Kathleen Folbigg, a 50-year-old Australian woman who has been in prison for over 20 years for the murders of her four children, may finally be getting a chance at freedom. New evidence has emerged that casts doubt on her conviction, and her lawyers are now calling for a new trial.
Folbigg was convicted in 2003 of smothering her four children, Patrick, Sarah, Michael, and Laura, to death. The prosecution’s case relied heavily on circumstantial evidence, including the fact that all four children died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and that Folbigg had a history of mental health problems.
However, new evidence has emerged that suggests Folbigg may be innocent. For example, a recent study found that the rate of SIDS in families with multiple SIDS deaths is much higher than previously thought. This suggests that it is more likely that Folbigg’s children died of SIDS than that she murdered them.
In addition, Folbigg’s lawyers have found new witnesses who say that they saw her children alive and well after the dates on which they were supposedly murdered. These witnesses could provide crucial evidence in a new trial.
Folbigg’s case has attracted international attention, and many people believe that she is innocent. A petition calling for her release has gathered over 100,000 signatures.
It is still too early to say whether Folbigg will be released from prison. However, the new evidence that has emerged is certainly a step in the right direction. If she is granted a new trial, she could finally have the chance to clear her name.