Whatever Mother Says...: A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1995 - True Crime - 288 pages
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To neighbors, she was the brave single mother...

Raising her five kids alone in a rundown section of Sacramento, Theresa Cross Knorr seemed like the ultimate survivor. But her youngest daughter, 16-year-old Terry, told police another story: one almost too terrible to believe.

But accused of imprisoning her children in a house of horrors...

According to Terry, Theresa--no longer the petite brunette she once was--had turned insanely jealous of her pretty eldest daughters and enlisted the help of her two teenaged sons in a vicious campaign against their sisters.

Of beating, torturing and killing her own flesh and blood...

Terry's gruesome tale told how Theresa had drugged, handcuffed and shot 16-year-old Suesan, allowing her wounds to fester, until the day she ordered her sons to burn their sister alive. Next, Terry said Theresa severely beat 20-year-old Sheila and then locked her in a stifling broom closet, so that when the girl finally starved to death, her brothers dumped her body in the same desolate mountain range where they had cremated Suesan.

She could be one of the most evil murderesses of our time...

It took Terry five agonizing years to convince authorities to investigate her grisly accounts of burning flesh, starvation and torture...of a mother from hell, so sadistic and so deranged, she had become her children's own executioner.

Wensley Clarkson Whatever Mother Says ... is the true story of a mother, madness and murder.

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This book was a total shocker. I couldn't believe when i read this that a mother could do so much harm to her own flesh and blood this book was incrediable. It makes you reailze how sick the world is and how demented a mind can be. I have to say for a mother to hurt her children is a terriable thing. Considering i long for the mother's love.Children have a special bond and trust with there mother . It's sad.
im glad she's serving two life sentences and i hope she never gets out. The two son's didn't get charged with the murders because they were abused and battered kid's too and had no chocie but to listen to what ever there mother said or they would be the next to be killed. It's twisted and messed up. A tangled web of a family who murder's there own flesh and blood.

Great book

User Review  - dkaam05 - Borders

This book was really well written. Even though it was pretty gross what this mother did, there was great detail to everything. I loved it Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Wensley Clarkson was one of Britain's most successful young journalists before moving to Los Angeles with his wife and their four children in 1991-an experience that inspired his book, A Year in La La Land. His other books-which have sold in more than a dozen countries-include the tabloid newspaper expose Dog Eat Dog, a biography of the actor Mel Gibson, plus four best-selling true-crime books Hell Hath No Fury, Like A Woman Scorned, Love You to Death Darling, and Doctors of Death.

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