Who Kill Their Children: by
Cheryl L. Meyer, Michelle Oberman, Kelly White, Michelle Rone,
Priya Batra, Jim Franz, Tara Proano Understanding
the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the "Prom Mom"
kind of horror is reserved for mothers who kill their children.
Cases such as those of Susan Smith and Melissa
Drexler, who disposed of her newborn baby in a restroom
at her prom, become media sensations. Unfortunately, in addition
to these high-profile cases, hundreds of mothers kill their
children in the US each year. The question most often asked
is, why would a mother kill her own child?
was the subject of Ann Rule's book "Small
Sacrifices," which was made into a mini-series
starring Farrah Fawcett and John Shea.
Downs -- Her Children Got in the Way of Her Love
Interview with Diane Downs and Ann Rule
Downs' petition for habeas relief under 28 USC 2254 was denied
by Judge Haggerty.
Diane Downs lost an appeal of life sentence -- A federal judge dismissed
several of the nine claims the convicted murderer made for procedural
one of Diane Downs' 3 children whom she shot while they lay sleeping
in her car on a dark road in Williamette Valley, Oregon on May 19,
of death: Shot to death by her mother. Her other daughter, Christie,
almost died and her son, Danny, was left a paraplegic. Downs tried
to blame it on a "bushy-haired" stranger, but was prosecuted for
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Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by
Ann Rule Eyewitness accounts, police records,
and personal interviews of Diane Downs, a woman convicted of the
ruthless shooting of her own 3 young children.
~ Farrah Fawcett
Victims of Homicide
by Christine Alder, Ken Polk
account for 1020% of all homicide victims in Australia, UK, Canada
& US. The most vulnerable time is the first year of life, in
particular, the first day of life. Studies show women are as likely
as men to commit child homicide.