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  1. #1
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    Nov 2010

    IN - Vanessa Dean for attempted murder of 4yo son, Lawrenceburg, 2012


    Mother seems to be on the run

    Vanessa Dean set fire to her house on Alpine Drive in October with her 4-year-old son inside.

    Dean is quoted as telling an EMT on the scene, "I locked us in and poured gas on everything. I was trying to kill us

    Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/30256574/de...#ixzz1k2DmAdr2

  2. #2
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    Apr 2010
    As usual, the perp got out alive. Somehow she didn't manage to kill herself and no thanks to her, she didn't manage to kill her son.
    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Most interesting classic unsolved murder cases

    This thread currently has over 350 cases with a brief synopsis of each and we are still adding additional cases.

    You can access a spreadsheet that lists the cases in alphabetical order with the page & post number so that you can locate a particular case you may be interested in. It also contains links to any cases that already have a thread on WS.

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    Forum: Jury Room
    Thread: Cold But Not Too Old Murder Case List

    This is a listing of newer but still cold cases. As with the above thread we will be adding as we go along. Most of these cases will probably have threads. If you do start a new one, please let me know so I can add the link to the spreadsheets. The spreadsheets may be accessed from the links below.

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  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    State of Disbelief. SC

    New Details In Mother's Arson Plot To Kill Son


    A mother allegedly tried to kill herself and her son because she feared the child would be taken away from her.

    That was Vanessa Dean’s reasoning for pouring gasoline around her Alpine Drive home and setting it ablaze the afternoon of October 13.
    Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
    We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2010
    A Lawrenceburg woman accused of trying to kill her son in a house fire has been arrested.


  5. #5
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    Oct 2010
    The more I read about cases like this the more I am convinced that life is imitating art. referencing the Movie "Idiocracy"

  6. #6
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    Oct 2014
    January 2013:

    On Monday, Dean plead guilty but mentally ill.

    A judge originally sentenced her to 15 years in prison, but suspended 13 of those years and will now serve two years under home incarceration. In addition, Dean will get supervised visits with her son.

    Reading from a psychiatrist’s court-ordered evaluation of Dean, Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard said Dean believed at the time she set the fire that she was on trial for murder, that her child was going to be taken from her, and that police were going to give her a lethal injection.

    “She never thought twice about setting the fire,” Negangard said.

    Two doctors diagnosed the mother was diagnosed as being in the early stages of schizophrenia. While the doctors agreed Dean could assist with her defense, the evaluations made it clear to prosecutors that it would be a difficult case to win in a jury trial.

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