Helen Patricia Moore lives somewhere in Australia. Her friends probably have no idea of the 55-year-old’s former life. In 1980, Moore was charged with the murder of three children, and the attempted murder of two others as she babysat them in Sydney’s outer west.
Moore says she began killing at the age of 16 after losing her 14-month-old half-brother Andrew to SIDS. Her cousin Suzanne Mcintosh became her first victim in May 1979 – Moore suffocated the 16-month-old as she slept. She later said she felt it wasn’t fair Suzanne was alive when her brother was not.
In January 1980, Moore suffocated a 12-month-old boy until she thought he was dead. She then continued watching TV, but he survived. She then tried to suffocate two-year-old Aaron Crocker, in February 1980. He was left blind, severely disabled and died several years later. Within weeks she’d suffocated another baby girl. The next month her stepbrother Peter, seven, was found dead, too.
It was Peter’s death that led to Moore’s arrest. She was sentenced to life, but released in 1993.
Convicted child murderer Moore went on to have a baby girl in 1995.