ILLINOIS, USA — In September, Paula Sims will get a chance at something many people in the St. Louis region never thought she would: freedom.
She became a household name in the 1980s after she was convicted of killing her two infant daughters three years apart, and trying to claim someone abducted them.
At trial, she denied killing them. But later said she did so due to postpartem psychosis – a term that was new to the area, and to society.
She was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
But this week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker granted Sims’ request for a parole hearing, which is now scheduled for September.
Jed Stone has been her attorney since the late 1990s.
“I’m a parent and a grandparent in addition to being a lawyer, so the killing of a child is deeply troubling,” he said. “Very few of my cases over 45 years are whodunit cases, most of them are how come they done it cases?
“And in the case of Paula Sims, the how come she done it…