She sent the world on a wild goose chase and when the chase was over, she paid for her actions and for crying wolf.

Susan Smith made headlines almost 20 years ago when she told the world that her two children, 3-year old Michael and 14-month old Alex, were abducted by an African-American male. The tables quickly turned on her when her children were found dead. Drowned as they were strapped in their car seats. Smith murdered her children by driving her car into John D. Long Lake, with the very first searches not finding the car at first because the police believed it would be within 30 feet of the shore and did not search farther. It later turned out to be 60 feet off-shore. After the boys were missing for 2 days, Smith and her ex-husband, David, were subjected to a polygraph test. The polygraph was inconclusive and it also showed that her claim to not know the location of her sons was a lie. Afterwards, during the interrogation, she accepted the results of the test, failing the same question on every polygraph test thereafter. At the intersection where she claimed to have been carjacked, no other cars appeared.
The biggest breakthrough of the case was her description of the carjacking location. She claimed that lights at the intersection where she stopped only turn red when a car approaches on the intersecting road. However, since she also claimed that no other cars were on the road at the time, she would have had no reason to stop at the intersection. That claim turned out to be false.

In a trial that would be rivaled only by the Casey Anthony trial, Smith’s defense psychiatrist diagnosed her with dependent personality disorder and major depression. Her father committed suicide when she was 6 years old and she rarely had a stable home life. It was also disclosed that she was molested in her teens by her stepfather, who not only admitted to it but also revealed that he had consensual sex with her as an adult. At 13, she attempted suicide. After graduating from high school in 1989, she made a second attempt to end her own life. She married David and had the two sons but the relationship was rocky due to mutual allegations of infidelity forcing the couple to separate several times.

She was eventually found guilty, she was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her children and will be eligible for parole on November 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of thirty years. At that time, she will be 53 years old.

In an interview with Nancy Grace on HLN, her former husband David said that “I believed her 100%. I’ve said that all along, that I thought Susan would have been the last person to ever hurt Michael and Alex.”  The infamous killer mom made headlines this month after one of Susan Smith’s alleged former jail mates spoke to the National Enquirer.

According to the National Enquirer report, Susan Smith’s former jail mate claims the convicted killer paid her to watch for guards while she indulged in sexual rendezvous with her girlfriend in prison closets and the cafeteria freezer.

“Susan gets money from men she meets through prison pen pal web­sites and she’d put $30 to $50 a week in my prison commissary ac­count,” Susan Smith’s alleged former jail mate told the National Enquirer.

What did David Smith have to say about the scandalous report?

“It doesn’t surprise me with Susan,” her ex-husband told Grace. “She’s very convincing. She was always very sneaky. She always had to have her way or no way. So Susan’s going to do something to always get the attention, get the spotlight on her or get it back on her. Whichever it may be.”

Has Smith stayed out of trouble since her conviction? Hardly. She was first incarcerated in the Administrative Segregation Unit in the Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina. While in prison, two correctional officers have been punished for having sex with Smith: Lt. Houston Cagle and Capt. Alfred R. Rowe, Jr. Consequently, she was moved to a prison in Greenwood where she is currently held at Leath Correctional Institution. In 2003, she placed a personal ad at WriteAPrisoner.com, which has since been retracted.

Susan Smith’s defense attorney David Bruck refused to give HLN a comment Monday and in 2010, Susan Smith filed a handwritten appeal claiming prosecutorial misconduct.

Susan Smith could have been anything. She could have made a better life for herself and her children, despite her circumstances in her youth. The molestation did not give her a license to kill her children, who would be in college by now had they lived or given a chance to live. The spot where they drowned is now a shrine in their memory. Instead, Susan Smith sits in a prison cell in the Palmetto State, being told when to get up, when to eat and even when to go to bed. Life without parole. Her lies caught up with her. Karma has really big teeth and the day that she was found guilty by a jury of her peers was the day Karma bit and bit hard. Maybe she had her reasons that we don’t know and will never be privy to for her actions. Is she a sociopath? Probalby. Cold, heartless, callous? Maybe.

Nearly 20 years ago, a young mother told the world that her children were missing, kidnapped. In the end, the children were not kidnapped. They were dead and their death was at the hand of their mother, who was supposed to be their guide, guardian and protector.

Susan Smith in that task failed and it cost her children and marriage. Her actions denied her and her former husband to see Michael and Alex grow up, never teach them to drive, watch them grow up to go to the prom, graduate from high school or college, get married or have their own children. She didn’t just do this to her ex-husband, she did it to herself and it cost her everything.

Including her freedom.

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