Theresa Knorr's Abuse of Her Daughters

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Theresa Knorr’s was a mother of six who was convicted of killing her two daughters Suesan Knorr (16) and Sheila Sanders (20). Theresa physically and tortured all of her children for years, but she had a deeper hatred for her girls, which lead to their deaths. Terry Knorr the surviving daughter was the one who in the end got her mother convicted of the murder of her sisters. Prior to her mother’s arrest, Terry and her siblings endured years of torture, physical and sexual. Terry explained that her brothers and mothers abused them severely.
Terry’s brothers would assist their mother with the beating, when they became too big for their mother to beat them. In the story Terry described how her brothers would restrain them, while their mother would beat them until they would bleed or pass out. Not only would she beat them, she restricted them from eating, she said they were demon posed. Thereasa Knorr would not feed them as a punishment, she even went as far as tying them to their beds and locking them in a broom closets for months because she claimed that were worshiping the devil.
I believe that her sons assisted her not only out of love, but they believed whatever their mother told them. It seemed to me that Theresa had more of hatred towards her daughters than her sons. She seemed jealous of them and had no empathy or compassion for their well being. She favored her sons, when they were younger they were abused as well as reported by Terry, but not as bad as the girls. Theresa excused her son’s behavior, even when they sexually abused their sisters. It was said in the story she needed their money and they were larger than her, so at some point she no longer beat them.
During one severe beating, Theresa was angry ...

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...t first, I felt sometimes I was looking to deep into things, but not anymore, I rather for it turn out to be nothing then to lead to a child being killed or abused.


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