Susan Smith has spent more than half her life in prison for the 1995 murder of her two young sons — and records obtained by PEOPLE show that her incarceration has been marred with disciplinary infractions for self-mutilation and drug use.
Smith, who turns 46 on Tuesday, became South Carolina’s most infamous inmate more than two decades ago. In October 1995, she told police that she had been carjacked by a man who had taken off with her two young sons still in her car. For 9 days, she made tearful pleas for their safe return.
But it was all a lie.
As her story began to unravel, Smith admitted that there was no carjacker. (Smith had blamed the crime on a nonexistent black man, which led to outrage among the black community.)
Smith finally told police that she had let her car roll into a lake with Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, still strapped in their car seats. Her alleged motive: She was secretly dating a man who didn’t want children. The story became international news, even landing