Excerpt from A Mother’s Trial

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along!

This is the second time I’ve read A Mother’s Trial by Nancy Wright, so you know it’s an interesting book! A flagship book about Munchhausen by Proxy, A Mother’s Trial presents the story of Priscilla Phillips. It will keep you engaged from beginning to end, but may leave you with more questions than you started out with. Non-fiction teasers two weeks in a row:

He had learned that most pathological people are convincing not in spite of but because of their pathology: they believed their own stories.

Nancy Wright, A Mother’s Trial

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FACT: Priscilla and Steve Phillips adopt a Korean baby. Shortly afterwards little Tia begins developing strange symptoms. In and out of the hospital for months, she finally succumbs. Cause of death: unknown.

FACT: The Phillipses adopt a second Korean infant named Mindy. Once again the same symptoms develop. Near death, the child is taken away to intensive care, away from any interaction with her mother. The child recovers.

FACT: Mindy is removed from the Phillipses’ home. Months later she is adopted by a new couple. After a few weeks in her new home, she falls ill once again.

As far as anyone knew, Priscilla Phillips was the perfect mother: A pillar of her church, a social worker, a devoted wife and loving mother of two sons of her own. Priscilla lavished endless love and attention on little Tia, and later on her sister Mindy. To this day she claims total innocence of any wrongdoing.

Yet she was arrested and tried for murder. Was she a mother who literally loved her children to death? A woman so desperate to be needed that she’d take any risk, pay any price?

Here is her incredible true story.

Comments

  1. This book’s not for me but wow the facts! Poor Priscilla!
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  2. An amazing story!

  3. This a cool teaser of a sad story. Thanks for sharing. I must check this book out. Here’s my TT for this week http://bit.ly/291fNd3

  4. Kathy Martin says:

    This sounds like an amazing story. My teaser this week comes from a new fantasy – The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan. Happy reading!

  5. YIkes, what a story!

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