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updated 9/13/2011 5:54:16 PM ET 2011-09-13T21:54:16

A document titled “mothers who won’t make it to mothers day” was found in the home of a woman accused of murdering two women with an ax in 2006, prosecutors say.

Pamela Myles, 43, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Annie Mae Davis, 59, and Everleana Brame, 74, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The victims were found bludgeoned to death in their homes a few weeks apart in April 2006. Both women lived alone and attended the same church as Myles, according to the Tribune.

Court records show Myles has a history of mental illness, the newspaper reported. She is currently at a mental health facility in Elgin, Ill. She was sent there in 2007 after being found guilty but mentally ill in an unrelated aggravated battery case, Cook County prosecutors said.

Myles was initially questioned in 2006 about the slayings of Davis and Brame but denied any involvement. Witnesses had reported seeing her walking around the neighborhood with an ax, the Tribune reported.

According to media reports at the time, Davis was found dead inside her home in Chicago's South Shore on April 3, 2006, with blunt force trauma to the head. Brame was found dead in her home five blocks away a little more than three weeks later on April 27.

Police searched Myles’ home shortly after the second slaying and found an ax and hammer, but there was no physical evidence linking the objects to the crime, Assistant State’s Attorney John Maher said.

Investigators also found a document titled "mothers who won't make it to mothers day" that included a list of initials and the word “dead” next to each entry. On the list were “ANN” and “BRA” — believed to refer Davis and Brame, the prosecutor said, according to the Tribune.

Investigators went to the health facility in June to re-interview Myles about the murders but she “would not utter a single word during the interview,” the newspaper quoted Maher as saying.

Three days later, Myles told a worker at the facility that she had “killed two people” and wrote out a confession, Maher said.

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