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Marie Noe (August 23, 1928 – May 5, 2016) was an American woman who was convicted in June 1999 of murdering 8 of her children. Between 1949 and 1968, eight of the ten Noe children died of mysterious causes which were then attributed to sudden infant death syndrome. All eight children were healthy at birth and were developing normally. Two other children died of natural causes. Noe pleaded guilty in June 1999 to eight counts of second-degree murder, and was sentenced to 20 years' probation and psychiatric examination.

Plot Summary

Young Philadelphia housewife Marie Noe never really wanted children, unlike her devoted husband Arthur, and is unable to emotionally cope with the stresses of motherhood. In the beginning, Marie developed psychological blindness that is caused by emotional stress. According to crime writer Stephen Fried and former criminal profiler Candice DeLong, she'd make frantic phone calls with doctors and talk to them about her sons and daughters conditions.

Whenever the noises gets too loud, she'd say, "Shut up!" or "Quiet!" This might show some detectives that she has high sound sensitivity. To stop the loud noise, she'd use a soft pillow from a shelf or a chair to suffocate her children.

Over two decades, she gives birth to ten children and two of them are stillborn, but none of the surviving children live long as she smothers them when they're alone. She isn't caught until 50 years after the first murder. Surprisingly, she meets Stephen and confesses to all of the murders throughout the years. In the courtroom, Arthur is forced to learn about the unbearable truth. In 2016, Marie Noe dies from unknown causes. Now, Marie's sons and daughters can finally be laid to rest.