Saturday, September 10, 2011

Marie Spellman, Kentucky Child Torturer - 1947



FULL TEXT: Louisville, Ky. – Mrs. Marie Spellman, 27, was sentenced to six months in jail Saturday after being found guilty of torturing her seven-year-old boy by searing his hands on a hot stove.

The boy displayed his scarred hands in court to Juvenile Judge Lawrence Wetherby. Mrs. Spellman said she burned the child’s hands to stop him from stealing.

[“Mother Tortures Son by Searing Hands on Stove,” syndicated (AP), Mar. 9, 1947, p. 9]

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For more cases, see: Women Who Like to Torture

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