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November 3, 1994: Susan Smith Arrested For Drowning Her 2 Sons

Smith’s defense psychiatrist diagnosed her with dependent personality disorder and major depression.

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On November 3, 1994, Susan Smith was arrested for the murder of her two sons. Smith tried to claim that her children were abducted by a carjacker, and the story quickly gained international attention after Smith went on TV to beg the alleged kidnapper to return her children.

Following a nationwide search, it was eventually determined that Smith had locked her children in her car and let it roll into a lake, drowning them both. Smith would go on to blame mental illness for her behavior. Smith’s defense psychiatrist diagnosed her with dependent personality disorder and major depression, revealing an extensive narrative of trauma and abuse in her past. Smith claimed that she had no motive for her crime and had not planned it, saying that she was not sane at the time.

“I love my children. That will never change. I have prayed to them for forgiveness and hope that they will forgive me. I never meant to hurt them!” she said.

While imprisoned at the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution, two correctional officers would be fired for having sex with her while under their custody.

Smith’s crimes became the subject of rock band Blind Melon’s song "Car Seat (God's Presents).”

[Photo: Getty Images] 

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