Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children is the quote William Makepeace Thackeray once said.
Thackeray must have had a high regard for his mother as I do my own. But one thing that he failed to take into account was that not all mothers are angels nor can they be. The human condition is such that perfection is impossible.
The list below features a array of mothers who treated their children so badly one wonders what the children did to deserve such treatment. Here we go:
Mary Ann Cotton
After getting married in 1852 Mary Ann Cotton spent the rest of her life moving around New England having children and then poisoning them with arsenic for the insurance money until she was hanged for her crimes.
Her name may not ring a bell in the U.S., but it’s still scandalous in the U.K. Because this 19th Century nurse, dressmaker, and housekeeper had a secret hobby: she poisoned and killed 11 of her 13 children, all four of her husbands, two lovers, plus two other people.
This Australian Mom killed her husband, cut off his head and made a soup out of it, then baked his buttocks and served the meal to her children. Think about that the next time you’re mad at your mom for making meatloaf again.
Smith infamously rolled her car into a South Carolina lake with her kids inside. She then went to the authorities and claimed a “black man” kidnapped her children. Investigators found several holes in her story and she failed the same polygraph question, concerning the whereabouts of her children, several times.
They eventually found the 1990 Mazda Protege in nearby John D. Long Lake. Smith was found guilty and is now serving 30 to life. South Carolina police are still looking for the “black man”.
Susan Eubanks shot and killed her four sons in a drunken rage, set off by a domestic squabble with her boyfriend. She claims to have blacked out during the incident, but says her anger derived from constantly being left by the men in her life (The children were from multiple fathers).
Well that’s shocking. You couldn’t keep a man in your life. Huh? This is the most normal killing on the list by the way. Oh boy.
Michelle Sue Tharp
This Pennsylvanian crazy woman starved her 7 year old daughter to death and left her wrapped in a sheet on the side of a West Virgina dirt road. Official autopsy reports of the daughter had her weighing less then 12 lbs at the time of death.
The Plano, Texas woman, amid a ‘religious frenzy’, amputated her 11 month old’s arms as a sacrifice to God. Because that’s what God wants. Baby arms. They must’ve had a lot to talk about. Hair, nails, boys, “Guiding Light”, murdering babies.
What a cute couple. Rosemarie didn’t really kill anyone. She just stood aside as her husband turned their daughter Elisabeth into a sex slave in an underground sex dungeon for 24 years. That’s right.
Twenty-Four years of continuous rape and abuse, while fathering 7 incestuous daughters with his own daughter. Did Rosemarie think he was just spending a lot of time in the shop?
Yates drowned her five children in a the bathtub one by one then laid them out on her bed. Let’s talk about that outfit for a second too. That’s what you’re wearing to your murder trial?
The denim vest/flower T combo. And check out the lawyer. “Life…no parole…interesting…when is this thing over…taking forever.”
China Arnold killed her baby in the microwave. The jury didn’t buy her, “I thought it was a burrito” defense. She will die in jail.
Otty Sanchez claimed that Satan ordered her to kill her newborn baby and eat its brains.
One of the worst mothers of them all, hands down, is none other than Marybeth Tinning. Sweet Marybeth was a child serial killer of her own children. How many children you ask? Eight of her own and one adopted. From 1972-1985, she smothered and killed 9 children.
Every time she would smother a child she would rush him to the hospital and claim that ‘he just stopped breathing all of a sudden’.