Susan Smith center is escorted from the Union County Courthouse in Union S C on Tuesday July 11 1995 A judge ruled Tuesday that she was competent to stand trial for the murder of her two sons Alex and Micahel Jury selection also began for the trial which is expected to run up to six weeks in length (AP Photo Dave Martin)
After nine days of police searching for the two boys, and the nation riveted to the latest developments, Smith confessed. She watched as her car rolled into a lake, with 14-month-old Alex and 3-year-old Michael strapped in the car.
Less than a year later, June 1995, Smith was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
In her letter, she told The State that, "It has been hard to listen to lie after lie and not be able to defend myself."