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Whatever Mother Says... : A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
by Wensley Clarkson

Published: 1995-03-15
Mass Market Paperback : 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 ...
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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.

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  "How Can you kill children"by Wits-End (see profile) 09/19/06

This book was a good discussion. The ending was the worst part of the book because it did not give you the outcome.

 
  "It's written well but the details are disturbing"by Leslii (see profile) 09/18/06

I believe this was a well written book but the details/descriptions of the crimes are graphic.

 
  "heart tugger. must keep an open mind"by camm24 (see profile) 09/18/06

details left out
story not finish
more info about characters

 
  "They would have to come with their own concludsions"by jwells (see profile) 09/17/06

Just to say the least, she was stupid crazy. She needed to suffer the way she made her kids suffer even more, if there is a way. She cover them all.

 
  "How a mother becomes so jealous, vicious and evil to murder her own daughters."by MsMatt (see profile) 08/18/06

I thought the book was very moving describing the details of a mother's evil mind to encourage her son and (brother) to help her murder one of their own family member.

Terry's determinat

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