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Sleep, My Child, Forever

The Riveting True Story of a Mother Who Murdered Her Own Children
Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins

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The dark double life of Ellen Boehm, the mother who murdered her two sons - and nearly killed her daughter

Ellen Boehm, a single mom from St. Louis, Missouri, appeared devoted to her children. But in reality, she was unequipped for motherhood, financially strapped, and desperate. Within a year of each other, her sons, ages two and four, died mysteriously, and Boehm's eight-year-old daughter then suffered a near-fatal mishap when a hair dryer fell into the girl's bath. While neighbors wondered how Boehm remained so calm through it all, Det. Sgt. Joseph Burgoon of St. Louis Homicide had darker suspicions.

Burgoon soon unraveled a labyrinth of deception, greed, and obsession that revealed a cold-blooded killer whose get-rich-quick scheme came at the cost of her children's lives. Boehm had taken out insurance policies on her children with six different companies totaling nearly $100,000. Using police reports, case documents, and photos, journalist John Coston recreates the events that led to one mother's unspeakable acts of filicide - and a cop's relentless pursuit of the truth.

©1995 John Coston (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Greb
  • 25-07-2019

Tragic lost of lives

Another case in which untreated child abuse breeds more child abuse and in this case leads to murder.

Great book.



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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 19-06-2020

How sad!

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What a sad situation! I would love to say that Ellen was a monster, but that sounds the situation up far too tidily and simplistically! She probably was, but her overall childhood and upbringing are doubtless a part of her character and actions later in life. The book was good as far as it went, but that background and upbringing deserved a more formal investigation for the reader to get an overall view of the troubled woman.
This is not to say that a horrible childhood and early circumstance excuse later actions, but a little more background in those areas would have been helpful. I weep for Ellen and Stacy both! I don't weep for the boys, because there's no point: they're dead :-(

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  • Liz Grimes
  • 05-03-2020

Not there

Did not like the story teller made it very hard to follow. I believe may have been better if different person

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  • Kristi
  • 14-11-2019

Fascinating true crime book about a mother who shouldn’t have been a mother.

Fascinating story about a mother whose life was not easy. Great family dynamic book for study. Well researched. Good writing. Narrator read very well.

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  • Hazel
  • 10-01-2020

Very robotically read

The narrator is terrible on this audio. No feeling no dynamic, At times l thought it was computerised voice.