Lisa Montgomery

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Lisa Montgomery
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Lisa Montgomery, in 2013
Lisa Marie Montgomery

(1968-02-27)February 27, 1968
DiedJanuary 13, 2021(2021-01-13) (aged 52)
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
Criminal statusExecuted
Spouse(s)Kevin Montgomery[1]
Criminal chargeKidnapping resulting in death
DateDecember 16, 2004
CountryUnited States
Date apprehended
December 17, 2004

Lisa Marie Montgomery (February 27, 1968 – January 13, 2021)[2] was a convicted murderer. In 2004, she attacked and killed a 23-year old pregnant woman, and cut the unborn child from her womb. The mother had been pregnant for eight months, the child survived and was given to the father.[1][3] In 2007, Montgomery confessed the crime. She was sentenced to death. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Also, during her childhood, she had been sexually abused for years.[4] She also had other conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, dissociative identity disorder and amnesia.[5][6] Her lawyers argued, that because of these conditions, she was severely handicapped, and should not have been tried in a regular court. Montgomery has four children. On January 13, 2021, she was executed by lethal injection.[4]

Experts, who looked at the case after she had been condemned, found that when she committed the crime, she had suffered from psychosis. Because of smoking tobacco, she had also suffered permanent brain damage. In addition, she mistrusted men in general.[7][8]

A history of abuse[change | change source]

Montgomery had a bad childhood. Her stepfather allegedly raped her for years. To better handle the situation, Montgomery started drinking alcohol. When Montgomery was 14, her mother discovered the abuse. Instead of helping her, her mother threatened her with a gun.[8] From her early teen years, her mother forced her to prostitute herself.[6] She told other people about her situation, but no one seemed to help.[6] Montgomery tried to escape the situation, and married early, when she was 18 years old. But both her first, and a second marriage led to further abuse. [8] Montgomery had four children.[2] She falsely claimed to be pregnant several times, according to both her first and second husbands.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hollingsworth, Heather (22 December 2004). "Husband thought stolen baby was his". The Guardian.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hollingsworth, Heather (October 10, 2007). "Defendant Accused of Faking Pregnancies". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  3. "'A lifetime of torture': the story of the woman Trump is rushing to execute". the Guardian. 2021-01-05. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Singh, Bhargav Acharya, Kanishka (2021-01-13). "U.S. executes first woman on federal death row in nearly seven decades". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  5. "Hinrichtung in den USA abgesagt: Richter erlaubt Lisa Montgomery erneute Anhörung". (in German). Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Lisa Montgomery: A Victim of Incest, Child Prostitution and Rape Faces Execution". Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  7. Autran, Frédéric (2020-12-23). "Aux Etats-Unis, Lisa Montgomery sans défense ni clémence". Libé (in French). Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Rose, David (November 24, 2016). "Death row: the lawyer who keeps losing". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.