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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Since: Jul 07

Staunton, IL

#123 Oct 20, 2008
Paula's family are not innocent. Several of them admitted after the fact that they knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. My own grandparents knew but kept silent. How am I supposed to feel love and contact people who not only allowed my siblings to die and allowed my family to be ruined financially, but who would have just as sure let me die too?
A Teacher from Australia

Brisbane, Australia

#124 Oct 22, 2008
Randy. I have just read "Precious Victims" and my heart aches for your sisters and for the little boy that was you. I wondered how you had fared in life and was so glad to find that you have grown into a young man of intelligence and integrity. I wish you fulfillment and success in your career as a teacher and peace and happiness in your future life. Please know that you and your sisters are in my prayers.
rhons from iowa

United States

#125 Oct 27, 2008
randy,
i will not judge. your mother is where she should be. and i am glad you grew up good
my question is if you have a children all girls.
what'll be his reaction to them?
or will he favor a grandson over a granddaughhter?
i know what it feels like to not be apprieated because i am female. i hope you will not let this happen to any potential children.
it does take both sexes to keep the world going...
HI AGAIN RANDY

Bentleigh East, Australia

#126 Nov 1, 2008
Hi Randy,
Thank you for your reply, i am glad you can communicate with me. I am truly sorry of the pain you must be feeling, believe it or not i feel it also, like i said the book really touched me. I do understand how you feel about your mothers parents (your grandparents) i do believe they had an idea it was happening, but without being rude or one sided, your father would of known to, he also stayed with your mother Randy after the fact. Your father can live on the outside world with his guilt though but however your mother has to line on the inside with hers. Maybe she to ALSO needs to come forward, gee i wish she would Randy as maybe she can put most of the pain she has caused many of her family (your family) and the 2 little girls and you and your thoughts at rest. I will keep looking into this case and follow it, because out of many true stories i read this is the one that touched my heart the most. Randy have you given a thought to maybe your Mother sees you have turned into a beautiful successful young man and maybe even a lovely young little man as you once were, that maybe she will take full blame for this all. Do you think your Mother needs a chance to tell the truth. I don't know but i feel like she would reach out to you Randy if only you would allow. I am not at all saying forgive her no way but atleast you can once and for all know the whole truth and not only what you have grown to know.
Randy i would love to keep in contact if you would like to. Please understand i am not against you in anyway, but please forgive me when i say your father is guilty to even if it is for loving your Mother, but he to needs to confess.
On another note, i must say i am very happy that you have grown into the young man you have become today, i know you must have lost feelings inside but after reading your replys to most posts i see you are a very resposible and intelligent young man. I wish you many years ahead of you all the joy that you deserve.
Good Luck Randy. I hope to recieve a reply again soon. Take care
ME
new titanic same old burg

Jerseyville, IL

#127 Nov 11, 2008
Paula rocks !
NorasMommy

Jerseyville, IL

#128 Nov 14, 2008
Randy Sims wrote:
Paula's family are not innocent. Several of them admitted after the fact that they knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. My own grandparents knew but kept silent. How am I supposed to feel love and contact people who not only allowed my siblings to die and allowed my family to be ruined financially, but who would have just as sure let me die too?
I have been interested in this story for a long time. As a new mother to a baby girl, I feel even more interested. I feel not sorry for you, I know people in situations like this don't need pity. But I do feel for you. I cannot say if your father was/is guilty, only he and God truly knows. I love the fact that you can still have the amount of family loyalty that you have, even after all of the story you may hear about your family. I have always wondered since I read the books how you grew up and how exactly you were affected by this. Yes, I read both and I really only believe that Paula was guilty. As I said I don't believe anything about your father without evidence...which no one truly has. I really hope you become a teacher and help kids, who may not go through what you did, but have trials and tribulations of their own.
Kate

Little Valley, NY

#129 Nov 15, 2008
Robertson wrote:
I think the governor should lighten the life sentence of Paula Sims.
I remember looking at Paula during her trial and thinking her lawyer was not very good at representing her. I felt sorry for her
and believe she was going through post partum suffering.
Even in postpatem deprtession? This is just wrong. Why wasnt that ever brought up then if this was her issue? I just get tired of the POOR ME of murders thease days.. Sincerly, Kate
Kate

Little Valley, NY

#130 Nov 15, 2008
Randy, God Bless you... I feel your pain being a sister of a murder victim. I am so glad you are here so we can here your voice on the matter. Your voice is the one people really need to hear. Take care n always in friendship, Kate in Vermont. ps. I would lov to corraspond wiuth you someday. If you would like that also, please feel free to email me. Again, God Bless. Kate
uknown

United States

#131 Nov 15, 2008
i think paula sims hand helped on the situations and believe her ex husband had a lot to do with it. all women know how men could be so controling. dont get me wrong what she did was wrong but lesat gave her break. she should had left him but where is he now doing the same thing to another womean probably.

“Honesty is the best policy..”

Since: Nov 08

USA ( Express Yourself!)

#132 Nov 16, 2008
uknown wrote:
i think paula sims hand helped on the situations and believe her ex husband had a lot to do with it. all women know how men could be so controling. dont get me wrong what she did was wrong but lesat gave her break. she should had left him but where is he now doing the same thing to another womean probably.
I agree with the man controlling part.. I have been there also. But, there just has to be a time when enough is enough n leave. My story is an amazing one, I lived to see today...:) I had the strenghth to go, but the details are a little differant then Sims. I do feel for her. But, she did take 2 innocent lives, I didnt. I will never ever understand murder as long as I live. ps. I would like to apoligize to KATE, My name is also that, but I am from Vermont. I am sorry somehow your name n not mine showed up on a comment I left. Thank you :)
Tess aka Hi Again Randy

Toorak, Australia

#133 Nov 17, 2008
Hi Again,
I like many others follow this story and will until the very end and unfortunatley it is not the end as only Paula has been punished for these crimes which she DESERVES but there is someone else involved to and that person should OWN UP for once and not leave this terrible crime on one person. Paula could not scheme this all on her own.
Randy please accept my appologies i am truly not out to hurt you in anyway, i just wish you knew the whole truth and not only what you were grown to believe.
I hope to hear back from you soon.
Take care
Tess

“Honesty is the best policy..”

Since: Nov 08

USA ( Express Yourself!)

#134 Nov 18, 2008
Tess aka Hi Again Randy wrote:
Hi Again,
I like many others follow this story and will until the very end and unfortunatley it is not the end as only Paula has been punished for these crimes which she DESERVES but there is someone else involved to and that person should OWN UP for once and not leave this terrible crime on one person. Paula could not scheme this all on her own.
Randy please accept my appologies i am truly not out to hurt you in anyway, i just wish you knew the whole truth and not only what you were grown to believe.
I hope to hear back from you soon.
Take care
Tess
I agree so much w/you on this. I so feel Randy is the victim, STILL. He deserves answers more then anyone. I also feel it wasnt just his mom. Much more needs to be dealt w/here n justice hasnt prevailed 100 percent YET. It needs to be. God Bless Randy.. Kate
auroranorth

Green Bay, WI

#135 Dec 3, 2008
thye ought to run a steam roller over her head
OldneighborofPau las

Alton, IL

#136 Dec 3, 2008
I used to live down the street from Paula Sims, My brother and I was in her house one day talking to her. She seemed a little odd to me and I was a little scared of her. We stayed away after that. To her son, It must be a terrible thing for you. I don't think she should be let out in public for her own safety. She wants to be out here, but she wouldn't like it. There's just too much corruption out here.
Tess

Sandringham, Australia

#137 Dec 6, 2008
MERRY CHRISTMAS RANDY, Hope you are doing fine.
Whoa People

Greenwood, IN

#138 Jan 7, 2009
I just watched the last half of the movie on LifetimeMovie. Because I know so little about this case, I am trying to remain impartial or even play devil's advocate here (no pun intended):
(1) My heart goes out to Randy. I can not imagine what his life must have been like growing up with that stigma attached. I am very impressed that he is a functioning, productive member of society.
(2) I am surprised his father didn't move farther away. No, they would never be able to fully escape their past but a fresh start in a new state might have been good for them all.
(3) For the people criticizing Randy for not going further away to college, give him a break already. From his not-rolling-in-money comment, it sounds like he would have had to take out massive student loans to pay out-of-state tuition. It's hard to start your adult life in debt.
Also, it sounds like in the absence of a solid family-by-birth, he has found a family-of-choice in his church and community. I'm sure he needs the stability and support he finds there.
(3) I am interested in an earlier comment which referred to "Paula #2" and her 4 children--does this mean that Robert became involved with someone else after his wife was sentenced? Where is #2 today? What light could she shed on Robert and how he interacted with her sons and daughters?
(4) Brooke Shields suffered from PPD (postpartum depression). Paula claims to have suffered from PPP (postpartum psychosis). PPD and PPP both occur after childbirth but... It's like comparing apples and oranges--similar because both are fruits which grow on trees, but the differences are extreme. I'm not defending her, but the diagnoses & symptoms & treatment of the two are not the same.
(5) Of course Randy calls her "Paula". He probably has very few, if any, memories of her as his mother...and he obviously hasn't developed a relationship with her.I'm sure he read in her clemency letter where she says she threatened him but was able to stop herself before she hurt him. She is the Boogeyman and the Monster Under the Bed all rolled into one...only this childhood nightmare is all too real for him.
(6) "Judge not lest ye be judged." Amen. Only God (or whatever higher power in which you believe) can judge. It is not for us mere mortals to decide how another should act or feel...after all, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
(7) And finally, I say sh*t happens. The fact that we're all weighing in on a board doesn't change the facts of this case. Two little girls are dead and the woman who bore them gave them life and then took it away. We can all air our opinions until we're blue in the face(God bless the *innernets* and their public forums) but it won't change what happened. It is what it is, and if some good could possibly come from this, perhaps people could learn more about PPP and how to recognize the symptoms and how to help before it is too late. It would be horrific to see a demon standing in front of you telling you to hurt your own child. Whether or not Paula suffered from it, she has brought it to public awareness and someone should champion it (the illness), much as Brooke Shields did with PPD. As the old GI Joe cartoons used to say, "Knowing is half the battle."
Maryann

Washington, DC

#139 Jan 7, 2009
I suffered post partum depression after the birth of my first daughter and after the birth of my second daughter, I had post partum pychosis. I had the frightening thoughts about harming the baby - obsessive, scary images I couldn't get out of my head, thought people on tv were talking about me, thought my father was with the FBI, I even wasn't sure who my husband and children were briefly. However, I knew that I wasn't ok - I have a psychology degree. I immediately began looking for help and asked my husband to please take my children to my parents. I contacted both my ob and then found a psychiatrist right away and I was placed on meds and had therapy while staying with my parents. She told me that it gets worse everytime you have children and because of this experience I didn't have more children. I could not go through this again. I am recovered now and functioning fine and my children are now teens. The key to this is that woman and their husbands have to be educated about these disorders so that if they don't feel right they need to get some help. I reached out to my family and doctors when this occured. The symptoms were extremly uncomfortable and I persisted in exhausting every resource to get help! I did not want to feel that way! My husband was very supportive but I'm not sure if alot of men would understand the condition or know what signs to look for.

I just watched the lifetime movie and its all very sad.
ppatten

United States

#140 Jan 7, 2009
Not_impressed wrote:
i don't believe she ever suffered from PPD. she should be locked up until her childbearing days are behind her and there's no chance of her ever, EVER breeding again. i feel the worst for her son -- and amen to Lynnette's comment.
her husband should be shut down as well. i hate to think of him out there making babies.
i think of all the people that can't have babies and would be the best parents, and then people like the Sim's breeding like rabbits, and it makes me want to pull my hair out.


I too feel that her husband should be right there in prison with her. After all he knew what she did. He kicked her to the curb when she had the girls and it was only after she got rid of them that he let her back into the bedroom. I can only feel sorry for the son they had. Besides the male detirms the sex of the baby, not the female. If he was so unhappy about producing girls, then he should have gotten himself fixed, or better yet turn him over to a room full of moms and we can still fix him.
Tara

East Saint Louis, IL

#141 Jan 8, 2009
Randy, I know you were brought up hearing one side, and think Weber got it wrong, so, why don't you write your memoirs and tell your and your father's side? Growing Up Sims. You seem bright and articulate, I seriously doubt you would have trouble selling the book.
NORMA

AOL

#142 Jan 8, 2009
I JUST WATCHED THE MOVIE PRECIUOS VICTIMS WHICH IS ABOUT PAULA AND ROBERT SIMS AND AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY BOTH SHOULD BE SITTING ON DEATH ROW POST P MY BUTT SHE DID THIS TO KEEP HER MAN AND FOR NO OTHER REASON.

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