Episode #19: Amanda Hamm
Summary of the Case:
In 2003, Amanda Hamm was living in Clinton, IL with her three small children (two boys and a girl), and her boyfriend, Maurice LaGronge. Amanda and Maurice had a tumultuous relationship. On September 2nd, a 911 call would be made from Clinton Lake, where Amanda would frantically tell dispatch that their car had gone into a lake, and her children were drowning. When police arrived, the children were still in the car, submerged in water, and Amanda and Maurice were standing by. All 3 children died from their injuries. Immediately, police and even family felt that Amanda and Maurice acted more interested in each other than the deaths of the children.
Police interrogated Amanda and Maurice over and over, but they both kept similar stories; that Maurice drove the car into the lake on accident, they couldn’t get the kids out, and it was all a horrible accident. By December, Maurice and Amanda would be arrested for the murders of the three children.
The prosecution alleged that Maurice hated the children and wanted Amanda to himself, and Amanda went along with his plan. Maurice was tried first, and the jury found him guilty of three counts of first degree murder. At Amanda’s trial, the jury were unable to decided if Amanda helped plan the murders. They found her guilty of child endangerment.
Research for this case was from the book, The Unforgiven: The Untold Story for One Woman’s Search for Love and Justice
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