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Lowell woman appealing conviction in horrific '97 abuse case

There are 51 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 11, 2008, titled Lowell woman appealing conviction in horrific '97 abuse case. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The state will spend thousands of dollars to help a Lowell woman, convicted in one of the state's most infamous child-abuse cases, prepare an appeal of her 1997 conviction for drugging, raping and beating her ...

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working mom

United States

#24 Feb 13, 2008
if she definately did it, then this is ridiculous. i don't care how battered a woman is, that doesn't make this happen. but if there is question as to whether she really did it or not, then justice should prevail. there are many bad things happening to kids these days and its gotta stop. but there are also adults being falsely accused left and right and thats gotta stop too.
disgusted

Sanbornton, NH

#25 Feb 13, 2008
What lying sacks of crap their lawyers are, saying that the children were influenced by social workers. I was at the hospital when the boys were brought in the night before Thanksgiving- trust me, there was definitely child abuse going on and those boys were definitely traumatized. If she gets out of jail claiming abuse, then justice will not have been served in my opinion. Corby and Nancy Atkinson should NEVER see a moment of freedom again in their lifetime.

God Bless their boys, who are all adults now. I hope they are doing well- I've wondered about them over the years. Broke my heart, especially the youngest son.
disgusted

Sanbornton, NH

#26 Feb 13, 2008
Sickoverthis wrote:
She got off easy, they never brought up her baby girl that died in California before they came here and abused the boys. Please dont waist a moment on these two subhumans. PLEASE !
I agree. The youngest son had told me about their sister that died. I just hope she wasn't abused like her brothers before she met her awful fate, poor darling.
disgusted

Sanbornton, NH

#27 Feb 13, 2008
Deborah Sirotkin Butler wrote:
The purpose of the constitutional right to counsel is to avoid a rush to judgment caused by sensational publicity [like this] and a rush to judgment based on rumor, surmise, and bias.
If an attorney did a full and fair investigation [as counsel are required to do] and determined there was a sound basis for a New Trial motion, then this is a constitutional right.
We are all made less when a rush to judgment is based on sensational bias and incomplete facts.
So, without sitting in the place of whatever judge is reviewing this matter, I suggest that heaping abuse on someone you don't know based on a a sensationalizing bit of main stream media hype is gutter behavior.
I personally do not know whether this woman is guilty as charged, or was herself a victim. What I do know is heaping abuse on her as "subhuman" on the basis of media coverage strikes me as wrong.
Please.......I was THERE when the boys were brought into the hospital, and spent quite a few days with them. The pain and horror of what they went through needs to be remembered here and it could have been prevented. She had PLENTY of time to get away from Corby and get help for her and the kids- she chose not to. She even moved out here not too long after her daughter died and continued the abuse on those poor boys with her husband. The woman was a sick person, using drugs, abusing her children physically, emotionally, and sexually. She deserves no ones pity.
Heidi Niemi

Framingham, MA

#28 Feb 16, 2008
I personaly grew up with these four boys and all I can say is this is discusting. The fact that they wasted print to state she is trying for an apeal makes me sick. They both should have gotten the death penalty for what they did. Not only did they destroy those boys lives during the time of the abuse but forever. Not a penny more should be wasted on these two peices of skum. To think that our tax money is going to support these two in jail is upsetting in itself. I say let them rot!!!
deb from framingham

Cambridge, MA

#29 Feb 18, 2008
mike h wrote:
when i look at that cowards face i smile at the thought of what the last 11 years in state prison has been like for him. an eye for an eye is very under rated in my opinion
i am a very close friend of nancy's as well as her children it's easy for people to judge and say nasty things when they don't have all the truth or all the facts it's not right this woman was a victim just like her children they will tell you that themselves with there own voices it is also said that nancy is tramatizing her kids again by asking for a new trial well i think the public and the media are doing that by not letting these kids move on and saying nasty things about there mother who they love dearly and have consistant contact with and are fighting for and will continue to do so until she is let out these boys never wanted ther mother in prison to begin with also i don't read to much nasty stuff about the father corby the real monster i will pray for everyone who is slandering this woman
deb from framingham

Cambridge, MA

#30 Feb 18, 2008
i think it's sad and unfair how people are making all these nasty comments about nancy when they don't even know the truth or the facts. i am a close friend of nancy's and her boys. it's also said that nancy is tramitizing them by asking for a new trial the public and media is doing that by saying nasty things about her they defend and love there mother and never wanted her in prison in the first place. i don't here to much nasty stuff about the father the real monster. i will pray for everyone who is slandering this woman. and so will her boys.
deb from framingham

Cambridge, MA

#31 Feb 18, 2008
i think it's sad and unfair that people are judging nancy when they don't know all the facts or the truth. she is a victim just like her boys, they will tell you this with there own voices. they stand by there mom today and are fighting until she is released i am a close friend of nancy's and here boys,i don't read many nasty comments about the father,the real monster i will pray for all who are judging her and making these nasty comments and also the public and media are the ones tramatizing her boys by saying bad things about there mother who they love dearly
question

Chelmsford, MA

#32 Feb 18, 2008
Deb,
Are you saying these kids are liars? Why did they testify against their mother if she's innocent?
deb from framingham

Cambridge, MA

#33 Feb 19, 2008
i am a close friend of nancy's as well as her boys i think it's unfair and sad that everyone is judging her and they don't even have a clue of the truth or the facts. also people say that nancy is tramatizing her boys by asking for a new trial,i think the media and the people that are making these nasty comments are the ones tramatizing them. her boys are standing in her defense today and they never wanted her in prison in the first place they wanted there father in prison, the real monster in all of this. nancy is a victim just like her boys they will tell you this with there own voices. i guess it's easy to judge when you don't know the truth or have all the facts. it doesn't matter what nasty things people are saying because you all are not the judge and the truth is being sorted through and nancy will be home with her boys where they want her to be so for all you people out there judging and saying nasty things i will pray for you all.
Patricia Muldoon

Arlington, MA

#34 Feb 19, 2008
I was surprised to see such a one-sided story about a hearing that happened a full year ago, in which Nancy Adkinson requested a new trial. In 1997 she and her husband had been convicted of tragically abusing their four sons. The hearing presented new evidence that not only was she was suffering from battered womanís syndrome, but that she was under her husbandís control even during her trial. Unlike the reporter, I attended that hearing.

I have been visiting Nancy in prison for over 6 years as part of a mentoring program called College Beyond Bars as part of the Partakers organization. I have seen amazing personal and spiritual growth in her over the years. She has attended practically every parenting, domestic violence, academic, and self-help program available to her. Here is the other side of her story.

The victims - Nancy's sons are adults now - have requested that she be released from prison. Her youngest son testified at the hearing that he and his brothers never wanted their mother in jail, as she was a victim, too. What they wanted was to be protected from their father. As I recall, at the hearing the prosecutor explained that he had recently met with two of her other sons, who said basically the same thing. In seeking the victimís side, the article quoted someone unrelated to the case, but the son's own testimony on behalf of his mother was not mentioned.

The hearing was not about guilt or innocence, but about the defendant's competence to participate in her own defense. Nancy never spoke privately with her attorney during her trial; she and her attorney obeyed her husband's orders that he had to be present at all discussions. During the trial Nancy's abusive husband continued to control her through daily letters and periodic meetings with her (evens though they were both in jail!) Her attorney's fees were paid by Nancy's husband and the attorney agreed to never meet privately with Nancy. At the insistence of her husband, Nancy's attorney never even spoke during the sentencing phase of the trial, and what's worse, the husband's lawyer spoke for Nancy.

Nancy Adkinsonís current attorney was out of town when the reporter called. Over 150 pages of affidavits supporting Nancy's motion are now part of the public record, but they were not referenced. The Sun only presented the prosecutor's case and that of the sentencing judge at the original trial, who didn't have the new information from the hearing.

The money spent to pay for expert testimony goes for both sides of any case needing it. That amount (the article reported it at $6000) pales in comparison with half million dollars the state has already spent to keep Nancy in prison; an amount that is further paled by the additional million dollars Massachusetts will spend to keep her imprisoned if her full sentence is carried out.

I know I would rather see that money spent for victims' services, violence prevention programs and programs to ensure that ex-offenders successfully reenter their communities as safe, productive and valued citizens.

Since: Sep 07

Lowell

#35 Feb 19, 2008
deb from framingham wrote:
i am a close friend of nancy's as well as her boys i think it's unfair and sad that everyone is judging her and they don't even have a clue of the truth or the facts. also people say that nancy is tramatizing her boys by asking for a new trial,i think the media and the people that are making these nasty comments are the ones tramatizing them. her boys are standing in her defense today and they never wanted her in prison in the first place they wanted there father in prison, the real monster in all of this. nancy is a victim just like her boys they will tell you this with there own voices. i guess it's easy to judge when you don't know the truth or have all the facts. it doesn't matter what nasty things people are saying because you all are not the judge and the truth is being sorted through and nancy will be home with her boys where they want her to be so for all you people out there judging and saying nasty things i will pray for you all.
Go smoke more crack DEB
E_Carpentier

Lowell, MA

#36 Feb 20, 2008
dennis sr i read your article on this issue.
I believe she should go to jail. Trust me i'm still in th hood
digusted

Lowell, MA

#37 Feb 27, 2008
One of the oldest boys lived with me for almost 2 years in high school.IF you think that these boys want their parents out of jail your are crazy !! These boys are so traumatized by all of this, they dont want them getting out. I have had some deep conversations with the boy that lived with me, and all these boys are so messed up mentally, physcally and emotionally, Their parents screwed them up so bad. I still think about him and the others and wonder what he is doin and how he is doing. This is something so tragic, both parents should rot in jail FOREVER !!!!
working mom

United States

#38 Feb 27, 2008
digusted wrote:
One of the oldest boys lived with me for almost 2 years in high school.IF you think that these boys want their parents out of jail your are crazy !! These boys are so traumatized by all of this, they dont want them getting out. I have had some deep conversations with the boy that lived with me, and all these boys are so messed up mentally, physcally and emotionally, Their parents screwed them up so bad. I still think about him and the others and wonder what he is doin and how he is doing. This is something so tragic, both parents should rot in jail FOREVER !!!!
so then there is a good likelihood that one of these boys will actually become an offender, since 90% of offenders were abused themselves. i presume that if this happens then you will want this boy to rot in jail too,right? you are a poor innocent victim when you are under 18, but when you hit 18 and repeat what was DONE TO YOU then you are thrown out like trash. this boy is a victim and when he gets into trouble himself lets remember that and remember how we wanted him to be treated.
digusted

Lowell, MA

#39 Feb 28, 2008
working mom wrote:
<quoted text>
so then there is a good likelihood that one of these boys will actually become an offender, since 90% of offenders were abused themselves. i presume that if this happens then you will want this boy to rot in jail too,right? you are a poor innocent victim when you are under 18, but when you hit 18 and repeat what was DONE TO YOU then you are thrown out like trash. this boy is a victim and when he gets into trouble himself lets remember that and remember how we wanted him to be treated.
any person who does such horrible things to there children or any other person for that matter, should rot in jail. You never know if the boys will do the same thing or something similar to some one else. if that time would come then i would feel the same way. When you hear about these child molesters out there today molesting these young children, you know that something happened to them when they were growing up, thats still no excuse. I am disgusted by it and i would feel the same way if i read any other story like this. I wouldnt change my mind. Its wrong and i think they should pay for what they have done.

“Hard Working NOLA dude”

Since: Jan 08

Lowell Massachusetts

#40 Feb 28, 2008
Deborah Sirotkin Butler wrote:
The purpose of the constitutional right to counsel is to avoid a rush to judgment caused by sensational publicity [like this] and a rush to judgment based on rumor, surmise, and bias.
If an attorney did a full and fair investigation [as counsel are required to do] and determined there was a sound basis for a New Trial motion, then this is a constitutional right.
We are all made less when a rush to judgment is based on sensational bias and incomplete facts.
So, without sitting in the place of whatever judge is reviewing this matter, I suggest that heaping abuse on someone you don't know based on a a sensationalizing bit of main stream media hype is gutter behavior.
I personally do not know whether this woman is guilty as charged, or was herself a victim. What I do know is heaping abuse on her as "subhuman" on the basis of media coverage strikes me as wrong.
If this a the case of the Commonwealth ~vs! the Atkins..She's Guilty as charge..... Testimony revealed that during th course of the abuse to the children "Well, he called our son "???" into the bedroom. Then he told "???" to perform oral sex on him.. When i saw how good "???" was at it, i knew it had been going on for some time...

You fed your Kids Drugs (Cocaine) and you actively participated in their abuse. You claimed it was under duress...That you were afraid of your husband. A Mother should never place fear of anything in front of her instinct to protect her children.

Mrs. Atkins, can you explain otherwise?
Artec Sprinkler

United States

#41 Feb 28, 2008
Patricia Muldoon wrote:
I was surprised to see such a one-sided story about a hearing that happened a full year ago, in which Nancy Adkinson requested a new trial. In 1997 she and her husband had been convicted of tragically abusing their four sons. The hearing presented new evidence that not only was she was suffering from battered womanís syndrome, but that she was under her husbandís control even during her trial. Unlike the reporter, I attended that hearing.
I have been visiting Nancy in prison for over 6 years as part of a mentoring program called College Beyond Bars as part of the Partakers organization. I have seen amazing personal and spiritual growth in her over the years. She has attended practically every parenting, domestic violence, academic, and self-help program available to her. Here is the other side of her story.
The victims - Nancy's sons are adults now - have requested that she be released from prison. Her youngest son testified at the hearing that he and his brothers never wanted their mother in jail, as she was a victim, too. What they wanted was to be protected from their father. As I recall, at the hearing the prosecutor explained that he had recently met with two of her other sons, who said basically the same thing. In seeking the victimís side, the article quoted someone unrelated to the case, but the son's own testimony on behalf of his mother was not mentioned.
The hearing was not about guilt or innocence, but about the defendant's competence to participate in her own defense. Nancy never spoke privately with her attorney during her trial; she and her attorney obeyed her husband's orders that he had to be present at all discussions. During the trial Nancy's abusive husband continued to control her through daily letters and periodic meetings with her (evens though they were both in jail!) Her attorney's fees were paid by Nancy's husband and the attorney agreed to never meet privately with Nancy. At the insistence of her husband, Nancy's attorney never even spoke during the sentencing phase of the trial, and what's worse, the husband's lawyer spoke for Nancy.
Nancy Adkinsonís current attorney was out of town when the reporter called. Over 150 pages of affidavits supporting Nancy's motion are now part of the public record, but they were not referenced. The Sun only presented the prosecutor's case and that of the sentencing judge at the original trial, who didn't have the new information from the hearing.
The money spent to pay for expert testimony goes for both sides of any case needing it. That amount (the article reported it at $6000) pales in comparison with half million dollars the state has already spent to keep Nancy in prison; an amount that is further paled by the additional million dollars Massachusetts will spend to keep her imprisoned if her full sentence is carried out.
I know I would rather see that money spent for victims' services, violence prevention programs and programs to ensure that ex-offenders successfully reenter their communities as safe, productive and valued citizens.
I recognize your name..I think it was in 1958 your mom was arrested for drunk driving...Do you remember old Smokey? Poor guy died of Cancer in "97" i think. He had the same birthday as mine. October the 29th..Anyway, i respect the Muldoons... And i think you should have your say.
I THANK GOD EVERYDAY

Cerritos, CA

#42 Jul 18, 2008
HE IS A MONSTER, A CONTROL FREAK, ALL THE ATTENTION HAS TO BE ON HIM. HE DOES NOT LIKE LOSING CONTROL. THEY BOTH DESERVE TO BE IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THIER MISERABLE LIVES. THEY KNEW IT WAS WRONG. HOW CAN YOU EVER LOOK AT YOUR KIDS THE SAME WAY. THEY LOOK UP TO YOU TO PROTECT THEM NOT HURT THEM.THEY WILL HAVE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS FOR THE REST OF THERE LIVES. THE TWINS HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN TROUBLE FROM WHAT I HAVE READ. IT IS VERY SAD. I FEEL FOR THE KIDS.SHE COULD HAVE GOT AWAY FROM HIM.THATS BS AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.BATTERED WIFES SYNDROME MY ASS.
YOU DID THE CRIME NOW YOU HAVE TO DO THE TIME.
Sammy

Windham, NH

#43 Jul 19, 2008
The Lawyers need to put themselves in those kids shoes. How would they like it if it happened to them. Would they want someone to help the pervert out. I am sure they would want them in jail for the rest of their lives. Leave them both in jail so they can't do it to anyone else. God knows once a pervert always a pervert.

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