It’s been nearly 19 years since Susan Smith strapped her sons -- 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex -- into their car seats before rolling her vehicle into a lake, drowning them to death.
The case made national headlines when the then 23-year-old mother, for nine days, made tearful pleas to the public for the safe return of her boys, who she initially claimed were abducted by a black man during a carjacking.
During the early morning hours of August 27, 2003, a fire broke out at the Lorian, Ohio home of 28-year-old mother Nicole Diar. While Diar managed to escape the home unharmed, her 4-year-old son Jacob perished inside.
At the age of 4, Diar herself had suffered horrific burns after her brother accidentally set her pajamas on fire. She underwent a total of 61 operations in just 14 years in an attempt to repair permanent scarring over much of her body.
It’s one of the worst crimes imaginable: a mother killing her own flesh and blood. On the evening of October 26, 1997, Susan Dianne Eubanks committed the unthinkable when she shot and killed her four children execution style at her San Marcos, California home.
Brandon, Austin, Brigham and Matthew, were, 14, 7, 6, and 4 at the time of their deaths.
It was an unimaginable crime. An adoptive mother accused of smothering her two daughters to death and storing their bodies in a freezer, and the only surviving child, just 7-years-old, who managed to escape her home after years of abuse.
The case began on September 26, 2008, when Lusby, Maryland, residents called 911 after finding a 7-year-old girl wandering the street, looking disheveled and wearing only a nightgown, authorities said.
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