Back in 1996, Darlie Routier, a 26-year old mother of Rowlett, Texas called 911 to say two of her boys had been stabbed by an intruder.
A few days later she was arrested and charged with the murders. Sentenced to death in 1997, Routier is still fighting for a retrial. And there are some who believe her to be innocent.
The Darlie Routier saga starts in the early hours of June 6, 1996, when a frantic Texas mom calls 911 claiming that two of her boys, Damon, 5, and Devon, 6, have been brutally attacked by an intruder who broke into her home.
She herself had been stabbed, she said. At the time, her youngest child, Drake, was asleep upstairs with his father and they were not harmed.
“Somebody came in, they broke in and just stabbed me and my children!” she could be heard screaming in the 911 call which was presented at her trial.
Paramedics arrived only minutes later and found Devon dead, while Damon was still fighting for his life. The boy died on the way to the hospital.
Darlie was also briefly taken to the hospital to have her stab wounds looked at.
According to the 26-year-old, she had fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV.
She woke sometime after 2 am only to discover an intruder she described as 6 feet white male with long hair and wearing a cap.
Darlie Routier said the man decided to flee as she rose from the couch and approached him. He dropped the knife in a utility room.
The woman said she picked up the knife and put it back on the counter and only then realized that her boys had been wounded.
It was also at this moment she realized she had multiple cuts herself and the attacker had tried to cut her throat.
It is unclear when the police started having doubts about Darlie’s version of the events.
However, public opinion turned on the grieving mother barely one week after the murders when the now (in)famous Silly String video emerged.
The video was shot at the local cemetery, where Darlie organized a celebration of what would have been Damon’s 7th anniversary.