Who is Susan Smith and what has she done?

SUSAN Smith made headlines in 1994 after her two sons were murdered.

The case drew international attention over allegations that were later found to be false, and now Smith is behind bars and is serving a life sentence.

Susan Smith is serving a life sentence at Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood, South Carolina


Susan Smith is serving a life sentence at Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood, South CarolinaCredit: AP

Who is Susan Smith and what has she done?

Born on September 26, 1971, Smith, 50, is known as a South Carolina mother who was convicted two murder cases and is now serving a life sentence.

Smith’s legal troubles date back to October 25, 1994, when she recounted it police that she had been abducted by car by a black man who had allegedly taken off with her two young sons who were still in their car, People reports.

As the investigation progressed, authorities determined her story was false, and the then 23-year-old mother admitted to police that there was no carjacker.

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In reality, Smith had rolled her car into a lake with her sons Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, still buckled in their car seats, according to People.

Why did Susan Smith kill her children?

Many were stunned by the sudden deaths of Smith’s children, but when a motive was discovered, many were American were outraged by their actions.

Smith had reportedly killed her young children because she was secretly dating a man who didn’t want children, reports People.

As a result, she was convicted of double murder and is serving a life sentence.

“I’m not the monster that society thinks I am,” Smith wrote in a 2015 letter The State. “I’m far from it.”

“Something went very wrong that night. I wasn’t myself,” she continued. “I was a good mother and I loved my boys. There was no motive as it wasn’t even a planned event. I wasn’t in my right mind.”

Smith will be eligible for parole in November 2024, but at this time it remains unclear if it will be granted.

Susan's sons Alex and Michael were killed in 1994


Susan’s sons Alex and Michael were killed in 1994Credit: AP

Is Susan Smith Married?

From 1991 to 1995, Smith was married to David Smith, 51, who is also the father of Michael and Alexander.

In 2010, he opened up to People about his son’s murder, telling the media that he never fully recovered.

“There’s always this nagging and nagging heartache,” David said at the time. “It’s there every day, even if I’m not always aware of it.”

Following Smith’s divorce, it was revealed in March 2022 that she had begun one new relationship with a man behind bars whom she hopes to be able to continue if he is released.

A member of her family exclusively told People about the relationship, adding that they have been sending handwritten letters for over a year.

“They write letters all the time,” the family member said.

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“They started about a year ago. Handwritten letters about what their future will be like. She is so very romantic and always wants a happy ending.”

At this point, the identity of Smith’s new boyfriend remains unclear.

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