Quote Originally Posted by Tocotin View Post
I liked this post. I wonder though, why didn't she appeal for mercy if her son did?
She actually did, but her request was turned down.

The courts had found, partly based on her own admittance, that she had been the driving force and possibly even the sole executor of the murder so they placed the larger blame on her. But part of the reason was also that it was felt that he was a victim, damaged from his mother's sexual abuse and manipulative behaviour from an early age. That was how the neighbours felt and why they welcomed him back into their fold - they pitied him and blamed the (according to them) "unnatural" mother.