Veronica May Clark
Veronica May Clark, previously named Nicholas, in his original booking photo. Mr Clark said that doing art work in prison led to an epiphany that revealed to him that he is actually a woman.

Newton, Connecticut, US – A depraved murderer who identifies as a woman is suing the Connecticut Department of Correction for violating his civil rights by housing him with men and denying him transitional care.

Veronica-May Clark, the first Connecticut inmate to undergo transgender hormone therapy, was sentenced to 75 years in prison under the name Nicholas Clark after he used a metal pipe studded with metal screws to bludgeon his estranged wife and her live-in boyfriend.

Christa Clark, then aged 29, had been in the process of divorcing her husband and father of her two children when he broke into her home and attacked her and 26-year-old Erich Talbert as the couple lay asleep in bed on Saturday, November 17, 2007. She survived, despite serious injuries. Mr Talbert died as a result of blunt traumatic head injuries he sustained.

At the time of the deadly attack, Mr Clark had a previous arrest for a domestic violence incident involving his estranged wife, and she had an active protective order against him.

In late April 2019, after 10 years in prison, Mr Clark filed a lawsuit seeking $500,000 in damages and treatment for gender dysphoria. He claims that the Connecticut DOC violated his civil rights by housing him with male inmates and denying his three years of repeated requests for electrolysis hair removal, a higher dosage of hormones and a specialist trained to treat his gender dysphoria.

The inmate says that his body hair produces such self-disgust that he shaves himself multiple times a day and has attempted self-harm using nail clippers.

Mr Clark, a former professional skateboarder, says he slowly realized his gender identity while creating art at Community Partners in Action’s Prison Arts (CPA) Program workshops, which he began attending in 2013.

“It’s pretty hair-raising to see what happened to this person,” said Dan Barrett, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. “If the documents are telling the story that ends up being proven, then it really seems like DOC does not have a handle on this particular prisoner’s medical needs.”

“The Department of Correction has a comprehensive policy aimed at meeting the unique needs of individuals identified as gender non-conforming,” said state DOC spokesperson Karen Martucci. “A thorough assessment by a mental health provider, and treatment if medically appropriate, takes place regardless if the person has received treatment in the community.”

Now serving out his sentence at Garner Correctional Institution, the murderer expresses ardent “hope that she’ll make it to the women’s prison,” CPA’s Prison Arts Program Manager Jeffrey Greene told Cultbytes during an interview.

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  1. ‘It’s pretty hair-raising to see what happened to this person’… The MURDERER? What he’s done to himself? So what he did to his victims is no big deal? They don’t have a handle on his medical needs b/c they include a strait-jacket.

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