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Cradle of Death (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

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ISBN13: 9780312973025
ISBN10: 0312973020
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Ten Babies. Eight Murders. One Woman to Blame: Their Mother

In March of 1949, a healthy baby boy named Richard Noe entered this world. Thirty-one days later, he left it — found dead in his parents' bedroom in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood. Over the next nineteen years, all nine of Marie and Arthur Noe's other children would die — one stillborn, one in the hospital, and the other seven of unexplained causes--none lived longer than fifteen months.

Gaining national sympathy for their unbelievabloe bad luck, the Noes were deemed victims of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But as the years went on, may people found their SIDS defence a hard pill to swallow — after all, SIDS is not a hereditary condition. As investigators proved, they found that in each case, the child had died while home alone with Marie Noe.

Finally, in 1999 — fifty years after her first child died — septuagenarian Maried Noe pled guilty to killing eight of her ten dead children. Today, she remains at home on probation helping psychiatric experts understand what is perhaps one of the most disturbing and baffling mysteries of all: how and why a mother could kill her own children. In this riveting true crime account, author John Glatt goes behind the headlines and into the heart of this fascinating case to reveal the shocking answers.

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Starting in 1949, all 10 children of Marie and Arthur Noe died within 15 months, leading investigators to believe at the time that they died of sudden infant death syndrome. Thirty years later, Maria confessed to killing eight of her children. This shocking but true story comes with eight pages of startling photos.

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Audrey Starkey, April 3, 2009 (view all comments by Audrey Starkey)
Cradle of death is a chilling account of a mother who not only killed 8 of her 10 children, but managed to avoid prosecusion for nearly 40 years.

The author does a fantastic job of luring the reader into the world where one almost feels sympathy for the mother whose children are being taken from her by the insidious SIDS illness. One has to ask themselves "Why didn't anyone stop it!."

In 1949 the first of 10 children was born to Marie Noe and died, apparently of SIDS at age 1 month. Whether that death was truly SIDS and triggered a psychological need to kill her remaining children l by l, or whether Marie suffered from post-partum psychosis remins unclear. What did become clear is that she killed each child, and managed to convince everyone, including physicians, that the children were victims of SIDS. She was showered with sympathy.

Although family and friends became suspicious when every child succumbed to what was thought to be SIDS, the matter went virtually undetected until the 1990's. With the death of the last child, authorities began to open up the cases of the long forgotten siblings. Eventualy the mother confessed to have killed 8 of the 10 children.

Readers who enjoy true crime will find the story compelling, well researched, and flows well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312973025
Author:
Glatt, John
Publisher:
St. Martin's True Crime
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Crime and criminals
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Infanticide
Subject:
Murder - General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
St. Martin's true crime library
Series Volume:
3349
Publication Date:
20000315
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.68 x 4.24 x 0.735 in

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Product details 256 pages St. Martin's True Crime Classics - English 9780312973025 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Starting in 1949, all 10 children of Marie and Arthur Noe died within 15 months, leading investigators to believe at the time that they died of sudden infant death syndrome. Thirty years later, Maria confessed to killing eight of her children. This shocking but true story comes with eight pages of startling photos.
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