Marie Noe (born 1928) is an American woman who was convicted in June 1999 of murdering eight of her ten 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 pled guilty in June 1999 to eight counts of second-degree murder, and was sentenced to twenty years’ probation and psychiatric study.
Marie Noe was one of several children born of her parents’ troubled marriage. Marie contracted scarlet fever at age five, which she later credited as the cause of learning difficulties. She dropped out of school as a teenager to work and care for a niece, born to one of her older sisters when Marie was 12, and raised as Marie’s sister. Marie and Arthur Noe met at a private club in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. After a brief courtship, the couple eloped.The couple had ten children, all of whom died between the ages of two weeks and 14 months. On March 25th, Arthur and Marie just finished dinner when they heard a knock on their door. It was Sgt Larry Nodiff who asked the elderly couple if they would attend the Philadelphia Homicide Police Department for questioning. It was the first time in 30 years the couple was questioned about the deaths of their babies. Mr. Noe’s interview was a waste of time. Marie delivered significant information during an 11-hour interview. Very calmly she told police she smothered her babies with a pillow, however she only recalled 4 babies’ deaths, especially the first 3. She killed Richard in 1949, Elizabeth in 1951, Jacqueline in 1952 and Constance in 1958. She couldn’t remember what she did to Arthur Jr nor did she remember what she did to the babies she killed in the 1960. When she began to leave the interrogation room she turned and said, “Don’t tell my husband what I told youse.” Strangely the Noes wanted to know more about the infants’ deaths. Marie suggested she would be relieved by the autopsy reports regardless of the results. Watch deadly women murder at birth
On August 5th Marie Noe was arrested at her home, charged with eight counts of second degree murder. Her face is blank; Arthur is cranky. As they drove to the station, Arthur criticized the sergeant’s driving. In 3 weeks Marie will be 70. At the station Marie was taken away to be processed. Arthur sat down, lit up a cigarette, glanced at a detective. “Do you think she did it?” he asked, his voice shaky.
Police interest was stirred when a book titled The Death of Innocents about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was released. A number of infant deaths were re-examined by medical examiners and many were discovered not to be SIDS, but homicides. A plea agreement was reached in which Noe admitted to eight counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced in June 1999 to 20 years of probation with the first five years under house arrest. Noe agreed to psychiatric study. In September 2001, a study was filed with the court that stated Noe suffered from mixed-personality disorder. There is no such classification in the DSM manual. Soon after Marie was charged the media once again created a flurry of public interest in articles such as this:
Philadelphia Mother Is Charged With Killing 8 of Her 10 Babies
A 70-year-old woman was charged with second-degree murder today in the suffocation deaths of 8 of her 10 children almost half a century ago. The woman, Marie Noe, smothered the children with a pillow or other soft object, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said. The children, all of whom were declared healthy at birth and developing normally, were 13 days to 14 months old when they died over a 19-year period, beginning in 1949. When the children died, Mrs. Noe said they died in their sleep. In each case, she was at home alone with the children. When the babies died, doctors could not offer any medical explanation for their deaths. After sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, was defined in 1969, doctors believed that was the reason the babies died. Since then, Ms. Abraham said, ”science has been solving old, unsolved cases.’ Certainly, children die of SIDS, but in 1 to 20 percent of the cases they actually die of something else, including murder.” watch killer in the family – the baby killer