Debora Green (b. 1951) is an American physician who pleaded no contest
in 1995 to killing two of her children and trying to kill her husband,
Michael Farrar. Their marriage had been tumultuous, and Farrar filed for
divorce in July 1995. He soon fell violently ill, but his doctors could
not pinpoint the source of his illness. Green began to drink heavily,
even while supervising her children. In October the family home caught
fire, and two of her children died in the blaze. Investigation showed
that trails of accelerant in the house led back to Green's bedroom, and
that she had been poisoning Farrar's food with ricin. The trial was
sensational, and covered heavily by news media, especially in the
Kansas–Missouri area, where the crimes occurred. She was sentenced to
forty years in prison. Crime writer Ann Rule wrote about the case in her
book Bitter Harvest: A Woman's Fury, a Mother's Sacrifice. Green has
petitioned for a new trial twice in recent years, without success.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debora_Green>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Brabant Revolution, sometimes considered as the first
expression of Belgian nationalism, began with the invasion of the
Austrian Netherlands by an émigré army from the Dutch Republic.
Sheffield F.C., the world's oldest association football club
still in operation, was founded.
The George Washington Bridge, today the world's busiest motor
vehicle bridge, connecting New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey, was
The UN Charter, the constitution of the United Nations, entered
into force after being ratified by the Republic of China, France, the
Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and a majority of
the other signatories.
The military court of South Vietnamese junta chief Nguyen Khanh
acquitted Generals Dương Văn Đức and Lâm Văn Phát of leading a
coup attempt against Khanh, despite the pair's proclamation of his
overthrow during their military action.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
Let natural consequences teach responsible behavior. One of the
kindest things we can do is to let the natural or logical consequences
of people's actions teach them responsible behavior. They may not like
it or us, but popularity is a fickle standard by which to measure
character development. Insisting on justice demands more true love, not
less. We care enough for their growth and security to suffer their
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