On july 28, 1971, a two-and-a-half-month-old baby named Noah Hoyt died in his trailer home in a rural hamlet of upstate New York. There is today a maxim in forensic pathology: One unexplained infant death in a family is SIDS. He was the fifth child of Waneta and Tim Hoyt to die suddenly in the space of seven years.
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Nearly two decades later a district attorney in syracuse, New York, was alerted to a landmark paper in the literature on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome--SIDS--that had been published in a prestigious medical journal back in 1972. And the enigma of familial SIDS has given rise to a special and terrible irony.
Three is homicide.
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From the time he was an infant, she deliberately made Garnett sick to elicit sympathy from medical professionals, as well as her hundreds of followers on Facebook and other social media. When a westchester county jury found her guilty of killing Garnett in April 2015, she was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison.
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The lacey spears story will be the subject of an hour-long special on Discovery ID, featuring author John Glatt, and CBS 48-Hours is working on a primetime special on the case. But in reality, lacey was a text book case of Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome.
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It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid--of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all. Gregg olsen tells the whole shocking story of this true crime in Cruel Deception.
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Many mbp children die, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, but Julie Gregory not only survived, healthy young woman. Punctuated with julie's actual medical records, sickened re-creates the bizarre cocoon of her family's isolated double-wide trailer, their wild shopping sprees and gun-waving confrontations, the astonishing naïveté of medical professionals and social workers.
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She checks her teeth for lipstick and, as the doctor enters, shoots the girl a warning glance. It’s four o’clock, and she hasn’t been allowed to eat anything all day. It also exposes the twisted bonds of terror and love that roped Julie's family together—including the love that made a child willing to sacrifice herself to win her mother's happiness.
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Why did authorities dismiss evidence that marked dennis as an endangered child? could lois jurgens’s brother, have interfered in the investigation? And most disturbing of all, a local police lieutenant, local detectives and prosecutors rebuilt the case brick by brick, why had so many people who’d witnessed Lois’s brutal treatment of her children stay silent for so long? Determined to find answers, finally exposing the shocking truth behind a nightmare in suburbia.
This he did even though the autopsy photos showed Dennis covered from head to toe in ugly bruises, his clenched fists and twisted facial expression suggesting he had died writhing in pain. The immediate cause was peritonitis, natural causes, writing “deferred” rather than indicate accident, but the coroner had never decided the mode of death, or homicide.
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She demanded to know the truth about her son’s death.
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What would drive the kidnappers to commit such a cruel and senseless murder? How did their plans to cover their tracks result in another killing? And how were the murderers finally snared? Read all of the fascinating facts in a startling expose of extortion, murder, and ultimate justice. A business major with wild black hair, long polished fingernails, and a new Honda her loving father had bought her, Kim took good care of herself and looked forward to a bright future.
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A cold mastermind had ordered had ordered Kim to be bound, gagged and left in the freezing basement of an abandoned house, hoping to extract ransom from her father.
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Mcgough reconstructs the lives of Sherri, John and Stephanie; the love triangle that led to Sherri’s murder; and the homicide investigation that followed. The crime scene suggested a ferocious struggle, and police initially assumed it was a burglary gone awry. Decades later, a swab from a bite mark on Sherri’s arm revealed her killer was in fact female, not male.
A dna match led to the arrest and conviction of veteran LAPD Detective Stephanie Lazarus, John’s onetime girlfriend. The lazarus files delivers the visceral experience of being inside a real-life murder mystery. Before her death, sherri had confided to her parents that an ex-girlfriend of John’s, a Los Angeles police officer, had threatened her.
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Then, in 1988, an unexpected source tipped police off and set in motion a twisted story of family betrayal and murder-for-hire.
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After three years of her grandson being constantly sick with countless hospitalizations, this grandmother was faced with the horrifying realization; that her grandchildren were sick because their mother was making them sick. Her grandson was literally on the brink of death's door. Her faith in god kept her going as she turned their tragedies and trials into triumph.
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Then the real fight began. Munchausen's syndrome by Proxy is one of the cruelest forms of child abuse imaginable. He would get better and then suddenly relapse with no reasonable explanation. This story chronicles a woman's journey as she discovers that her two grandchildren are victims of this abuse that most people have never even heard of.
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A real-life page turner more intriguing than anything on Netflix. Matt nixson, books editor, two tortured corpses—hooded, bound, Mail on Sunday LondonIn 1978, and weighted down with engine parts—were found in the sea off Guatemala. Following the detailed, haunting testimony of his own two sons—who also implicated their father in a string of other killings—Boston was finally arrested and charged with two counts of maritime murder.
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