She was described as jealous and controlling of Clifford, constantly accusing him of cheating on her. If Suesan vomited, Theresa would make her eat that, too. She also began a string of relationships. And Theresa Knorr, 47, was arrested Wednesday in Salt Lake City, where she was taking care of an 85-year-old woman and sharing her house. The pair, who were together for a … In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila’s body in California’s desolate High Sierra. She was the couple’s second child; her sister, Rosemary, was a couple of years older to her. Terry says that her mother shot Suesan during an argument. A second son, Theresa’s fifth child, was born on December 31, 1968. Her remains had been too decomposed to identify or determine her cause of death. When Theresa finally opened the closet door, Sheila’s decomposing body fell out. Download Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal today. The important thing is that she was finally able to tell the authorities about her mother’s abuse. After years spent helping her keep the horrors secret, could he ever escape or would he wind up like all the others? She then had William light a match, and they drove off, Suesan’s body burning behind them. Terry died December 8, 2011 when she was 41 years old. Her mother, she tried to tell them, was a monster who had tortured her children and killed two of them. At one point, she became convinced that Suesan was a “witch” who had cast a spell on her, causing her to gain weight. Theresa Knorr was born Theresa Jimmie Cross in Sacramento, California. She is currently serving her sentence in the California Institution for Women in Chino, California. Sheila was forbidden to use the toilet or even the bathtub. She was the youngest child in the family and very devoted to her mother. Theresa's sons: William and Robert Knorr. The two murdered women, she tells the operator, are her older sisters, Suesan and Sheila. It worked; she was acquitted. She is currently serving two life sentences, in California for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and torture in the death of two of her daughters. Every time she was arrested, she would tell the police about the horror movie that had been her life growing up. But with one condition: Suesan had to let her mother take the bullet out of her body, so there wouldn’t be any evidence Suesan could use against her later. She had… An arrest warrant for Theresa Jimmie Knorr, 47, was circulated Sunday to the National Crime Information Center, said … Suesan became delusional from infection and pain, and soon slipped into a coma. RIP the Knorr sisters, Suesan, Sheila and Terri. Then, with Terry at her side acting as “surgeon’s assistant,” Theresa cut into her daughter’s back with an X-acto knife and dug the bullet out. They didn’t stick around to set it on fire for fear of getting caught. Desperate for an escape, Suesan agreed. Theresa Knorr have 3 daughters and 3 sons. There was even some extra money, which her now eldest daughter Sheila obligingly brought in from her new profession as a Lady of Negotiable Affections. When authorities took her into custody, she already had her bags packed. So in November 1993, arrest warrants were issued for William, Robert, and Theresa Knorr. THERESA KNORR. William was living and working in Woodland, California. She woke up in horrific pain. Marriage to Bob Knorr and Descent into Violence. Terrified, the children backed up their mother and denied she ever hit them. Theresa would make huge pots of macaroni and cheese, adding in hunks of lard, and force Suesan to eat all of it. He left in 1969 and they divorced in 1970. They fought often, and Clifford punched her on at least one occasion. Theresa pled not guilty, claiming self-defense. July 16, 1984 Tahoe City, California Suesan Knorr (17, pictured right) burned alive at the behest of her mother, Theresa Knorr (pictured left) WARNING: this article contains graphic details and may be disturbing to some readers. Yes! The Best of California News and Stories Take a look, The Night of Three Murders in Oxnard: The Cold Case of Cecilia Hinahon Gozar, Reta Mays: An Angel of Death Stalking Her Own At VA Hospital, The Grindr Killer the Police Ignored Due to the Victim’s Sexuality, Ronald Gene Simmons: The Christmas Killer, Triple Murder on Christmas Eve was Retaliation — True Crime. Knorr did not work and received money from the state of California. As Suesan’s body turned yellow from sepsis and jaundice, Theresa claimed it was proof that Suesan was possessed by a demon. She shot him in the back with a .30-.30 rifle as he was walking out the door. She had been burned almost beyond recognition, and had duct tape covering her mouth and around her wrists. Robert served his sentence and was released in 2013. The slug lodged in his heart, killing him. Less than three months later, Theresa was pregnant again and on September 15, 1967, she bore Robert his first son, William Robert Knorr. At first she pled not guilty, but once she learned of her sons’ plea agreements to testify against her, she changed her plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty. But no one — not even her therapist — would believe her. Theresa Knorr is arrested in Salt Lake City where she is working as an in-home care nurse. Their murderer, she says, was their mother, Theresa Knorr. If Suesan got too full to eat any more, Theresa would force spoonfuls of the food into her mouth. Either way, Suesan was in grave condition. Want to keep reading? Theresa gave her ibuprofen and antibiotics. Terry tried sneaking her sister water, but her mother came home before she could. About Me (The true story of Terry Knorr) By Theresa Walker (Terry Knorr) on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 3:49am Then Theresa accused Sheila of getting a venereal disease and passing it on to her through the toilet seat. So, in addition to beating her, Theresa began to force-feed Suesan to make her gain weight. Sister of Sheila Gay Sanders. Knorr was initially pleased with this arrangement due to the large amounts of money Sheila was earning and allowed Sheila to leave the house whenever she pleased. The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughters—with the help of her sons—told by a former New York Times reporter. She begged her mother to just let her go, promising she wouldn’t tell anyone what had happened. According to statements from the surving children, life at the Knorr home was less than happy. Theresa was a very controlling mother and would hand out vicious beatings upon her children when drunk, escalating in severity as the years went on. In exchange for his testimony, all charges against Robert were dropped except one count of accessory after the fact. Their mother was charged last week in Auburn with murder and conspiracy in both deaths, along with sons William Robert Knorr, 26, and Robert Wallace Knorr, 24. She married 4 men and got divorced them within short period of time, probably due to her unstable mind. Theresa Knorr(born March 14, 1946) is an American woman convicted of torturing and murdering two of her children while using the others to facilitate her crimes.Theresa Knorr was born Theresa Jimmie Cross in Sacramento, California. Now a single mother of two, Theresa began drinking more frequently. Theresa Knorr had her third child, Suesan, with him. General Information Sex Female Race White Number of victims 3 Country where killing occurred United States States where killing occurred California From top left : Suesan Knorr, Theresa Knorr, Robert Knorr, William Knorr, Theresa sanders. She instructed her sons to load Suesan and her few belongings — including her diapers — into the trunk of the car. So Theresa fed her daughter antipsychotic drugs and copious amounts of whiskey until she passed out on the kitchen floor. She originally pleaded not guilty, but changed to it guilty after she found out her son, Robert, was going to testify against her. Wicked Attractions looks at the case of Theresa Knorr who brutally murder two of her own children while using her other children to help facilitate and cover-up the crime. Now a single mother of two, Theresa began drinking more frequently. Sheila became delusional, talking about climbing up towards a light. The woman on the other end of the tip line tells the operator her name is Terry Knorr. They had a son, Howard Clyde Sanders, in 1964. Theresa continued to beat Sheila, demanding she “confess” to giving her mother a venereal disease. Until she was put in touch with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, who recognized that many of the details Terry told them fit with their unsolved Jane Doe. Things got better around the Knorr home after that. They wrapped Sheila’s remains in bed linens and stuffed her inside the box, then loaded her into the trunk of the car. With James Denzer, Henry Eden, Brianna Hauser, Robert Knorr Jr.. William Knorr's mother, Theresa, always threatened that if she ever went to jail for what she had done, she would take him down with her. Directed by J. Tom Pogue. With Suesan gone, Theresa’s fury now focused on Sheila. The last thing any of them heard from the closet was a loud thump. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila's body in California's desolate High Sierra. Over the next couple of weeks, Theresa managed to nurse Suesan back to health. Three boys and three girls. Terry continued to share her story even after her mother’s arrest, appearing on numerous true-crime TV shows, most notably Cold Case Files, until her death from heart failure in 2011. So they drove to Martis Creek Lake and dumped the box with Sheila’s remains. Today William works, has a family, and enjoys what he calls a “normal life.” He shared his story on the TV show Evil Lives Here in 2019. Her abuse didn’t stop with beatings, though. Theresa, however, was harder to apprehend. 5. ‎ The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughters—with the help of her sons—told by a former New York Times reporter. Days later, a horrid, rotting stench came from the closet. But police couldn’t identify her, and she didn’t match anyone who had been reported missing. She accused her children of things they had not done, and would beat them for their imaginary actions. I also want to get the Early Bird Books newsletter featuring great deals on ebooks. Desperate She also began a string of relationships. Theresa Knorr And Children (Psycho Mother) Theresa Knorr a mother of 6 kids was abusive towards her children physically, verbally and psychologically. She married twice more, and both of those marriages fell apart due to her drinking and jealousy. Whatever hell Suesan had suffered before was nothing compared to what she would endure after that. Read on for an excerpt of Mother's Day and then buy the book. I am really interested in what Terry’s life was like after the trial and what was her cause of death. The only identifying features they could find on her remains were her chipped front teeth. In May 1985, Knorr forced Sheila into prostitutionto support the family. She was born on October 15, 1933, in Albany, to the late Harry Schramm and Adeline Geary. Living on the streets, battling with mental health issues and addiction, she frequently found herself on the wrong side of the law. Theresa Jimmie Francine Cross was born on May 14, 1946. While they were married, she gave birth to her first child, Howard. This went on for quite a while, until Theresa eventually relented. Following Suesan's death, Theresa Knorr began directing the majority of her anger and abuse towards her daughter Sheila. She forced the oldest two, Suesan and Sheila, into prostitution. She even enlisted her sons, Robert and William, to participate in beating Suesan (Howard left earlier). Once she shoved a spoon into Sheila’s mouth so hard, it chipped her two front teeth. She passed away on Dec 08 2011, RIP Terry Knorr. She was 41. Rather than call an ambulance, Theresa had the boys carry their sister into the bathroom and put her in the tub. Despite smelling the stench of decomposition, the police officer simply told her to move along. Sources differ on what happened next. So Theresa put duct tape over Suesan’s mouth and bound her wrists with it. Give it a watch. Robert wanted to remain in contact with his children, but Theresa refused. I still would recommended watching it tho. After the surgery was complete, Theresa flushed the bullet down the toilet. With Pete Demeo, Mark Berg, Zachary Bradshaw, Chalmer DeCecco. They answered questions that had baffled the investigators, such as why there were diapers near the Placer County Jane Doe, and what the gash on her back had been caused by. And the only way to exorcise the demon, she believed, was with fire. Robert was easily found: he was in a Nevada prison for shooting and killing a bartender in a robbery two years earlier. Satisfied, DHS closed the case and returned Suesan to her mother’s custody. The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughters—with the help of her sons—told by a former New York Times reporter. Terry ran away from home when she was 15. The second victim, found a year later, had been hog-tied, stuffed into a large popcorn-cup box, and discarded in Martis Creek Lake, near Truckee, California. Accounts differ as to what happened next. Caseworkers questioned the other children, but with their mother in the room with them. Its a higher grade B-film & thats what it was meant to be. When her mother died in 1961, Theresa went into a depression. When Sheila would scream and plead to be let out, Theresa would simply turn up the TV to drown her out. Theresa named the child Suesan Marline Knorr. Theresa's daughters: Suesan and Terry Knorr. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila's body in California's desolate High Sierra. She would burn her children with cigarettes, force them to do grueling labor in the heat, deprive them of sleep, and throw knives at them as a “game.” She once locked Terry in a chest freezer for the supposed crime of telling other people that Theresa didn’t take care of her children. But no one had reported this young woman missing, either, so her case went cold as well. Yes! Theresa ordered her sons to pour gasoline over everything — including their sister. At age 16, she married Clifford Clyde Sanders. Terry’s recollections stunned the police officers. Theresa was able to talk her way out of any suspicion, claiming her boys had needed to use the bathroom. Terry was ordered to clean the closet where her sister had died. Theresa's sons: William and Robert Knorr. Finally, someone believed her. Theresa Cross had always been a manipulative, controlling person. Then, on July 6, 1964, they argued again. From two out of her four marriages, Theresa Knorr had six kids – three daughters and three sons, namely: Howard Clyde Sanders (born 1963), Sheila Gay Sanders (1965–1985), Suesan Marlene Knorr (1966–1984), William Knorr (born 1967), Robert Knorr, Jr (born 1968), Theresa “Terry” Knorr (1970–2011). By all accounts, Theresa was an abusive mother. Theresa Knorr was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two special circumstance charges were added: multiple murder and murder by torture. Robert brought the biggest box he could find, a popcorn-cup box from the theater where he worked. Theresa would make her other children hold their sibling down while she beat them. 10/17/1995 49 Theresa Cross Knorr pleads guilty and is convicted to two consecutive life terms. Long Island Medium star Theresa Caputo filed for divorce from her husband of 28 years, Larry Caputo, in April 2018. In recent months, Terry had been employed as a clerk in a grocery store in … When that didn’t work, Theresa hog-tied her daughter and shoved her into a broom closet. They’ve just aired a segment about two unidentified murder victims, both young women in their late teens or early 20s, whose cases had gone cold. Directed by J. Darin Wales. When she was 16, she dropped out of school to marry Clifford Sanders. She has an incredible story of cruelty to tell, one that is so horrific that for years, no one has believed her. Theresa Jimmie Francine Knorr (née Cross) was born on March 12, 1946, in Sacramento to James ‘Jim’ Cross and Swannie Gay. Moving on, Theresa married her third husband Ronald Pulliam in 1973, but her partying, drinking, and unfaithfulness sped up the decline of their marriage. Note: She was the third daughter of criminal Theresa Knorr who killed two of her daughters and is serving life in prison. But Suesan never recovered. Then she went silent. Clifford announced he was leaving Theresa, who was pregnant with Sheila. Theresa Knorr was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, and two special circumstances charges: multiple murder and murder by torture. Jun 16, 2017 - Dennis McDougal's "Mother's Day" examines the horrendous crimes of Theresa Knorr, a mother who murdered her daughters and forced her sons to help. One of which was to a Marine named Robert Knorr… They welcomed three other children together named William, Robert, and Theresa. I also want to get Early Bird Books newsletter featuring book deals, recommendations, and giveaways. She took the children out of school, cut off phone service to their home, and wouldn’t let the children go outside. She left her there for weeks without food or water. William, in exchange for his testimony, was sentenced to probation and mandatory therapy. The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughters—with the help of her sons—told by a former New York Times reporter. Then they drove out to a secluded area and carried Suesan and her things to a spot just off the road. Some say Suesan ran away; others say she was arrested while walking the street. Theresa was married four times and had six children. A few of her belongings, as well as several diapers, were found around her remains, leading police to worry that she had an infant who was now missing and possibly in danger. Theresa asked her sons if they would be good boys and prepare the family sedan for a trip. Sign up for The Lineup's newsletter, and get our creepiest stories delivered to your inbox. Theresa insisted Suesan was “just faking it,” and left her on the kitchen floor, instructing her other children to just step over her unconscious body. Her children describe the weapon she would beat them with: the “Board of Education,” a 3-foot long board that was about 1 ½” thick, with electrical tape wrapped around one end to form a handle. She beat Sheila and handcuffed her under the table, as she had with Suesan. There, Theresa handcuffed her to the soap dish. Theresa handcuffed her under the dining-room table and gagged her. Want more true crime? Theresa called in her sons to help dispose of it. An autopsy would reveal that she had been alive when she was set on fire. Thats my main grievance of the film. Theresa, of course, denied it. Knorr knew what she was doing was wrong when she did it, but she enjoyed it so much. In the late 1950s, her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which forced … Like she had with Suesan, Theresa began force-feeding Sheila. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila’s body in California’s desolate High Sierra. As Suesan lost control of her bladder, Theresa just put diapers on her. Oct. 20, 1993: A woman working the tip lines for the popular show America’s Most Wanted receives a call from a tearful young woman. The first victim was found off a rural road in Placer County, California, in 1985. Theresa continued to beat her and force-feed her. This went on for about two years. Rest In Peace my dear friend we will miss you so much! They could scarcely imagine the level of cruelty she had described. Something startled Terry and the gun went off, shooting Suesan in the abdomen. In her back was a long gash, as though from a knife. He pled guilty and was sentenced to three years, to be served concurrently with his previous sentence. Theresa also had two step-siblings, William and Clara, both out of Swannie's first marriage. AUBURN, Calif. (AP) _ A woman acquitted of killing her husband in 1964 is wanted in the torture slayings of her two daughters. Theresa, a loner and jealous of her sister Rosemary, competed for her mother’s attention. She gained weight and began having paranoid delusions. Robert claims Theresa gave Terry, who was a young child, a pistol and told her to hold it on Suesan while Theresa went into another room. On Oct. 17, 1995, she was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Meanwhile, Theresa and her sons drove to a secluded spot to dump and burn Sheila’s remains, as they had with Suesan. When her mother died in 1961, Cross went into a depression. Once she was well enough to get out of the tub, it was back under the table for Suesan. She will be eligible for parole in 2027, when she’ll be 81. Their marriage ended in 1972. But before they could unload the box, a police officer pulled up behind them. She murdered two of her daughters leaving one daughter behind, Terry. At the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department they recognized the story as well. Her two sons are in custody. Keeping her older half-brother in mind, Theresa named the boy Robert Wallace Knorr. Theresa Knorr, 47, is accused of conspiring with two of her sons, William Knorr and Robert Knorr Jr., to torture and kill two of her daughters, Sheila Gay Sanders and Suesan Marline Knorr. After her last divorce, her mental and physical health began to deteriorate. Once again, Theresa’s heavy drinking, jealousy, and constant accusations of infidelity drove her husband away. Always controlling, Theresa began to become more violent and unpredictable. After a few weeks, Knorr became angry and accused Sheila of being pregnant and contract… But the details she provided aligned too neatly with the crime scenes to be dismissed. But the worst of her anger and abuse was directed towards her daughters. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Robert adopted Howard and Sheila, who changed their last names to Knorr as well. SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dorothy Theresa Knorr, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, as a result of an automobile accident in Clifton Park. Using her maiden name, she had moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was working as a caretaker for an elderly woman. Theresa Knorr, 47, is accused of conspiring with two of her sons, William Knorr and Robert Knorr Jr., to torture and kill two of her daughters, Sheila Gay Sanders and Suesan Marline Knorr. 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