Mother Love, Deadly Love: The Susan Smith Murders by Andrea Peyser

Opening Sentence:Alex, the little guy, always went first.
Susan Smith, a lovely young mother, separated from the father of her two handsome boys, is found wandering, delirious, on a South Carolina road, claiming that her car has been stolen with her children still inside. She appears on television, hysterical, apparently hopeful that her beloved boys are still alive.

It was a story that had the entire nation glued to their television sets, praying for a happy ending to this tragedy. For nine days the nation worried and wondered. For nine days, the police conducted two investigations – one that chased down leads from all parts of the country, and one that probed whether Susan Smith herself was guilty of an unspeakable crime. Then finally, with the eyes of the world turned toward tiny Union, South Carolina, the county sheriff announced that Susan Smith had confessed to killing her own children.

Written by a journalist who has covered the heartbreaking saga from the beginning, here is the untold story of how an apparently loving mother could sacrifice the two most precious people in her life.
Genre:True Crime
Comments:This is one of the most difficult books I have ever read. It is also the only book read in my adult life that has given me nightmares. I simply could not get the image of those poor boys – trapped in a sinking car for perhaps forty minutes, probably screaming for their mother but definitely awake and aware – out of my mind. As a mother, it is hard for me to understand how Susan could have done this to any child, let alone her own. Being written by a journalist, Mother Love, Deadly Love is interesting and technically easy to read. It is the content that makes it difficult. I would not recommend this for parents with a weak constitution.

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