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Belinda's Beloved Family Bible, is a story about a young Irish heritage woman traveling across the Oregon Trail and headed West, with her single parent father. Her mother had died giving birth to her and the treasured family bible held her only memories. On a rugged river crossing the bible is lost and Belinda doesn't notice until later, when her father - who's the wagon master - is unable to stop. Distraught, Belinda jumps off the wagon and runs towards the river and back into unknown territory.
This title is included in Audible Escape. By: Helen Keating. Narrated by: Elgin Soules. Length: 32 mins. Add to Cart failed. Please try again later. Remembering not only who I am, but whose I am propels me forward in faith in Christ. I stand in holy places. My most recent holy place is the institute choir at Boise State. In our last rehearsal we spoke on how your home or the institute can be like a temple to you, a place of revelation and refuge. There are many different ways that I seek happiness in trials, but a common one for me is surrounding myself in environments and surrounding myself with people who encourage me to be happy.
People who are supportive and places that are filled with beauty. Put yourself in a place that will make you g More rateful to be alive. To find peace I turn to the lord in prayer. After praying I take a moment to pray and ponder on the feelings and impressions I receive. Then I open my scriptures and recognize by the spirit the answer that comes from the lord. I know that when I put my trials in the Lords hands, I also allow His div More ine power to strengthen me.
What I do to find peace is turn to the scriptures! In response to Elder Holland's question, in order to keep our hope during difficult times, we need to remember how the Savior's Atonement has helped us throughout our lives, up to this point. We cannot afford to forget how the Atonement feels. It is the hope and peace of Christ's Atonement that, if More we choose to cling onto, will lift us up and get us back on our feet.
We cannot do it alone. In reponse to Elder Holland's question: when I'm faced with trials I seek guidance and help from conference talks and the words from the Ensign magazine. When I have difficult times I remember what has been taught be Apostles and Prophets in years past. But I promise that temple attendance helps immensely. I took a More hiatus from Temple attendance some time ago and when I finally went back my entire outlook on my life and the decisions I was making changed, life felt brighter, hope was easier to find and maintain, and the Spirit was abounding more fully in my life!
Go to the temple, and if possible go once a week. But if you can't, make your home a sacred place. Have a picture of the temple and a picture of Christ. It will change your life I promise you. In time of difficulties and trouble it is the time that I try harder to reach for others, engage in positive activities, serve, and get closer to people that I trust for advice.
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As I do this, I feel my problems go away, and I find peace while serving others, also sometimes I receive revelation while More helping others. To find peace in troubled times, I reflect on the experiences in which I've seen the Lord's hand in my life. I find peace and hope through singing hymns, especially singing about the Savior. The Spirit and the love of God fills my heart.
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Prayer, priesthood blessings, conference talk More s, and scriptures are other great sources of comfort. I absolutely agree with Elder Holland that the scriptures give us peace. I also do two other things to help me find peace. First is finding ways to serve others and the second is going to the temple. These things are so simple, but most gospel principles are simple. Simplicity is power. I don't stop. During times of hardship and trials, I keep going. Grief and despair are only lasting when we stop trying.
If we endure in Christ, grief and despair will end. I find peace and happiness in times of trial by praying, going to the temple, and remembering that I'm not alone. I remember and think about how Christ is there for me and there is hope in my savior. Hope in the Savior is what I lean on when I need help. Elder Holland if you could help us to choose between the marriage and the college, what would be your advice for us?
And why? In response to Elder Holland's question, I try to read my scriptures and remember why I want to be closer to Heavenly Father. And why I like being close to Him :. Elder Holland, I find that when I'm facing times of trouble and trial the best thing I can do is go to the source. It can be so easy to get caught up in the chaos of the world, but when we go the source we can find out for ourselves, without all the filtering and twisting of the world. Pray, read yo More ur scriptures, do your research, have faith you can know for yourself, and move forward.
I find spending time with fellow members, reading scriptures, hiking, and just not being alone helps. When my family put our dog down, I tried to go be with friends. And being with them helped me so much. Friends are a crucial piece to getting through hard times. Answer to Elder Holland's question: Draw and come as close to the Savior as possible.
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Through prayer scripture reading and listening Institute and Seminars classes church meetings partaking of the sacrament meeting with your priesthood leaders listening or watching to General Conference Standing in More Holy Places and going to the Temple, even if it's just being on the Temple. To find peace, I submit my will and trust to God by deciding to be as a child, in awe of His infinite knowledge and wisdom and love.
I go to the temple. Because it's my spiritual gas station. Without the temple I feel hopeless. And with the temple I have the faith to keep going. Amidst all the conflict and contention in the world, I try my best to keep an eternal perspective. Despite what the adversary will undoubtedly throw at us, I trust that I will live together forever with the ones that I love! That drives me to do the little things right each and every day, to keep my More priorities straight, and to hope in the brightest future! One of the ways i find peace is to have trust in our heavenly father and knowing it will all work in the end.
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It may not seem like how it expected but it'll be for the betters. To respond to the question posed by Elder Holland, when I stand in need of peace, I turn to my patriarchal blessing. As I read it, I reflect on how my Heavenly Father sees me and how far I have come and how far I can go with His help and His promise that He will guide me through even the hardest mom More ents. Progression is key to maintaining and refunding peace.
To answer your question, Elder Holland, I remember learning from a recent conference talk by President Uchtdorf about happiness not only being an eternal goal. It is something that we can have, right here, right now. Part of the happiness we can have is literally the journey we take on our path to e More xaltation. I remember there were times that I just wanted to up and go to the apartment because of something that I thought was making me miserable. But remembering that this life is faster than the blink of an eye, and there is nothing better than appreciating it now, my day suddenly turned so much better.
Immediately, this simple principle turned my emotions into a peaceful, silent, smile.
My day became that much better. I chose to make my mission days better because I knew that I did not have to let little things bother me. I remembered that I was called to serve, apparently worthy enough in God's eyes to be wearing a nametag with not only my name, but the savior's name as well. That in turn, got me through most of my missionary despair. And that is my testimony. I find peace by playing the piano. The feelings I get when I press those keys down are indescribable. I know my that the peace that comes over me is the spirit. How can we remain positive in being freedom fighters and have hope in our future and my children's future?
Age We don't always have all the necessary pieces to understand God's plan, but I usually seek for his counsel by receiving a priesthood blessing. Then I try to hear with my spiritual hears and see with spiritual eyes what my Father wants to teach me. In response to Elder Hollands Question: Pray, sing and listen to hymns, read my Patriarticle blessing, read my favorite scriptures and talks, read journal entries about past trials and reflect on how the Lord got me through them. When dating and looking for a spouse should one mention their past transgressions as well as worry about another's past transgressions if they have been confessed, corrected, and a change of heart has taken place?
I find peace in the midst of trial by finding a peaceful, quiet place removed from the noise of the world-- such as the temple. There I wait and I listen to the Lord testify of His love for me and that He does have a plan for me. To find hope and happiness: every night in a notebook I write at least 3 ways that day I saw the Lord's hand in my life, or three blessings I noticed in my life that day that I'm grateful for. This helps me see that the Lord really is helping me daily, and it helps shift my attitude to one of thankf More ulness, humility, and happiness.
In response to Elder Holland's question, I use two prophetic statements given to me.
First, from Elder Golden of the Seventy, "You will never stand taller in the presence of the Lord than when you do something that He asked of you, that you didn't want to do. It seems like young single adults tend to lose their value after they turn How can those of us older than 25 in YSA wards dominated by younger singles still feel worthwhile and feel like we are contributing when we are in very different phases in life?
Sometimes it feels like the traditi More onal YSA ward no longer fulfills our needs, but it is the only place where we kind of fit in. We are in limbo. I feel like too many young men would prefer to stay home alone on a Friday night rather than get past the fear of asking a girl out.
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Its becoming very one sided, if us girls want a date we have to initiate. What advice do you have for both parties when it comes getting over the fear? When I am tried I make sure that I understand the problem, and how it is effecting me. I also understand that the Lord Jesus Christ has been through everything I have and more. He has paid for my sins, and for your sins. No matter what it is you struggle with he can help you, remain firm in your fai More th.
Focus on the light of Christ and it will fill your life with his light. When I am faced with discouragement or trial that seems insurmountable, I pray for guidance, read scriptures, write down my inspiration, and if need be get a blessing. Then I go to work.
When presented with trials, first thing I do is get on my knees and pray and seek the guidance and comfort of the Spirit. In order to find peace in this world, I detach from the worldly portion in the world. I take a break from electronics and media and go to a quiet place. Usually I go for a walk and admire the beautiful earth we live in. I walk on a beach or throug forests while pondering a scripture that I have been More studying at that time. What helps me find peace and happiness in difficult times is prayer, the scriptures, my family and surround myself with friends that can help me to overcome those difficulties.
As well serving other and be more diligent with my church calling. All those things helps me to feel peace and know that ev More erything will be okay. What can we do when we, in whatever issue it may be, feel we have exhausted all possible resources and still seem to not have success? I keep my faith and trust in the Lord and that will never change.
I know he is there and will bless me but it feels like my efforts aren't reaping what I feel I'm More sewing. Studying those in The Book of Mormon who have endured trials with faith and hope, then seeing the joy that came as a result What advice would you give to young people in the church who face same gender attraction and to those trying to help them?
In trials, I like to attend the temple and pray there for revelation. I often find there new ideas to answer my problems or a new focus that makes them bearable. Why can't we pray to Jesus Christ? Other then learning of him and the atonement how can we get closer to him if we can't talk to him? I often think about my family and friends and all the good memories and lessons that I enjoy thanks to their love and support. In times of trial I rely on The Lord to do the heavy lifting.
I have hope for the fulfillment of the scripture promising that The Lord will take my burdens upon him and will put a yoke on himself to help me. In response to that great question, I strive to remember that trials are needed to shape and refine us. I know that Heavenly Father loves everyone of us and I find peace in knowing that. I find that the best way to deal with the trials and hostile environment in this earth life is constant communication with God.
When my prayers each morning and evening are sincere and heartfelt, when I have edifying scripture study, when I keep a prayer always in my heart, that is when I can, with More a smile on my face, deal with the trials of life. During difficult times I rely on my testimony of the gospel, and my mother.
My mother is my rock and my foundation. She lifts me up in more ways then one. She is the reason I am here today. Mothers are truly blessings from Heavenly Father. I remember all of the times that the Lord has blessed me in the past. The Lord has turned my greatest trials into blessings, and I know He can do the same for this. Does being famous make them inspired to lead us? Sometimes I am crying or whining while doing so, but it helps me to feel God's love. That He is there an More d that He is aware of my difficulties and that He loves me. I promise that if you pray with sincerity you will feel strength and love to get you through whatever.
In times of trouble, I recenter myself upon the truths of the gospel that I do know, pondering and re-centering myself along the Eternal Perspective. I recognize that I am an eternal being and that these trials I face are minuscule and are nothing in comparison with the glory God has in store for me More. At times of trial, I find myself constantly praying, and reading my patriarchal blessing. I look towards knowing what Heavenly Fathers plan for myself and finding happiness there, knowing that trial and hardship isn't something eternal brings so much peace.
Escape from the world by going to the temple, and then take time to write whatever is occupying my mind. It is amazing the clarity that comes no matter the situation. In response to Elder Holland's question, I strengthen my hope and faith, by being more conscious and aware of the need of such. I have a stronger desire to rely on the Lord even more because I know I cannot get through those times without Him. Surrounding myself with wonderful, loving, support peopl More e helps, however, relying on the Lord should come first. To help find peace, I love turning to the hymn book and reading the hymns.
I love confiding in my parents and going to the Temple to enjoy the sacred and peaceful quietness. In times of trial I turn to my family and friends for help. Whether it comes with advice, support or distractions, all the help they give me is much needed. Not posting a question, just watching the live stream. That includes you, William Charles, I'm praying for your dog. How can I protect myself and my girlfriend from falling into Satan's traps with the law of chastity? I've used the ARP Program, which refocuses my efforts and energies on persisting in happy living.
What do you need to do to find peace and happiness during times of trial? I feel that during these times of trial, I take a step back from myself and realize that I can be happy in spite of it. I don't have to define myself by my trials but I can work through my trial and rely on Heavenly Father mor More e as a result. I also feel that singing hymns brings me greater joy in my life. Sincere prayer during both good and bad times has helped tie me to Heavenly Father even more and I feel that as I continually talk to him, I am guided in my times of trial and I am aware of what I need to be doing.
Elder Holland, I have many friends who have returned home early from missions, or have decided that serving a mission is not something that they think that is right for them. Would it be wrong or insensitive to encourage them to go on a mission or to return to the mission field? Reaching out to family members has helped me immensely when I find myself in the midst of adversity.
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How do you not let them bother you? How can those of us who may be repenting of sexual sin feel of worth again and not be fearful that we will not be able to find a spouse because of these sins, even after fully repenting and experiencing a change of heart? In my line of work I am surrouded by alot of crude and discuss timg behavior. So to answer see Holland's question. I pray alot I hold to what I know to be good and I try to listion to or read church music or the scriptures. When I need renewed hope I always turn to prayer and go to the temple.
It is there where I feel like I have gone home and I know I can continue on another day because I truly know what I'm working and striving for, which is eternal life and an eternal relationship with my Heavenly Father. In times of trial, I read Mosiah and remember that God has given us many tools to have a peaceful and successful life, if we only use them and take them into our lives. To find peace I turn to the counsel of the prophets and apostles by listening to talks on byuspeeches. I have almost listened to all of elder Holland's and look forward to hearing all of the other available speeches.
I also say a quick prayer to key for know that I would like peace because I kno More w that if I'm not happy he's not happy, and if he's not happy someone is going to get struck by lightning. I think of all the things that I am grateful for, and make sure that I am doing what I know that I should do, and then my hope eventually returns.
No matter how long it takes, it always returns. I sing a song, especially Where can I turn for Peace, then when I next feel the love of the Lord, I hold More on to that feeling with all of my heart. One thing that has helped me in times of trial is to talk with a close friend or mentor about the long term perspective we have in this gospel. Seeing things from an outside view can be refreshing and comforting. Honestly i just put it all on the table with God. When it gets too much, even when it is five times a day heartfelt prayer has given me a comfort, whatever I am missing out on because of my trial can never give me.
Instead of letting yourself go down the mental path of heartbreak, at least do not go More on your own. Gid will give you the peace you need to move those steps forward and continue. What can we do to be better missionaries on and off the field? What can we do to better prepare to serve a full time mission? In response to your question what do i do to find peace and happiness in the hard times. I love to serve others. By seeing someone else happy it reminds me of the love god has for me and others and it makes me feel good to serve people. Service is the key to happiness! I not only pray, but I talk with Heavenly Father.
I converse with Him. And then, I search and study the Atonement. Those are my lifelines. I think when we start getting weighed down and discouraged and feeling sorry for ourselves one of the best ways to turn that around and get out of that hole is by looking and reaching out. Whenever, I've had to go through difficult times in my life, I've found myself often coming down to my knees, or even simply in my heart, to pray to my Heavenly Father.
Though the peace, guidance, or comfort rarely come immediately, they do come. In my trials, when my heart feels heavy, I take my burdens, pray, and listen to the talks of authorities here and past. Hearing the testimonies of those who have had so much more experience fills me with hope and quiets my heart, regardless of what my situation is. How can I focus more on the Lord and what He sees in me? I worry about what people think of me sometimes.
How can I be more Christ centered and let Him define me and not others no matter what their opinion may be of me? What will be the sign that I will know for sure that Jesus Christ is coming again? How can I be most prepared. Look at the joy I've had in the past, recognize the love and peace I feel in the present, and look towards a brighter future with an understanding of the promises the lord has given us. In response to the question: I ask for a blessing.
Hearing from my Father in Heaven directly in that way brings me so much peace! When we pray are we actually praying to God? Or are we just putting out good energy towards ourselves and others that consciously and unconsciously helps us because we prayed and put it out into the world. LDSface2face Response to Elder Holland's Question: What do you do as young single adults in difficult times when you need to restore your hopes in difficult moments? I seek to apply the atonement in every aspect in my life.
On my mission I found my mission was always most difficult when I focussed More on myself, as I turned to service and helping other people rather then focusing on myself, things always got better. He has been consistent in helping me when I seek to help others. The Atonement is real. Because I deal with depression, there are times where I feel like I cannot find any peace. What has helped me out more than anything is walking down to the temple and saying a prayer in front of it.
It makes me feel like nothing earthly matters and that Christ is with me. I do all I can to improve myself to become more like the Savior, and live my covenants. To stand back and watch Heavenly Father pour his blessings upon me. Because I know he will always bless his faithful children and I have seen it in my life. Even in the hardest of times. How can people struggling with depression find motivation and push through when it feels so empty, dark, and sad?
How can people deal with mental illnesses when they affect normal functioning? I have a firm belief that all the answers I will ever need can be found in the gospel. Even the most taboo Whether by His voice or the that of His servants. And along with that, please explain that numerous prophets and apostles have condemned socialism in no subtle way. As a girl, sometimes I feel like I have to plan for two lives the married and the unmarried versions. How can I further my education Masters, etc while knowing that if I get married I'd want to stay home with my family and children.
I don't want to put an heavy burden on my future family with sc More hool debt if I am supposed to stay at home. In response to elder Holland question, I reach out to trusted friends in the gospel, trusted friends and leaders, and obviously I pray and read the scriptures. I reflect back on hard times in the past and how the Lord carried me through that. It helps to remember the Lord's hand in the past and remind myself that He'll do the same again for me. When I think of the trials I face and go through, I think of if it wasn't easy for the Savior why would it be easy for me?
But because it wasn't easy for the Savior I can get through my trials easier because of him! Elder Holland. As a recently deactivated member of the church I find it hard finding my place with the single adults in my area. I feel that because of the choices I made in my past I am an outsider and not welcomed by those in the church that are my age.
Is there any way to find peace in the knowle More dge that I know that I am making the right decision in taking advantage in the lords atonement and what can I do to soften my heart towards people who wrong me because of my past. I'm not a youth, but my son is with you. I am so grateful to have our children sit at the feet of prophets!
Oh that you would pronounce a blessing upon our children! I have recently found myself in a work environment where several of my coworkers are in homosexual relationships. They know I am LDS and they do not seem to hold it against me in any way. When they ask me about my relationship with my boyfriend, I naturally return the questions and the conversation More seems normal and positive. Am I doing the right thing by acting as if homosexual relationships are okay?
I want to treat them just as kindly as the Savior would treat them, but I am not sure how the best way to react to their lifestyle is. In times of trial, I focus on serving my family in person as well as redoubling my efforts in family history and temple work. I know my question probably won't get picked over any others. Why should mine? It is easy to understand, and it was very late I just need an answer. I know I can pray. I just haven't this prayed in a long while. I kind of forgot how.?
At least this song helps bring me peace. When I have difficulties, I talk to my dad, pray, and listen to uplifting music. It never ceases to help me. I pray to my heavlyn father and think to myself would my heavlyn father be proud of choices and my life. In relation to the most recent questions of how to find happiness while being single and also dealing with the "2nd class citizen" treatment regarding not serving a traditional mission. I find that I am becoming bitter from all the pressure of these things. How do I combat the bitterness that seems More to be increasing in me?
Elder holland como podemos desarrollar mas fe en cuanto a nuestra propia autosuficiencia cuando sentimos que lS pruebas son mas grandes. Following up on the question about sisters who didn't serve missions I didn't serve, and I was endowed almost three years ago when I was I sometimes get the feeling t More hat members feel I should have waited for marriage, and that choosing to be endowed was inappropriate.
Elder Holland what advice do you have with those who struggles with those who are ageing out of being a YSA and transitioning into a family Ward but are still single? As I get older 40 and single, I feel like I do not fit that well anywhere at church I have a calling in my ward and in the Temple, but still sometimes feel in the wrong place so to speak I know the Church's stance on homosexuality.
But I also have friends, people I love, both members and not, who are homosexual. I don't think I can be anything other than accepting of them. But--and this goes both wa More ys--how do I love and accept one without feeling like I'm betraying the other? I have a testimony that Christ truly understands me, but sometimes it's still really hard to not feel alone. How can I take advantage of the Atonement more fully, strengthen this testimony, and combat these feelings of loneliness?
When interacting closely or frequenly with persons of the opposite sex, most particularly at work, how do I let them know I care without engendering inappropriate or at best inaccurate feelings, especially if the person in question is married? It seems like there is a lot of fear and violence in the United States and all over the earth. What can we do as YSA to feel peace and help make the the world a more peaceful place. True repentance. By talking with different people the following question came to me. If all the repentance steps were done and we don't feel sorrow anymore More would God consider we have repented sincerely?
What advice would you give to Elders who were unable to go on missions, and have been treated as though they were a risk to date? Many of us had no say, such as those who, after submitting their papers were released from their duty to serve, and those who had to work through mental illnesses. What an amazing experience this is! I love hearing the words of advice these amazing people are sharing. We are told that God is bound by laws that when we keep a commandment and take and fulfill a calling, there are blessings tied to each act that we are entitled to when we do what we are asked.
I received a call for a mission and was honorably released before entering the MTC do to health reasons. I More went to serve as an ordinance worker in my temple for a year after being released from the mission. My question is am I and anyone else who has experienced the same, entitled to the same blessings of serving a mission even though I was released for health before I could go? Is it the same if an individual chooses not to go years later because health is a concern and don't want to go through the heartbreak again? Can we get something like this to happen on a quarterly basis?
This is so revelatory it's a shame it isn't more consistent. Especially considering these broadcasts are only about an hour long. It is super helpful. Just a request. How does Gods plan and free agency work together? I am trying to do what is right but I worry that that I have made choices in my life that have steered me from God plan for me. How can I have free a More gency but also know that God has a plan for me? What advise would you give a missionary who had to come home for some reason but now feels inadequate? What are some of the best things I can do to make a difference in the lives of others and for myself?
It is easy to get distracted and feel like I am alone in trying to figure out the direction and purpose of my life. I want to help others but sometimes feel so overwhelmed. Elder Holland, whats your advice to maintaining relationships with our friends, companions and investigators etc. I recently gave a Book of Mormon away to a girl that has always said she wanted to read it who has a Jewish husband. So here is my question do I need to wait to go on a mission and stay and be there for them?
Some people choose not to serve a mission and may be waiting for marriage. Often these events are when people go through the temple for their own endowment, but even those who haven't served missions and are not married need the blessings of temple covenants. How can young people know when it is tim More e to enter the temple to make those endowment covenants? Women in the church are encouraged and expected to want and to have children.
Is it wrong to be afraid of going through it or to desire to only adopt or even not have children? I feel like any woman who doesn't agree with this ideal is looked down upon. How do we reconcile our feelings and desires i More f they conflict with the expectation? What can we do when a friend's feelings get hurt, and they act as though you are the worst person on the face of the earth, when what caused the problem had no malice or ill feeling in it? Having the privilege to serve as an adult leader in a YSA ward, how can YSA members see the importance of making time for home and visiting teaching in their very busy lives?
I returned early from my mission due to anxiety issues. I have been home for 6 months now and I still feel guilt for not finishing, how can I know returning early doesn't make me a failure? What is the biggest piece of advice you have for young single adults preparing to go on missions?
What do you do when you find a person who you feel yourself falling in love with and you find out they aren't a "general authority" your mother would pick out for you? What if they didn't serve a mission or weren't as honorable, they have major sins in their past, they struggle to love going to chur More ch or with a mental illness. What should we do when the person we learn to love and our goals for that "perfect mormon marriage" seem at odds? This question coincides with the political state of the world.
How do we have an increase of hope with the direction that society is choosing to take? As a Bishop of a Young Adult Ward, I deal with missionaries who come home early for health and emotional reasons. What would your counsel to these young people include. How can we differentiate our challenges and trials, wether it's coming from God, our faith being tried?
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Korena's lack of planning and inattention to detail in the murder plot is her undoing. Korena is now serving life in prison without parole. In Toronto, Elva Bottineau and her common-law husband Norman Kidman are serial child abusers who neglect and abuse their five-year-old grandson, Jeffrey Baldwin, and his older sister, forcing them to live in squalor while continuing to collect their government support checks.
Jeffrey dies of sepsis , and after his grandparents are brought to justice, Ontario law regarding background checks of caregivers is revised. Both are serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 22 and 20 years, respectively. Wendy Gardner and her sister Kathy are being raised by their strict grandmother, Betty.
When Wendy begins dating bad boy James Evans and becomes rebellious and sexually active, Betty decides to give her up to the custody of the state. Not about to be separated from James, Wendy has him strangle Betty, and the two killers hold Kathy hostage for several days. Both are now free from prison. Teased at school because of her weight, Nakisha Waddell befriends fellow pariah Annie Belcher, who introduces her to drink and drugs, and Nakisha's close relationship with her mother, Vaughne, disintegrates.
When Vaughne forbids her daughter to see her boyfriend, Nakisha stabs her mother 43 times. Showing no remorse, Nakisha is sentenced to 70 years in prison. Tracy Lee Poirier and her lover Tamara Marie Upton are child abuse survivors who turned to crime and violence to cope with their pasts. After meeting a photographer in a bar, the women decided to rob him and lure him outside. The women beat him, then disposed of his unconscious body in a nearby river. Both served life without parole. After Deana died in a fall at Big Sur , the authorities discovered Virginia and her husband, Billy Joe McGinnis, took out a life insurance policy on her.
An investigation exposed the couple as serial insurance claimants, and suggested that Virginia killed her own daughter for insurance money 15 years earlier. Billy Joe died before trial and Virginia received a life sentence, dying in prison in June Ellen Boehm was a single mother of three with financial problems.
She smothered her two sons and tried to electrocute her daughter. She is serving two life sentences with no chance of parole. After Dena Schlosser and her husband John lost their business and their home, they joined a charismatic church, and Dena devoted herself to church to the exclusion of everything else — including her children.
Suffering from postpartum psychosis , Dena killed her month-old daughter Margaret to "send her to heaven", but was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity and was institutionalized for six years. In , Shirley Allen' s husband, Lloyd dies from a mysterious illness. Shirley's daughter Norma exposes her mother as a murderer who poisoned Lloyd with antifreeze for Lloyd's life insurance money; Shirley is also suspected of murdering her previous husband in under similar circumstances. She served a life sentence with possibility of parole after serving 50 years but died in prison in July In early 20th century Memphis, Tennessee , Alma Theede is a prostitute who charms men with her sexuality, but becomes a serial wife who discards her husbands like garbage when she tires of them.
This results in the deaths of three of her husbands, with Alma as either the murderer or the mastermind each time. Realizing that her father had also wanted her dead, Cinnamon helps send her father to prison for life without parole, and is herself paroled in Danielle Black goes from good girl to Goth teen and begins having sex and cutting herself, much to the horror of her father, Billy, and spreads lies that her father is abusing her.
Friend Alec Eger, himself a child abuse survivor, believes Danielle's stories and, at Danielle's urging, stabs Billy to death on Halloween Both receive life sentences, but all but six years of Danielle's sentence are suspended and she is eligible for parole as of When Stephanie Ilene Lazarus ' s former "friend-with-benefits" John Ruetten marries nurse Sherri Rasmussen, a jealous Stephanie abuses her power as a police detective to stalk, harass and finally murder Sherri. The case stays cold for over 20 years until DNA and a bite mark on the victim's neck help bring Stephanie to justice.
Her sentence was 27 years to life. In the s, Georgia Tann , hailed as "the mother of modern adoption," is acclaimed for her work in adopting babies out to well-to-do childless couples, but she is really a cold-hearted monster who kidnaps babies from poor families and neglects the ones she finds unworthy of adoption. Georgia's neglect may have resulted in the deaths of as many as babies, making her perhaps the most prolific female serial killer of all time. She never faces justice and dies of cancer in Vickie Frost is violently abusive and controlling to her visually-impaired boyfriend, Rick Whitcomb, but when Rick decides to leave her after a year of torment, she goes into a blind rage.
One evening in January , she ends a violent argument by stabbing Rick once in the chest, killing him. Pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, Vickie serves a nine-year sentence and is released in , but prison has not tamed her wild temper. Englishwoman Clare Nicholls regularly insults, abuses, and starves the father of her youngest child, kind but timid Andrew Gardner, and gets her brother and boyfriend to join her in the abuse. His body weakened by the constant torture, Andrew dies after Clare stomps on his chest, and the murderers try to claim he was attacked by a mugger.
Clare is sentenced to 32 years to life in prison. Despite a loving mother and a private school education, London teen Ruby Thomas idolizes her alcoholic father, who was jailed for murdering a cab driver, and by age 15 is herself deep in the throes of alcoholism and a violent temper. She is serving a seven-year prison sentence, the murder officially labeled a hate crime. In Santa Barbara, California, in , violent-tempered Julia Diaz struggles to make money to send to her family in Mexico but is unable to keep a job.
When the family fails to pay up, she goes after 7-year-old Javier Angel, bludgeoning, strangling and finally suffocating him. Julia is sentenced to life in prison. Ellie Nesler sends her son Willie away to a Christian summer camp, where he and several other boys are molested by Daniel Driver. On the day of Driver's trial, an outraged Nesler shoots and kills him in court. She serves three years for manslaughter but later returns to jail for selling drugs, while her now-adult son is himself incarcerated for murder and she dies of breast cancer in Herman Tarnower , but he womanizes constantly and gets her hooked on speed.
In March , after the doctor finally dumps Jean for a younger woman, a combination of amphetamine withdrawal and jealousy sends her into a rage, and she shoots him to death in his own home. Harris was released from prison to undergo triple bypass surgery and died in at the age of In , when ballroom dance teacher Miriam Francis Helmick' s business prospects fail, she begins forging checks to steal money from her husband, Alan. When Alan begins to suspect her, Miriam shoots him in the head, and receives a life sentence for the murder plus years for fraud.
She is also suspected of murdering her first husband five years earlier. In the early s, Clara Green Carl is a farmer's daughter with dreams of wealth and prestige, and her greed leads her to poison two husbands and her father-in-law with arsenic for their inheritance money. Sentenced to life, she cons her way into parole after only 15 years behind bars. In Greenville, Mississippi , Terrie Robinson is having difficulty coping with the stresses of being a single mother on welfare. Convinced that she is not worthy of motherhood and that she is possessed by Satan, she places her three-year-old son, Tristan, in an oven in March and cooks him alive.
She is serving a life sentence. After losing her high-paying job, Fiona Donnison' s life spirals out of control, and she blames her former common-law husband, Paul. Obsessed with revenge, narcissistic Fiona smothers her two children. Her insanity pleas fail and she is sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Teenager Clarissa Sanchez is daddy's little girl until she meets Larry "Ray" Coronado and her father forbids the relationship, fearing Ray is too possessive. At Clarissa's urging, Ray beats Clarissa's father to death with a baseball bat. Ray is sentenced to life, Clarissa to 21 years. In s France, Christine and Lea Papin are subjected to constant verbal abuse working as maids for the Lancelin family, their only comfort being their unusually close relationship, which turns sexual.
When Madame Lancelin discovers their secret, the sisters beat and stab her and her daughter to death and gouge out their eyes. Both are sentenced to hard labor. Cafe owner Denise Leone Frei decides her live-in boyfriend, Curtis Bailey, who has a generous life insurance policy, is worth more dead than alive, and enlists her son, Jacob, and his girlfriend, Jessica Dayton, to help. They entrap Curtis with the promise of a menage a trois and beat him to death. All serve life sentences without parole. Stephanie Hudnall turns her teenage daughters against their father, Bill, claiming he is to blame for the hardships they have suffered.
At Stephanie's urging, her year-old daughter, Gwen, hacks her father to death with a pickax, so her mother can collect on Bill's Social Security. Both mother and daughter serve year sentences for second-degree murder. Christie Scott lacks the patience and love to deal with her autistic son, Mason. In August , she gives Mason an overdose of cough syrup, then sets her house on fire and lets her son die of smoke inhalation, planning to collect on his life insurance.
She receives a death sentence. Australian Sneza Suteski has a habit of stealing money from her employers and blowing it at casinos. She is sentenced to 24 years in prison. In , Donna Kay Trapani is a home health care nurse who falls in love with a married man named George Fulton. After a brief fling, George breaks off with Donna and returns to his wife, but his scorned ex-mistress decides to have his wife, Martha "Gail" Fulton, gunned down. Donna is now serving a life sentence without parole. Clara Jane Schwartz is a Virginia teenager embraced in the goth lifestyle, who prefers fantasy and the occult to the real world.
Using a role playing game she created, she manipulates her friends into killing her father, a renowned biologist. She is serving 48 years in prison. In California, Katie Cook' s husband, Tom, is a shameless womanizer with a taste for teenage girls, which reflects poorly on Katie's virtue. When Tom begins an affair with a servant girl, Katie has had enough and shoots Tom in the head while he sleeps.
She is acquitted of the murder because of Tom's reputation, but questions about her motives still persist. When Pauline Rogers' s husband, Luther, falls mysteriously ill in , she plays the role of the devoted wife, but Luther learns that Pauline has poisoned his favorite strawberry ice cream with pesticide containing arsenic.
Luther survives, but police discover that Pauline also used arsenic to murder her previous husband, and she receives two year sentences. Linda Carty has a history of faking pregnancies, which has led her boyfriend to leave her. In May , to get her boyfriend back, Linda hatches a plan to steal neighbor Joana Rodriguez's baby and murder Joana, enlisting three henchmen to help with the promise of drugs.
She is quickly caught and sentenced to death. Carty maintains her innocence. Margie "Maggie" Hamilton grew up in a family of career criminals, even aiding Bonnie and Clyde in a shootout as a teenager. Years later, Maggie herself is in trouble with the law for the murders of two husbands. Unbelievably, she only serves six months in jail for her second husband's death and lives the rest of her life as a free woman, despite committing another attempted murder soon after her release.
Doris Ann Carlson is an Arizona woman living with her mother-in-law, Lynne Carlson, who has multiple sclerosis. While Doris is supposed to be caring for Lynne, she and her husband David instead use Lynne for her money. When the money runs out, Doris hires two young men to stab her mother-in-law to death, but Lynne doesn't die from her injuries for six months. Doris is sentenced to death for plotting the murder, but it is reduced to life without parole. Amber Merrie Bray is an intelligent and ambitious high school senior who falls for an older, high school dropout named Jeff Ayers.
The unlikely couple begins planning out their future together, and it doesn't involve Amber's mother, Dixie, or younger sister, Amy. Amber persuades her boyfriend Jeff to stab Dixie to death. The pair also plotted to kill Amy, but a neighbor's call saves her life. Amber and Jeff are serving life in prison without parole. However, Toni becomes jealous when Kody shows attention to his childhood friend, 16 year-old Micaela Costanzo.
One day after track practice, Toni and Kody kidnap Micaela and bring her to the desert where they beat her to death. Toni Fratto receives life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years. Kody Patton gets life in prison without parole. Sharon Carr was a young British girl with a troubled childhood, but that chaos turns to violence one night in June At age 12, Sharon lures in year-old Katie Rackliff and stabs her to death.
She gets away with the crime until she is imprisoned for stabbing another girl two years later, and she confesses to Katie's murder. Sharon was sentenced to life, becoming the youngest female murderer sentenced in the United Kingdom. Michelle Gable is a Montana woman with environmental sensitivities, who makes life difficult for her husband Joe. When Michelle goes to Maryland for her mother's funeral in and doesn't return, Joe takes up with a new woman, Sunday Bennett. Two years later, Michelle suddenly returns to Montana and discovers her husband's new lover.
Jealous and enraged, Michelle shoots Joe and Sunday. Michelle is convicted of both murders and is sentenced to years in prison. Gable will be eligible for parole at age In , 19 year-old Ruth Snyder meets her 32 year-old husband Albert after dialing a wrong telephone number. Years into their marriage, Ruth is bored, and during a night on the town, she meets a new lover, Judd Gray, and the pair wants to start a new life together.
Ruth researches a life insurance policy and she and Judd plot Albert's murder. The pair is caught for orchestrating the murder, and in they are both executed in the electric chair. In Vancouver, British Columbia in , Jean Ann James is devastated when she learns that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Gladys Wakabayashi.
She cunningly lures Gladys into a trap, then stabs her repeatedly and slashes her throat. She evades justice for 16 years until inadvertently confessing to undercover cops, and is serving 25 years to life for first-degree murder. Annie Monahan raises eyebrows in early 20th-century New Haven, Connecticut , when two husbands and a niece die of mysterious illnesses, followed by generous life insurance payoffs.
Annie stays one step ahead of the law, but after a third husband dies, her secret is exposed — she has poisoned her victims with arsenic. She is sentenced to life for her third husband's murder and dies in prison. Instead, she has co-worker Jimmy Luna and two thugs stab Steven and cut off his penis to disguise the killing as a hate crime. She is sentenced to death, Jimmy to life in prison. During the Great Depression, widow Marie Porter' s candy store is in danger of failing and she asks her brother, William Kappen, for a loan, but he refuses.
Marie responds by murdering William the night before his wedding, enlisting employee Ralph Giancola to help, promising him a cut of William's life insurance payout. Both killers are sentenced to death and executed by electric chair in Linda Calvey is a Londoner with stunning good looks and an attraction to gangsters - her first husband, gangster Mickey Calvey, died in a botched armed robbery, and her second husband, Ronnie Cook, receives a year prison sentence for armed robbery in While Ronnie is incarcerated, Linda fritters away his stash.
After a divorce, Angelina Rodriguez meets Frank Rodriguez while working at a summer camp. Angelina tries to kill Frank by causing a gas leak in the house, but he survives. Angelina finally kills Frank in , by poisoning him with antifreeze. It is revealed that Angelina killed her baby daughter as well in order to receive money from a Wrongful Death Lawsuit, and she is sentenced to death.
Rodriguez had a retrial in and was resentenced to death in the California Supreme Court. She plans to appeal her case to the U. Supreme Court. After Camellia Brown and her husband Thierry divorce, Camellia loses custody of her two children to Thierry and is ordered to stay away from them, but does not comply. She has mental illness and believes that Thierry is sexually abusing the children, so she shoots him to death in front of the kids.
She is sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison. Geraldine Smith is involved with a married man, Louia McDonald, but he won't leave his wife Valerie, even after Geraldine gives birth to his child. Golden gets 20 years and Williams and Smith each get life, but Smith is later released on parole. Angela Simpson is an Arizona woman with a troubled past who sees herself as a vigilante wanting to make the world conform to her moral code. In August she tortures and kills a paralyzed man who claimed to be a police snitch and she is sentenced to life. Kemi Adeyoola is the teenage daughter of a multimillionaire realtor, but she can't keep herself out of trouble.
She gets caught shoplifting and is sent to detention, where she writes a manual on how to rob and kill elderly people. Upon her release, she puts her plan into action, killing year-old Anne Mendel in , and gets 20 years to life. Dennis Hawley begins seeing drug-addicted prostitute Brandita Taliano and supporting her financially.
In , when his wife, Joan, receives an inheritance from her mother's death and plans to proceed with a divorce, Dennis, fearing financial ruin, enlists Brandi's help in murdering Joan, bludgeoning Joan with a golf club. Both are sentenced to life without parole. Kenneth Jones begins a relationship with Nadiyah Venable , but still loves ShaRon Owens, the mother of his children, and soon decides to reconcile with ShaRon, leaving a pregnant Nadiyah in dire straits. Nadiyah and her cousin disable ShaRon with bleach and then Nadiyah stabs her 27 times in front of her children.
She is sentenced to 55 years in jail; her minor cousin's sentence is sealed. After her sentencing, Nadiyah Venable dies behind bars from a seizure on July 1, In , Canadian Melissa Ann Shepard drains her husband's bank account and then drugs him and runs him over with her car, and is briefly jailed for manslaughter.
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Her next two husbands die of mysterious illnesses, with Melissa draining both their bank accounts as well, and she is briefly jailed for theft and forgery. Army wife Kelly Renee Gissendaner is a promiscuous party girl who shamelessly sees other men, even while her husband Doug remains devoted to her. Kelly enlists her boyfriend, Greg Owens, to beat and stab Doug to death in February , so she can profit from the marital house and two life insurance policies. She was sentenced to death. Ada Wittenmeyer likes the finer things in life, and seeks to accomplish this by finding wealthy men and then marrying and murdering them so she can enjoy their money.
During the s, she poisons two husbands with arsenic, and enjoys watching them suffer while they die. Convicted of both murders and jailed for life, she commits suicide in prison in Tracey Ann Richter and her husband, Dr. John Pittman, were college sweethearts, but by , they are bitterly divorced, and she moves to the small town of Early, Iowa with her new Australian husband. When Pittman files for sole custody of their son, Tracey forces year-old neighbor Dustin Wehde to write a fake confession claiming Pittman hired him to kill her, then shoots him nine times and tries to disguise the murder as a home invasion.
On October 19, , following a dispute over a stroller, Melanie sets fire to their apartment house, killing the young couple, their son and two cousins. Liam's dying words implicate Melanie and she is sentenced to 30 years to life. In New York City, Angela Murray is a prostitute with high-class tastes, sleeping only with wealthy men. She targets year-old Holocaust survivor and former disco owner Felix Brinkmann, and recruits brothers Alijulah and Hasib Cutts to help her rob him, bludgeoning and strangling Felix when he refuses to divulge his safe combination. Angela pleads guilty to second-degree murder and gets a minimum year sentence.
At 16, Eva Dugan was a single mother in Alaska working as a cabaret singer and prostitute. At 47, she becomes a housekeeper for Arizona rancher Andrew Mathis, but they clash constantly and she is soon fired. Shortly afterward, Mathis disappears, and when his body is found, Dugan is suspected of bludgeoning him to death. At her hanging in , she is accidentally decapitated, becoming Arizona's final execution at the gallows. Tennessee couple Ron and Gaile Owens seem like a model couple, but their marriage collapses over financial strains, Gaile's short prison term for embezzlement, and Ron's extramarital affair.
Fearing divorce will lead to financial ruin and losing her children, she hires Sidney Porterfield to beat Ron to death in February She and Porterfield are both sentenced to death, but Gaile's sentence is later commuted to life and she is released on parole in California highway patrol officer Francisco Cano is a hard-working, devoted family man, but his wife Kym Cano is jealous, abusive, and a shopaholic, and spreads lies that he is abusing her.
In December , she shoots Frank in the head and claims the murder was an accident, hoping to collect on his life insurance. Her children testify against her in court and she is serving 40 years to life. Daryl Smith's former lover and sex slave [ clarification needed ] , Morgan Smith , who has borderline personality disorder, is obsessed with Daryl, and follows him when he moves to Florida to be with his new girlfriend, Andrea Stranko.
Daryl tries to share himself with both women, but after Morgan assaults Andrea with an axe, Daryl breaks up with Morgan for good. Morgan shoots and kills Andrea and wounds Daryl, and is sentenced to life for Andrea's murder. In Greenwood, Indiana , Sarah "Cindy" White is the daughter of an alcoholic mother and sexually abusive father, and the stress lands her in a psychiatric hospital for a year.
Charles and Carol Roberson take her in as a nanny for their four children, but re-open Cindy's old wounds when they also sexually abuse her.
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To escape, Cindy burns down the Roberson home on New Year's Eve , killing the entire family, and is serving six concurrent life sentences. Kathleen Hagen was a brilliant urologist with a bright future, but by , her life has disintegrated — she has lost her career and her marriage, she has severe bipolar disorder , and has a strained relationship with her parents, James and Idella, who are always critical and cold to her. In August , her stressors cause her to snap, and she asphyxiates her parents.
She is acquitted of both murders on grounds of insanity and institutionalized for six years. Lan Anh Le is a troubled teen when she meets older woman Monica Anderson and begins a relationship with her. Lan's drug use and violent temper are soon too much for Monica, who kicks Lan out of the house but soon decides to give her a second chance. This turns out to be a tragic mistake, as on the fateful night of March 13, , Lan stabs Monica 91 times in an argument over a phone charger. She is serving 25 years to life. Julia Andrews is a something divorcee with several children when she meets Randy Peddy, a man who is 16 years younger than she.
They have a good relationship at first, but Randy drinks heavily to deal with a tragic past and becomes romantically involved with Julia's daughter. Julia's feelings of betrayal come to a head one night in November in an argument over Randy destroying Julia's car, and she shoots him to death.
She is serving 44 years in prison. Carman Major is a good, churchgoing girl until she meets and marries Clarence Jenkins. A short while into their marriage, the couple meet Grace Davis, and the three of them immediately start a polygamous marriage. Grace decides to move out after social services threatens to take away her children if she continues to stay in the relationship. Carman and Clarence, determined to get their lover back, decide to kidnap year-old Mekole Harris, strangle her to death, and send Mekole's hands and feet to Grace's family in order to threaten Grace to move back in with them.
The plan to get Grace back doesn't work, and Clarence is sentenced to life without parole, while Carman is sentenced to 40 years. Louise O'Brien is a fragile year-old girl looking for a new start in life after her sister's tragic death. Louise gets a chance to start her new life when a year-old family friend, Patricia Goddard offers Louise a chance to board at her house.
Behind the scenes, Patricia is an abusive woman who enjoys torturing Louise and treating her like a servant. Eventually, Patricia's abuse comes to an end when she throws a hammer at Louise in a rage, which ends up killing her. Fearing she will be arrested, Patricia buries Louise's body in her backyard, until a police tip leads to Patricia's backyard. Patricia is sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison, and finally receives justice for her crime when she dies during her sentence.
In Houston, Texas , party girl Ana Lilia Trujillo moves in with Swedish doctor and fellow alcoholic Stefan Andresson, but Stefan soon has enough of Ana's violent temper and kicks her out. After Ana is thrown out of another friend's home, Stefan lets her move back in temporarily. After a night of drinking, Ana bludgeons and stabs Stefan 25 times with the heel of her shoe, and is serving 30 years to life. She confesses to poisoning Laura, Haville, and Haville's first wife, Molly, with arsenic, and is sentenced to life for Laura's murder, but is released after 25 years.
Ada Leboeuf was a 38 years old middle-class housewife and mother of four from Morgan City, Louisiana. She was having a heated affair with the family doctor, Thomas Dreher. Together they hired a handyman to shoot Ada's husband. Ada's husband James was shot dead in Lake Palourde, but three weeks later, his body resurfaced. The handyman was sentenced to life, but Ada and Thomas were both sentenced to death. They were each executed on February 1, Keng Hwee Kathy Yeo was working as a psychiatric nurse in Australia when she began a relationship with one of her patients, Chris Dorrian.
At the same time however, Kathy was living with her boyfriend Raymond Galea. When Kathy and Ray split, Chris and Kathy move in together, but when Chris is shot during a fatal argument, Kathy calls Raymond to help clean up the mess. The pair dismembers and disposes of the body, and only the head is recovered. Kathy was sentenced to 24 years in prison, and Raymond received 5 years. Sandi Nieves' s troubled eight-year marriage to her former stepfather, David Folden, triggers a series of misfortunes for her, including a failed relationship with a younger man, an abortion, and David's rescinding his adoption of her three oldest children.
In June , seeking revenge against her children's fathers, Sandi sets a fire in her home and lets her four daughters die of smoke inhalation, then tries to blame her surviving son for the crime. She is sentenced to death. When her father threatens to cut her off, Nicole enlists boyfriend Jeremiah Wetmore and his friend Michael Heath to murder Robert and Aletha in January Jeremiah is sentenced to life, Michael to 35 years, and Nicole to 40 years to life.
Texan Darlene Gentry is a self-centered former beauty queen who enjoys the party girl lifestyle and whose marriage to husband Keith is collapsing under the debt she has incurred. She is given a year sentence. Carol Croydon survived an abusive childhood and grew up to marry wealthy upholsterer Philip Croydon, who showers her with gifts, but the marriage is loveless and both engage in extramarital affairs.
In April , Carol lures Philip to a hotel room with the promise of a romantic night out, then stabs him 22 times with a cheese knife and claims he was murdered by swingers in a sex game gone wrong. She is sentenced to 15 years to life. When teenager Patricia "Patty" Columbo begins a sexual relationship with married pharmacist Frank DeLuca, her parents, Frank and Mary, with whom she has a strained relationship, are not pleased.
After her father assaults her lover, Patty convinces DeLuca to help her murder her parents and younger brother, Michael, promising him a cut of her inheritance. Both are serving to year sentences. Susan and Christopher Edwards are movie enthusiasts who are substantially in debt from collecting Hollywood memorabilia, and Susan hates her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, for stealing her inheritance. In May , the couple shoot the Wycherleys to death, then steal the victims' money and concoct a ruse to convince family and friends that they are still alive.
Nicole Vonlee Titlow is a transgender woman who needs money for sex reassignment surgery. In August , Billie Jean enlists Nicole to help her murder Don with the promise of money for her surgery. Nicole is serving a minimum year sentence in a male prison; Billie Jean is acquitted but dies of cancer soon afterward.
Sandra Barajas' marriage to husband Mike is on the rocks because of her adult daughter, Dawn Richburg, a meth addict who still lives at home. When Mike decides to divorce her, Sandra, needing his life insurance money to support her gambling addiction, and Dawn enlist Dawn's drug supplier Tommy Wright to murder Mike and disguise it as a home invasion. Tommy is sentenced to 40 years, Dawn to 35 years, and Sandra to life without parole. Shy and unlucky in love, Diana Haun begins a hot, passionate affair with womanizer Michael Dally, despite the fact that Michael is married and his wife, Sherri, refuses to give him up.
When Sherri threatens Diana with physical harm, Diana and Michael plan Sherri's murder as a "human sacrifice" for Michael's birthday, and Diana carries out the plan in May , kidnapping and stabbing Sherri to death. Dally and Haun maintained their innocence and planned to appeal their sentences.
The two women get engaged, but Tory still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend and soon breaks off the engagement to return to him. In March , Erin shoots Tory twice in the head and smashes her face with a hammer and tries to disguise the murder as a home invasion. Everett has twice appealed her sentence but was unsuccessful. In July , high school dropout and drug addict Nadia Palacios and her drug-dealer boyfriend Roberto Guzman are attacked by four masked black men, and Nadia is sexually assaulted. Nadia and Roberto suspect Roberto's client, David Campbell, of the assault, and lure him away to be sadistically tortured and murdered.
A year later, Nadia confesses, only to learn that Campbell was innocent of the rape, and is sentenced to 40 years in prison; her three cohorts receive sentences of between 29 and 59 years. At the age of twelve, Juana Barraza ' s mother gave her away to a man who used her as a sex slave. In her 40s, Barraza is a popular professional wrestler in Mexico City known as "The Silent Lady," and has a secret identity as serial killer "La Mataviejitas" The Old Lady Killer , strangling elderly women to take vicarious revenge on her now-deceased mother.
She is convicted of 11 murders and sentenced to years in prison, but may have claimed as many as 40 lives. Hunter and Tracey Grissom' s marriage falls apart due to her hot temper and prescription drug abuse. Hunter finds a new girlfriend, but Tracey charms her way back into his bed, and then accuses him of raping her, but her case crumbles under closer scrutiny.
To keep from being exposed as a liar and to collect on his life insurance, Tracey shoots Hunter four times in May She is sentenced to 25 years. Jamila M'Barek rises from high-class call girl and Playboy model to countess when she marries Earl of Shaftesbury Anthony Ashley-Cooper , but the couple split when she fakes a pregnancy. As long as they are not divorced, Jamila can keep spending his money, but when the Earl finds a new girlfriend and decides to divorce her, she enlists her brother Mohammed to strangle him to death in November Both receive year sentences; Jamila's is later reduced to 20 years.
When high-school student Larketa Collier and Sharon Patterson fall in love, Larketa's conservative grandmother, Bertha becomes furious and decides to bar Sharon from the house. The desperate teens viciously attack Bertha by beating her with a claw hammer and torch the house to destroy her body.