Darlie Lynn Routier is an American woman from Rowlett, Texas who was convicted of murdering her young son Damon, and is currently on death row awaiting execution by lethal injection. Two of her three children, Damon and Devon, were stabbed to death in the family’s home on June 6, 1996. Routier claimed it was a home invasion. Routier was accused by police and local media of killing both children but was prosecuted and convicted only for Damon’s death. Routier sustained knife wounds which were self-inflicted. It is contended that Routier murdered her sons because of the financial difficulties her family faced. She was a full-time homemaker while her husband, Darin earned a relatively high income. The family lived in a typical two story tract style home. Prosecutors contended that Routier was a pampered and materialistic woman with substantial debt, plummeting credit ratings, little money in the bank. They argued she feared her lifestyle was about to end and this explained why she killed two of her children.
Routier claimed that an intruder killed her children. Routier’s children were killed with deep, penetrating knife wounds to their torsos, while the slashes to Routier’s neck and arm were superficial. Routier claimed that at one point she ran barefoot through her kitchen to call for help. The floor of the kitchen was covered with broken glass, but Routier had no injuries to her feet. In addition, traces of the screen that the intruder supposedly cut were found on one of the knives in Routier’s kitchen that had been placed back in the butcher block. However there is evidence to suggest that the screen fibres that were cut with the knife came from the window screen in the garage.
However, a woman who wants her children dead may have staged a break-in, and not being the sharpest pencil in the box, this was the method Roulier chose. watch deadly women: murdered both her sons Officers at the scene, paramedics, nurses, doctors and neighbors were struck that Routier never asked how the boys were or whether they were alive. During her trial the First Responder Officer may have perjured himself by stating he “asked Routier to apply pressure to her son Damon’s back“, but received no response as she continued to apply pressure to her own wounds. Blood found on Routier’s clothing demonstrated she had been very close to her sons while they were stabbed.Routier told her ex-maid she wasn’t worried about the cost of the funeral as she could claim $10,000 in funeral insurance. This conversation doesn’t prove Darlie’s innocence or guilt. Visit Darlie Routier website here.
District Attorney Prosecutor Greg Davis may have had motives of his own. His career made many gains after his victory, and in an interview, Davis admitted,“if Darlie is really innocent, that only proves I am a great lawyer.” However, this doesn’t overshadow Darlie’s behaviour and peculiar attitude in newscasts that appeared of Routier and other family members holding a “birthday party” at the children’s grave to celebrate posthumously Devon’s 7th birthday, eight days after the murder. Routier laughed and sprayed silly string on her sons’ grave. Routier yelled to her dead children that she loved them. Four days later, she was charged with their murder. When the case was tried in court, it is alleged the jury was shown the so-called “silly string tape”. Routier’s actions were highly inappropriate given the circumstances.
One hour earlier, there had been a family ceremony at the childrens’ gravesites, acknowledging the boys’ deaths, and during the ceremony Darlie was again heard to say “Happy birthday, Devon“. Ministers were present at the gravesites. This tape was not shown to the jury. Her defense lawyer explained he was unaware the silly string tape would be shown in court. I find this difficult to believe since full disclosure is required during criminal trials. One of the jurors admitted had he seen the other tape, it might have changed his mind about her guilt. Her attorney also stated not all the pictures of her wounds were presented to the jury, and he has no explanation. The cut across Darlie’s throat, the deepest and most life-threatening came within either 2cm or 2mm of cutting the arter, depending on two different versions of the attack, and had the carotid artery or jugular vein been severed, this would have caused death after approximately 10 minutes. There are unusual circumstances surrounding this cut.
- Normally when a victim’s throat is cut, there is more than one attempt. Several smaller cuts are initially made on the victim’s neck, since the victim is struggling against the attack. This was not found on Darlie’s neck.
- Failure to kill the person and render that person “voiceless” often happens after cutting a victim’s throat, as the voice-box has been cut. This has not happened to Darlie.
- Darlie doesn’t have neck scars, unusual for such a deep cut, although that in itself is proof of nothing.
- It was Darlie who made the 9-1-1 call and she yelled continuously and breathed in a clear voice, unhindered by bloodletting.
Darlie insisted she chased her assailant after she was stabbed. A woman who has been brutally attacked and had her throat cut hardly seems capable of chasing her assailant. It is more logical that she would hide in terror, rather than challenging her attacker and risking further injury. Routier was ultimately convicted of murdering one of her two sons, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Prosecutors did not try Routier for the death of the second son, holding his murder in reserve in case of Routier’s acquittal on the first murder trial, a legal action tihat is typical in many murder cases. There are questions that remain unanswered: if Routier is innocent, why did an intruder enter her home and attack and murder her helpless children? What would an intruder have to gain by murdering two little children? If it was a home invasion, why weren’t Routier and her husband also attacked and killed? The children were killed first, then Darlie was attacked. This makes little sense, as does leaving adult witnesses alive. It is also strange that Darlie’s husband didn’t wake during any of the attacks as he slept upstairs. He stated he woke when he heard glass breaking. His first comments to police were that his wife was a “good-looking blonde, set of double D’s.” He didn’t ask about his son’s or his wife’s well-being,
Home invasion is the act of illegally entering a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent to commit a crime such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping. The majority of home invasions occur with the intention of robbery but (aside from two precious lives),nothing was stolen from Routier’s home. Home invasion usually involves two or more, rather than one, intruder. One well-known home invasion is the November 15, 1959 quadruple murder of the Clutter family by Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Edward Smith during a home-invasion robbery in rural Holcomb, Kansas. The murders were detailed in Truman Capote’s “nonfiction novel” In Cold Blood. Routier’s supporters state that her claim that the crime was a home invasion has merit since home invasions often occur through the occupant’s garage.
That home invasions occur through garages is true, however they are much more frequent through the front door after a conversation with the home owner:
- A uniformed individual tells you hey are in the area checking for a gas leak, a problem with your cable or your telephone.
- A uniformed individual informs you they have a delivery of some sort, usually flowers, telegram or a package.
- An individual informs you that you have won a contest or special prize.
- The individual informs you that they are collecting for a charity or some other good cause.
- A stranger claims to be in distress and asks if he or she can use your phone.