Tuesday, October 29, 2019

SIDS & Female Serial Killers

17 “SIDS” serial killer cases:

Alphabetical order:

Beverly Allitt
Denise Buchanan
Tammy Corbett
Gail Cutro (nurse)
Kathleen Folbigg
Deborah Fornuto
Waneta Hoyt
Martha Ann Johnson
Helen Patricia Moore
Marie Noe
Diane Odell
Gail Savage
Elizabeth Shanklin
Marybeth Tinning
Debra Sue Tuggle
Lise Jane Turner
Shirley Winters
Martha L. Woods


1969 – Martha L. Woods – Aberdeen, Maryland, USA
1980 – Helen Patricia Moore – Fullwood Place, Claymore, Australia
1984 – Lise Jane Turner – Christchurch, New Zealand
1984 – Debra Sue Tuggle – Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
1986 – Marybeth Tinning – Schenectady, New York, USA
1987 – Debbie Fornuto (Deborah Gedzius) – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1989 – Tammy Corbett – Brighton, Illinois, USA
1989 – Martha Ann Johnson – Clayton County, Georgia, USA
1991 – Beverly Allitt – Grantham, England
1993 – Gail Savage – Waukegan, Illinois, USA
1994 – Gail Cutro – Irmo, South Carolina, USA
1995 – Elizabeth Shanklin – Buffalo, Indiana, USA
1996 – Waneta Hoyt – Newark Valley, New York, USA
1997 – Denise Dianna Buchanan – Sun City, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
1999 – Marie Noe – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2003 – Kathleen Folbigg – Mayfield, Australia
2003 – Diane Odell – Rome, Pennsylvania & New York, USA
2007 – Shirley Winters – New York state, USA



~ Origin of the SIDS concept and term:

“The term sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was first used in 1969 at an international conference on the causes of sudden death in infants.” Bergman AB, Beckwith JB, Ray CG, Keiter MD. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Causes of Sudden Death in Infants. Seattle, Wash:.:University of Washington Press; 1970; Stephen M. Adams, MD; Matthew W. Good, MD; And Gina M. Defranco, DO, “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome,” Am Fam Physician. 2009 May 15;79(10):870-874.]

~ Description of SIDS:

Mayo Clinic: “Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old. SIDS is sometimes known as crib death because the infants often die in their cribs. Although the cause is unknown, it appears that SIDS might be associated with defects in the portion of an infant's brain that controls breathing and arousal from sleep. Researchers have discovered some factors that might put babies at extra risk. They've also identified measures you can take to help protect your child from SIDS. Perhaps the most important is placing your baby on his or her back to sleep.” AKA: “cot death,” “crib death,” “SUDI ("sudden unexpected infant deaths").”

Influential book on DIDS and Female Serial Killer phenomenon:

Richard Firstman Jamie Talan, The Death of Innocents, Bantam Books, Sep. 2, 1997 (Waneta Hoyt case)

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