Pamela Sue Rogers "Pam" Lychner(November 9, 1958 - July 17, 1996) was a Spring Valley Village, Texas real estate agent who promoted the "Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996" bill. She died in the Trans World Airlines Flight 800 crash.
Lychner, a former flight attendant for Trans World Airlines (TWA), bought a vacant house to sell in 1990. When she and her husband, Joseph "Joe" Lychner, visited it to meet who they believed was a prospective buyer, a workman from a cleaning company named William David Kelley appeared and told them that he forgot to clean under the sink. Later he tried to tear Pam's clothes off her body; Joe held him as she called for help. Kelley, a convicted rapist and child molester, carried a knife and duct tape on his person and a blanket in his pickup truck. He plea bargained and received a sentence of 20 years for "aggravated kidnapping with intent to commit sex assault." 
After the Texas Department of Criminal Justice sent a letter to the Lychner residence, notifying the household that the state nominated Kelley as a candidate for early release, Lychner decided to become a "victim's rights" advocate, founding the group "Justice For All." She, as its president, lobbied for repealing mandatory release laws, registration of sex offenders, and the construction of more prisons. Lisa Gray of the Houston Press said that Lychner was "articulate, emotional and sure of herself, she was the blond embodiment of suburban fear of crime."
Lychner promoted and, according to U.S. Senators Phil Gramm and Joe Biden, crafted the language of a bill, later called the "Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act of 1996," that established a federal database for United States sex offenders. In addition the bill required sex offenders who move to new locations are required to contact authorities; if they fail to do so they face fines and prison time.
Shannon Evian Lychner, Pam's 10-year-old elder daughter, had copied Claude Monet's paintings, and Pam wanted to introduce her to the Giverny, Monet's former garden, located near Paris. They created a plan for a three-day Paris trip.
37-year-old Pam and her daughters, Shannon and 8-year-old Katherine Elizabeth "Katie" Lychner, boarded TWA Flight 800 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, bound for Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, on July 17, 1996. N93119, the Boeing 747-100 used for Flight 800, exploded off the coast of Long Island, killing all of the passengers, including the three Lychners, and all of the crew. Joe advocated for an investigation of Flight 800. According to him, the bodies of Pam and Katie were recovered during the first night of rescue efforts. On July 22, five days after the crash, the Suffolk County, New York coroners had identified Pam's body and Joe was summoned to confirm the identification. Days later Katie's body was positively identified, and on July 28 Shannon's body was recovered. The three crash victims received burial in a family plot near Chicago, Illinois.
Post-mortem recognition and legacy
On July 15, 1997, Lychner's home community, the City of Spring Valley Village in Greater Houston, Texas, dedicated a bronze statue of Pam Lychner and her daughters, called "Love's Embrace," at the city hall. After the statue was posted, visitors read the plaques, left roses, and touched the bronze. Her husband Joe often visited the statue. Lisa Gray of the Houston Press described it as "shamelessly emotional, a monument to a secular saint and her daughters."
Pam Lychner State Jail, a state jail for men operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Atascocita, unincorporated Harris County, east of Humble, was named after her. A duplicate of the statue in Spring Valley Village exists near the state jail. In July 1995, the jail opened as Atascocita State Jail. After her death, the TDCJ board unanimously voted to rename the facility Pam Lychner State Jail.
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