From being deemed “Australia’s worst serial killer”, 54-year-old Kathleen Folbigg has a high chance of being released after scientists and health professionals reviewed her case in light of the latest discoveries, which would lead to a plausible explanation of the woman’s innocence in the death of her four children.
The conflict in this story was masterfully raised by the Australian journalist Quentin McDermott, on March 12, at the BBC News World: “Imagine for a moment what you would feel if, as a mother, you gave birth to four children, one after the other, each of whom dies when they are babies of natural causes, in a period of ten years.”
In the early 2000s, Ms. Folbigg’s husband contacted the police after reading the personal diary of his spouse, who was arrested and imprisoned in 2003 for allegedly murdering three of their children. : Patrick Allen, 8 months old; Sarah Kathleen, 10 months, and Laura Elizabeth, 19 months.
She was also charged with the murder of a fourth son, Caleb Gibson, aged 90 days. The deaths occurred between 1989 and 1999.
Despite the fact that the woman always claimed innocence and that the detectives did not find definitive evidence during their investigations that the minors were murdered, the authorities acted under the following presumption: “The probability that four children in a family will die from natural causes is so improbable that it is practically impossible ”.
The judicial inconsistencies of the episode, coupled with the woman’s insistence that her children had died of natural causes and that the 40-year prison sentence to which she was sentenced was unjust, summoned 90 medical experts, including two Nobel laureates, who contributed their knowledge to demand the exoneration of Kathleen Folbigg.
Among other elements that the doctors contributed, the factor that two of the girls suffered from cardiac arrhythmia stands out, which was accelerated due to the medication they were prescribed.
This susceptibility, scientists argued, is typical of a genetic mutation in a gene called CALM2.
Only the new evidence has not been considered by the court.
Jose Luis Duran King