Woman Cleared Of Murdering Sister After 50 Years (it was the mom!)

January 22, 2009

Australia (ChattahBox) – A woman who has spent the last 50 years living in guilt after her mother told her she had murdered her baby sister, has just been cleared by a coroner, who found it was the mother who had murdered the infant after all.

It was 1961 when Ann Kramer’s (shown center) mother told her, then two years old, that she had killed her baby sister, then six months old. The infant had had a plastic bag wrapped over her head, and despite the mother’s insistence that Ann was the killer, officials ruled the case an accident.

Over the years, her mother began confessing that she had been the one to kill the baby, but no one believed her, thinking she was trying protect her daughter, something Ann believed for many years herself.

“For many years growing up as a child I just felt awful,’ Ms Kramer told the hearing. ‘I thought I must’ve been a horrid child to kill my sister,“ she admitted.

But over time, her mother, who had been suffering from post-partum depression at the time of the killing, became more and more unstable, having five more children before her divorce in 1978. She was regularly placed in psychiatric care after attempting suicide, and then in 1980, she killed her ex husband, Ann’s father, by hitting him over the head.

She was found incompetent by reasons of mental insanity, and not required to stand trial. She finally committed suicide in 1983, leaving Ann to suffer with all that had happened, and with the continuing belief that she had killed her sister.

“For almost half a century, she has carried the indescribable burden of having caused the death of her baby sister,” John Olle, the coroner who ruled on her innocence, told reporters.  “In fact, she bore no responsibility whatsoever for the death of Margaret.”


One Response to “Woman Cleared Of Murdering Sister After 50 Years (it was the mom!)”

  1. lacy on June 13th, 2009 7:02 pm

    People like this DISGUST me . One day people should learn to take the fall for their mistakes they should have done that since the beginning of man kind!!!!!!!!!!

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