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To support the Bolger family please use the parole opposition letter language below and send it to the California Board of Parole Hearings. On behalf of the Bolger family, we thank you for your support.

Following is the sample parole opposition letter for copy/paste/signature purposes that you can email to: BPH.CorrespondenceUnit@cdcr.ca.gov or mail to:


Board of Parole Hearings 

ATTN: Pre-Hearing Correspondence
P.O. Box 4036
Sacramento, CA  95812-4036

RE: Raul Higgins – CDCR# P29949
Parole Hearing Date: May 22, 2024

Dear Chairman and Parole Board Member,

Please DO NOT grant a parole date to convicted murderer, Raul Higgins. On November 20, 1998, Higgins went to the home of Carolyn Marie Bolger (his ex-girlfriend). After a short visit, Higgins took her two youngest children to school. He then returned to her home for the sole purpose of overpowering her and brutally strangling her to death. He then abandoned her lifeless body, only to be discovered later by her 16-year-old son. 

On May 22, 2024, Carolyn’s family must endure the fear and uncertainty of the 6th parole hearing for this murderer. They must, once again, relive the horrendous events that led to her brutal and senseless murder. It is absolutely inconceivable that, in light of the heinous nature of Higgins’ crime, diminished mental capacity and Governor Newsom’s own decision to deny his release to parole— (“I find the evidence shows that he currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison at this time. Therefore, I reverse the decision to parole Mr. Higgins”)— that he would again be considered to live in a free society.

A thorough examination by medical experts concluded Higgins’ psychological diagnosis of “borderline personality disorder with Narcissistic tendencies.” They further concluded that his condition “is not amenable to treatment and only controlled because he is in prison.” Time will never change this murderer’s behavior of entitlement, lack of respect for women and fits of anger when rejected. 

Raul Higgins made a personal decision to plan and carry out the execution of an innocent young mother of five and must continue to accept the consequences of his actions. The Board must take into consideration the victim, Carolyn (the brutality she had to suffer before succumbing from strangulation) and her five children, who had to grow up without her. Carolyn does not get a second chance to live; she is gone forever by the hand of a cold and calculating murderer. Therefore, Raul Higgins does not deserve a second chance or the privilege of freedom. 

As a result of Higgins’ complete disregard for human life and lack of remorse, justice demands this convicted murderer, once again, be denied parole. He must remain in prison for the maximum time allowed by State of California law.

I respectfully request you review this matter and come to the same conclusion that Carolyn Marie Bolger’s family and friends have held since her brutal and senseless murder. Anymore today, the only people serving life sentences are those who have lost loved ones to murder.

Thank you for your consideration.