1Susan Eubanks: She Murdered Her Four Sons Only to Get Revenge Against Her Ex-Husband
Brandon, Austin, Brigham, and Matthew were, 14, 7, 6, and 4 at the time of their deaths. She then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the stomach. Five days after the murders, Susan was charged with four counts of first degree murder. During her trial there were allegations of child abuse and talk of revenge against her ex-husband prior to the murders. After being convicted of four counts of first degree murder, Susan Eubanks was sentenced to the death penalty. At her sentencing a month later, she said that she loved her children but felt they would be better off dead. She said she killed her boys as a final act of love in an attempted murder-suicide. At the sentencing, she said the factors that influenced her actions included alcoholic parents, depression, and poor mental-health treatment. The judge, however, decided that Eubanks' basic reason and motivation was her deep hatred against her ex-husband. (Source)
2She Systematically Killed Her Newborn Children So Her Husband Wouldn't Leave Her
After reading news reports that DNA results had confirmed that the two children had the same parents, the woman then decided not to dispose the other bodies in public places. She hid the next three infants — whose existence authorities were unaware of until the woman's confession — in boxes in the basement of the building where she lived. The bodies have now been recovered and autopsies have been performed, but forensic experts have not yet been able to determine the causes or dates of their deaths. (Source)
3Frances Newton: She Murdered Her Whole Family and Blamed It On Gangsters
4Andrea Yates: She Confessed to Drowning Her Five Children Because She "Heard Voices"
Since then, her murder conviction has been overturned, she has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on retrial, and she was placed in a state psychiatric hospital. (Source)
5Lianne Smith: She Murdered Her Two Kids Because of Her Pedophile Man
Her older 21-year-old son, Chris Smith, claimed that he would never forgive his mother for what she did. “I wish I could have been there as justice was done. She looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion. It is impossible to forgive her. " (Source)
6Diane Downs: She Shot Her Three Children, Killing One, In Order to Make Herself Available for the Man She Loved
7Debra Jean Milke: She Took Her Four-year-old Son to the Mall to See Santa Claus, After She had Ordered His Death
According to court records and media accounts, Milke found the child to be an inconvenience and asked James Styers, her roommate, to kill him. She dressed the child in his favorite clothes and cowboy boots and told him that he was going to the Metrocenter mall to see Santa Claus.
According to court records, another man, Roger Scott, drove Christopher and Styers to a pizzeria, and then to the desert near 99th Avenue and Happy Valley Road in Peoria, where Styers shot the boy three times in the back of the head. Both men blamed the shooting on the other. Debra Jean Milke has already spent 22 years on death row, and after her guilty verdict was thrown out earlier this year a judge demanded that she face a retrial. (Source)
8Kenisha Berry: She Killed Her Baby and Five Years Later She Tried to Kill Another
In February of 2004, Berry was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering her baby, a decision that was later overturned to a sentence of life imprisonment.