May is here, and when this month rolls around, it gets a lot of people thinking about the one day when they get to celebrate the person who brought them into this world: Mom. For many people, Mother’s Day brings about the warm fuzzies, but we here at Crime Feed know that sometimes moms aren’t helping you fight the monster in your closet — instead they are the monster in your closet. Here are some mothers who definitely don’t deserve a “#1 Mom” mug or even a drunk owl wine bottle holder.
1. Waneta Hoyt/Andrea Yates/Susan Smith
Waneta (Nixon) Hoyt was born in Richmond, NY and in 1964 she dropped out of the 10th grade to marry Tim Hoyt. What Tim didn’t know was that she suffered from dependent and avoidant personality disorders. She also suffered from Münchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental disorder in which a person creates sympathy from others by fabricating or creating mental or physical issues for someone in their care. In this case Hoyt was getting sympathy for the sudden and inexplicable loss of her children. For 20 years, doctors believed that her children had died from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) but it was actually Hoyt who killed them all. None of her five children lived past their second birthday, with the exception of her adopted son Jay who was 17 when Hoyt was finally arrested.
Andrea Yates was from Texas and struggled her whole life with depression. In 1989 she met Russell “Rusty” Yates, and they were married in 1993. They announced to everyone that they “would seek to have as many babies as nature allowed” because of their strict religious beliefs. Little did they know, that was a horrible plan. Following the birth of her fourth son, Yates became depressed again. In 1999 she attempted to commit suicide and begged her husband to let her die as she held a knife up to her neck. She was fine for a while, but then suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide two more times before being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. They were urged by doctors not to have any more children, but they decided to ignore the warnings and have a fifth child. Yates was doing fine until the death of her father, which sent her over the edge. In June of 2001, Yates drew a bath and proceeded to drown each of her five children, one by one.
On October 25, 1994, Susan Smith called police to report that she was a victim of a carjacking and that a “black man” had driven away with her two sons still in the backseat. For nine days, she pleaded on TV for her boys’ safe return. What the public didn’t know was that Smith was the one who killed her sons. On November 3, she confessed to letting her car roll into John D. Long Lake with her boys still inside. Her motivation? She wanted to maintain a relationship with a local wealthy man.
2. Casey Anthony
Who can forget the trial that was dubbed by Time “the social media trial of the century“? This complex timeline starts on July 15, 2008, when 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing by her grandmother. Cindy Anthony stated that she had not seen her granddaughter in 31 days, and that her daughter Casey’s car smelled like there had been a dead body inside it. A man at a tow yard had confirmed this as well. When asked, Casey wasn’t exactly forthcoming with the whereabouts of her daughter and finally confessed to her parents that she hadn’t seen her in almost a month (nope, not strange at all). When cops tried to find out where she was, Casey was still telling stories. Now the story was that Caylee was kidnapped by a nanny and that she had been trying to find her but was too scared to call the authorities. On December 11, 2008, little Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area by the Anthony home. Casey was arrested and after her six-week trial was found not guilty, much to the anger of the American public.
What did the jury ‘get’ that everyone else missed? Watch Casey’s full episode along with commentary from Jose Baez and others close to the case here.
3. Jelka Pesic
On August 5, 1992, 25-year-old Alexandra Pesic was gunned down while she was getting into her car outside her job at a dental office in Coquitlam, Canada. It was soon revealed that Alexandra was recently divorced from ex-husband Joe Pesic and was involved in a custody battle over their three-year-old son. Joe was also seeking to get his child support payments reduced as well. On the surface you’d think that Joe was the likely killer…you’d be wrong. It was actually Joe’s mother, Jelka who was angered over her son’s legal troubles. She decided that rather than have her son pay the $80,000 in child support he owed, that Alexandra would be better off dead. Jelka paid $30,000 to a family friend named Milan Nenadic to arrange the hit. Nenadic hired two men to help him, Lawrence Delorme, who drove a stolen red Camaro used in the fatal drive-by shooting, and David Segoviano, who fired six rounds from a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol, which killed Alexandra.
4. Debra Dillard
In November of 2009, someone called 911 in order to report a fatal car crash on a highway in Moody, Missouri. When police arrived at the scene, they were immediately suspicious because the victim, 24-year-old Becki Lynne Dillard, had two bullet wounds in her head. Someone tried to make Becki’s death look like an accident, and they failed. Things got more suspicious when Debra Dillard, Becki’s mother-in-law, told police that her boyfriend, Billy Joe Eastep, hated Becki and followed her down the highway and pulled her over. They began to fight which lead to Easter shooting her in the back of the head, and then shot her twice more for good measure when she was down on the ground. It was later found out that Debra was the one who pulled the trigger and that Eastep was just an accessory. In a written statement Debra wrote that “…now Becki can’t hurt anyone anymore.”
5. Sueanne Hobson
In April of 1980, 13-year-old Christen Hobson went on a car ride with his stepbrother James Crumm and Crumm’s friend Paul Sorrentino. What Hobson didn’t know was that this was a one-way trip. Crumm and Sorrentino forced Hobson to dig a grave and then shot him with a shotgun as he laid in it. Why would two teenage boys kill a third? The answer: Christen’s stepmother Sueanne Hobson (who also happened to be Crumm’s birth mother.) Much like the Pesic story from above, Sueanne decided she was going to hire someone else to do her dirty work. To further cement herself as World’s Worst Mother, she asked her son do it. Sueanne was married to Christen’s father, Ed and didn’t exactly get along with her new stepson. When her attempts to poison him failed, that’s when she hatched her evil plot by offering Crumm a car and Sorrientino $350 to fix his motorcycle. Crumm testified that she wanted to get rid of Christen before Christmas so that “she wouldn’t have to buy him presents.”