Being pregnant is one of the most wonderful things in the world. Knowing that you are carrying something so precious and feeling your baby grow and move, these are feelings that you have for yourself, and they can’t be taken away. Or can they?
Bobbie Jo Stinnett, was a resident of Skidmore, MO. She was 23 years old in 2004 and eight months pregnant with her first child. She and her husband operated a dog-breeding business out of their home.
Bobbie Jo was active online in other dog chatrooms, and involved with dog show events were she met her future killer. Bobbie Jo and Lisa Montgomery bonded when they both stated they were pregnant. They exchanged emails with each other and discussed their pregnancies. However only one of them was truly pregnant.
Lisa was from Melvern, Kansas. She had an alcoholic mother, and was born with permanent brain damage. Lisa lived with an physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive family and would eventually marry twice and have four children. In 1990, she underwent an involuntary tubal ligation. So in 2004, she was not pregnant, but had informed her family that she was. This isn’t the first time she had lied about being pregnant, in fact it was habitual.
On December 16, 2004, Lisa Montgomery drove the two and a half hours from Malvern, KS, to Skidmore, MO. She was posing as a prospective customer, Darlene Fischer, as a buyer for a terrier she was selling.
Lisa entered the house, no forced entry, and murdered Bobbie Jo Stinnett by strangulation. She then cut the unborn child out of her womb and fled the scene. Approximately an hour after her attack, Bobbie Jo’s mother, Becky Harper, found her daughter. She called the police immediately and said it looks like her stomach exploded. She was unable to be revived by paramedics and pronounced dead.
At 5:15pm, Lisa called her husband, and said that on a shopping trip to Topeka, she had gone into labor and given birth. The next morning, Lisa, her husband, and two teenage sons, along with the new baby, all went out for breakfast. The police had arrived that afternoon at her home; tracking her by her IP address as a witness, but they found much more than a witness.
The car that matched the one at the crime scene was sitting out front, Lisa was inside holding the baby and watching television. She was arrested an hour later when her story fell apart and she confessed.
Before baby Victoria Jo Stinnett could be reunited with her father, a DNA test was performed and she was then in the custody of her father. Today Victoria is 16 years old. She was raised with her father Zeb Stinnett and other family and friends. She has never come out and discussed her mother’s murder nor the case in general.
Lisa Montgomery, was charged in the federal offense of kidnapping resulting in death. After she was deemed competent to stand trial, she was found guilty, and they recommended the death penalty. This was upheld by the judge.
On January 13, 2021 Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. She had no last words and was pronounced dead at 1.31am EST.
Many people had conflicting emotions on the execution of Lisa Montgomery. What do you think? Should Lisa Montgomery have been executed for the crimes she committed? Or should she have been spared due to her mental capacity?
Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe