Barbara Hernandez endured abuse as a child. In 1988, at the age of 14, she met Jim Hyde—who was also abusive, and she was “like his slave.” In 1990, Hyde instructed Hernandez to lure a man to a house to be robbed and killed. Hernandez did it. She was arrested and convicted, and has been in jail ever since.
Reading this story, it’s obvious that Hernandez was abused by multiple sociopaths. But she’s been written up 17 times for misconduct in prison. Is her behavior a result of the abuse—or is she a sociopath herself? In a sad case like this one, it’s hard to know.
Sentenced to life at 16, woman hopes for freedom, on ABCNews.go.com.