New evidence could free Australia’s ‘worst female serial killer’ as kids she killed had rare genetic mutation

New evidence could free Australia’s ‘worst female serial killer’ as kids she killed had rare genetic mutation

NEW scientific evidence could free Australia's “worst female serial killer” as the four kids she was convicted of killing had a rare genetic mutation, say experts.

Ninety eminent scientists are calling for Kathleen Folbigg, 53, to be pardoned for the manslaughter and murder of her children Patrick, Laura, Sarah and Caleb.

It's claimed that her kids might have died of natural causes and that "there is no basis in forensic pathology that any of the children were smothered".

Researchers in Australia, Canada, the US, France, Italy and Denmark said genetic mutation in Folbigg’s two girls’ DNA had likely been deadly, claims the Justice for Kathleen Folbigg website.

It adds: "The Danish scientists said the mutation, called CALM2 G114R, had been inherited from her.

"The CALM2 mutation causes a condition called ‘Calmodulinopathy’, which can cause sudden cardiac death in very young children, the paper’s lead scientist said.

"The scientists also believe Kathleen’s sons, Caleb and Patrick, had another genetic mutation that could have led to their deaths."

Australia's 'most hated woman' Kathleen Folbigg.

A jury at the New South Wales Supreme Court in Sydney found Folbigg guilty of the manslaughter of 19-day-old Calab in 1989, and of murdering Patrick, eight months old, in 1991, 11-month-old Sarah in 1993 and 19-month-old Laura in 1999.

Her children's deaths were initially blamed on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

But she was sentenced to at least 25 years in jail in 2003 after her husband Craig found her incriminating diaries.

Her dad, Thomas John Britton, was a professional hitman who had stabbed her mum to death.

The Times reported back then that they revealed a desperate, tortured woman who knew she was a danger to all her babies but had nowhere to turn for help.

She had outlined a battle of wills with her kids, criticising herself as the worst mum in the world, while admitting that Sarah had died "with a bit of help".

"Obviously I am my father's daughter," Folbigg wrote in her diary on October 14, 1996.

But 90 scientists - including two Australian Nobel Laureates, medical practitioners, science leaders and prominent Australians - have now signed a petition calling for her immediate pardon and release from jail.

The group submitted its petition to the Governor of NSW, Margaret Beazley, earlier this week after research led experts to conclude "there was no physical evidence the children were murdered".

"Kathleen Folbigg was a loving mother of four children," they say, adding, "the prosecution relied on circumstantial evidence to present their case.

"Kathleen has spent the last 15 years in prison and continues to maintain her innocence."

However, a 2019 inquiry led by Justice Reginald Blanch upheld Folbigg's convictions of murder and manslaughter.

Justice Blanch said then that he had no "reasonable doubt" as to Folbigg's guilt.

But a former law professor at University of Newcastle, Ray Waterson, described Folbigg’s convictions as among the “most contentious and troublesome in Australian history, alongside those of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain”.

He was referring to the infamous "dingo’s got my baby" witch hunt that followed baby Azaria’s death in 1980, and the devastating impact of the miscarriage of justice on Lindy Chamberlain, husband Michael and their three surviving children in Australia.

The petition presented to NSW bosses says that Folbigg's "basic human rights" are being ignored as she remains imprisoned.

It includes medical and scientific explanations from leading experts in their field that - it's claimed - address each of the Folbigg children’s deaths.

Childhood pal Tracy Chapman, who speaks to jailed Folbigg by phone every day, claimed there was "mounting new evidence that there were medical reasons behind the tragic deaths of her children.

“Her journals have been taken out of context and not given due consideration to her diagnosis of complex grief disorder, PTSD and the role of journaling in that context.

"It’s a shameful state of affairs, but the truth doesn’t lie. And denying the truth sure as hell does not change the facts.”

In 2019, The Sun published an article about Folbigg breaking down in court as she recalled how a supermarket clairvoyant told her she was surrounded by the "happy" spirits of the four babies she killed.

During a public appearance in court, she defended diary entries she made at the time and insisted she didn't kill her kids.

Breaking down in tears, she said she "misses them all the time" and “never stops” searching for the reason her babies died.

In October 2020, she was granted the right to continue her fight for justice in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

ABC News in Australia reports that the decision to "pardon Folbigg now rests solely with the NSW Governor.

"If Folbigg is successful in being pardoned, it would not mean her convictions for the children's deaths are automatically overturned.

"She would still need to seek leave to appeal her conviction in the NSW courts."
New evidence could free Australia’s ‘worst female serial killer’ as kids she killed had rare genetic mutation
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