Moral apex: Sexually abused his stepdaughter from the time was she was 15, and continued longterm incestuous (yet â€œconsensualâ€) relationship with her until she was about 24 â€” and married, and the mother of two children.
The shocker: His stepdaughter is Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who drowned her two baby sons (after fabricating a story about a black carjacker who took off with the kids) in a lake, in her car.
Sidebar: Newt Gingrich stated at the time of the Smith child murders: â€œI think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things. â€¦ The only way to change is to vote Republican.â€
Punch line: â€œVote Republicanâ€? And put more men like Ã¼ber-GOPer Beverly Russell in charge of the co
usan Smith, who is accused of drowning her two young sons, was molested by her stepfather when she was 16, the man admitted in court papers unsealed yesterday.
The admission, signed in 1988, tells only a small part of her story, her lawyers, David Bruck and Judy Clarke, said yesterday. Bruck has not said whether he will use the information in Smith's defense.
The 23-year-old woman faces two murder charges and the death penalty in the October 25 drowning deaths of her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex.
Beverly Russell abused Smith by "participating in open-mouth kissing, fondling her breasts and by the stepfather placing the minor's hand on him in and about the genital area." Russell was never charged with a crime.
It was disclosed in her trial that Smith was molested in her teens by her stepfather, who admitted that he had molested Smith when she was a teenager and had consensual sex with her as an adult.