Top 13 Real-Life Evil Mothers in American History
You believe that the Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or Lady Tremaine from “Cinderella” are the only examples of stepmothers in fairy tales? Stepmothers are real people! We will tell you about horrible tales about actual cruel mothers if you have never heard any.
Celeste Lowe, then five years old, was ill in the morning on January 13, 2011, due to a stomach virus. Catherine, her 34-year-old stepmother, took the young girl to work instead of school. Wesley, her 32-year-old father, discovered his daughter was still throwing up when they got home. The young child was declared dead at the hospital after the couple drove her there in a hurry. According to tests, the child died two hours before they arrived. The coroner observed that the effects of rigor mortis had started. Because internal injuries bled into the body cavity, he declared the death to be a homicide.
Wesley and Catherine persisted in telling the police that Celeste was just sick with the flu and that they were doing everything they could to help her. However, Catherine’s coworkers informed investigators that the child was incapable of standing by herself and had a pale blue color. Celeste needed to see a doctor, they informed her. Catherine claimed to have called Wesley, who advised her against taking his daughter to the hospital due to the possibility of Child Protective Services becoming involved.
After being found guilty of manslaughter, Catherine received a 25-year prison sentence. Wesley was initially accused of negligent homicide, but those accusations were later withdrawn.
On November 16, 1999, Zahra Baker was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Due to postpartum depression, her mother was unable to provide for the young child. She gave custody to Adam Baker, Zahra’s father. Zahra was given a bone cancer diagnosis when she was five years old. She consequently lost her hearing and a portion of her left leg. They relocated to the US with Adam’s new wife Elisa in 2008 after the little girl’s cancer entered remission in order to start over.
Adam reported Zahra missing from their Hickory, North Carolina, home to 911 on October 9, 2010. He informed the operator that his property had been set on fire the previous day and that his boss’s daughter had received a ransom note. He believed that Zahra had been kidnapped accidentally.
It turned out that no one had seen the girl in at least two weeks during the investigation. Elisa sobbed as the police questioned her, admitting to killing her stepdaughter. She admitted to police that she had cut Zahra’s body in half in the bathtub and dispersed her bones around the property. She attempted to link Adam to the murder, but the police ruled him out as a possibility. Elisa was given a minimum 25-year sentence after entering a guilty plea to the murder. She claimed in an interview from 2013 that Adam was the one who killed Zahra and that she was innocent.
Edward Hobson, the father of 13-year-old Chris Hobson, reported him missing from his Overland Park, Kansas, home on April 17, 1980. In a shallow grave, his body was found less than a month later. He’d taken gunshots to the chest and head.
James “Jimmy” Crumm, Chris’s stepbrother, was arrested later that day. Jimmy, 16, admitted to the murder and named his sixteen-year-old friend Paul Sorrentino and mother Sueanne, 39. The teenager informed police that his mother had attempted to poison Chris’s ice cream in the past. When that didn’t work, she asked the two teenagers for assistance. She informed them that she didn’t want to buy her stepson any gifts this Christmas because she wanted him gone.
Jimmy and Paul picked Chris up at the Hobson house the night of the murder. After traveling on some side roads, the three boys came to a stop at a dead end. Chris was instructed to dig a shallow grave and then enter it to explore. Paul and Jimmy alternated in shooting the teenager on the third count.
Sueanne, Paul, and Jimmy received life sentences in prison. 2011 saw the release of Sueanne. She currently resides with Edward, her spouse.
Following her first husband’s job loss and subsequent deep depression, the woman who went by the nicknames “The Derby Poisoner,” “The Modern-Day Lucretia Borgia,” and “America’s Queen Killer” killed him in 1863, deciding she’d rather kill him than deal with him. After a little arsenic fixed that, she killed a few of her children as well after realizing she had destroyed the family’s main source of income.
The New Haven Register claims that she moved on to husband number two shortly after that. After poisoning him, she moved on to another widower and inherited an estate estimated to be worth half a million today. This one had four kids, but Lydia Sherman, who had just been made, wasn’t going to let that stop her.
The infant, who had arsenic added to his bottle, was the first to pass away. Then came a teenage stepdaughter, and the husband’s time to go. After an eight-day trial, she was apprehended and found guilty; the New England Historical Society claims that she managed to get out of jail after five years. She was taken back and imprisoned a mere week later, where she passed away in 1878.
The strange Philadelphian Marie Noe suffocated eight of her ten infant children between 1949 and 1968; the other two passed away from natural causes. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was the cause of death in each of these cases. Because Arthur, her husband, thought she was innocent, the authorities just went along with it. It would take thirty years for the Philadelphia magazine, a local publication, to publish an article titled “Cradle to Grave” in 1998 casting doubt on the Noes’ innocence.
Stephen Fried, the article’s author, spoke with police officers who covertly reopened the case in addition to interviewing the Noes.On the day that Fried’s article was published, Marie was brought in for interrogation. She acknowledged smothering four of her babies during the course of a twelve-hour interrogation. She said, though, that she didn’t know how the other four passed away. She said of the first murder, “He was always crying.”
He was unable to express his concerns to me. He didn’t stop crying. His face was pressed down into the pillow by my hand until he stopped moving. When Marie entered a guilty plea to eight counts of second-degree murder, the largest case of maternal infanticide in history was created. Nevertheless, until her passing in 2016, she never spent a single day in a jail cell.
When Marie was arrested, she was 71 years old. She was given an unusual plea deal that would have kept her out of jail in exchange for letting a group of international experts question her in an effort to figure out what exactly makes women like her tick. This was an unprecedented plea deal; instead of going to prison, she would serve the first five years of her 20-year probation under house arrest. It goes without saying that she would have to be a fool—and not just a murderous lunatic—to turn down this offer.However, because she consented to a thorough psychiatric evaluation, the contentious research never proceeded beyond a mixed-personality disorder diagnosis (you think?).
However, her medical records also mention alcoholism and some sort of developmental disorder. According to the original author of “Cradle to Grave,” Marie was allowed to spend the next ten or so years at home watching TV with her husband, even though she had violated her probation by dining at a Denny’s restaurant earlier in the year.After arguing for his wife’s innocence for years, Arthur Noe passed away in 2009. In 2016, Marie passed away in a nursing home. If she hadn’t smothered her firstborn when he was a baby, he would have turned 67 that year.
Barbara “B.D.” Hyman, the daughter of Bette Davis, published her own autobiographical book about her mother in 1985. She completed the task while the woman was still alive, in contrast to Christina Crawford. Hyman claims in My Mother’s Keeper that she experienced emotional abuse, alcoholism from her parents, and domestic violence as a child.
When Hyman’s book was released, Davis was taken aback to read what her daughter had written about her mother, who was recuperating from a stroke while filming a movie abroad. Similar to what happened with Mommie Dearest, friends and family rallied to support Davis against Hyman’s accusations; many were incensed about the extraordinarily poor timing of the book’s publication.Hyman described physical abuse from Davis’s fourth and final husband, Gary Merrill, in her book. Merrill is her stepfather. In addition, she depicted her mother as a self-centered alcoholic who would stage suicide attempts as a form of punishment for her kids—two of whom she claimed had been adopted just to have company.
At the young age of three, Davis institutionalized Margot, one of her adopted children. After receiving a diagnosis of mental impairments and brain damage, she lived there for the majority of her life. Hyman further stated that at the age of eleven, Davis yanked her from school to serve as her personal assistant!Gary Merrill was among those who supported his ex-wife, despite the fact that his testimony lacked clarity.
Despite referring to his stepdaughter’s statements as “kernels of truth” and overstated, he essentially corroborated them. He then acknowledged that he had gotten into physical fights with his family, but he justified it all by saying that his ex-wife, Davis, was usually the one to start the fights and that they did in fact drink too much. To try to hide the controversy, he really provided this explanation in a 1985 interview for People magazine. He must have been using a broom for the first time.
The 26-year-old Heather Leavell Keaton was envious of the attention her five-year-old stepdaughter, Nathalie DeBlase, was getting. She kept the young child apart from her grandmother, which made Nathalie withdraw. Being disregarded was not something Heather liked, so she started physically abusing the child. She would frequently fill the young child’s sippy cup with antifreeze.
On March 20, 2010, Heather overindulged in antifreeze, which led to Nathalie’s violent illness. Heather and her common-law spouse, John DeBlase, 30, duct-taped Nathalie’s hands and feet and put her in a suitcase when the young child started to cry out in agony. John killed his daughter by strangulation, which he describes as a “mercy killing.” After driving to the woods, the couple disposed of the body.Chase, John’s three-year-old son, started inquiring about his sister’s whereabouts.
The pair was concerned he would bring up something in front of family. Heather gave Chase an antifreeze dose, tied him to a broom handle, and left him in the bedroom for the night three months after killing Natalie. His father then strangled him, and his body was left in the woods.After being found guilty of capital murder and receiving the death penalty for their heinous crimes, Heather became the first woman to be sent to death row in Mobile County, Alabama.
Yesterday, the six-year-old girl’s father and stepmother were found guilty of wilful neglect and manslaughter after giving her such a hard punch that her digestive system collapsed.
Insisting that the over sixty bruises discovered on Lauren Wright’s body when she passed away in May of last year were the result of a mix-up between bullying and clumsiness on the school playground, Tracey (31) and Craig Wright (38) claimed they loved and cared for their friend.
However, rather than the nurturing family setting the couple claimed to offer, the jury at Norwich Crown Court was informed that Lauren endured severe physical and psychological abuse. Her father “turned a blind eye” as her stepmother struck her and made her eat pepperoni sandwiches.
The couple will get their sentence at a later time after the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts.
In the interim, the case has brought up new concerns regarding the function of social services with regard to children who are at risk. Former education secretary Ms. Gillian Shephard called for a public investigation, calling the case “a public disgrace”.
The social services department employees of Norfolk Council were found guilty of not acting with “due urgency” and of neglecting to monitor Lauren’s living conditions and health, according to an investigation conducted by the Norfolk Area Child Protection Committee.
The 35-year-old entered a guilty plea to jeopardizing her stepson’s welfare, who is five years old. Staff members at the elementary school reported that the child was malnourished and had burns and bruises all over his body.
Later on, Byrd acknowledged that he had punished the boy by forcing him to perform push-ups and striking him with a belt. She later told a judge that she would sometimes force her stepson to piss himself because she would lock him in his room from the time he got home from school until he left for school the next day.
The 39-year-old mother was detained in 2013 on suspicion of torturing and handcuffing her two stepsons. The teenage boys testified that their mother had not fed them for three days and that she would burn them with cigarettes, beat them with rolling pins and mallets, and make them take naked baths in bathtubs filled with ice cubes and cold water.
Renee King, 29, of Macomb County, Michigan, called 911 on November 20, 2010, reporting that her two-year-old stepdaughter, Lily Furneaux, was not breathing. Renee reported that during Lily’s bath, her back gave out, causing her to drop the child when first responders arrived.Lily passed away, according to the coroner, at least two hours before her stepmother dialed for assistance. Furthermore, the wounds received did not match Renee’s explanation. The young child had sustained a penetrating injury to her vagina and at least 20 blows to the head.Renee was taken into custody and accused of criminal sexual conduct, child abuse, and felony murder.
She was upset with Lily because she would often sully her pants and throw tantrums, as the trial revealed. Renee received a life sentence without the chance of release. The judge increased the sentences for the sexual assault by 30 to 50 years and the child abuse by 5 to 7 years because of the horrible nature of the offense.
Charlie Bothuell IV reported his 12-year-old son Charlie V missing from their Detroit home to the police on June 14, 2014. The case quickly became well-known across the country. Mr. Bothuell made an appearance on Nancy Grace, a TV news program, nearly two weeks later. The father was told during the live broadcast that police had discovered his son alive in his home’s basement, and it was a bombshell.
After being taken into custody, Mr. Bothuell and his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, were accused of torturing and second-degree abusing children. Charlie testified during the trial that he was pushed into the basement by his stepmother, who told him to stay there at all costs. He heard her call his father upstairs and report that his son was missing. The young child described how he was made to follow an intense workout regimen and denied food. He claimed that because his stepmother had threatened him, he was afraid to come out of hiding—even when police were searching the basement. In addition to being placed on 18 months of probation, Mr. Bothuell was mandated to take anger management classes. His spouse agreed to a covert plea bargain that excluded any jail time. Six months later, her record was deleted.
A 15-year-old girl was seen wandering the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, on a chilly February day in 2012. A kind person called the police after noticing the girl was only wearing pajamas and was barefoot. Authorities were informed by the girl that she had been raped and physically and sexually assaulted while being held captive in the basement of her family home. Her stepmother, Melinda Drabek-Chritton, 44, her stepbrother, Joshua Drabek, 20, and father, 42-year-old Chad Chritton, were all taken into custody.
The teenager testified during the trial that she was kept in the basement, which had a motion sensor and an alarm. She was beaten, denied food, and made to eat her own excrement. Her stepbrother also molested her sexually. The young girl testified in court that although her father was involved in some of the abuse, her stepmother was the one she was afraid of. Melinda and Chad Chritton received five-year sentences for child abuse, reckless endangerment, and inflicting mental harm on a child. Joshua was given a five-year sentence after being found guilty of both physical and sexual assault.
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