In May 2003, an Arizona man who’d bought dozens of sealed boxes at a self-storage facility’s auction of unclaimed property made a horrifying discovery: the bodies of three plastic-wrapped infants, one of which had become mummified over the years. Police traced them to Dianne Odell, 50, a mother of eight children, who admitted the babies were hers but claimed that they’d died of natural causes. She’d kept the bodies for over twenty years before abandoning them.
In 1989, police had found the remains of a long-dead infant in a suitcase in the trunk of a car Odell had abandoned. The statute of limitations on manslaughter had saved her then from prosecution. She maintained that the fetus was the product of a rape by her father and, after he beat her, was stillborn.
Odell said her own domineering mother had forced her into teen prostitution and murdered what she viewed as “bastard children.” Both parents were dead and unable to contradict her. Would Odell’s stories sway the jury and buy her the mercy her babies were never granted? Or would she be forced to face the consequences of bringing innocent lives into the world–only to end them in cold blood. . .