In the US, a mother traumatized by images of the war in Ukraine went insane and attacked her 8- and 11-year-old sons with a knife. The youngest did not survive.
It was in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, that the horror struck. On March 30, Natalia Aleksandrovna Hitchcock, a 41-year-old mother, killed her 8-year-old son while suffering from a bout of paranoia related to the war in Ukraine. According to her husband, who confided in the police, the Russian-born 40-year-old became increasingly obsessed with images of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict that have been broadcast daily on television since February 24. Watching the news, Natalia would have started to worry about her family’s future.
“She wanted to buy survival gear, like a camp stove and fuel, as well as knives and guns, indicates the police report transmitted by Law & Crime. He declined the knives and guns, but bought extra groceries and a camp stove and fuel to keep her safe..” However, according to her husband, Natalia would have started drinking alcohol and showing irrational concern. Convinced “that the Russian government would take their children and mistreat them”, (…) “she was worried to see people coming from a bigger city to attack them”, says the report.
She thought “the Russian government would take her children and mistreat them”
And the concern only grew until the fateful day of March 30th. That day, Natalia’s husband was awakened from his nap by the screams of his 11-year-old son, who was being pursued by his mother. The corpse of his 8-year-old son, covered with stab wounds, was already lying on the ground. This could not be saved. Questioned by investigators, the mother explained to the family “that it was better to end the life of the first victim because she was the youngest and the most vulnerable. She believed that if she had been abused, the first victim would not have been able to fight back and that she thought it was better to kill her than see her abused.” The second child, 11 years old, was able to fight back and survived.
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