At the Nevada County Sheriffâs Department they recognized the story as well. Theresa was married four times and had six children. Like she had with Suesan, Theresa began force-feeding Sheila. She was 41. Her two sons are in custody. Theresa Knorr was born Theresa Jimmie Cross in Sacramento, California. He pled guilty and was sentenced to three years, to be served concurrently with his previous sentence. With Pete Demeo, Mark Berg, Zachary Bradshaw, Chalmer DeCecco. Robert served his sentence and was released in 2013. The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughtersâwith the help of her sonsâtold by a former New York Times reporter. The last thing any of them heard from the closet was a loud thump. Theresa's daughters: Suesan and Terry Knorr. Today William works, has a family, and enjoys what he calls a ânormal life.â He shared his story on the TV show Evil Lives Here in 2019. William was living and working in Woodland, California. They could scarcely imagine the level of cruelty she had described. Directed by J. Tom Pogue. She begged her mother to just let her go, promising she wouldnât tell anyone what had happened. Theresa insisted Suesan was âjust faking it,â and left her on the kitchen floor, instructing her other children to just step over her unconscious body. Robert adopted Howard and Sheila, who changed their last names to Knorr as well. The only identifying features they could find on her remains were her chipped front teeth. Oct. 20, 1993: A woman working the tip lines for the popular show Americaâs Most Wanted receives a call from a tearful young woman. He left in 1969 and they divorced in 1970. One of which was to a Marine named Robert Knorr, with whom she had four more children: Suesan, Robert, William, and Terry. Theresa was able to talk her way out of any suspicion, claiming her boys had needed to use the bathroom. Thats my main grievance of the film. From two out of her four marriages, Theresa Knorr had six kids â three daughters and three sons, namely: Howard Clyde Sanders (born 1963), Sheila Gay Sanders (1965â1985), Suesan Marlene Knorr (1966â1984), William Knorr (born 1967), Robert Knorr, Jr (born 1968), Theresa âTerryâ Knorr (1970â2011). The first victim was found off a rural road in Placer County, California, in 1985. When authorities took her into custody, she already had her bags packed. When that didnât work, Theresa hog-tied her daughter and shoved her into a broom closet. The slug lodged in his heart, killing him. Theyâve just aired a segment about two unidentified murder victims, both young women in their late teens or early 20s, whose cases had gone cold. 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. Theresa would make her other children hold their sibling down while she beat them. But with one condition: Suesan had to let her mother take the bullet out of her body, so there wouldnât be any evidence Suesan could use against her later. This went on for about two years. 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. The Best of California News and StoriesÂ 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 Victimâs Sexuality, Ronald Gene Simmons: The Christmas Killer, Triple Murder on Christmas Eve was RetaliationâââTrue Crime. Knorr did not work and received money from the state of California. She forced the oldest two, Suesan and Sheila, into prostitution. Sign up for The Lineup's newsletter, and get our creepiest stories delivered to your inbox. And the only way to exorcise the demon, she believed, was with fire. Sheila was forbidden to use the toilet or even the bathtub. Theresa Jimmie Francine Cross was born on May 14, 1946. From top left : Suesan Knorr, Theresa Knorr, Robert Knorr, William Knorr, Theresa sanders. She originally pleaded not guilty, but changed to it guilty after she found out her son, Robert, was going to testify against her. 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. I also want to get the Early Bird Books newsletter featuring great deals on ebooks. Either way, Suesan was in grave condition. At first she pled not guilty, but once she learned of her sonsâ plea agreements to testify against her, she changed her plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty. Want more true crime? Sources differ on what happened next. 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. 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. So Theresa put duct tape over Suesanâs mouth and bound her wrists with it. Her abuse didnât stop with beatings, though. She was the youngest child in the family and very devoted to her mother. 5. Over the next couple of weeks, Theresa managed to nurse Suesan back to health. She instructed her sons to load Suesan and her few belongings â including her diapers â into the trunk of the car. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila's body in California's desolate High Sierra. So in November 1993, arrest warrants were issued for William, Robert, and Theresa Knorr. She has an incredible story of cruelty to tell, one that is so horrific that for years, no one has believed her. I still would recommended watching it tho. She then had William light a match, and they drove off, Suesanâs body burning behind them. The important thing is that she was finally able to tell the authorities about her motherâs abuse. 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. Despite smelling the stench of decomposition, the police officer simply told her to move along. In the late 1950s, her father was diagnosed with Parkinsonâs disease, which forced â¦ 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. In recent months, Terry had been employed as a clerk in a grocery store in â¦ So Theresa fed her daughter antipsychotic drugs and copious amounts of whiskey until she passed out on the kitchen floor. Rest In Peace my dear friend we will miss you so much! Then they drove out to a secluded area and carried Suesan and her things to a spot just off the road. It worked; she was acquitted. Theresa Jimmie Francine Knorr (née Cross) was born on March 12, 1946, in Sacramento to James âJimâ Cross and Swannie Gay. But before they could unload the box, a police officer pulled up behind them. Theresa, a loner and jealous of her sister Rosemary, competed for her motherâs attention. Robert brought the biggest box he could find, a popcorn-cup box from the theater where he worked. According to statements from the surving children, life at the Knorr home was less than happy. Now a single mother of two, Theresa began drinking more frequently. â The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughtersâwith the help of her sonsâtold by a former New York Times reporter. Moving on, Theresa married her third husband Ronald Pulliam in 1973, but her partying, drinking, and unfaithfulness sped up the decline of their marriage. Something startled Terry and the gun went off, shooting Suesan in the abdomen. After years spent helping her keep the horrors secret, could he ever escape or would he wind up like all the others? She beat Sheila and handcuffed her under the table, as she had with Suesan. Until she was put in touch with the Placer County Sheriffâs Department, who recognized that many of the details Terry told them fit with their unsolved Jane Doe. After her last divorce, her mental and physical health began to deteriorate. She was born on October 15, 1933, in Albany, to the late Harry Schramm and Adeline Geary. Read on for an excerpt of Mother's Day and then buy the book. 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. I also want to get Early Bird Books newsletter featuring book deals, recommendations, and giveaways. Clifford announced he was leaving Theresa, who was pregnant with Sheila. She murdered two of her daughters leaving one daughter behind, Terry. Once again, Theresaâs heavy drinking, jealousy, and constant accusations of infidelity drove her husband away. Terrified, the children backed up their mother and denied she ever hit them. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheila's body in California's desolate High Sierra. 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. Robert wanted to remain in contact with his children, but Theresa refused. She woke up in horrific pain. SARATOGA SPRINGS â Dorothy Theresa Knorr, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, as a result of an automobile accident in Clifton Park. Want to keep reading? The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughtersâwith the help of her sonsâtold by a former New York Times reporter. She accused her children of things they had not done, and would beat them for their imaginary actions. They had a son, Howard Clyde Sanders, in 1964. Terryâs recollections stunned the police officers. Theresa Knorr is arrested in Salt Lake City where she is working as an in-home care nurse. 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. Theresa pled not guilty, claiming self-defense. But the details she provided aligned too neatly with the crime scenes to be dismissed. Using her maiden name, she had moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was working as a caretaker for an elderly woman. She married twice more, and both of those marriages fell apart due to her drinking and jealousy. Terry died December 8, 2011 when she was 41 years old. Knorr knew what she was doing was wrong when she did it, but she enjoyed it so much. Always controlling, Theresa began to become more violent and unpredictable. They welcomed three other children together named William, Robert, and Theresa. RIP the Knorr sisters, Suesan, Sheila and Terri. But the worst of her anger and abuse was directed towards her daughters. Following Suesan's death, Theresa Knorr began directing the majority of her anger and abuse towards her daughter Sheila. I am really interested in what Terryâs life was like after the trial and what was her cause of death. Terry says that her mother shot Suesan during an argument. But no one had reported this young woman missing, either, so her case went cold as well. Her mother, she tried to tell them, was a monster who had tortured her children and killed two of them. This went on for quite a while, until Theresa eventually relented. She even enlisted her sons, Robert and William, to participate in beating Suesan (Howard left earlier). Once she was well enough to get out of the tub, it was back under the table for Suesan. She passed away on Dec 08 2011, RIP Terry Knorr. 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 âgame.â She once locked Terry in a chest freezer for the supposed crime of telling other people that Theresa didnât take care of her children. Terry continued to share her story even after her motherâs arrest, appearing on numerous true-crime TV shows, most notably Cold Case Files, until her death from heart failure in 2011. Theresa Cross had always been a manipulative, controlling person. Terry ran away from home when she was 15. Theresa ordered her sons to pour gasoline over everything â including their sister. An autopsy would reveal that she had been alive when she was set on fire. She is currently serving her sentence in the California Institution for Women in Chino, California. So, in addition to beating her, Theresa began to force-feed Suesan to make her gain weight. She hadâ¦ General Information Sex Female Race White Number of victims 3 Country where killing occurred United States States where killing occurred California Theresa called in her sons to help dispose of it. Accounts differ as to what happened next. Her remains had been too decomposed to identify or determine her cause of death. 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. On Oct. 17, 1995, she was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Finally, someone believed her. Satisfied, DHS closed the case and returned Suesan to her motherâs custody. William, in exchange for his testimony, was sentenced to probation and mandatory therapy. Theresa also had two step-siblings, William and Clara, both out of Swannie's first marriage. The woman on the other end of the tip line tells the operator her name is Terry Knorr. Now a single mother of two, Theresa began drinking more frequently. If Suesan vomited, Theresa would make her eat that, too. Theresa gave her ibuprofen and antibiotics. She had been burned almost beyond recognition, and had duct tape covering her mouth and around her wrists. The true story of Theresa Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered her daughtersâwith the help of her sonsâtold by a former New York Times reporter. Theresa handcuffed her under the dining-room table and gagged her. An arrest warrant for Theresa Jimmie Knorr, 47, was circulated Sunday to the National Crime Information Center, said â¦ She was described as jealous and controlling of Clifford, constantly accusing him of cheating on her. Directed by J. Darin Wales. Theresa, of course, denied it. Theresa continued to beat her and force-feed her. 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. Their marriage ended in 1972. Some say Suesan ran away; others say she was arrested while walking the street. Then, on July 6, 1964, they argued again. When she was 16, she dropped out of school to marry Clifford Sanders. Every time she was arrested, she would tell the police about the horror movie that had been her life growing up. Keeping her older half-brother in mind, Theresa named the boy Robert Wallace Knorr. In May 1985, Knorr forced Sheila into prostitutionto support the family. She also began a string of relationships. At age 16, she married Clifford Clyde Sanders. 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. Theresa Knorr had her third child, Suesan, with him. Theresa, however, was harder to apprehend. Theresa Knorr have 3 daughters and 3 sons. Yes! After a few weeks, Knorr became angry and accused Sheila of being pregnant and contractâ¦ Theresa Knorr And Children (Psycho Mother) Theresa Knorr a mother of 6 kids was abusive towards her children physically, verbally and psychologically. Rather than call an ambulance, Theresa had the boys carry their sister into the bathroom and put her in the tub. 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. In her back was a long gash, as though from a knife. Authorities caught her just in time; she had withdrawn $4,000 from her bank account and notified her employer she was leaving town. Desperate for an escape, Suesan agreed. With Suesan gone, Theresaâs fury now focused on Sheila. 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. 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. Terry was ordered to clean the closet where her sister had died. Yes! Things got better around the Knorr home after that. But no one â not even her therapist â would believe her. Note: She was the third daughter of criminal Theresa Knorr who killed two of her daughters and is serving life in prison. 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. Days later, a horrid, rotting stench came from the closet. She also began a string of relationships. When her mother died in 1961, Theresa went into a depression. Meanwhile, Theresa and her sons drove to a secluded spot to dump and burn Sheilaâs remains, as they had with Suesan. AUBURN, Calif. (AP) _ A woman acquitted of killing her husband in 1964 is wanted in the torture slayings of her two daughters. They fought often, and Clifford punched her on at least one occasion. She will be eligible for parole in 2027, when sheâll be 81. Her children describe the weapon she would beat them with: the âBoard of Education,â a 3-foot long board that was about 1 Â½â thick, with electrical tape wrapped around one end to form a handle. As Suesan lost control of her bladder, Theresa just put diapers on her. Suesan became delusional from infection and pain, and soon slipped into a coma. 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. Theresa's sons: William and Robert Knorr. She married 4 men and got divorced them within short period of time, probably due to her unstable mind. Caseworkers questioned the other children, but with their mother in the room with them. Three boys and three girls. Then Theresa accused Sheila of getting a venereal disease and passing it on to her through the toilet seat. A second son, Theresaâs fifth child, was born on December 31, 1968. Sister of Sheila Gay Sanders. If Suesan got too full to eat any more, Theresa would force spoonfuls of the food into her mouth. 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. Sheila became delusional, talking about climbing up towards a light. Less than three months later, Theresa was pregnant again and on September 15, 1967, she bore Robert his first son, William Robert Knorr. Download Mother's Day by Dennis McDougal today. Long Island Medium star Theresa Caputo filed for divorce from her husband of 28 years, Larry Caputo, in April 2018. But police couldnât identify her, and she didnât match anyone who had been reported missing. Robert was easily found: he was in a Nevada prison for shooting and killing a bartender in a robbery two years earlier. She was the coupleâs second child; her sister, Rosemary, was a couple of years older to her. Then, with Terry at her side acting as âsurgeonâs assistant,â Theresa cut into her daughterâs back with an X-acto knife and dug the bullet out. Theresa asked her sons if they would be good boys and prepare the family sedan for a trip. So they drove to Martis Creek Lake and dumped the box with Sheilaâs remains. Theresa continued to beat Sheila, demanding she âconfessâ to giving her mother a venereal disease. She left her there for weeks without food or water. Then she went silent. By all accounts, Theresa was an abusive mother. Whatever hell Suesan had suffered before was nothing compared to what she would endure after that. Once she shoved a spoon into Sheilaâs mouth so hard, it chipped her two front teeth. Marriage to Bob Knorr and Descent into Violence. Living on the streets, battling with mental health issues and addiction, she frequently found herself on the wrong side of the law. One of which was to a Marine named Robert Knorrâ¦ But Suesan never recovered. Its a higher grade B-film & thats what it was meant to be. Theresa named the child Suesan Marline Knorr. They didnât stick around to set it on fire for fear of getting caught. Terry tried sneaking her sister water, but her mother came home before she could. The pair, who were together for a â¦ The two murdered women, she tells the operator, are her older sisters, Suesan and Sheila. In exchange for his testimony, all charges against Robert were dropped except one count of accessory after the fact. Their murderer, she says, was their mother, Theresa Knorr. While they were married, she gave birth to her first child, Howard. 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. After the surgery was complete, Theresa flushed the bullet down the toilet. THERESA KNORR. Theresa would make huge pots of macaroni and cheese, adding in hunks of lard, and force Suesan to eat all of it. Theresa's sons: William and Robert Knorr. 10/17/1995 49 Theresa Cross Knorr pleads guilty and is convicted to two consecutive life terms. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheilaâs body in Californiaâs desolate High Sierra. When Theresa finally opened the closet door, Sheilaâs decomposing body fell out. Give it a watch. 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. There, Theresa handcuffed her to the soap dish. About Me (The true story of Terry Knorr) By Theresa Walker (Terry Knorr) on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 3:49am She shot him in the back with a .30-.30 rifle as he was walking out the door. Desperate When her mother died in 1961, Cross went into a depression. At one point, she became convinced that Suesan was a âwitchâ who had cast a spell on her, causing her to gain weight. As Suesanâs body turned yellow from sepsis and jaundice, Theresa claimed it was proof that Suesan was possessed by a demon. They wrapped Sheilaâs remains in bed linens and stuffed her inside the box, then loaded her into the trunk of the car. She took the children out of school, cut off phone service to their home, and wouldnât let the children go outside. In June 1985, Theresa Cross Knorr dumped her daughter Sheilaâs body in Californiaâs desolate High Sierra. She gained weight and began having paranoid delusions. When Sheila would scream and plead to be let out, Theresa would simply turn up the TV to drown her out.