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Inside the Spiral

Self-portrait by Marie Elise West, drawn shortly after a 1997 hospitalization (MARIE ELISE WEST)
West as a child
West as a child ()
Growing up
Growing up ()
Looking lovely
Looking lovely ()
Mary Kay
West, at left, was lucid and lively when she posed with fellow Mary Kay cosmetics conventioneers in 1998. ()
Al Bowman
West married Al Bowman in 1999. ()
West slept 18 hours a day when depressed. ()
New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve ()
West at home
West at home after being hospitalized in spring 2000 ()
Patton State Hospital
West at Patton State Hospital days after Jesus Plascencia’s death in September 2000 ()
Christmas 2001
At Patton State Hospital Christmas 2001 ()
Roger and Geraldine West
West’s parents, Roger and Geraldine West (CLARENCE WILLIAMS / LAT)
Al Bowman and attorney Carl Capozzola
West’s husband Bowman and attorney Carl Capozzola dispute the hate-crime charge. (CLARENCE WILLIAMS / LAT)