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It's called meet an inmate dot com.
    At first glance you'd think you were on a web site like match dot com.
    Rows of pretty smiling faces, like this angelic looking young woman.
    On her profile Lisa Huerta writes,  "I am like the sun peeking out from behind the clouds...full of the promise of a brighter day."
    "Our daughter will always be in her grave," Carrie Ruiz said. :She's not going to have brighter days."
    Huerta, who describes herself  as petite, easy going and curious is leaving out something many people might consider a big turn-off.
    "Lisa Huerta is a cold blooded killer," Ruiz said.
    And if you decide to write her or invite her over when she gets paroled you'd be wise to hide all the knives.
    "If your crazy enough to write these inmates back or somebody like Lisa Huerta then whatever happens to you it's your own damn fault," Ruiz said.
    Carrie and Lou Ruiz know first hand the evil behind this pretty face and fetching smile.
    It was Lisa Huerta who could have changed everything on that fateful night in October 1999.
    Huerta befriended 17-year-old Felicia Ruiz.
    In fact Felicia thought she was going to a Halloween party with Huerta, Jesus Salazar and Jay Ferrel, a complete stranger.
    But Felicia didn't want to join Huerta's gang.
    That snub along with a little jealousy brought the dog out in Huerta.
    Ferrel held Felicia down prosecutors say while Salazar stabbed her repeatedly and Huerta slashed her throat.
    "It is an empty lonely feeling from the minute the homicide detectives walk through your door and come in your house and tell you that your baby is dead," Ruiz said. "Your whole life changes and it never stays the same, it's never going to be the same after that."
    And the road to justice for the Ruiz's is littered with hollow victories and devastating losses.
    Jay Ferrel got 20 years for manslaughter.
    "Felicia had more stab wounds then he got time," Ruiz said.
    Jesus Salazar fled the country. He's spent the last 14 years a wanted fugitive.
    Even the former Fox program America's Most Wanted jumped into the search for Salazar but he's yet to be apprehended.
    As for Lisa Huerta, she's serving 30 years.
    "She gave our daughter the death penalty," Lou Ruiz said. "Why didn't she get the death penalty."
    The Ruizs' also question how Huerta and all these inmates can go on websites like meet an inmate dot com in the first place.
    "It's a business," crime victims advocate Andy Kahan said. "It's a money making enterprise."
    And a way for victims to find cash and possibly even their next victim.
    "Inmates who are in prison serving time for murder should not have the ability to do that in my opinion," said U.S. Congressman Ted Poe.
    Poe says federal law probably can't stop these web sites but he believes the state's prison system could stop inmates from taking part.
    "The state of Texas, the penitentiary system can prohibit people from having access to that because they are serving time," Poe said.
    "I actually blame the people on the outside more because none of this happens without them," Kahan said.
    The person behind meet an inmate dot com is Arlen Bischke from Oregon.
    He charges the inmates who want on the website.
    The Ruizs' emailed Bischke asking him to remove Huerta because of all the pain she's caused them.
    Bischke replied back saying all inmates are welcome to join and no he's not removing Huerta because of personal issues the parents have with her.
    "And for him to say it's personal, your damn right it's personal, your damn right it is,." said Carrie Ruiz. "That was our only daughter and it's always going to be personal for us."


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