1252 users online (237 members and 1015 guests)  


Websleuths News


Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165

    KS - Notorious KC child killer Sueanne Hobson finally granted parole

    Those of us midwesterners of a certain age from in or around Kansas City, or who grew up reading the Kansas City Star, will remember this one. At the time I thought this was the coldest murder I could ever imagine. It still might be.

    Convicted in 1980 murder, Sueanne Hobson free on parole

    Sueanne Hobson, who orchestrated the murder of her 13-year-old stepson 31 years ago, has been paroled and is living under supervision in Prairie Village.
    ---
    Hobson was convicted in 1982 of first-degree murder and of aiding and abetting. She persuaded her 17-year-old son and his 16-year-old friend to kill Chris Hobson.

    The two teens took the younger boy from Overland Park to a field in Miami County in 1980. There they forced him to dig his own shallow grave before they blasted him with shotguns.
    Stranger by far was the fact that Hobson's husband Edward, the father of the dead boy, later remarried her:

    Hobson was turned down for parole eight times since she became eligible in 1989. She and Edward Hobson had divorced while she was in prison but remarried in 2004. Edward Hobson, the victim’s father, testified in favor of his wife’s parole in October.

    “I love the lady,” Edward Hobson told The Star at the time. “What can I say?”
    Not all are pleased with the parole, especially as Hobson has moved back into the same Prairie Village home she grew up in:

    Ruth Brettle testified against her release at the most recent parole hearing. She received a letter from the Department of Corrections’ Office of Victim Services dated Feb. 15, informing her of Hobson’s imminent release.
    ---
    “I’m very, very disappointed that she be allowed to walk the streets after what she did,” Brettle said.
    the rest of the story at Kansas City Star link above
    Last edited by Kimster; 03-18-2011 at 10:43 AM. Reason: poster's request

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    2,065
    Thanks for posting this. I had never heard of this story before.

    I am shocked she was granted parole and even more shocked that the child's father remarried her.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    10,180
    what a horrible betrayal

    a 13 year-old murdered by his stepmother and stepbrother and then his own father remarries the thing?

    I'm disgusted

    hope there's no other kids out there she has a hate on for

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    5,076
    I am furious. I have no words just angry

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,509
    I guess after serving over 30 years (MO life is 30 years) they HAD to let her out. Wfgodot's article states that the accomplices were paroled years ago. With her being 68-years-old now, I guess she will also collect social security benefits as well as get medicare.

    I cannot believe the father wants to have anything to do with her.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165
    Excellent, lengthy article from the KC alternative paper the Pitch from 2003, about the Hobsons's remarriage and a look back at the infamous Kansas case (unfortunately I listed this in the title as a MO case but it occurred on the KS side):

    Love Never Dies
    Ed Hobson disappoints other Parents of Murdered Children.
    ---
    Sueanne Hobson reported Christen missing. Two boys discovered his body a month later while digging for worms.

    According to widely reported court testimony, Sueanne Hobson saw Christen -- a special-education student who had adjustment problems at school and acted out at home -- as a threat to her two-year-old marriage to Ed Hobson.
    ---
    Last edited by wfgodot; 03-17-2011 at 11:37 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    1,509
    Wfgodot: That's a crazy story, thanks for posting it. I'd like to see that guy come to my POMC meeting and tell us that

    The father should be very careful if she does come to live with him. I'm sure she will be in contact with HER son. History could repeat itself.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    1,432
    Anyone know where the son and friend who actually committed the crime are?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    On The Beach in LaLa Land
    Posts
    295
    I don't know which part of this story is more disgusting, the fact that her husband remarried her after she had his son killed, OR that the 2 boys who committed the murder were released years ago, OR that they let this sicko out!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    30,165
    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    (unfortunately I listed this in the title as a MO case but it occurred on the KS side):
    Just a note of thanks to the marvelous mods for changing the error in location in my original title. Everything occurred on the Kansas side of the river.

    As for this woman's sentence, perhaps it's just because I always expect the worst but I'm pretty happy they were wise enough to keep her in prison for at least almost 30 years. Too frequently, as we know, murderers are freed in much less time. She was denied parole eight other times.

    Not sure where the teen who pulled the trigger and the other who assisted are these days. I agree they both should have served longer terms.


  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    West Palm Beach (Palm Beach County) Florida
    Posts
    1,032
    Shame on this father for remaining this evil lady! I hope he does not end up like his son.



Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-09-2014, 11:46 AM
  2. CA CA - Onion Fields Killer Denied Parole
    By Vegas Bride in forum Serial Killers
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-14-2012, 01:00 PM
  3. OR - Child killer Diane Downs up for parole - again
    By Texas Mist in forum Past Trial Discussion Threads
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-11-2010, 01:37 AM
  4. OH - Up for Parole Child Killer... *extremely disturbing*
    By ariel7 in forum Past Trial Discussion Threads
    Replies: 95
    Last Post: 02-22-2010, 01:03 AM
  5. CA - Roy Norris: No parole for killer of 5 teen girls
    By shadowraiths in forum Past Trial Discussion Threads
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-25-2009, 11:46 PM

Tags for this Thread