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So Much For Motherhood
on 25 November 2012
The mother of the title was a nutcase. She had that Munchausen's By Proxy we hear a lot more of these days than they did back in the late 70's when she was trying to kill her adopted kids. You have to wonder why someone would adopt children only to put them through so much. I really felt for poor little Tia. She died a long, painful and lingering death all so her her mother could have heaps of attention showered upon by hospital personnel then the local church and community. Just outrageous. THEN her husband Steve suggests they adopt again....idiot.
She even managed to elicit sympathy and a great deal of additional privilege while she was going through the judicial process.My jaw would hit the floor at how this monster seemed to manage to elicit sympathy from all around her.
I was staggered that the judge in her preliminary hearing stated that "I don't think there has been proved a conscious disregard for life in this matter" !! I don't know how much more disregard she needed to exhibit !
I did get bogged down with all the medical portions of this book and again with the court appearances' portion. I have to wonder how any jury managed to keep up with all the medical jargon and the differing times her kids attended hospital and the medicines they were prescribed, etc.
I felt for the daughter that lived as it seems she ended up with another parent who sounded a little unhinged herself.
The author clearly had a total disregard for the use of apostrophes as there were lots missing. However, this book was certainly well researched. I tried to look up for an update online on this family but I couldn't find anything so it's a shame in her 2012 version she didn't add an extra update chapter to the events of the 70's and 80's.