MaryBeth Tinning – Munchausen Mommy

Marybeth Tinning (née Roe, born on September 11, 1942) is an American serial killer serving a 20 year to life sentence for the murder of one of her children. Marybeth was born in Duanesburg, New York.  She worked in a series of low wage jobs. Eventually, she became a nurse’s aide at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. In 1963, she met Joe Tinning on a blind date. The couple married in spring 1965. In the first five years of their marriage, the couple had two children, Barbara and Joseph. In December 1971, Tinning gave birth to a third child, Jennifer. Jennifer never left the hospital; she died of a severe infection, diagnosed as meningitis. On January 20, 1972, Tinning took Joseph, then two years old, to the emergency room. She said he experienced a seizure. The child was kept under observation and was sent home. Several hours later, Tinning returned to the ER, her son dead. She told doctors she placed him in bed and returned to find he turned blue. Less than six weeks later, Tinning was back at the emergency room with her daughter Barbara. She said the little girl had convulsions. Though the doctors wanted the child to stay overnight, Tinning insisted on taking her home. Several hours later, she returned with Barbara, who later died. THis was her third child to die within 90 days.

Neighbours and friends flocked to Marybeth’s side, offering comfort and tending to all of her netoughloveeds. Marybeth was overwhelmed with grief and quite grateful for all of the attention and help she received. All of Tinning’s children died within 90 days of each other. With each of her  children’s death, Marybeth began a strange ritual just before the funeral of her many deceased children: she washed their clothes and packed them away, along with the infant’s toys and furniture. This became a pattern after all of her children’s deaths.

Marybeth did not have a good childhood. She sought to gain her father’s love and attention but it would never be forthcoming. He was short-tempered and whenever she cried, he locked her in a closet. Not surprisingly, she was an outsider at school with no friends. Her only school activity was president of a club entitled The Future Homemaker’s of America. Marybeth’s father died without ever showing her the attention she craved. It has been speculated that the attention Marybeth received after the death of her infants was a substitute for this lonely existence.

Tinning became pregnant with her fourth child. watch adult case of munchausen syndrome. On Thanksgiving Day 1973, she gave birth to a son, Timothy. Three weeks after his birth, Timothy was brought to the hospital dead. Tinning told doctors she found him lifeless in his crib. Two years later, on March 30, 1975 Tinning gave birth to her fifth child, Nathan. On September 2, she showed up at St. Clare’s Hospital with the baby dead in her arms. There was no explanation for his death. In August 1978, the couple received a baby, Michael, from an adoption agency. Two months later, on October 29, she gave birth to her sixth child, Mary Frances. In January 1979, Tinning rushed Mary Frances to the emergency room. The staff were able to revive her. However, on February 20, Tinning came running into the same hospital with Mary Frances, who was brain dead. Once Mary Frances was buried, Tinning became pregnant. On November 19, she gave birth to her seventh child, Jonathan. In March 1980, she showed up at the hospital with Jonathan unconscious. He was revived. Due to the family’s history, Jonathan was sent to Boston Hospital where he was thoroughly examined. The doctors could find no valid medical  reason why the baby stopped breathing. l reason why the baby stopped breathing. A few days later, Tinning returned to the Marybeth hospital with Jonathan; he was brain-dead.

Less than one year later, on the morning of March 2, 1981, Tinning showed up at her pediatrician’s office with Michael, her adopted child, wrapped in a blanket and unconscious. When the doctor examined Michael, he was dead. Since Michael was adopted, the theory that the deaths in the Tinning family had a genetic origin was discarded. On August 22, 1985, Tinning gave birth to her ninth child, Tami Lynne. On December 19, next-door neighbour Cynthia Walter, a practical nurse, received a telephone call from Tinning. When Walter arrived, she found Tami Lynne lying on a changing table. Walter testified that the child was not moving and she could not feel any pulse or breathing. Tami Lynn was the 9th child to die in the Tinning family in 14 years. At the emergency room, the baby was pronounced dead. Police brought Marybeth to headquarters and interrogated her. They received no confession. They contacted her husband, Joe, at his job at General Electric and he responded. Marybeth met with him and after a few minutes, admitted the murders to Joe. Joe later said in court, “Marybeth said ‘I killed Tami’ very low. She had to repeat it.” She told police she wasn’t anything in life, another possible reason for murdering her children, since this brought her the attention she craved. Joe had no reaction to his wife’s statements. “I had withdrawn into myself,” he said, “I was hearing but I wasn’t reacting” Joe remained unflappable and told reporters, “I wouldn’t like them to do anymore, but I guess that’s their prerogative.” Not unlike Marybeth’s own father, Joe displayed a detachment from his family. A doctor stated,“The father seems to have shown little curiosity in the circumstances of all these children’s deaths. He has difficulty in remembering their names” Joe didn’t ever ask Marybeth why so many of their children kept dying.Tinning confessed to smothering Tami Lynne, Nathan, and Timothy (which she later retracted). Watch the Tinning Children Story

She was convicted in Tami Lynne’s case and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. Her first attempt for parole was March 2007. At the parole board meeting Tinning said, “I have to be honest, and the only thing that I can tell you is that I know that my daughter is dead. I live with it every day,” she continued, “I have no recollection and I can’t believe that I harmed her. I can’t say any more than that.” Her parole was denied. In late January 2009, Tinning went before the parole board for the second time. Tinning stated “I was going through bad times,” when she killed her daughter.The parole board denied her parole, stating that her remorse was “superficial at best.” Her next opportunity for parole is slated for January 2013. Watch a1: The Marybeth Tinning Story

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One Response to MaryBeth Tinning – Munchausen Mommy

  1. BENGALPUSS says:

    All those poor babies, i just can’t understand why she wasn’t questioned or arrested before all those babies had to die. surely the authorities must of thought that even four babies dying from the same family was unbelievable, but 10? And the father of the children, was he blind? some times reading stories like this really piss me off, there was no need for all those little ones to die if somebody actually did something earlier.

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