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(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Convicted child killer Charles Jaynes is no stranger to the headlines, but he's going to have to get used to seeing his given name in court papers.

A judge has denied Jaynes' request to officially change his name behind bars.

The abduction and murder of Jeff Curley in 1997 remains one of the area's most traumatizing crimes.

Jaynes is serving a life sentence in the case.

Recently, Jaynes petitioned the court to change his name to this: Manesseh-Invictus Auric Thurmose, V.

Jaynes claims he's a Wiccan, and God gave him this name.

The Brockton Enterprise reports Plymouth County Probate and Family Court Judge Catherine Sabaitis rejected Jaynes' name change request, saying it is inconsistent with the public's interest.

Bob Curley, Jeff Curley's father, attended Jaynes' hearing to change his name and that it didn't bother him at all to be in the courtroom with his son's killer. He told FOX 25's Bob Ward that he needs to stay on top of this, and he will.

A second inmate making headlines behind bars is convicted wife killer Michelle Kosilek, who is trying to get a taxpayer-funded sex change in prison

Federal Judge Mark Wolf has ordered the state pay for Kosilek's sex change from a man to a woman. The state is appealing that ruling, but while the process in underway, the meter is still running on the legal bill.

Judge Wolf said on Wednesday that he is going to award Kosilek's legal defense team $700,000 in legal fees. The money will be coming from Massachusetts taxpayers.

Judge Wolf said from the bench in federal court that he understands this is an expensive bill for taxpayers, but "resistance at all costs can end up costing taxpayers a lot of money."

It will be a few more weeks before it is known exactly how high the legal bill is going to be.

The Department of Correction had no comment.

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