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My Daughter Susan Smith [Kindle Edition]

Linda H. Russell , Shirley Stephens
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Susan Smith was never a violent person, never abused her children. She never committed an act of any kind that those close to her could point to later as an omen of the killing of her children. She loved them dearly. They were her life. But she sent 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex to their deaths in John D. Long Lake in South Carolina on a dark October night in 1994.

My Daughter Susan Smith is the story of this infamous tragedy told by Susan's mother. For nine days her family desperately hoped for the safe return of Michael and Alex. Susan's confession left her family to deal with why it happened. This book is Linda Russell's answer. In addition to details of the case as contained in court transcripts, newspapers, and behind-the-scenes experiences, she includes previously unpublished struggles of the family then and now. She also reveals details of Susan's background that both help us understand her and indict some men in her life.

About the Author

Shirley Stephens is a long-time editor and the author of five other books and countless articles. Other books to her credit: Under the SS Shadow, the true story of a former member of the Hitler Youth and an SS major’s son, who ran for his life in war-torn Europe; Breaking Crime's Vicious Cycle, the gripping, true-life story of hardened criminal Don Dennis and his conversion and transformation into a life of service to inmates; A New Testament View of Women, a biblical study of what the New Testament really says about women; Great Truths from Jesus’ conversations with women, nine conversations from the life of Jesus; From the Cell to the Cross, an update of Breaking Crime’s Vicious Cycle.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Authors Book Nook; 1 edition (3 April 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PKTYE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Shirley Stephens is seminary trained and has edited and written extensively over a period of thirty-plus years. Other books to her credit are: Under the SS Shadow, the true story of a former Hitler Youth and the son of an SS major; A New Testament View of Women, a detailed exegesis of all of the New Testament passages that deal specifically with the role of women. Breaking Crime's Vicious Cycle, the gripping, true-life story of hardened criminal Don Dennis and his conversion and transformation into a life of service to inmates; From the Cell to the Cross, an update of Breaking Crime's Vicious Cycle; My Daughter Susan Smith, the story of a troubled young mother who sent her children to their deaths in a South Carolina lake; Great Truths from Jesus' Conversations With Women, nine truths that Jesus taught women presented in dialog fashion; Great Truths from Jesus' Conversations With Men, eleven truths that Jesus taught men presented in dialog fashion. Great Truths from Jesus' Conversations With Pharisees, ten truths that Jesus taught Pharisees presented in dialog fashion; Great Truths from One Woman's Conversations With the Apostle Paul presents, in dialog form, the teachings of Paul on the role of women in the home, church and society. Great Truths from Jesus' Conversations With the Apostle Peter, nine truths that Jesus taught Peter, presented in dialog fashion.



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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting To Read The Other Side Of Things 21 Mar. 2013
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I wanted to read this as I've read a bit about Susan's case in the past and I'm sure I saw a TV film about it too.
Clearly her mum is going to be biased but she explained it all very plausibly and told us a lot about Susan's background and early life and a lot of incidents in her past that affected how she acted in 1994. I hadn't realised she was quite as young as she was at the time either. It had to be appalling to have not only your daughter's dirty washing aired in public but all your family's too.
I was shocked that so many people still keep in touch or go visit Susan. This was mentioned right at the beginning and I really wondered at it !! However, after reading I can sort of understand how everything built up for her and she finally hit rock bottom and killed her sons. I believe their father David {and his girlfriend) had a lot to be blamed for. She was a cow and stirred a lot of trouble up in order to get Susan out of the picture. He could have been a better and kinder husband. He picked Susan up and dropped her every few weeks or months and it wasn't good behaviour.
In reading it I think Susan was very, very depressed and really needed to have treatment. There's nobody to blame for that not happening as she didn't go to a doctor. But she did see a psychologist and he really should have sorted a course of treatment for her. Lots of ifs and buts with this case but of course none of them bring Michael and Alex back.
I was pretty surprised Linda didn't speak on Susan's behalf at the sentencing hearing. No reason was given for this and I find it odd as she had plenty to say in this book !
This book needs proper editing and the formatting sorting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The jury is still out 10 April 2014
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I found this book made me so angry. Firstly susan was an adult she could have got help herself.her mother it seems has blamed everyone including her father, for having depression. A lot of young people's parents have killed themselves or even died young and they have gone on to have good lives with no history of depression. Maybe when Susan's mother found out about her and her steps as she should have divorced him then not remained married to him. And as for Susan's husband he needed to man up and tell the truth about his abusive relationship with susan and also his extra marital affairs including his last with tiffany whom they both now have children together, they are both equally as much to name as anyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakig 24 May 2013
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I thought this book was a very honest account of a mother who is heart broken for her daughter I think Susan smith was a very sick person mentally and did not deserve the sentence she got . Susan should have had help from an early age, as a mother of two girls my heart goes out to Susan's mum and all the family but most of all it goes out to Susan who was let down by previous councillours if she was done right by she would not be where she is today and two children would still be living today
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong. 20 May 2013
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Such a sad book BUT the author made so so many excuses for what her daughter did it made me feel uncomfortable. Susan smith killed her children not as the author stated her husband. Sad story but also wrong of her mother to write this in ths way.
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