The disturbing life story of a mother who drove her car into a lake and drowned two children

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On July 22, 1995, Susan Smith was found guilty of murdering her child.One day in October 1994, Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith tied her children to her car in South Carolina, drove straight to Lake John D. Long, and then tried to blame it all on a black man.Susan Smith experienced unspeakable tragedy at an early age.Her father committed suicide when she was 6, and she tried to follow suit when she was 13.Susan’s stepfather began to molest her after her mother remarried.Tormented by a lifetime of trauma, she married David Smith at the age of 19 and started her own family.But in 1994, she killed her own children and destroyed her family.David and Susan are on shaky ground because of mutual infidelity.Meanwhile, David didn’t know she had depression and dependent personality disorder.Nor did he know that his wife had been abandoned by a wealthy man in South Carolina who did not want children.That’s what drove Susan to drown her child.Susan’s Two Children On October 25, 1994, Susan’s two children, Michael, 3, and Alexander, 14 months, went for a drive with her.But then she deliberately crashed her car into John D. Long Lake in Union County, South Carolina, leaving them to fend for themselves.More importantly, she told police that a black man had hijacked her car with the children inside.But eventually, her lie unraveled, and the terrible truth about Susan Smith’s child was revealed.The elderly father of Susan Smith’s ex-husband, David Smith, mourns his grandson at John D. Long Lake.Susan Smith was born on September 26, 1971, in Union County, South Carolina, the youngest of three children and the only girl.Tragedy struck in 1977 when her father, Harry Ray, committed suicide.Susan worked through her grief by keeping her father’s coins and a recording of his voice, but she tried to kill herself when she was 13.When her mother, Linda, remarried to a Beverly C. Russell Jr., the family’s fortunes seemed to be improving.Russell, a divorced father of three, was ostensibly a thriving stockbroker who was also a member of the South Carolina community and Christian Coalition.At home, however, he was molesting his 15-year-old stepdaughter, Susan, by touching her private parts.In 1987, when Susan Smith was 16, she told her high school counselor and her mother about the assault by her stepfather.Linda challenged her husband, Russell.Russell vowed never to do it again and agreed to family therapy, but he then continued to abuse Susan, who revealed the same information in February 1988.Later that year, she tried to kill herself again.Susan, who works part-time at a supermarket chain called Winn-Dixie, was overwhelmed when an older married colleague broke up with her and took an overdose of aspirin in an attempt to self-harm.Doctors diagnosed her with an adjustment disorder and attributed her behavior to stress.1990 Susan and David married 1989 Susan told her psychiatrist that her “affair” with her stepfather was consensual.Susan said she was unhappy that her mother was getting all the male attention.She eventually found a suitable partner in David Smith, another Winn-Dixie supermarket worker who was raised by strict parents and a Jehovah’s Witness.They dated for only a year before they got married.The 19-year-old bride is pregnant with her first son Michael, while her 20-year-old groom lost an older brother to Crohn’s disease after his father attempted suicide within a year.They all come from families racked by tragedy, but their own will prove to be an unhappy one.Almost as soon as Mr. And Mrs. Smith got married, they began to quarrel and cheat each other endlessly.Susan Smith’s horrific murder of her own children is shown above: The funeral of Susan Smith’s children Michael and Alexander.Susan’s most intense affair occurred in 1993 with a new employee at Conso Products.In January 1994, she began an affair with Tom Findlay, the boss’s son.But the wealthy and handsome 27-year-old broke up with her in October and wrote a letter to Susan clarifying that he was not ready for a relationship involving children.On October 25th they had a particularly uncomfortable conversation.”Susan was upset because David knew, or thought, that some of the information he was going to make public was upsetting her,” Findlay recalls.It is unclear what exactly this was, and it was later revealed that Susan continued to have an affair with her former stepfather.Then, after insulting Findley by claiming she slept with his father, Findley tells Susan to leave.Three hours later, she decided that if Findlay didn’t want children, she would kick her own out.Just three hours later, Susan got the kids in her 1990 Mazda and set off.As she approached John D. Long Lake, she pushed her car directly into the water and fled the scene, leaving her two children to drown.Susan describes a sketch of a black robber who then reports a stolen car and missing child, and even pretends to be a black man who hijacks her car and abducts her son.For nine days, she went on television, tearfully pleading for their safe return.But on November 3, after police doubted her story was reliable, She finally relented and admitted what she had done.Soon after, her trial began.Susan’s attorney, David Bruck, argued that Susan’s actions stemmed from mental illness triggered by her father’s suicide, sexual abuse and emotional rejection.Lead prosecutor Thomas Pope painted a very different picture.He claimed that Susan was a murderer who had brutally murdered her children in order to regain Findley’s love.Apparently unconvinced by Susan’s defense, the jury deliberated for two and a half hours on July 22, 1995, and quickly found her guilty.Susan Smith was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.Susan Smith and the legacy of her crimes are shown above: Susan Smith was arrested.Today, Susan Smith is being held at leith Correctional Institution in Greenwood, South Carolina.Her behavior in prison only added to her notoriety, as she was caught smoking marijuana and having a relationship with a prison guard.In 2015, she broke decades of silence with a letter to south Carolina.It is hard to listen to lie after lie and not be able to defend yourself, the letter said.This is frustrating, to say the least.What hurts me the most is that people think I hurt my children to be with a man.This could not be further from the truth.There was no motive because it wasn’t even a planned event because I was delirious.Even now, Susan Smith insists that it was only a brief interruption in her normal state of mind, and that violence beyond her control caused her to harm her children.While the court of public opinion has largely sided with the prosecution, the state will have to actually consider Susan’s request in 2024, when she will be eligible for parole.