A letter from Colleen Stan

First I want to thank the Charley Project for caring about Marliz (Marie Elizabeth Spannhake) when no one else has. I care, because I feel a kinship to Marliz. I am Hooker’s second victim Colleen Stan.
I am writing because I want to bring it to your attention that Cameron Hooker has a parole hearing on April 16, 2015. This is his first parole hearing. He wasn’t to be paroled until November 22, 2022.
It is appalling to me that this MURDERER could be let out! My case has been forgotten and so has precious Marliz. I am asking anyone who cares to please write letters to the Parole Board and express why you feel he should not be free!
I know this is not what your site does. But I am asking you just as a fellow human being,  to please write.
If you write,  the letter needs to have this information on it:
Re: Inmates name : Hooker, Cameron
CDCR # D18324
Hearing date : April 16, 2015 at 8 : 30 AM
Send letters to:
Board of Parole Hearings
P O Box 4036
Sacramento, CA
All letters need to reach the Parole Board 30 days before the hearing.
Please get anyone who is interested to write too.
Thank you,
Colleen J Stan

27 thoughts on “A letter from Colleen Stan

  1. Pamela Shaner February 12, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Your a survivor, I will write a letter God Bless

  2. CaptK February 12, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Thank you for your letter. I will gladly write to the parole board.

  3. Kat February 12, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Meaghan, have you posted this on the facebook/twitter you have for Charley? I think someone should contact A&E is it? too, I remember seeing a City Confedential or some special or something ages ago on this case. A reairing with an update might help bring some much added coverage. Bless you, Ms. Stan, you are wonderful.

      • Kat February 13, 2015 / 8:09 am

        That was it! I couldn’t remember the name, it was years ago. Thanks!

  4. Heather February 12, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I don’t think anyone who’s heard of this case could ever forget it. It’s outrageous that he’s getting an early parole hearing. He needs to stay in prison forever.

  5. Justin February 12, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    This guy is up for parole?!?

    My first thought is that he is one of those guys who committed crimes too publicly notorious for a parole board to consider letting out… Like Charles Manson or Sirhan Sirhan. But perhaps he isn’t notorious enough for that to happen.

    • forthelost February 12, 2015 / 4:18 pm

      I think at the time he was convicted life without parole didn’t exist in California.

      • Justin February 12, 2015 / 9:45 pm

        No, I understand that. Back then, a life sentence meant they could be paroled after seven years. But if the State REALLY doesn’t want them out, then the parole boards will just go through the motions and refuse to parole them. Charles Manson for example has been up for parole since 1978 after all the death sentences in California were reduced to life sentences. But no parole board is EVER going to let him out. It would be political suicide for them to do that and any sitting governor would veto it anyway because of the public outcry. But because a lot of people don’t know about this guy, I was worried because there isn’t that kind of name recognition for his crime and the pressure to keep him locked up might not be there.

        In San Francisco on April 19, 1974, a man named Angelo Pavageau broke into the house of a young married couple, attacking the wife. The husband heard the noise and came to defend his wife, but Pavageau overpowered him. The killer beat Frank with a hammer and breadboard to death. He then turned back to the wife, raping her, slashing her and beating her for six hours. He then strangled her and broke her fingers, stripping the rings from them. To try to cover up the crime, Pavageau set fire to the couple’s home. Somehow, the woman survived the ordeal and helped prosecutors secure the death penalty for Pavageau, who was convicted of eight felonies. However, the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional and his sentence was changed to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In prison, Pavageau has fathered two children through the system’s conjugal visit program, earned a degree from the College of Marin, and received $400 a month in veteran’s education benefits.The mother of the murder victim, Betty Carlson was a co-founder of Justice for Murder Victims which was one of the first victims-rights advocacy groups. But if she didn’t keep showing up at this guy’s parole hearings and making a lot of noise, he might very well have been paroled because not to many people know about what he did. She died in 2010. If her group or her family doesn’t keep up the pressure now that she is dead… who knows?

  6. kafkette February 12, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    i will be glad to put together a letter, complete w/ addressed envelope, that anyone who wishes to can then just download, sign & send.

    i remember this case from when i was a kid. most times i am deeply invested in innocence & drug crime work & try to get people released. NOT THIS TIME. this guy NEVER needs to get out; he needs to STAY IN FOREVER.

    ps. if anyone is interested, leave me a reply here & i will set up a gmail account specifically for this purpose.

    ps. i’m uncertain we even had LWOP when he was convicted, nor that he was sentenced for anything that could get LWOP. there is NO QUESTION, however, that he should have been.

    • keljo1976 February 13, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      I’d love to have a draft of your letter so that I can also send. i appreciate you offering to put it together!! Thank you

    • Angie February 16, 2015 / 1:02 pm

      I would like a draft too if you have one! Thanks!

  7. Kat February 12, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Didn’t know CrimeLibrary was even active anymore, thought it went the way of Court/True TV. Comments there are something to behold though. Him aside, the one thing that has stuck with me through the years is that his female partner got almost nothing, or nothing at all, and is still roaming the world. But I do believe he shouldn’t be and has high risk of re-offense.

  8. Cattt February 13, 2015 / 1:07 am

    I’m writing too! So all this is on the front of the letter?

    “Re: Inmates name : Hooker, Cameron

    CDCR # D18324

    Hearing date : April 16, 2015 at 8 : 30 AM

    Board of Parole Hearings


    P O Box 4036

    Sacramento, CA


    I want to make I’m doing it correctly and it gets there!

    • Meaghan February 13, 2015 / 3:10 am

      Looks good to me.

      • Cattt February 13, 2015 / 6:04 am

        Okay! : ) It just looked like a lot to put on the front. LOL!

    • Meaghan February 13, 2015 / 10:02 am

      I would advise putting all that on the envelope and letter just in case.

  9. Cosmo February 13, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    I think it would be simplest just to have someone in a legal position to post a petition on CHANGE.ORG and pass it through all of FB I get those all the TIME and I sign them!!!

  10. cynical_observer February 15, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    i personally believe that violent offenders that are let out early should have to live in the same neighborhood as the person or people responsible for his early release. whether that be the politician, the judge, the attorney, the parole officer…whoever it is that would end of giving him his freedom.

    a jury of his peers found him guilty. the judge gave him over 100 years in prison. the tax payer has fed him, clothed him, paid CO officers to babysit him……so yeah. let him live in the governors neighborhood.

    maybe we could build a halfway house for excons right there on the same street, they can cut the governors grass and clip the hedges and clean his pool and teach the grand kids how to ride a bike and wash his cars, and make mcdonalds runs for the family when the governor is too pooped from a hard days work.

    whatever you would call the *exact opposite* of that warm and fuzzy feeling you get from watching two kittens napping in the sunlight is where i’m at on this.

  11. Diane February 16, 2015 / 2:52 am

    You’re a badass survivor and hero, Ms. Stan. Thank you for doing this and I admire you a great deal.

  12. Angie February 16, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Should we also make an online petition for this?

  13. Michael March 2, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Meaghan, I just read this and I want to write a letter but can’t do so immediately because the recent death of my mother has me very busy. I am also moving back to the US from Canada on top of everything else. Is there a way to privately leave you or someone else my email address?

    • Michael Cartier March 2, 2015 / 10:01 pm

      Sending letter letter this week. I really hope they don’t let this guy out….

    • Michael Cartier March 2, 2015 / 10:01 pm

      Sending letter this week. I really hope they don’t let this guy out….

  14. hearmeroar September 11, 2016 / 1:06 am

    Lock him up with MANSON! Another SICK F’K! They’ll get along just fine!

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