This made the rounds a few weeks ago, but I didn’t take the time to look at Susan Smith’s letter to the media until recently. 20 years after she strapped her helpless sons into their car seats and rolled them into a lake, Smith still sees herself as the victim. She also explains that she only tried to cover up her crime out of an abundance of selflessness:
It has been hard to listen to lie after lie and not be able to defend myself. It’s frustrating to say the least. Mr. Cahill, I am not the monster society thinks I am. I am far from it. Something went very wrong that night. I was not myself. I was a good mother and I loved my boys. The thing that hurts me the most is that people think I hurt my children in order to be with a man. That is so far from the truth. There was no motive as it was not even a planned event. I was not in my right mind. The only reason I lied is because I didn’t know how to tell the people who loved Michael & Alex that they would never see them again. I didn’t want to hurt them. I knew the truth would come out, but I had planned to kill myself first and leave a note behind telling what had happened. I didn’t believe I could face my family when the truth was revealed.
It would be difficult to find a woman with a harder heart than Susan Smith. She is absolutely shameless. Yet note how consumed she is with the knowledge that people on the outside see her as a monster. Never be fooled by the shrieks that your judgment doesn’t affect a rebellious woman.