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Cradle of Death (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2000


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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent True Crime 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a true crime fanatic I think this is the most readable and fascinating example of the genre I have ever read. John Glatt does a first rate job of unravelling this unique crime behind the SIDS backdrop which protected Marie Noe, who cold-bloodedly killed eight of her children, for almost 50 years.
His strenuous research is an example of the heights that true crime books can attain. I would recommend this to everyone as a 'can't put down page turner.'
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Interesting reading 6 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't say that this book was anywhere near one of the best true crime books I have ever read, but it did make for some interesting reading. I put off purchasing this book many times because although I like true crime, I am really not enthusiastic about reading stories where innocent babies are murdered, by their own mother nonetheless. It was pitiful the way this woman snuffed out the lives of her innocent children, and for no obvious reason. Hard to believe that when her babies were dying one by one in the 1960's, no one thought it peculiar. If this were happening to someone I know now, I would certainly think something was up. This woman makes you very angry. Being in her seventies now, her age seems to have played a part in her punishment. I have no pity for her, 27 or 70, it makes no difference. She is a murderer, plain and simple.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Expertly crafted! 4 April 2001
By Suzann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Glatt excels at the true crime genre. This book is expertly researched and the author makes a valiant attempt to uncover the reasoning of Marie Noe in killing her children. The ending is not very exciting, but that is not the fault of the author. There was no great confrontation between the police and Noe, no exhumed bodies, no huge scene. The lack of drama in the final pages of the book just reflects the quality of the work and attests to its accuracy. It must have been tempting to "spice it up", but Glatt stuck to the truth.
Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Compulsion to Kill! 29 Oct 2007
By Shanna McQueen - Published on Amazon.com
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Defying all medical, moral, and psychological classification, Marie Noe stands alone as the most prolific baby killer in history. Suffocating 8 of her 10 children, most of whom did not live past a few months in age, Noe seemed compelled to kill her babies. Although neighbors and physicians began to grow suspicious of these unexplained baby deaths, medical autopsies revealed nothing, leaving police investigators helpless to pursue the matter.

1n the 1960's, with the medical description and explanation of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Marie Noe was afforded sympathy and fame as the most bereaved mother ever. Never ones to turn away the media, Marie Noe and her strangely protective husband, Arthur, were only too willing to discuss their dead children. Often memorable to both reporters and medical staff alike as displaying bizarre affect and little real emotion, the Noes continued to defend themselves against the increasing community suspicion that a mother might be killing her babies.

With the Noe babies, a 30 year "cold case" finally came to fruition when it was revealed that another murderous mother, Waneta Hoyt, had murdered 5 of her infant children... including two that were part of the initial study in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. With Hoyt's admission of guilt, the theory that SIDS was a genetic killer was destroyed, and Marie Noe's innocence along with it.

In a bizarre dismissal of acceptable legal standards, Marie Noe was allowed to walk out of the police station after confessing to multiple murders. Outrageous! Eventually pleading guilty to premeditated murder in a court of law, Noe was sentenced to HOUSE ARREST for a period of 5 years, followed by lifetime community supervision. True, Noe is not a risk to society at large, but the sentence seems severely lacking with regard to legal and moral standards of justice.

While reading this book, I was particularly baffled by Marie Noe's husband, Arthur Noe. Denying that he was ever suspicious of his wife, Noe turned a blind eye to the circumstances of the deaths of his children and ignored that his wife was the ONLY person present when all the babies stopped breathing. In fact, Noe continued to defend his wife even after she confessed, recanted, and reconfessed to suffocating 8 of their children. Strangely dependent upon one another and dancing a symbiotic waltz of denial, the Noes remain together, prisoners in their own home. As the author, John Glatt, so eloquently states: "Now, as long as they live, Marie and Arthur Noe will be locked together in a desperate co-dependency with its own warped rules of survival. Marie can never dare admit the she killed the children to Arthur, who in turn can never accuse her."

With a solid reporting of family history and childhood traumas for both Marie and Arthur Noe, CRADLE OF DEATH is a good and easy read for a rainy afternoon!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Marie Noe should be in prison! 25 July 2006
By Sylviastel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't think I'm alone when I say that Marie Noe got away with a mother's most unthinkable crime, killing 8 of her 10 children without anybody ever detecting something the matter with this sick woman. Of course, there is some strange sympathy for mothers who kill their children. Marie's case is no exception. She is living with a slap on the wrist while her eight children are buried. I feel sympathetic toward her husband because I can't imagine how he handled Marie's crimes. There were signs all along and suspicions but nothing until it was way too late. Marie is living not in a prison but at home. I can't imagine a crime murder more disturbing than a mother killing her children. The book does give an explanation as to why she probably did it. There are no easy explanations because Marie Noe is a very ill person and that's probably why her husband stays with her.
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