Suffer the Little Children Victimology
What was known <ul><li>July 17 th , 1984 Suesan’s burning body is mistaken for a brush fire and subsequently discovered by...
What was unknown <ul><li>Suesan (and her siblings) was the target of severe mental and physical abuse including </li></ul>...
Abuse Characteristics <ul><li>The kind of abuse sustained by Suesan is ritualistic and routine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follo...
How did it Happen? Victim Risk Assessment <ul><li>Suesan as low-risk victim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifestyle did not inhere...
Victim’s Final Hours <ul><li>Suesan is told she may leave home if the bullet from her back is removed </li></ul><ul><li>Su...
Sources <ul><li>Clarkson, Wensley.  Whatever Mother Says...: A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder (St. Martin's Tr...
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    1. 1. Suffer the Little Children Victimology
    2. 2. What was known <ul><li>July 17 th , 1984 Suesan’s burning body is mistaken for a brush fire and subsequently discovered by passing motorists </li></ul><ul><li>The victim’s arms and legs are bound with duct tape which is also covering the victim’s mouth; body was placed 50 feet from bank of Squaw Valley Creek </li></ul><ul><li>Police discover burned remains along with several pieces of evidence including wads of discarded duct tape, clothes and personal items </li></ul><ul><li>Listed a Jane Doe, the ME lists cause of death as “flash fire” </li></ul><ul><li>Police cannot find a viable suspect; case goes cold </li></ul>
    3. 3. What was unknown <ul><li>Suesan (and her siblings) was the target of severe mental and physical abuse including </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Placement in a deep freezer for extended periods of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bizarre accusations resulting in beatings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forced feeding of scalding hot food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cigarette burns to the flesh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forcing Suesan to “rake” the yard leaves with a teaspoon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coerced punishment “training” – Suesan’s brothers recruited to enact abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suesan is shot in the chest following an argument; bullet remains lodged in her back, she is refused medical treatment and left to die </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stabbed in the back with scissors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sadistic humiliation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exertion of complete control </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Abuse Characteristics <ul><li>The kind of abuse sustained by Suesan is ritualistic and routine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follows no linear reasoning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No coherent rules or guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commonplace objects are appropriated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even compliance may exact same results; no successful way to comply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilizes illogical ritual </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abuse used as a show of complete domination; the ability to force and control the victim even into the nonsensical realm </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a state of perpetual fear; victim never knows what will lead to abuse or how severe/bizarre that abuse may be </li></ul>
    5. 5. How did it Happen? Victim Risk Assessment <ul><li>Suesan as low-risk victim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifestyle did not inherently expose her to the likelihood of a violent crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The only element that makes her victimhood high is her unfortunate arrival into the unstable world of Theresa Knorr </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suesan as high-risk target </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children typically represent a high-risk demographic for offenders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They are discovered as missing/injured by parents, school officials, neighbors, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>However, social structures of the late 60s and 70s favored parental figures. Theresa Knorr would have been able to exert complete dominance over her children to the exclusion of the outside world.  </li></ul><ul><li>Suesan (and her siblings) are pulled from school early, around the 6 th /7 th grade </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No other authority figure would come into contact with Suesan on a regular basis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The insulating nature of family and the authority of motherhood allowed Theresa Knorr to enact upon her children a level of unsuspected cruelty. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Victim’s Final Hours <ul><li>Suesan is told she may leave home if the bullet from her back is removed </li></ul><ul><li>Suesan is given a handful of Mellaril (thioridizine, and antipsychotic with sedative effect) and a quart of hard alcohol  to unconsciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Her brothers hold her down to the kitchen table; Theresa slices into her with an X-acto knife; she uses her fingers to dig inside Suesan’s flesh, acquiring the bullet; the surgery lasts a little over two hours </li></ul><ul><li>The next day, Suesan awakes in tremendous pain; she is given ibuprofen and antibiotics </li></ul><ul><li>Days later, jaundiced and lacking bowel control, her siblings are ordered to simply step over her body </li></ul><ul><li>July 16: Theresa duct-tapes her daughter's mouth, arms and legs, gathers Suesan's belongings in garbage bags, orders her brothers to carry Suesan to the car </li></ul><ul><li>The family drives roughly 20-30 min. on highway 89 to Squaw Valley Creek(-side) </li></ul><ul><li>Theresa douses the garbage bags and Suesan in gasoline, orders William to strike a match, and he lights the girl and her belongings on fire </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sources <ul><li>Clarkson, Wensley. Whatever Mother Says...: A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library) . New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>County of Placer, Office of Sheriff-Coroner,  Auburn, California.  Autopsy Record http://www.aetv.com/cold_case_files/web_exclusives/ep48/autopsy_coronerreport.pdf Terry's Journal http://www.aetv.com/cold_case_files/web_exclusives/ep48/journal.pdf TruTv - Crime Library http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/family/theresa_cross/8.html </li></ul>

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