On June 17, 1989, Paula Marie Sims frantically beating on her neighbor’s door, shouting for help; her infant daughter Loralei Marie had just been taken by a masked gunman.
Loralei’s body was found a week later. Although investigators were certain her mother, or possibly both of her parents, were involved, they didn’t have the evidence to prove it. So the case went cold.
Fast forward to April 29, 1989. The Simses are living in a new town, have a toddling son, and a six week old daughter.
On this night, Robert Sims returns home from work to find his wife unconscious on the floor and his baby daughter missing. Paula tells a story eerily similar to that of three years before, except this time she doesn’t know there was an abduction because, she says, she was out cold.
A few days later, Heather Lee Sims‘ body is found in a trash bag in a park trash bin.
This time, police are determined that Paula Sims won’t get away with murder.
Prosecutor and author Don Weber recounts the case of a murderous mom who killed her daughters simply because of their gender in his 1993 true crime Precious Victims, co-authored reporter Charles Bosworth, Jr.
Paula Sims is a definitely a case worth reading about, but this book isn’t necessarily the one to pick up. After the murders, discoveries, and finally an arrest in comes the prosecutor and, let me tell you, he’s very proud of himself. I truly was surprised there wasn’t a photo of Weber donning a cape and mask in the picture section!
If you just have to read a book about Paula Sims, this is the only factual one. There’s a secondary one that is Paula’s side; and, well, we know how that usually goes, right? My recommendation would actually be to watch the movie with the same title that re-airs from time to time on the Lifetime Movie Network since it cuts a lot of the self back-.patting bull.
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