that someone and I do not know who, saw me leave the house and confronted her about her upcoming move to Paris, France. I don't know who would want to hurt her." Witherspoon's sister Jackie Olsen said of her sister's relationship with Brown, "She was probably the only person who was ever nice to him. Mary Lynn was kind to everybody. She was good to the core. She loved people and was truly kind to people."

Brown is currently only one of two women in the South Carolina prison system requesting gender reassignment surgery. The state has so far refused the requests of both women.

Photo: NY Daily News, Daily Mail

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