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Foetus Snatcher

Last December in Missouri, heavily pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett was strangled and her eight-month-old foetus was cut from her with a kitchen knife. Lisa Montgomery was accused of Bobbie's murder and is currently awaiting trial. If convicted she could face the death penalty.


Cindy Lynn Ray
But Montgomery is not the first woman to be accused of such a murder; over the last 15 years a dozen women have committed this heinous crime. Foetus Snatcher tells the devastating stories of Lisa and two other women who murdered their heavily pregnant victims, cut the foetuses from their wombs and took the babies home as their own. Chilling home video footage shows Michelle Bica with the baby she had killed to steal. And in one of the first known cases, 19-year-old Darci Pierce kidnapped Cindy Ray, cut out her foetus and bit the umbilical cord apart.

Photographs of women pinned on a wall
Foetus Snatcher features interviews with the surviving relatives of the victims, including Cindy Ray's daughter Millie, as well as the families and friends of the perpetrators. While investigators recount the critical race to find the surviving newborns, forensic psychiatrists and profilers address the big question of why these women did it.

Crimes such as these are extremely rare. However, if you've been affected by a violent crime, the following organisations offer advice and support.

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Support After Murder or Manslaughter (SAMM)
A self-help group who offer understanding and support to families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of murder and manslaughter. You can call their helpline on 020 7735 3838 on Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm, where your call will be answered by someone who has suffered a similar tragedy. Their website is at www.samm.org.uk.

Victim Support
Provides help and information for anyone who has been affected by a crime including violence or sexual assault. It doesn't matter when the crime took place or what type of crime it was. You might not want to involve the police but want someone to listen to how you feel. If you do want to go to the police, they can help you deal with this and can accompany you at court. Call them on 0845 30 30 900 on Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm or Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm. You can also e-mail them on info@victimsupport.org.uk. Or visit their website at www.victimsupport.org.

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