In a three-part article, the Los Angeles Times profiles the odd couple pairing of an Omaha attorney and her husband, a California prison inmate whom officials identify as a leader of the Aryan Brotherhood, a powerful prison gang. She is Pamela Dowden Griffin, a Kansas native, and he is Robert “Blinky” Griffin, who has one of fiercest reputations in the California prison system. They were married in 1984, and Pamela Griffin has gone on to a law career in Omaha as a partner with a prestigious law firm and as senior regulatory counsel for First Data Corp., the world’s largest processor of financial transactions.
She has spent a quarter century in what she acknowledges has been a secret second life, advocating on behalf of her husband. Robert Griffin was first jailed for drug and robbery crimes nearly 40 years ago. In prison, authorities say, he helped create the Aryan Brotherhood, a band of white inmates, and he has developed a reputation as a brutal racist. His nickname of Blinky, they say, refers to the notion that he can order an inmate murder in the blink of an eye.