Sims requests shorter sentence

Sims requests shorter sentence

There are 237 comments on the Belleville News-Democrat story from Aug 4, 2006, titled Sims requests shorter sentence. In it, Belleville News-Democrat reports that:

Convicted child killer Paula Sims wants the governor to lighten the life sentence she received 16 years ago in the death in Alton of her 6-week-old daughter, Heather.

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Galloway, OH

#224 Aug 15, 2011
WMB wrote:
Please forgive my typos and errors. I coudnt "back up" to correct them. God bless you Randy! How horrible it must be for you. May you gain strength and guidence through out your life from God. Try to ignore the people who have only "read" about your life and not lived it. Son, you are in my prayers.
Nicely said.

Galloway, OH

#225 Aug 15, 2011
Nicely said WMB.
Slim Shady

Jerseyville, IL

#226 Aug 18, 2011
I say give her a shorter sentence. "KILL THE BITCH" !
TauntiesTreasure s

Carencro, LA

#227 Aug 20, 2011
To rastl74. Well said. I gave birth to my first daughter in October of 1988, my second daughter in March of 1992 and my only son in October of 1998. I am a proud mother of three beautiful children. My oldest daughter is in the Army and has completed a 1 year tour in Iraq. She is now a Junior in College, majoring in psychology.
My heart goes out to Randy for all that he has been through and ALL that he has lost.
While no one will NEVER know what really happened surrounding the events of the murders of his two sisters it is not our place to harass Randy for what his parent(s) did.
Let's all think about how Casey Anthony just got away with murder and be thankful the Paula was not able to harm any more children. I think Randy is lucky to be alive. Who's to say Paula would not have turned on him one day.
That being said, I think everyone should let Randy have the best life he possibly can under the circumstances.
Good luck and God Bless Randy


#228 Aug 21, 2011
I just want to know why Paula only had PPD when she gave birth to girls? I don't beleive she suffered from PPD at all,I think she was always disturbed, from birth.If my husband didn't take as much joy in the birth of our female children as he did our male children, I wouldn't be with him, I be damned if I would kill my child to make him happy! I think he knew she was a nut and loved being the one in control, so when she killed their female children he probably didn't really care.Last I heard, PPD doesn't descriminate on the sex of the child.

Broken Arrow, OK

#229 Oct 7, 2011
I am so sorry that you never got the chance to grow up with your sisters Randy, I saw all your pictures in the book, you were all very gorgeous babies...I am deeply sorry for all you have had to endure, none of it was your fault and you should not have to deal with the stigma

Since: Dec 11

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#230 Dec 15, 2011
You need to read the SHACK and evidently the bible, if you ask for forgivness and truely mean god will and does forgive.....Paula is a very good and religious person now.

Since: Dec 11

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#231 Dec 15, 2011
Randy Sims wrote:
Well thanks for your assertion that innocent people you know nothing about hate women. I appreciate it. I'm so glad the world has someone like you to judge everyone, why even have courts? We can just ask you.
He did care about his daughters. Shut your face. And I care about them too.
How do you care about someone you never knew or hate someone you never knew?

Toronto, Canada

#232 Nov 4, 2012
Robert Sims brings up a lot of questions...why didn't he notice anything was wrong with Paula? Why did he remark to the FBI that he and Paula had the longest and best sex ever after Heather was 'kidnapped'? And why did he and Paula sleep separately after she had a baby girl?

His son obviously supports him, almost a little too exuberantly. Randy is obviously an adult now. Is it possible that with Robert being the only parent he has left his judgement is clouded? Maybe. Or maybe he's right about Robert, and Robert is perfectly innocent and was just a little slow on the uptake and never caught on to Paula. I hope so for Randy's sake. I hope he never finds out otherwise. But is it possible that Robert has secrets buried... with something this horrible, that even after 20 years, Robert has been lying this long? it's definitely within the realm of possibility.

Galesburg, IL

#233 Dec 27, 2012
I looked at Paula's information on the Illinois Departent of Corrections website and noticed under her name "Sex Offender Registry Required".

Does anyone know why this is listed?

If that common for a child killer?

United States

#234 Mar 9, 2013
Okay, I have not seen the movie nor have I read a book. I am although taking from the facts. 2 little girls were killed by their mother who was indeed in a relationship where there was apparent mental abuse. Your mother and father were both of young ages when all this took place. Even if your mother acted alone after the fact your father had to know something which was and is indeed an accessory to the murders. I believe your mother is in the right place but she definetly is suffering from some sort of mental health issue but your father should not have walked away free as he did to then as told go through another marriage with apparent issues due to the childrens sexes. Either way I believe that the 2 of them maybe not equal sentences but both should have had to do some sort of hospitilization/jail time. I know Randy that you were raised by a father that truely loved you and I have no doubt he surely did but you were 1 years old when your 2nd sister passed. You talked about seeing how hurt and how much pain this whole thing has caused your father. If you would just take one moment out to it possible that your father may have known.....may have even helped.....maybe alienated your mother so much with those little girls that in order to function as a wife or mother at all...she did what she thought she had to do to survive....not sayin that is right but people do crazy things when brain washed or they feel there is no other way to survive. I am not sure what the case. I certainly do not believe that your mother or father should be free since 2 innocent babies lives were taken. Unfortunately you were left to try and depcite the truth from a is hard to be impartial when it comes to a loved one. Just think about this you were 1 you really could not have known for years to come truely how this affected your father nor how or who he was until you became of an age to understand emotions on a higher level. It is very possible that your father is who the public says or maybe he is some of what he has been depicted as.....For alls sake involved I believe that even if your father mother surrounding family friends that knew and know for sure what happen level with you help you understand and heal. It would seem there is far to much skeptisism and unknown to fully heal. To many unanswered questions. I think you have handled yourself very well considering and I am really just trying to shed light on the questions I would have if I were you and it was me. I am truely not passing judgement I am just trying to shed the light on some questions Please do not take offense. It takes one strong person to reply to all the idiocracy thrown at you. God bless you

Wales, WI

#235 May 16, 2013
I don't think she should get out. She was crying and upset after Heather's birth or maybe it was Loralei's birth and apologizing to Robert for having a girl instead of a boy. If anything, it is the fault of Robert that the two children were girls because the male provides the chromosome that determines the gender of the baby. Randy had his own beautiful Mickey Mouse room, toys, and his photos all over, but his sisters didn't. Robert did not seem interested in the births of either daughter and I think Paula's emotional state and hormones made her think he didn't want healthy girls.
Elaine de Beaumont

West Bloomfield, MI

#236 Jul 28, 2013
Don't worry about whatever ANYONE says about your father. You and YOU alone know him. He did not dictate your mother's actions. She was her own person and made her own choices. He was not there telling her what to do. She could have stopped any time she wanted but didn't. The grief that poor man has to endure must be unimaginable.

But you must be his strength and survive for him. Don't break his heart anymore than it already has been broken.

As far as the governor lightening her sentence, I just have one question to ask Paula, who lightened the death sentences that she handed out to her daughters?

Jacksonville, FL

#237 Jun 16, 2015
Randy Sims wrote:
I guess you are able to mentally predict what he did all the way from California, right? Get a hobby that does not cause others pain.
I am beyond sick and tired of so called "experts" with their little theories, many of whom have never laid eyes on Alton, IL or were first exposed to this case by the CBS movie "Precious Victims," 3 years after Paula began serving her sentence. You people are truly sad. I pray for you.
You should be ashamed of yourself for rejecting your mother the way you have. Not everyone is making predictions, some of us had the displeasure of knowing Robert Sims and there was something seriously wrong with him. He was so weird that many people, particularly women, were actually afraid of him and your grandparents had good reason not to want Paula to marry him. Paula was suffering from postpartum psychosis, but if your father hadn't treated her like a slave and rejected his two daughters, there's a good chance she would have sought help. Robert Sims would not allow her to invite anyone to the house -- not even to see the new babies -- and he didn't want her mother, or anyone else, coming to the house to help with the housework, child care, or anything else. Additionally, she couldn't go anywhere without his permission, not even to the doctor. Robert Sims belongs in prison and the fact you are here defending him proves you are no better than he is!

Staunton, IL

#238 Jun 23, 2015
On June 20th, 2015 both Randy Sims and his father Robert Sims died in Jackson, Mississippi. Their obituaries are listed online at Irwin Chaple, Granite City.
@CSA, you have got to be relation to that sick killer, Paula. You and her are a disgrace to the human race.
Rest in peace, Randy and Robert.
a reader

Galesburg, IL

#239 Jun 24, 2015
Wow. No matter what, I gotta wonder about Paula's reaction to their deaths.

Saint Louis, MO

#240 Jun 25, 2015
a reader wrote:
Wow. No matter what, I gotta wonder about Paula's reaction to their deaths.
I'm wondering the same thing.

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