Please keep in mind that this blog often has comments and statements directly from the women on death row. Statements of grief, statements of innocence, statements of regret and sorrow. If bearing audience to these women's feelings, my opinions or those of commenters offends you please do not read on.
Lisa Montgomery wanted a baby so badly that she befriended a woman only to strangle and cut the baby from her. She kept the baby girl for several days and tried to pass her off as her own before being apprehended.
Is this a terrible tragedy? Hell yes, of course.
Should Lisa Montgomery be punished? Absolutely.
Does she belong on death row? No, and Ill tell you why.
Lisa Montgomery


Lisa was diagnosed with  pseudocyesis- a condition wherein a woman's body exhibits signs of pregnancy to the point that she becomes convinced she is pregnant. From Wikipedia:
Lisa's Victim- Bobbie Jo Stinnett
VS Ramachandran, the well known neuroscientist, appeared as an expert for the defense and testified that Montgomery suffered from severe pseudocyesis delusion. According to Dr. Ramachandran, Montgomery's childhood sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder predisposed her to pseudocyesis. 

This alone is reason enough to understand why she exhibits violent behavior and why it is toward a pregnant female and why she took the baby.

I don't know Lisa personally. I do talk to Angela Johnson however and the two of them are housed together as our nations only two female federal death row inmates. Angie talks a lot of how much she cares for Lisa and was heartbroken when her friend had to return to Missouri for appeals.

Dianne Fanning, author of the Casey Anthony page turner Mommy's Little Girl chronicled the Lisa Montgomery case in exquisite detail with Baby be Mine. The whole story is a fascinating look at a little known illness and the federal governments acceptance of a mentally ill woman for execution.