Woman Massacres Her Five Children During Husband’s Trip

December 10, 2008

Belgium (ChattahBox) – In a case that has sent shock waves through Europe, a mother has been charged with murdering her 5 children, ages 3 – 14, by slitting their throats as their father visited his parents in Morocco.

Genevieve Lhermitte stole two knives from a local store, cooked a special lunch for her family, and then called each one into the bedroom where she slaughtered them one by one, using a blindfold to fool the oldest, a 14 year old girl, into staying still while she hit her over the head with a slab of marble, before cutting her throat like the others. She contacted the police just before stabbing herself in the chest, but survived.

When asked why she would commit such a heinous act, she said that she felt trapped alone in the house with her children, and couldn’t think of a way out. She also cited a house guest, the elderly Dr Schaar who  covered the families’ finances, as a contributing factor.

‘He lived with us he even went on our honeymoon and slept in our room. We had to wait until he fell asleep before we could make love,’ she told the courts. She claimed that it was a desire to hurt him that caused her to drag her 13 year old daughter into his bathroom for him to find. She explained, ‘I wanted to hurt him. Nora was his favorite.’

According to reports, she had attempted to schedule an appointment with her psychiatrist the morning of the murders, but was unable to do so. It has not been made clear whether she will seek an insanity defense.


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