Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kathleen Folbigg, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – Australia, 2001


EXCERPTS from Kathleen Folbigg’s diary:

• • With Sarah, all I wanted was her to shut up. And one day, she did.

• • Even though I'm responsible, it's alright. She accepts and is happy... She's a fairly good-natured baby, thank goodness - it saved her from the fate of her siblings. I think she was warned. …another one like Sarah. She saved her life by being different.

• • I feel like the worst mother on this earth, scared that she'll leave me now like Sarah did. I knew I was short-tempered, and cruel, sometimes, to her, and she left - with a bit of help.

• • …would like all my mistakes and terrible thinking be corrected and mean something, though. Obviously, I'm my father's daughter.

[from: “Of Woman Born,” Australian Story (ABC Radio, Australia), Mar. 15, 2004]

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Wikipedia: Kathleen Megan Folbigg (née Donovan) (born 14 June 1967) is an Australian serial child killer. Folbigg was convicted of murdering her three infant children, eight-month-old Patrick Allen, 10-month-old Sarah Kathleen and 19-month-old Laura Elizabeth. Folbigg was also convicted of the manslaughter of a fourth child, Caleb Gibson, aged 19 days. The murders took place between 1991 and 1999, coming to an end only when her husband discovered her personal diary, which detailed the killings.

Folbigg was originally sentenced to 40 years' jail, with a non-parole period of 30 years, but on appeal this was reduced to 30 years, with a non-parole period of 25 years. Folbigg maintains her innocence, claiming the four children died from natural causes.

• Early life

On 8 January 1969, Folbigg's biological father, Thomas John Britton, murdered her mother, also named Kathleen, by stabbing her 24 times. Following her father's arrest on the day after the murder, Folbigg was made a ward of the state and placed into foster care with a couple.

On 18 July 1970, Folbigg was removed from the care of the foster couple and placed into Bidura Children's Home.

In September 1970, Folbigg moved into a permanent foster care placement. This arrangement lasted until she was a young adult. She left school at the age of 15. In 1987 she married Craig Gibson Folbigg.

• MURDERS:

1) Caleb Gibson
Caleb Gibson Folbigg was born a healthy baby on 1 February 1989. Caleb was known to breathe noisily and was diagnosed by a paediatrician to be suffering from a mild case of laryngomalacia, something he would eventually outgrow. On 20 February 1989, Folbigg put Caleb to sleep in a room adjoining the room she shared with her husband. During the night, Caleb stirred from midnight until 2 a.m. Found by Folbigg, the death was attributed to Cot Death.

2) Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen Folbigg was born on 3 June 1990. Craig Folbigg remained at home to help care for his wife and baby for three months after the birth. On 18 October 1990, Folbigg put Patrick to bed. Craig Folbigg was awakened by the sounds of his wife screaming and found her standing at the baby's cot. He noticed the child wasn't breathing and attempted to revive him by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An ambulance was called and Patrick was taken to hospital. Patrick would later be diagnosed to be suffering from epilepsy and cortical blindness. On 18 February 1991, Folbigg telephoned her husband at work, saying "It's happened again!"

3) Sarah Kathleen
The couple moved to Thornton in the City of Maitland. Sarah Kathleen Folbigg was born on 14 October 1992, and died on 29 August 1993.

4) Laura Elizabeth
In 1996, the couple moved to Singleton. On 7 August 1997, Laura Elizabeth Folbigg was born. On 27 February 1999, Laura died.

• Trial

Folbigg's trial lasted seven weeks. The prosecution alleged Folbigg murdered her four children by smothering them in periods of frustration. During a jury replay of Folbigg's police interview, she attempted to run from the court room.

The defence made the case that Kathleen did not kill or harm her children and that Kathleen did not think that Craig was responsible either. Although prosecution witnesses were concerned about the lack of prodromal (early warning) symptoms in any of the children, the defence posed natural explanations for the events such as Cot Death and, in the case of Laura's death, myocarditis. The defence highlighted that Folbigg was a caring mother, pointing to journal entries that showed the care and concern that she gave her children. Some of Laura's acquaintances gave statements to investigators about her caring nature.

The defence pointed out that there were no direct admissions to the killings in Folbigg's journal entries, and that any entries indirectly suggesting her responsibility could be chalked up to a typical grieving mother's guilt. Folbigg appeared genuinely distraught to ambulance and police responders to the scene. They pointed out that no physical evidence could link Folbigg to murder; it was an entirely circumstantial case with very little consensus among the scientific experts who testified at trial.

• Verdict

On 21 May 2003, Folbigg was found guilty by the Supreme Court of New South Wales jury of the following crimes: three counts of murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. On 24 October 2003, Folbigg was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 30 years.

• Appeal

On 17 February 2005, the court reduced her sentence to 30 years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 25 years on appeal. Due to the nature of her crimes, Folbigg resides in protective custody to prevent possible violence by other inmates.

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Feb. 21, 1989 – Caleb (20 days) murdered.
Oct. 18, 1990 – Patrick stopped breathing, was revived.
Feb. 18,1991 – Patrick (8 months) murdered.
Aug 29 1993 – Sarah Kathleen (10 months) murdered.
Feb. 27, 1999 Laura Elizabeth (18 mo) murdered.
April 19, 2001 – KF arrested.
May 21, 2003 – Folbigg was found guilty by the Supreme Court of New South Wales jury of the following crimes: three counts of murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Oct. 24, 2003 – Folbigg was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 30 years.
Feb. 17, 2005 – the court reduced her sentence to 30 years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 25 years on appeal.

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Laura Michelle Reese, Serial Killer – Panama, 2010


Laura Michelle Reese, alias “Jane Seana Cortez” and William “Wild Bill” Dathan Holbert, 30, alias “William Adolfo Cortez,” were a serial killer married couple who operated in central America, plying a racket based on real estate in which they would rob and murder victims they contacted over real estate deals.

They were featured on the American TV show “America’s Most Wanted” which led to their being listed with Interpol as wanted fugitives on July 24, 2016 at the request of Costa Rican law enforcement. They couple was captured by the Nicaraguan army in Rio San Juan on July 26, 2010 as the fugitives attempted to flee from a checkpoint.

Holbert and Reese were immediately deported to Panama to face multiple charges of murder in that country. According to Officials in Nicaragua Holbert and Reese were suspects in about 40 murders committed throughout Mexico and Central American nations, Belize and Costa Rica, as well as Panamá. The couple killed people in order to confiscate properties, personal possessions and bank accounts.

In May 2012 the couple were given three separate trials for five murders committed in Bocas del Toro, Panama. All five bodies were found buried on the couple’s property. Each was shot in the head.

The bodies of Cheryl Lynn Hughes, 53, and Bo Icelar were found on July 23, 2010, and on August 3, the corpses of Michael and Manchittha Nan Brown, and their teenage son Watson. Bocas del Toro were dug up.

Assistant Prosecutor Angel Calderon stated that Holbert “picked out his victims after making their acquaintance, knowing that nobody would ask about them, he got rid of them.”

Holbert also confessed “that he murdered his sixth victim, American lawyer Jeffery Arlan Kline, in a boat in Panamanian waters. Holbert then went by sea to Costa Rica where he buried Kline on a farm he owned there.” Holbert attempted to protect Reese from being charged, claiming her was completely responsible for the murders. Yet both were convicted and sentenced to prison. (reports of the date of convictions and sentencing have not yet been located.)

EXCERPT: “William Dathan Holbert, aka “Wild Bill”, filed for divorce from his wife Laura Michelle Reese after learning she was cheating on him with another detainee. Laura met her lover in the women’s prison in Los Algarrobos, Chiriquí, when he was performing work in the prison, according to Holbert’s legal representative. Holbert asked the prison authorities to suspend conjugal visits, which were held once a month with his wife.” [Don Winner, “William Dathan Holbert, ‘Wild Bill’ Files For Divorce - Laura Michelle Reese Was Cheating On Him, Panama-Guide.com, Mar. 26, 2013]

[Robert St. Estephe]

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“William Dathan Holbert born September 12, 1979, also known as Wild Bill, is a self-confessed murderer and Central American Cartel enforcer from Hendersonville, North Carolina.”

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2000 – couple move to Panama.
Ca Dec. 30, 2007 – Michael Watson Brown, murdered?
2010? – America’s Most Wanted website; “According to the America’s Most Wanted article, William Dathan Holbert was involved in a similar scheme of taking over a house in North Carolina.”
DATE? – Jeff Kline, American lawyer, murdered.
Jul. 23, 2010 – “The story broke Friday [Jul. 23, 2010] when the prosecutor’s office in Boca de Toro confirmed that two bodies had been found on property occupied by the pair. By that time they had crossed over into Costa Rica.”
Jul. 26, 2010 – “A man and woman sought for investigation of multiple murders in Panamá seem to have spent several weeks in Costa Rica before they tried to flee to Nicaragua Monday [Jul. 26, 2010] morning.”
Jul. 29, 2010 – deported in shackles from Nicaragua to Panama.
Jul. 30, 2010 – statement given by Holbert.
Aug. 3, 2010 – 3 bodies found. Michael and Manchittha Nan Brown, and their teenage son Watson. Bocas del Toro, Panama. Shot in head.
May 7,  2012 – will be for the murders of Michael and Manchittha Nan Brown, and their teenage son Watson. Superior Tribunal in Chiriqui.
May 21, 2012 – is the trial for the murder of Cheryl Lynn Hughes. Superior Tribunal in Chiriqui.
May 29, 2012 – for the murder of Bo Icelar. Superior Tribunal in Chiriqui.
Mar. (?) 2013 – divorce filed.

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[“Update: ’Wild Bill’ Alleged Serial Killer Confesses to 5 Killings,” Latino Daily News, Aug. 5, 2010]
[pdfsrealestate25, “Wild Bill Serial Killer pdfsrealestate25’s blog, Jan. 19, 2016]
[Don Winner, “‘Deported in shackles’: U.S. couple accused of killing seven people sent to face justice in Panama,” Panama-Guide.com, Jul. 30. 2010]
[Don Winner, “William Dathan Holbert, ‘Wild Bill’ Files For Divorce - Laura Michelle Reese Was Cheating On Him, Panama-Guide.com, Mar. 26 2013]
[Don Winner, “Narrowing Down The Dates of the Brown Family Murder in Bocas del Toro,” Panama-Guide.com, Sep. 8, 2010]
[“Fugitive pair from Panamá are captured on Río San Juan,” A.M. Costa Rica, Jul. 27, 2010]
[Don Winner, “William Dathan Holbert Confesses to the Murder of Jeffery A. Kline in Costa Rica,” Panama-Guide.com, Sep. 21, 2010]

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monika Halbe, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – 2007, Germany


On May 5, 2007, eighteen-year-old  Johannes Halbe, living in a small German village of Wenden-Möllmicke went to the freezer to get a frozen pizza. There he found by accident shopping bags containing terry towels inside of which were the remains of three tiny babies. One of the packages’ wrapping included a newspaper. It was dated “December 30, 1988.”

The Halbes have three living children besides Johannes: Stefanie, 23 at that time, and Sebastian. They and their father Thomas said they had been unaware of the pregnancies.

Monika explained the reason she kept the three baby corpses years at home in her freezer stating: “I wanted the kids always to be near me.”

At the time of the trial Halbe was undergoing voluntary psychiatric treatment at a guarded facility.

Judge Wolfgang Muenker when sentencing Moonika Halbe, related biographical details to demonstrate his reasoning for sentencing. She was the youngest of eight children, trained as a dental assistant but gave up work after being bullied. Her first sexual relations were “not consensual,” he noted. He said that she suffered from “an irrational fear of doctors and especially of gynaecological examinations.”

On December 1, 2008, Monika Halbe, 44, was found guilty by the Siegen state court of killing two of her babies. She was sentenced to four years and three months. The first death ineligible for prosecution due to statute of limitations.

[Robert St. Estephe]

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Home in Wenden-Möllmicke, a village with 1650 inhabitants Sauerland, Germany.

1983 – Monica marries Thomas Halbe.
1984 – Stefanie born, allowed to live (23 at time of discovery).
1985 – Sebastian born, allowed to live. (22 at time of discovery).
1986 – newborn #1, girl, murdered. Unchargable homicide due to statute of limitations.
Ca Dec. 30, 1988 – newborn #2, girl, murdered, “delivered in the family bathroom, was suffocated by being held close for several minutes.”
1990 – Johannes, allowed to live (18 at time of discovery).
2004 – newborn #3, girl, murdered, drowned.
May 5, 2007 – discovery by son Johnnes (18).
Dec. 1, 2008 – Monika Halbe, 44, found guilty by the Siegen court of killing two of her babies (due to statute of limitations) and stashing their corpses in the family’s freezer; sentenced to four years and three months. Siegen state court. Wolfgang Muenker, presiding judge.

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[Von Kristian Frigelj, “Die Mutter, die drei Neugeborene sterben ließ,” Die Welt (Germany), Nov. 11, 2008; children’s names listed]
[“German mother jailed for killing babies and keeping bodies in freezer,” The Telegraph (England), Dec. 1, 2008]
[“Tote Babys in Kühltruhe Mutter wollte Kinder “bei sich haben,” Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), May 17, 2010]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza, Accused Serial Killer Physician – Brazil, 2013


This case is still ongoing as of July 2016.

Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza, director of the Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Evangélico in Curitiba, Brazil, is charged with conspiracy in causing the deaths of as many as 320 patients by ordering them to be injected with Pancuronium, a muscle relaxant, and in other cases victims were administered lethal doses of anesthetics, sedatives and painkillers, or were asphyxiated through having their oxygen cut off.

The Evangelical is the largest private hospital in the state of Parana, is a private philanthropic institution, but many of its patients are treated under Brazil’s Unified Health System.

Though the patients were under intensive care, many were fully conscious at the time de Souza ordered them terminated, according to prosecutors. Dr. Mario Lobato, was appointed chief investigator assigned by Brazil’s Health Ministry. Lobato reported that “One was awake, being sedated but not even connected to a respirator. This patient had asked his family to bring his glasses so he could do some reading while he was in the intensive care ward.” In another case the victim had requested a cup of water. “This nurse testified that one of the things she will never forget is that she didn’t manage to give him the cup of water because by the time she returned he had already died.” Said Lobato.

Police believe de Souza selected poor patients assigned to the hospital by the Unified Health System in order to free beds for patients with private insurance or cash.

De Souza was arrested on February 19, 2013 along with seven of her staff, three physicians under her supervision, three nurses and a physiotherapist. A search warrant was served and hospital records were confiscated. The charges involved seven recent deaths.

Prosecutors describe de Souza as exercising an “all powerful” rule over the hospital’s intensive ward. Phone taps produced recordings of de Souza instructing staff to end the life of patients. An undercover officer investigated reports of suspicious deaths and recorded her communications with staff. De Souza is recorded saying: “I want to clear the intensive care unit. It’s making me itch.”

Previous to the 2013 serial murder scandal the hospital was embroiled in controversy over financial problems stemming from the charity that funds the hospital, Evangelical Beneficent Society of Curitiba. Labor strikes were common and one took place the week before the police raid that snatched up de Souza and crew.

In June 2013 de Souza was interviewed on television, stating: “I never shortened the life of anyone. I just practiced medicine exactly as it should be practiced.”

[Robert St. Estephe]

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1959 – Evangelical opened, largest private hospital of Paraná.
1988 – began practicing medicine.
2006 – 2013 – pariod of suspected murders, up to 320, at Hospital Evangélico, Curitiba, Brazil; Method: Pancuronium (trademark Pavulon), muscle relaxant.
Feb. 19, 2013 – De Souza, 56, arrested. Three other doctors, three nurses and a physiotherapist who worked under De Souza have also been charged with murder.
Mar. 24, 2013 – Dr. Mario Lobato, Globo TV interview. Dr. Mario Lobato, chief investigator assigned by Brazil’s Health Ministry
Jun. 2013 – de Souza interviewed, TV show Fantastico.
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[“Polícia prende diretora de UTI suspeita de praticar eutanásia em hospital de Curitiba,” UOL (Brazil), Feb. 19, 2013]
[Anthony Boadle, Reuters, “Brazilian doctor may be linked to 300 deaths, investigators,” Toronto Sun (Canada), Mar. 28, 2013]
[“Novo laudo aponta que dra Virgínia foi responsável por antecipar mortes em UTI do Evangélico,” Banda B (Brasil), Jul. 13, 2016]
[Fabio Buchmann, “MP questiona perícia feita em prontuários sobre mortes na UTI do Evangélico,” radiocbncuritiba, Feb. 2, 2016]
[Matt Roper, “Is this the most prolific serial killer of all time? Brazilian doctor accused of killing 20 terminally ill patients and ‘could be responsible for 300 more deaths’,” Daily Mail (England),
[“Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza 2013 (Brazil), CrimesCentral.com, Aug. 26, 2014]
[‘Serial killer’ probe tarnishes Brazilian hospital,” BBC (England), Feb. 20. 2014]

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de Souza, Dr. Virginia Helena Soares

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Marinette Pezin, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – 2006, France


Few serial killer moms meet the stereotypical politically correct description (the Marxism-based “Duluth model”) of the female as manipulated victim of a powerful oppressive made who causes her to commit violence. Marinette Pezin’s case does, however, fit the stereotype and the court was justly merciful in their judgment.

In 2003 Mehmet Unlu, a retired Turkish immigrant bought a house in Contres, Loir-et-Chet, France from a couple named Edmond and Marinette Pezin, parents of four living children, a boy (22) and three girls, who were beginning divorce proceedings. Three years later he made a horrifying discovery. January 27, 2006 when digging in the garden with a spade he came across a small package, a scrap of blanket and a bit of plastic inside of which was the decomposed body of a baby girl. Police tracked down the previous owners and through a DNA test it was determined that Marinette Pezin was the mother. She expressed “confusion” at the news. She was charged with homicide and investigation continued.

Later that year, on October 12, 2006, Mehmet Unlu was planting leeks and dug up another package, this one containing a skull and some bones of another newborn. DNA testing was blocked (it is not clear from news reports seen so far what the reason was). Yet finally Marinette Pezin began telling the truth. She confessed that she had given birth in a bathtub and murdered the child by drowning. She admitted that in addition to the two babies discovered that there was another corpse of a newborn buried on the property. Investigators, using ground penetrating radar, covered the entire area with no results Finally in 2008 Marinette gave them the general location and they dug up the corpse which was buried 36mm in the ground under a pile of wood in the garden.

But Marinette had more to disclose. Back in 1989 she had given birth to child, in a toilet. In her confession she said that “someone” flushed the body down. She excused the killings asserting that her husband wanted no more children and that he was frighteningly overbearing: “authoritarian and violent.” She said her husband had no affection for any of their children. Her representations were plausible and were confirmed by her living children. Their father was a boorish tyrant. She had married Edmond at the age of 16 a man of 34. Before reaching the age of 20 years, Marinette had already given birth to four children including twins.

On February 3, 2011, the Assize Court of Blois convicted Marinette Pezin, 44, of killing three children but awarded her a suspended sentence – of only 5 years duration.

[Robert St. Estephe]

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Oldest child Thierry, 27 (in 2011).
1989 – child born in toilet bowl and flushed. There, the husband was aware but did not want another child.
2003 – Mehmet Unlu buys house from Pezins, who were at the time beginning divorce proceedings.
Jan. 27, 2006 – body discovered by Mehmet Unlu. January 2006, Mehmet Unlu, Turkish pensioner who just bought a house in Contres (Loir-et-Cher), discovers, digging in his garden, a piece of blanket and a kind of plastic canvas. Inside, the body of a female baby.
Oct. 12, 2006 – body discovered. On October 12, while continuing the investigation, it is the woman of pensioner shows, gardening, a new piece of plastic bag. The police were alerted and exhume a piece of bone and a tiny skull belonging to a second baby.
Feb. 22?, 2008 – third body found buried 36mm in the ground under a pile of wood in the garden. ground penetrating radar.
Feb. 3, 2011 – Assize Court, Blois, MP, 44, receives a suspended sentence of five years.

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Sources:
[“Une mère jugée pour un triple infanticide à Blois,” Metro News (France), Feb. 1, 2011]
[ D. R., “L'affaire Pezin: la preuve par les ondes,” Le Figaro (France), Feb. 22, 2008]
[“Blois: Cinq ans avec sursis pour la mère qui a noyé trois nouveau-nés,” 20 Minutes (France), Feb. 3, 2011]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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Véronique Courjault, Serial Baby-Killing Mom – France, 2006


From Wikipedia: Véronique Courjault (born Fièvre) is a French citizen who confessed to having killed three of her babies, two of whom she stored in a freezer at her home. Her case has been referred to in the media as the "affaire des bébés congelés," or "freezer babies" case.

Véronique Courjault (born in 1968 in the French department of Maine-et-Loire) is the wife of engineer Jean-Louis Courjault (born in 1966). After their marriage in 1994, they were known to have had two sons born in 1995 and 1997.

After living in France, the couple moved to Seoul (South Korea) in 2002, while maintaining a home in the French city of Tours.

• Chronology of events

On July 23, 2006, Jean-Louis Courjault, returning to Seoul after vacationing in France, found two infant corpses in the family freezer. A few days later, DNA tests performed by South Korean authorities confirmed that the infants were those of the Courjaults.

On August 22, 2006, Jean-Louis and Véronique Courjault held a press-conference during which the couple contested the DNA results and called the media "a lynch mob" that was in conspiracy with commercial rivals of Jean-Louis Courjault.

The case was transferred to France where new DNA tests were ordered. On October 12, 2006, Véronique Courjault admitted to killing both infants and freezing their remains after she gave birth to them in 2002 and 2003 in South Korea. She also confessed to killing a third infant and burning its body in a fireplace in 1999 while the couple still lived in France.

In January 2009, the case against Jean-Louis Courjault was dismissed. He stated publicly that he had never been aware of his wife's pregnancies and that she had in fact kept them secret by wearing loose clothing and through a process referred to as denial of pregnancy.

On June 18, 2009, Véronique Courjault was found guilty of having murdered her three infants by the French court and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

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A large debate in the Francophone press emerged over the summer of 2009 concerning the basis for Courjault's denial of the three pregnancies and whether she had deliberately deceived her husband with the intention of murdering the infants. Swiss television (TSR) in Geneva aired an interview with American child psychiatrist Daniel Schechter, a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of peripartum psychopathology. Schechter described "denial of pregnancy" as a serious symptom of a psychiatric disturbance that can have several possible etiologies.

Véronique Courjault was released from jail on May 17, 2010. She had spent almost 4 years behind bars.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Susan F., Serial Baby-Killing Mom – Germany, 2007


It was time for little 5-year-old Celine to start school, but the girl never showed up. So on November 27, 2007, agents from the Youth Office visited the home of mother Susan F. in Plauen, a small town in Saxony, Germany. The household, orderly and respectable, contained two boys – Tim (7) and Luca (1) – the unmarried father Jörn G., yet there was no girl. Celine, born  February 28, 2002 was nowhere to be found. Police were notified.

They found Celine in a trunk in the house’s basement, a corpse, killed soon after her birth in the local hospital. A week later, further search of the premises turned up two more infant’s corpses, both girls. One was found in in freezer behind flower pots; the other in a suitcase in balcony closet, both packed away in plastic trash bags. The children were unknown to the school officials since they, unlike Celine, were born at home, and died without documentation or even a name.

Investigation of the history of the killings was a challenge, for Susan F. had, in a period of just a few years, relocated residence in Plauen nine times. A language teacher, Susan had been unemployed for seven years.

As with so many cases of this try the father of the murdered children asserted he was oblivious to two the pregnancies (those following the birth of Celine) and unaware of the killings. Since he was frequently away from home working in Switzerland his claims are plausible. Jörn G. was not charged with a crime. Celine, he said, he was informed was adopted out. Autopsies showed that none of the three babies had suffered from trauma or disease. Susan said they just “suddenly died.”

Susan was charged with killing the two girls born at home in 2004 and 2005. Celine’s birth was not hidden from officials thus Susan was given the benefit of the doubt and not charged in that death.

On March 4, 2009, Susan F., 29, was convicted of two cases of manslaughter; sentenced to 8 years in prison.

[Robert St. Estephe]

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2000 – Tim, son #1 born, lived.
Feb. 28, 2002 – Celine, daughter #1, died; b. in the Vogtland-Klinikum,
Jan. 13, 2004 – daughter #2, died.
Sep. 14, 2005 – daughter #3, died.
2006 – Luca, son #2 born, lived.
Nov. 27, 2007 – Employees of the Youth Office visited the mother because her daughter Celine should be enrolled.
Nov. 27?, 2007 – Celine’s body discovered in trunk in basement.
Dec. 2007 – “a week later,” 2 other bodies discovered: in freezer behind flower pots; in trash bag in suitcase in balcony closet.
Dec. 5?, 2007 – autopsy released.
Mar. 4, 2009 – Susan F., 29, convicted of 2 cases of manslaughter; sentenced to 8 years in prison.

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[“Mother gets 8 years for three infant deaths,” The Local (English) (Germany), Mar. 4, 2009]
 [“Baby-Leichen; Das dunkle Geheimnis der Susan F.” Superillu.de, Dec. 12, 2007]
[“Kindstötung Acht Jahre Haft für Mutter von toten Babys,” Der Tagsspiegel (Germany), Mar. 4, 2009]

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For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.

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