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The Susan Smith Story: A Mother's Confession 

The case of Susan Smith who murdered her two young boys is examined. In 1994 the 23 year old mother from South Carolina claimed that she had been the victim of a carjacking and the ... See full summary »
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David Bruck David Bruck ... Self
Heather Hoopes Heather Hoopes ... Self
William Howard William Howard ... Self
Bill Kurtis ... Self - Host
Roy Palmer Roy Palmer ... Self
Tommy Pope Tommy Pope ... Self
George Rekers George Rekers ... Self
Mike Roberts Mike Roberts ... Self
C. David Smith C. David Smith ... Self
David Smith David Smith ... Self
Susan Smith Susan Smith ... Self
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The case of Susan Smith who murdered her two young boys is examined. In 1994 the 23 year old mother from South Carolina claimed that she had been the victim of a carjacking and the perpetrator had taken off with her two young boys still in the car. It is later discovered that there was no carjacking and that she had in fact rolled her car into a lake while her children were still strapped in the car. Written by Roger Campbell

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The Susan Smith Story
27 June 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This is a documentary about one of the most notorious and inexplicable crimes in modern American history. In October 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina reported that she had been carjacked at gunpoint by a black man who drove away with her sons in the back seat of the vehicle. She was hysterical, and initially was believed more or less uncritically, including by her estranged husband, the father of 3 year old Michael and 1 year old Alexander, but it didn't take long for cracks to appear in her story. Nine days after the alleged carjacking, she would lead the authorities to the lake where she had dumped the car with the boys still inside.

This recounting of that horror story has archive footage of Smith with her two sons and a number of interviews including with her lawyer, the prosecutor, and somewhat unusually the trial judge who had banned cameras from the courtroom in view of the OJ Simpson trial which was then running.

Little attention is paid to the racial aspect. There was no real doubt about Smith's guilt, but this was a capital case. The jury spared her life, and she will be eligible for parole in 2024.

This documentary has a shocking and tragic postscript involving a bizarre accident at the same spot where Smith murdered her sons.


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10 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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