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In our previous episode of the True Crime Reporter™ podcast, we presented the murder case of Annie Laurie Williams.
Williams bludgeoned her 8 and 9-year-old sons to death and then dispassionately dismembered their bodies to dispose of them.
Her acts are unthinkable.
In order to bring perspective and understanding to such a crime, cohosts Robert Riggs and Bill Johnston reached out to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Richard Taylor in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Taylor is the author of The Mind of a Murderer. He has worked on more than 100 murder cases.
He explores the subject of Women Who Kill Children in his book.
Dr. Taylor also works with a special unit dealing with threats to the royal family and politicians, which is called the Fixated Threat Assessment Center (FTAC).
You can find a link to more information about the FTAC on our website.
Murder is not just a crime, it is a major public health problem.
In 2017 alone, there were close to a half-million recorded victims of homicide around the globe.
Dannette D. says
This woman was paroled to my friend and I in 2000. When I found out about her case it completely blew my mind. Hell it still blows my mind. The woman I knew wasn’t capable of such an act. She was very sweet, mild-mannered and very, very intelligent. We often talked about books and poetry as well as her experience with building airplanes during WWII. We spent a lot of time together because I took her to her doctor appointments, shopping, out to lunch and to have her hearing aid fixed on numerous occasions. She was truly a fascinating woman. Here in recent years I’ve stumbled across numerous newspaper archives and podcasts describing her crime in detail. What makes someone commit such an act on children she carried for 9 months and gave birth to. What on earth could’ve been going through her mind at the time? She said she strangled them, but forensics show that they were bludgeoned to death. The children were 8 and 9 years old, but this woman was tiny! I find it hard to believe that she didn’t have an accomplice. Those poor little boys must’ve been terrified. Anyway, we had to have her placed in a nursing home in Hearne because she started showing signs of dementia. They say she died in 2012. Just goes to show us, you never really know people.