In one, addressed to Doug and ex-girlfriend Hilary DeWitt, Faylene asked them to marry as soon as possible and said she wanted to see them "sitting as husband and wife at [her] funeral." DeWitt told ABC News that Faylene had asked her to take care of the two boys Faylene shared with Doug.
The authorities never contested the authenticity of Faylene's letters and writings. Instead, they argued that Doug had somehow manipulated and encouraged Faylene's thoughts of suicide, then drowned her in the bathtub. A jury convicted Doug Grant of manslaughter in 2009, and he was sentenced to five years in prison.
The defense in the Julie Jensen case also acknowledged that the letter was indeed hers. Their argument was that the letter was inadmissible based on strict hearsay rules under the Sixth Amendment that state a defendant must have the opportunity to confront his or her accuser.
For five years, prosecutors fought to bring the letter back into evidence. Finally the Wisconsin Supreme Court created an exception. In its decision, the court allowed Julie Jensen's letter and statements as a dying declaration, and they were admitted into evidence. A jury later found Mark Jensen guilty of first-degree murder, and he was sentenced to life in prison.