Jun 08

Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims Audiobook Review

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.  All thoughts are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims

By: Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, John O’Brien

Narrated by: Kelley Huston



The true story of a murderous mother and five innocent victims. Charles Hickey, Todd Lighty, and John O’Brien bring the story of a mother not fit for the title.

Waneta Hoyt’s first baby died. Then her second. Then her third. Nobody, including her husband, suspected Waneta Hoyt – or stopped her from having more babies. Then her fourth baby died. Then her fifth. And the famed medical expert declared they had died of sudden infant death syndrome and use them to support his theory that SIDS ran in families.

One man, however, did not except the diagnosis. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick set out to expose the truth about a crime hard to imagine. To do so meant convicting a woman who had won the hearts of all. And just proving a doctor who had climbed to the top of his field with the help of little corpses.

Brace yourself for a true story of motherhood, medicine, and murder you will remember every time you hear a baby crying.


My review:

I haven’t been reading much lately, but have been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, mostly about true crime.  The reason for this is that I’ve really gotten back into cross stitching, and with auditory content, I can stitch and listen at the same time.  To me, this is the ultimate in multitasking.

I had not heard about the Waneta Hoyt case before, and it sounded very interesting, albeit a bit sad.  I was excited to get a chance to listen to Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims and eagerly listened to it every chance I got.

The narration by Kelley Huston was excellent.  She has a pleasant voice with little judgement on what must have been a hard subject to delve into.  I would be happy to listen to any of her other works and look forward to any books she narrates in the future.

As for the work itself, I found it to be engrossing all the way through.  Through this book, I learned more about two similar cases that helped set precedent for the district attorney to go after Waneta Hoyt.  I’ve already found a podcast on the Tinning case and hope to find some more about the other one.

I was just a little confused at some points about the names, but with a non-fiction book, that’s a given for me.  There were so many legal figures in a case of this magnitude that it’s confusing even when reading print versions of cases, so it’s definitely not the fault of the authors.

The only thing that I didn’t understand was why the district attorney pursued this case so far.  He had to relinquish control of the prosecution as many of the cases took place in a different county, but yet he kept pushing it with the appropriate people.  I am in no way saying that Hoyt deserved to get away with any harm at all against any child, but it sounds like a lot of money was spent on a woman who was far past child-bearing years and would likely not come in contact with any babies.  I think that pursuing justice for one child would have saved time and money, but perhaps they needed all of the children’s deaths to prove that their mother was the cause for their demise.

The tragic mystery of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is explored in this book.  Even all these years later, little is understood about SIDS and parents still worry about this silent killer taking their baby.  It was interesting to find out about the research that was conducted by various doctors around the country and how Hoyt’s children’s deaths impacted this research, perhaps negatively.  Her actions not only killed her poor children, but I fear that they led others to doubt  other parents who lost their children to SIDS.

This is a sad book, because even though justice is served, the babies cannot be brought back to life.  I feel that Waneta received a fair sentence and hope that she is able to face up to what she did at some point.

If you’re also into true crime but can bear the sadness of this book, then check out Goodbye, My Little Ones: The True Story of a Murderous Mother and Five Innocent Victims from Audible.com



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    Linda Fast

    The story is so chilling! 5 innocent lives destroyed by a heartless killer.

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