Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Mothers who kill

Stories of mothers who kill their children for attention, or because they’re told to do so by demonic voices, or just because they want to get rid of them.

Today in Crime History: The Trial of Susan Smith Begins

July 10, 1995, marked the beginning of the murder trial of Susan Smith, a South Carolina woman accused of getting her two young children out of the picture by securing them in her vehicle, and pushing it into a lake in a vain attempt to seem more desirable to the man who had rejected her. The case gained national attention because Smith claimed her sons were kidnapped when her car was carjacked by a black man.

Today in Crime History: Autopsies Performed on Susan Smith’s Children

Autopsies performed on November 4th, 1994, confirmed that Susan Smith’s children were alive when their mother sent their into the lake — they drowned as the car submerged.