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. She then cut the unborn child from the womb of the woman. The woman had been pregnant for eight months, The child survived and was given to its father.[1][3] In 2007, Montgomery confessed to the crime. She was sentenced to death. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During her childhood, she had been sexually abused for years.[4] She also had other conditions/ These included post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, dissociative identity disorder and amnesia.[5][6] Based on these conditions, her lawyers argued that she was severely handicapped. They said that she should not have been tried in a regular court. On January 13, 2021, she was executed by lethal injection.[4]

Experts have looked at the case after she had been convicted. They found that at the time of 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 raped her for years. At a young age, she started drinking alcohol. When Montgomery was 14, her mother discovered the alcohol 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] Montgomery told people about her situation but no one seemed to help.[6] Montgomery tried to escape the situation. She married twice. Her first marriage happened when she was 18. Each of her marriages led to more abuse. [8] Both of her husbands said that she falsely claimed to be pregnant several times.[2] Montgomery had four children.[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.