July 10, 1995, marked the beginning of the murder trial of Susan Smith, a young divorcée accused securing her two young boys in her vehicle, and pushing it into a lake in a vain attempt to seem child-free and more desirable to a man who had rejected her. The case gained national attention because Smith told police that her sons were kidnapped when her car was carjacked by a “black man.”
Six beautiful young women who committed the ugliest of acts.
On June 6, 1996, police near Rowlett, Texas, received an emergency call from a hysterical mother, who screamed, "They just stabbed me and my children… My babies are dying!" Strangely, investigators found more evidence pointing to the dead children’s mother than to an unknown assailant.
No one made eye contact with the thin young man in the baseball cap as he entered the the University of Montreal classroom, offering a slight smile, as if to apologize for the interruption. Used to tardy students, the professors ignored him. Until, grinning, he ordered 10 female students to get up and move across the room. "I’m fighting feminism," he said. Feminists needed to be taught their place, he added, then lifted his rifle and began shooting.
Debra Jean Milke spent 22 years on death row after being implicated in the murder of her 4-year-old son. Now she’s being freed on a $250k bond pending a retrial, thanks to a belated reconsideration of the record, ethics and honesty of the detective who served as the lead witness in her trial. But did she kill her kid, or not?
On June 14, 1983, Tucker, hacked two people to death with a pick axe in a drug-fueled frenzy. Alleged comments by Tucker that the act of killing had given her multiple orgasms generated public outrage. Even so, after she claimed to have changed and found God, many rushed to her aid in attempts to reverse her death sentence.
On July 11, 1995, the remains of a female victim were discovered in East Caln Township in Chester County Pennsylvania. The victim is believed to have been 17 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities believe that the estimated date of death is 3-7 days prior to discovery. Cause of death was homicidal violence.
On December 16, 1988, the remains of a female victim were discovered in the town Rising Fawn in Dade County, Georgia. The victim is believed to have been 16 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities say she was sexually abused before her death. Cause of death was determined to be homicide, likely strangulation.
On June 19, 1986, the decomposed remains of a female victim were discovered in Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, Louisiana. The victim is believed to have been 20-30 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have been in the water, held down by a 22-pound weight tied to her neck, for 36 hours prior to discovery. Cause of death was determined to be homicide.
In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. Currently, Florida’s death row houses 406 inmates, five of them female. These are the women of Florida’s death row.