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Mothers 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"

A special 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?


The crime was the subject of Ann Rule's book "Small Sacrifices," which was made into a mini-series starring Farrah Fawcett and John Shea.

Diane Downs -- Her Children Got in the Way of Her Love

Oprah Interview with Diane Downs and Ann Rule

Diane 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 reasons.

Cheryl was 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, 1983. Cause 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 it.

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Small 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.

Small Sacrifices VHS ~ Farrah Fawcett

Child Victims of Homicide
by Christine Alder, Ken Polk
Children 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.

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