Susan Smith Revisited? Shaquan Duley Confesses to Murdering Two Sons

Cynthia Dermody

Shaquan DuleyIn a case reminiscent of Susan Smith, a South Carolina woman who told police her two children drowned when her car crashed into the river admitted to killing them herself. The case of Shaquan Duley, the 29 year old mother from Orangeburg, South Carolina, bears a number of eerie resemblances to the infamous 1994 Susan Smith case.

Susan Smith, from Columbia, claimed that a carjacker -- a black man -- stole her car with her two boys, 3 year old Michael and 14-month-old Alexander, in the backseat. About a week later, investigators pulled Smith's car from the bottom of Lake John D. Long near Union with two young bodies strapped inside.

Smith was charged with murder and is currently serving a life sentence. Unless there are some bizarre extenuating circumstances in the recent tragedy, Shaquan Duley may face the same fate.

Duley originally claimed that her sons drowned when her car veered off the road into the river. She said she tried to get them out of the car, but couldn't finagle the straps on their car seats in time. She told police she began walking several miles down the road, even though there were houses nearby, until she signaled a driver and asked to use his cell phone.

Her clothes were bone dry when she talked to police -- one of the first clues that something with her story was not right.

What really happened was this: Duley got in a fight with her own mother and became upset. For some reason, this caused her to place her hands over her the mouths of 18-month-old Ja'Van Duley and 2-year-old Devean Duley, which you will notice are very close to the age of Susan Smith's sons.

Williams says that Duley then strapped the children into her car and drove the vehicle into the river Monday morning.

While there is nothing, NOTHING, that Duley could say that would ever justify her heinous actions, I'm curious to know if her motive, when revealed, is as disturbed and unbelievable as the one behind Susan Smith's plot: To dispose of her children so that she might have a relationship with a wealthy local man who had no interest in a "ready-made" family, even though Smith had a husband would have taken custody of the children. Smith later tried to pull the "mental illness" card, but luckily jurors didn't buy it. Cases like this defy logic, reason, or sympathy.

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