Latest Update on Ken Taylor
by Traciy Curry-Reyes
Ok, so I was determined to find out exactly where Ken Taylor is now. I had previously searched in the Virgina Department of Corrections website, and to my surprise he was not listed. I came across a discussion about the case in which the former detective indicated that perhaps he is not listed in the system due to snitching on some fellow inmates about another issue. (I'll get into that later)
So my basic goal was to find out if he was deceased, or if he was still floating around in the system. Well, this is going to be a bit of a teaser....he is floating around in the Virginia Department of Corrections. I came across some information that listed an up-to-date city and state for Kenneth Zachary Taylor. So on a hunch, I looked up the prisons in that city, which led me to another facility.
I called them, and the woman who answered the phone asked me for a date of birth. I told her that the birth year was 1949. She then gave me his entire date of birth of February 7, 1949. She also indicated that he was no longer at that facility. So I called the new facility, and they gave me the run around. I was transferred about 3 times. Eventually, I got a woman who was trying to be a smart--- on the phone, and she ended up giving me his state issued id number. Ha! Then I told her that I could not locate him in the database. This is when she hesitated. I actually heard her hesitate, as if she had suddenly come upon some info that she should not have given out.
So she said to me: "Well, I gave you the wrong info. The Kenneth Taylor that I have was not born in 1949." I told her that I was looking at the screen on the internet, and that the id she just gave me was not showing up, and that I wanted to know why. Finally, I said "Is he under some sort of protection, because another prison has already confirmed that he was there." She then stated that she did not have any info on that person. So, I told her to please transfer me to someone who could tell me...and guess what happened. She hung up the phone. Wow.
I called back, and the woman transferred me to records instead. The records department told me to call another number, which was the only place that could release any info. I called that place, and I talked to another woman who looked at the screen and confirmed the same info. I said "I just called that prison and the told me that he was not there." She said she had no idea why they would say that because the info that she was seeing showed that he had been there since February of 2006. I asked her to explain why he would not be showing up in the system online. So she paused for a minute, and as she was checking another screen she said: "Oh it's because he is an interstate compact inmate, and we are not...." and I finished the sentence for her..."You're not supposed to give out the info." and she paused and said "right." I said, "But, you just did."
She argued back and forth and stated that she never confirmed anything. I said "Yes, you confirmed it all. But, I promise you that I won't give out your name, and I won't say which prison gave me the info, and I guess I won't say exactly where he is so that I won't be responsible for anything happening to him inside. We just wanted to make sure the man was still incarcerated." She read the screen to me, which said that no info was to be given out to the public about this inmate, and that all questions should be directed to the supervisor.
For review, Ken Taylor is still incarcerated in the Virginia State Department of Corrections. His inmate id is 1103011. It will not show up in the system once you look for it. He is listed as Kenneth Zachary Taylor, and he is in protective custody. Now, they might move him again since they had this major goof. I don't know.
Now, as for Kenneth's parents, they left Indiana and moved to Florida. His parents are both deceased now. His mother died at age 77 in 2004, and his father died at age 80 in 2007 in a really bad car accident. I'll post the link to the accident later.