Mother found with decomposing daughters

Banita Jacks ‘kept dead daughters for months’ • Mother found with decomposing daughters

The Australian
11 January 2008

Banita Jacks ‘kept dead daughters for months’

A MOTHER found in her Washington DC home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters has been charged with murder.

She reportedly told US investigators that the children were possessed by demons and died in their sleep.

Banita Jacks, 33, was charged today with four counts of first-degree murder and appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court.

She told police that the deaths occurred before a utility turned off her electricity, which prosecutors said was in September 2007, according to charging documents.

The bodies of the girls – ages 5 to 17 – were found yesterday when deputy US marshals served an eviction notice at the apartment in southeast Washington.

“I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way,” Mayor Adrian Fenty said….(Full Story)

Here is another article on the same case:

Brisbane Times
11 January 2008

Mother found with decomposing daughters

By Sarah Karush

WASHINGTON – A mother found in her Washington DC home with the decomposing bodies of her four daughters was charged with murder after reportedly telling US investigators that the children were possessed by demons and died in their sleep.

Banita Jacks, 33, was charged today with four counts of first-degree murder and appeared in District of Columbia Superior Court.

She told police that the deaths occurred before a utility turned off her electricity, which prosecutors said was in September 2007, according to charging documents.

The bodies of the girls – ages 5 to 17 – were found yesterday when deputy US marshals served an eviction notice at the apartment in south-east Washington.

“I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way,” Mayor Adrian Fenty said….(Full Story)


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