A transgender woman charged with three murders in Washington State is blaming the crimes on her former male self.
Donna Perry, 62, is charged with the 1990 murders of three prostitutes.
She told police that when a person undergoes gender reassignment from male to female “there’s a great downturn in violence,” according to a 2012 affidavit filed in Spokane Superior Court.
Perry underwent gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2000. She claims she did it “as a permanent way to control violence.”
Police say Perry shot and killed Yolanda Sapp, Kathleen Brisbois and Nickie Lowe, leaving their bodies on the banks of the Spokane River. Perry was linked to the murders through DNA evidence and fingerprints.
She says it wasn’t Donna who killed those women, it was Douglas Perry.
After declining to appear at an initial hearing, Perry was in court Tuesday.
Richard Brisbois, the brother of victim Kate Brisbois, drove from Fruitland, Wash., to Spokane to attend the hearing this week. He said he thought it was unethical that Perry could refuse to show up.
“That was quite aggravating,” Brisbois told the Spokesman-Review.
He said finally seeing Perry in court Tuesday brought a sense of closure.
“It was good to see and hear that he's in jail and will be staying in jail,” Brisbois said. “We’re all really happy to have some closure even after 24 years.”
His sister left behind three daughters, who now have children of their own.
“It still brings tears to my eyes,” he said. “My heart gets heavy when I think of my sister. I miss her.”
Perry is being held in Spokane County jail on $1 million bond.