“Michelle Kehoe of Coralville, Iowa, broke into tears as the jury of eight women and four men found her guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and child endangerment causing serious injury. The jury deliberated for just an hour and 40 minutes.”
Michelle Kehoe took a knife and slashed the throats of her two little boys, ages seven and two. Prosecutors say that Kehoe methodically planned to murder her sons and then herself, but one son survived to tell the world that his own mother tried to kill him. At age eight, her surviving son told prosecutors how his mother slashed his throat, and then did the same to his little brother.
“She cut me,” the boy said in a high-pitched voice.Police found him covered in dried blood in the family van the morning of October 27, 2008, near a pond east of Littleton, Iowa. Beside the van, the boy’s 2-year-old brother lay dead, his throat also slashed.”
After attacking her children, Kehoe attempted to kill herself by slashing her own throat with the hunting knife she used on her boys. When the mother realized that her suicide attempt had failed, she came up with a story about a stranger abducting her and her boys, and that the man tried to kill them all.
“Do you know where you’re injured at,” Deputy Stephen Peterson asked the boy in the recording.
“Just my throat,” the boy said.
“Who did that to you?”
“My mom.” The boy said his mother also put duct tape over his eyes, nose and mouth, but that he pulled them off after his mother left. “She was hurting my baby brother,” he said.” 1
Michelle Kehoe’s defense is that she suffered from severe depression which was the subsequent result of having been sexually abused between the ages of seven and thirteen by her stepfather, her stepfather’s nephew and a neighbor. Kehoe had attempted suicide many times before and was hospitalized for her depression. She received as many as forty-four electroshock “treatments” for her suicide attempts. 2
Normally I would have sympathy for an incest victim and would even have tried to find compassion for her because of the electroshock abuse that was administered to her. However, I cannot find an ounce of empathy for a mother who would choose to buy a hunting knife, lie to her husband about where she was taking the children, slash her boys throats, and then make up a story of abduction by a stranger in order to cover up her crime.
I don’t care if she was sexually abused every day of her childhood, incest can never justify the brutality, indifference and mayhem against her children, and the thirst for blood that was in her soul. If she was severely depressed she could simply have spared her husband the anguish and saved her son’s lives by only taking her own life –leaving her boys to experience childhood and live free of a mother who was so mentally warped seemingly beyond repair.
1. Source: Crime Stories True TV Iowa Mom Guilty of Murdering Son, 2
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