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Slashed wrists, sex with prison guards and a jailhouse lesbian lover: Inside the twisted world of Susan Smith 20 years after she drowned her sons and blamed 'a black man'

  • Susan Smith, now 43, remains in prison in South Carolina but has a long history of delinquent behavior while behind bars
  • Former director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Jon Ozmint says Smith just can't 'turn the corner' toward being a better person
  • Smith was caught having sex with two separate prison guards in 2000 and has since taken a lesbian jailhouse lover
  • The child killer remains troubled -- a fellow convict says she has long, deep scars on her arm after a gory suicide attempt a few years back 
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Twenty years after she drowned her young sons and incited racial tensions in her little South Carolina town by blaming a fictional black carjacker, Susan Smith's world is as fractured as ever.

A source on the inside reveals that, besides being caught having sex with prison guards on two occasions, Smith has taken a lesbian jailhouse lover and sports horrific wrist scars following at least on gory suicide attempt.

Just as nothing can bring back 14-month-old Alex and Michael Smith, 3, one officials says the justice system has yet to bring the now 43-year-old former mother back from the depraved place she was in when she left her little boys trapped in a sinking car.

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20 years on: Susan Smith has spent the last two decades paying for the day in 1994 when she strapped her 14-month- and 3-year-old sons Alex and Michael into their car seats and rolled the car into a South Carolina lake

20 years on: Susan Smith has spent the last two decades paying for the day in 1994 when she strapped her 14-month- and 3-year-old sons Alex and Michael into their car seats and rolled the car into a South Carolina lake

Murdered: Smith initially blamed a 'black man' she claimed carjacked her and then sped off with the boys, who were found strapped into her car at the bottom of a lake

Murdered: Smith initially blamed a 'black man' she claimed carjacked her and then sped off with the boys, who were found strapped into her car at the bottom of a lake

Still troubled: Since her 1995 conviction, Smith has received multiple citations for misbehavior inside prison

Still troubled: Since her 1995 conviction, Smith has received multiple citations for misbehavior inside prison

'Most murderers are one-time, crime-of-passion people, and they end up becoming good people,' former director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Jon Ozmint told The State. 

'Susan Smith just hasn't been able to fit that mold.'

Just as was so widely reported following the 1994 arrest that rocked the little town of Union, Ozmint described Smith as the vain, manipulative. 

'She is truly a narcissist, and she thrives on the media's attention. Someone like that, I didn't want to feed that narcissism. Other than passing her on the yard, I wouldn't give her any extra, undue attention,' Ozmint said.

On two occasions in 2000, Ozmint said guards at Smith's initial prison--Women's Correctional Center in Columbia--had sex with Smith despite warnings she should not be left alone with male correctional officers.

'We were back there and arrested a captain and a lieutenant for having improper relations with her,' Ozmint told The State.

Both men lost their jobs, but according to a fellow convict, Smith has found ways to continue her jailhouse delinquency despite being transferred to Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood.

Stephanie Hulsey. 34, told the National Enquirer back in 2012 that Smith nearly killed herself at age 40 when she slashed her wrists with a smuggled-in razor. 

Sordid life: Smith was twice caught having sexual relations with male prison guards in 2000. She's since taken on a lesbian jailhouse lover, according to a fellow inmate

Sordid life: Smith was twice caught having sexual relations with male prison guards in 2000. She's since taken on a lesbian jailhouse lover, according to a fellow inmate

Locked up: Smith was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison for killing 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael. She is up for parole in 2024, when she'll be 53

Locked up: Smith was convicted in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison for killing 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael. She is up for parole in 2024, when she'll be 53

Susan Smith cries for the kids she would later confess to killing
 

'There was blood behind spurting everywhere and she was weeping, but she wasn't crying out in pain,' Hulsey said. 'She used to say, 'You don't feel pain when you cut. Cutting takes all the pain away.' 

Hulsey also recalled a jailhouse girlfriend who Smith kept in addition to male paramours with whom she kept in touch via letters.

'Her lover is a big woman who looks like a man,' said Hulsey, who added that one male pen pal has sent Smith thousands of dollars.

Smith, who was sentenced to life in prison, faces her first parole possibility in 2024. She will be 53 years old.

THE SUSAN SMITH SAGA: AN HORRIFIC DECEIT THAT CAPTIVATED AMERICA

Smith's boys, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex, disappeared Oct. 25, 1994.

She told deputies they had been taken by an unidentified black man during a carjacking and she wept on national television as she begged for their safe return.

Nine days later, Smith confessed, and the boys' bodies were found in the car, submerged a few feet from a boat ramp at John D. Long Lake in Union County.

Sad: A memorial to the young sons Smith murdered in 1994 sits beside the lake in which the boys were purposely drowned

Sad: A memorial to the young sons Smith murdered in 1994 sits beside the lake in which the boys were purposely drowned

Smith was convicted in July 1995. Prosecutor Tommy Pope had sought the death penalty, and he considers the case a loss.

Smith's lawyers vigorously fought to save her life. They brought in testimony she had sex with her stepfather and several other men to argue she was depressed and intended to stay in the car and commit suicide with her sons, but decided to jump out after releasing the emergency brake.

The case incensed the black community because Smith claimed a black man carjacked her and drove off with the children.

TIMELINE

October 17, 1994: By most accounts, the Susan Smith saga truly began when a man named Tom Findley, with whom Smith was having an affair, broke things off. He said in a letter that he did not want children.

October 25, 1994: Susan Smith drowned Alex and Michael in her car, which she eased off a lake boat access ramp

October 25, 1994: Smith tells police she was carjacked by a black man, who drove off with the boys

November 2, 1994: Smith and her husband David famously appear on national TV. Smith tearfully begs for the boys return

November 3, 1994: Smith confesses to drowning Alex and Michael. That same day, divers recover the boys' bodies beneath 18 feet of water

July 22, 1995: A jury finds Smith guilty on two counts of murder

July 28, 1995: Smith is sentenced to life in prison

September 11, 2000: Smith is found guilty of sexual misconduct after being caught engaging in sex acts with two correctional officers, who were both fired.

Smith received revocation of 45 days of recreational privileges and 75 days of canteen privileges

Smith was also disciplined in April 2009, April 2010 and in June 2012.

Sources: The State and S.C. Department of Corrections via Herald Online  

A memorial to the slain boys at the edge of the lake where they drowned

A memorial to the slain boys at the edge of the lake where they drowned

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Comment by Reez on October 30, 2014 at 9:35am

Wicked

Comment by queen williams on October 29, 2014 at 8:29pm
She still has her judgement Day awaiting......let God be the Glory!!!!!!
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on October 29, 2014 at 6:36pm
May god bless her. She knows not of her sin.
Comment by Yolanda Majette on October 28, 2014 at 9:13pm
Trash
Comment by evolution on October 28, 2014 at 4:44pm

She is a product of the devil.

Comment by mr1stroke on October 28, 2014 at 1:44pm

a born trash

Comment by Sharlene V. St.louis-Khalil on October 28, 2014 at 12:34pm
She is being haunted by her kids she will never have peace or change not even in death
Comment by Cee Gee on October 28, 2014 at 9:56am

I remember this case....I was 23 years old I remember how angry most black people was because a black man was blamed and then she admitted that she did it.  I have family all through South Carolina and I was visiting my family that year with my 6 month old son.....WOW....really brings back the memory.  The South is pretty much still a little racist so blaming a black man had started a big issue.

Comment by valeria dixon on October 28, 2014 at 8:17am

S M H

Comment by Empress J on October 28, 2014 at 7:07am
What a piece of s***! and as far as those two correction officers concern they sell their souls to da devil! Why would you have any sexual relationship with this woman knowing what she did to her kids!

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