'But I don't want to put people off from writing to prisoners.' It's easy to relate to Sandie's opposition to the death penalty, yet difficult to understand why she would get into this kind of relationship in the first place.It is estimated that around 100 women in Britain are emotionally involved with men on death row.I even wiped some sweat from his head.' At Sandie's home the maximum-security world of Texas's Polunsky Unit, where Reginald was incarcerated for eight years, seems a long way away.The walls are adorned with pictures of kittens and family portraits of her children and grandson.
'I wouldn't do it again, it's too much for me,' she confides.
He protested his innocence to the end, although a security video was said to show him pawning jewellery belonging to Garza about 20 minutes after the shooting.
Eight months after Reginald's death Sandie continues to plead his case.
Pride of place goes to a photograph of Reginald in a Texas-themed frame, his gold-rimmed glasses resting on the table beside it.
Reginald Blanton was convicted of murdering his friend, 22-year-old Carlos Garza, on 9 April 2000 at Garza's apartment.
Sandie started corresponding with prisoners in 2002, via the website writeaprisoner.com, where inmates of both sexes post personal profiles.