Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Fetal Snatchers

Womb Raiders

The New York Daily News, along with several other sources, listed similar cases in which women so strongly craved babies that they were motivated to murder:

Effie Goodson
Effie Goodson

  • In Oklahoma in 2003, Effie Goodson shot Carolyn Simpson, who was six-months pregnant, in order to steal her child but the baby died as well and Goodson was arrested.

Carolyn Simpson
Carolyn Simpson

  • In 2000, Michelle Bica had responded to an ad for selling a car placed by Theresa Andrews in Ohio, who was close to giving birth. Bica informed her husband that she was pregnant and then shot Anderson, grabbing the baby to claim as her own. She buried the mother in a shallow grave in her yard. The police closed in, so she committed suicide rather than face the music. The baby was returned to the father.

Kathaleena Draper
Kathaleena Draper

  • That same year, Kathaleena Draper was suffocated by her aunt, Erin Kuhn, after she decided not to give her aunt the baby she was carrying. Kuhn cut the child from Draper's womb with a knife, but the infant died.

Michelle Bica
Michelle Bica

  • Carethia Curry and Felicia Scott were friends in Alabama. Curry was pregnant and Scott decided that she wanted the child, so she killed Curry in 1996 to get it, enlisting her boyfriend to assist. They dumped the body into a trash can and tossed it into a ravine; it was found two months later. The baby survived, but Scott was arrested. In 1998, she was convicted of capital murder.

Cindy Ray
Cindy Ray

  • In 1987, Darci Pierce, a nineteen-year-old married woman, abducted Cindy Ray near a prenatal clinical in New Mexico and then attacked. Pierce strangled the pregnant woman, and used a car key to remove the unborn baby girl, which survived the attack. She tried to get a birth certificate from a local hospital, and they required that she submit to an exam. It showed that she had not recently had a child, so she was caught. She was found guilty but mentally ill and received a 30-year prison sentence.
  • A 1992 case involved a doctor in Mexico in cahoots with the fetal abductors; the physician performed a C-section, handing the child over. It started in Brownsville, Texas, when two sisters befriended a pregnant woman at a social gathering. One sister claimed that she, too, was pregnant, and persuaded the victim to see her obstetrician. He removed the child by cesarean section and the mother survived but brought charges. One sister served several months in jail but the other evaded arrest.

Of the women who were caught, two committed suicide, two were convicted and sent to prison, one was placed on probation, one was found incompetent to stand trial and the trials for others are still pending. In one case, a woman was barely saved by a boy with the right instincts.

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