Transcript: 199. The Fetal Abduction and Murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnet | USA

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When 36-year-old Lisa Montgomery from Melvern, Kansas, called her husband on December 16, 2004, to let him know she had gone into labour while shopping, Kevin was ecstatic. He had wanted a child with his second wife for a long time and gone through several miscarriages – but finally, he would get to hold his baby girl.
 
Kevin Montgomery's happiness, unfortunately, lasted for less than 24 hours before the shocking truth was revealed. He was not the father of baby Abigail, and Lisa was not her mother, but a murdered woman named Bobbie Jo Stinnet.
 
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Born in Skidmore, Missouri, on December 4, 1981, Bobbie Jo Potter was Becky and Buck Potter's only child. She was born with a cleft palate, like 1 in every 1,700 newborns in the United States. A common congenital defect is caused by the two sides of the palate not fusing together during the development of the fetus. The child with the condition requires several treatments—including surgery and speech therapy—during their lifetime. In Bobbie Jo's case, she underwent surgery when she was two years old. And not just for the cleft palate. Unfortunately, severe ear infections also caused problems and excruciating pain for the little girl, and eventually, as other treatments failed, tubes were surgically inserted Bobbie Jo's ears.
 
But despite all the health issues, Bobbie Jo was a sweet child whose speech difficulties were a charming feature rather than a stumbling block. A family friend, Cheryl Huston, recalled years later, with a smile on her face, how Bobbie Jo one day wanted to sit between her and her mother, saying:
 
"I want to sit in the miggle."
Meanwhile, Becky and Buck's marriage was on the rocks. Around the time Bobbie Jo was still a small child, her father moved to Texas and left the family behind. Becky and Bobbie Jo did join him later, but the reunion was short-lived. Buck was not exactly a family man—he did not pay attention to his wife and daughter, nor did he provide for them. Eventually, Becky had had enough, took Bobbie Jo and returned to Skidmore as a single parent.
 
Skidmore is a tiny town in western Nodaway County situated at the junction of Missouri Highway 113 and Route DD with a population of just around 280. While houses are cheap, that is basically where the good things about the town end. In the last 100 years, half of the residents of Skidmore have either moved away or died – there have been very few that have actually wanted to relocate to the little town that is said to be cursed.
 
You may recall the name Skidmore, as Evidence Locker episode 136 ‘The Vigilante Killing of Ken Rex McElroy’ also took place in this town. McElroy held the title of town bully, because he used Skidmore as his personal playground for two decades, raping and plundering before he was gunned down while surrounded by a mob of local citizens. The incident took place just months before the birth of Bobbie Jo Potter on July 10, 1981. Curiously, not a single one of more than 50 witnesses cooperated with the police and the identity of the person who actually pulled the trigger has remained a mystery to this day.
 
Many years later, in October 2000, a local woman named Mary Gillenwater was stomped to death by her boyfriend, Greg Dragoo. Mary's grandmother, Jo Ann Stinnett, happened to be Bobbie Jo's aunt. And a boy named Branson Perry, who vanished without a trace on April 11, 2001, was Bobbie Jo's cousin.
 
So you could say Skidmore has a certain kind of aura—the crime rate in the tiny town is low throughout, but when something happens, it is peculiar and grisly.
 
And in that corner of the world, Becky Potter tried to offer Bobbie Jo the best life possible. There were not exactly many job opportunities in the town, but fortunately, Cheryl was able to talk to her mother, who gave Becky a job at a store and a paycheck to support her and her little girl. Bobbie Jo's parents' divorce was finalized in 1985, and around the time she became a teenager, Becky married again and soon welcomed another child to the family, a son named Tyler.
 
Even though Bobbie Jo had been shy for most of her life – mainly because of other children ridiculing her speech impediment – she grew up to be a confident, popular and successful young woman. During her time at Nodaway Holt High School in Graham, Missouri, Bobbie Jo participated in the 4-H club, worked on the school newspaper, became a cheerleader and excelled as an honour student. The teenager also loved animals, especially horses and enjoyed barrel riding—Bobbie Jo had a talent to really connect with the animal and work together to achieve a common goal.
 
Bobbie Jo graduated in the spring of 2000 and began working at Earl May Feed and Supply in April 2001. According to her supervisor, Chuck Ellis, Bobbie Jo was a dream employee—dependable and flexible, always ready to help others. While Bobbie Jo enjoyed gardening and developed a knowledge of all the store's products, what she really loved to do was to take care of the pet corner. Eventually, Chuck made Billi Jo responsible for ordering small animals, like bunnies, gerbils, rats, mice and guinea pigs for the store. The young woman often told her boss and her co-workers about her aspirations of becoming a rat terrier breeder – it did not take long for that dream to come true.
 
On January 17, 2002, Bobbie Jo's first dog, 7-year-old Tipsy, gave birth to her first litter—all but one of those puppies Bobbie Jo sold under her business called Happy Haven Farms. Bobbie Jo was a very responsible breeder who carefully selected who was allowed to adopt her puppies. Each prospective owner had to fill out a two-page application form going into details of their household, how much time they had for a dog and if they were planning to take the puppy to obedience classes. Soon, Bobbie Jo's way of doing business earned respect in the rat terrier community, and other breeders began to contact her for advice. Bobbie Jo was especially focused on the genetic factors of breeding—which was fuelled by the fact she had been born with a birth defect. But no matter how much knowledge Bobbie Jo had or how much others looked up to her, she always stayed modest and often mentioned in her messages that learning never ended.
 
In 2003, Bobbie Jo left her job at Earl May after accepting a position at the Kawasaki plant—a major employer in Nodaway County where her boyfriend, Zeb Stinnett, step-grandson of Jo Ann Stinnett, also worked. Bobbie Jo and Zeb had grown up in the same neighbourhood and, unsurprisingly for a small town, had known each other since they were children. The young couple married on April 26, 2003, before renting a small bungalow on Elm Street. The Stinnetts' dream was to buy their own house one day, and so the money that Bobbi Jo made from breeding dogs was stashed away. At the time, there was no reason in the world to think the couple would not achieve their goals.
 
Around this time, Bobbie Jo was a familiar face at dog shows. In addition to showing the dogs in the ring, she had become a licensed judge for the National Kennel Club, a rat terrier breed inspector and press secretary for a United Kennel Club. Sometimes, Bobbi Jo travelled to exhibitions sharing a hotel room with another breeder, Tracey Ramirez or Zeb, who was not involved in the business but supported his wife's passion. During one of these dog show events, Bobbi Jo met a woman named Lisa Marie Montgomery.
 
Born in Washington State on February 27, 1968, Lisa was the firstborn of John and Judy Hedberg, having a younger sister Patty. Described as a smart little thing, Lisa never really had an interest in playing with dolls. Instead, she read books since she was four years old. Judy later said that her daughter was so engrossed in a book at times that "the house could burn down and she wouldn't even smell the smoke." Perhaps as a result of reading stories all the time, Lisa developed a habit of telling tall tales. For example, when her parents separated, Lisa went around telling everyone her father had died in Vietnam.
 
After the divorce, Judy struggled to provide for her two young children for a while. But then she met a single father of five, Jack Kleiner, and all nine of them moved together to Oklahoma. The children kept coming as the family welcomed Lisa's half-brothers, Teddy and Jerry, in 1974 and 1975. A few months later, in October 1975, Judy and Jack married. Their third and final child, Tommy, was born in 1978.
Despite her rather annoying habit of telling lies, Lisa was initially doing quite well. She continued reading and learning, she played violin and French horn in grade school and mellophone in high school marching band. It also appeared that Lisa did not have to make much effort to get A's and B's. Still, Judy saw something in her daughter that worried her… At times, it seemed like Lisa switched personalities. In a blink of an eye, she could turn from a sweet, caring child to "the daughter of the devil itself." At first, Judy assured herself it was all because of the normal phases a child went through but eventually began to fear what kind of person Lisa would grow up to be.
 
However, those who knew Judy and Lisa blamed the mother for her daughter's issues. Apparently, Judy did not offer any kind of stability for her children, not to mention security or motherly love. Her moods were swift to change, and so was the way she treated Lisa and her siblings. Sadly, having Jack as a parent, added fuel to the fire of an already-bad situation.
 
Sometime in February 1983, Judy returned home and found her husband and 15-year-old daughter in a bed together, engaged in sexual intercourse. Judy was not just sickened but terrified: Jack Kleiner was a violent man and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about what she had seen. This man, a father that had just sexually abused his stepdaughter, allegedly told Judy:
 
"You can't rape the willing."
The disturbing thing is that this was not the first time. For years, Jack had hit and knocked around Judy and the children and used them sexually as he pleased. Judy later claimed she had been blind all that time and did not know the extent of her husband's acts. Others say she chose to ignore the abuse, but after she found her husband in bed with her daughter she realised she had to leave him and finally filed for a divorce.
 
Jack, of course, denied everything in court, and Lisa told a counsellor she had never slept with her stepfather even though they had been caught in the act. The thing is, Jack had threatened Lisa too, saying he would go after her sister Patty if she told anyone about their sexual encounters. Lisa had no choice but to keep her mouth shut.
 
In early 1986, Judy married her third husband, a man named Richard Boman, whose son, 25-year-old Carl, then began to date his 18-year-old step-sister. Lisa graduated from high school the same year and planned to join the Air Force to get money for college. However, when Lisa found out she was pregnant, those plans were abandoned and she married Carl in August 1986.
 
While Lisa resented her mother and longed for everything Judy never provided, including normalcy, stability and security, Lisa seemed to follow in her mother's footsteps in life. Within the next four years, Lisa and Carl had three daughters and a son, Desiree Nichole, Chelsea Lynne, Carl James Boman II (or CJ) and Kayla Deanna. After their fourth child's birth in 1990, Carl pressured Lisa to undergo a tubal ligation so that he could be sure there would be no more children. Lisa, however, felt like she was losing control: in her mind, being pregnant had been a way to ensure that Carl did not leave her no matter how serious their marital problems were. And yet, Lisa did not exactly provide the best possible home for the children produced in the process. The Boman household was filthy, and Lisa was known for sometimes feeding lunch to her children on the floor.
 
In the end, Carl could not handle Lisa's lackadaisical attitude, among other problems and filed for divorce in October 1993. He even moved states away to Springdale, Arkansas—but Lisa took the children and followed him. At the end of the year, Lisa then told Carl she was pregnant again despite her tubes being tied. Carl may have been suspicious, but he also knew the procedure could have failed. And so, Lisa and Carl got back together and tried to make their relationship work. Apparently, the couple found some help from the Fayetteville Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and eventually remarried in a service there on June 11, 1994.
 
Meanwhile, Lisa's pregnancy simply disappeared—but not for long. Around the end of the year, Lisa began talking to her family and friends about her being pregnant with twins. This time, Carl knew for sure his wife was making it up. Judy was also convinced her daughter was lying just like she had been doing all her life. Judy had been at the hospital when Lisa had her tubes tied—not for a second did she believe pregnancy was possible. Unsurprisingly, as the months passed, there was still no baby, and talk of pregnancy again vanished into thin air.
 
At some point, the family moved to Deming, New Mexico, where Carl worked as a delivery driver for a restaurant and Lisa was hired by the local newspaper, The Headlight, as an inserter and route supervisor. At home, Lisa kept chickens and goats and taught her children how to process the wool. But, Lisa lacked interest in the household tasks. Carl's supervisor, Bill Boomhower, once described the home by saying:
 
"You could barely walk through the place. The only time the place got clean was when Carl did it. Teachers at the Sunshine School would take care of the children and bring in clean clothes for them."
In the end, Lisa ran out of tricks to hold her marriage together. In 1998, Carl left with all four children and settled in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In turn, Lisa moved to Kansas to live with her mother. By that time, Judy had a new husband, this time a man named Danny Shaughnessy. Lisa, too, did not remain single for a long time. In 1999, she met Kevin Montgomery and began to weave her web of lies once again.
 
Lisa and Kevin began dating soon after they met for the first time working together in Topeka. The two had only been together for a short time when Lisa pulled one of her old tricks and told Kevin she was pregnant. Likely, Lisa had hoped the news would result in Kevin proposing to her, but instead, he gave her money for an abortion. That money, of course, was used for something else.
 
As her first lie had not worked, Lisa then told Kevin a story—perhaps for sympathy. Lisa claimed that she had gotten pregnant during her teenage years and had given birth to a baby who the doctors claimed was dead. In truth, Lisa told Kevin, the baby girl had survived and had been put up for adoption behind her back. Lisa said that she grew suspicious years later and eventually tracked down the adoptive parents and learned her taken daughter had been given the name Sarah.
 
Not a single word of Lisa's tale was true, but Kevin believed her – why would she lie about something like that? Eventually, the couple married in March 2000 despite the fact Kevin had gone through a messy divorce a short time before. As the court had given Lisa full custody of her children, her three daughters and son moved in with the newlyweds to a rural farmhouse in Osage County. But every time Kevin's three sons visited them on the weekend, the little house was so packed they eventually had to move to a bigger home in Isabel Phelon.
 
In addition to once again enjoying raising livestock and spinning wool into yarn, Lisa spent her time on the Internet. She absolutely loved it. Often, Lisa would ask for advice like in this post:
 
"I am hoping to learn how to knit a pair of socks with some of it, but my kids have already asked for mittens! Since it is white, I should be able to dye it, so here is another question—is it better to dye the wool or the already spun yarn?"
Lisa would also write about her children:
 
"I had four kids a year apart. They learned cooperation, manners and are closer than they were before. As they are all in high school now, we have plans when they all graduate that our next ones will be home-schooled the first couple of years."


So, Lisa planned to have more children. People in their community had seen her a million times appearing to be pregnant, but then Lisa would announce she had miscarried again. It did not happen just once or twice—Lisa even claimed that she donated one of the fetuses to science. At this point, Kevin also wanted children and had to go through all the fake losses, while Lisa never told him about the tubal ligation. Still, she told their minister, Reverend Mike Wheatley of the First Church of God, that when she would have a child with Kevin, she would be "attached at the hip to her husband." According to the Reverend, Lisa never talked about anything else than her family and her children and was not interested in hearing about other people and their lives. Lisa would just cut them off and continue talking about her world.
 
Then, around 2002, Lisa found a new hobby. She started to breed rat terriers, and by June 2003, she already had three dogs and was active in the online community. It was through one of the forums that Lisa got to know another breeder, a man named Jason Dawson. Lisa and Jason eventually met several times to breed their dogs or transport puppies—Jason later said that he did not exactly enjoy Lisa's company:
 
"There was something just plain odd about her, but I couldn't put my finger on it."

Lisa also caused outrage in the rat terrier community as another breeder, Nancy Strudl, accused her of misrepresenting the pedigree of her dogs. Pretty much everybody wanted Lisa to be kicked out of their group, but there was one person who defended her—respected breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Thanks to Bobbie's reputation, Lisa was given a second chance.
 
In the fall of 2003, Lisa was once again telling everyone she was pregnant, somehow hoping that her image as an expectant mother would help her win custody of her half-brother Teddy's son, who had been sent to prison for drug-related charges. Many believed Lisa actually tipped off the authorities, and that was the only reason Teddy got caught. But in the end, Lisa's plan did not work out as baby Justin was given to her mother.
 
If Lisa had been desperate before, now it began to get out of hand. After realizing she could just buy a baby, Lisa contacted her ex-husband Carl and his new wife Vanessa and demanded $45,000 in cash. Apparently, Lisa had heard Vanessa's father had died, and she was about to get a large inheritance. Needless to say, the couple denied the request, which resulted in Lisa harassing them and threatening to destroy Vanessa. The horrified Vanessa later spoke to the London Mail, saying:
 
"We were really concerned about what was going to happen because we couldn't afford to give her money even if we'd wanted to. I was convinced she was going to do something dreadful, and I thought Carl and I were in danger."
Vanessa was not far from the truth. But they were not the ones in danger.
 
When Lisa then once again began to act pregnant, Patty and Judy had had enough. First, Lisa's sister told Kevin that his wife had a tubal ligation in 1990 and therefore could not physically be pregnant. A week later, Judy visited Kevin's parents and told them the truth—but the allegations were not taken seriously. Instead of believing Judy and Patty, the Montgomery’s trusted Lisa, who had said her family just wanted to hurt her.
 
As you can guess, Lisa was furious and even tried to get a restraining order prohibiting her mother and sister from seeing her children. And when that request was rejected, Lisa filed a court order so that Judy and Patty would no longer be allowed to tell people that she faked pregnancies.
 
Lisa's behaviour was so alarming that Judy consulted lawyers about the possibility of involuntarily admitting her to a psychiatric institution. Unfortunately, that was not possible unless Lisa harmed herself or someone else—and then it could be too late.
 
Meanwhile, Lisa continued her life as if everything was just fine. In April 2004, she went to a dog show with her daughter Kayla and happened to meet face-to-face the breeder who had defended her online—Bobbie Jo, who was now pregnant with her first child. At that moment, Lisa Montgomery became pregnant too. Now Lisa and Bobbie Jo did not just bond over their shared love for rat terriers but because they were both expecting a baby. Or so Bobbie Jo thought.
 
After the show, the two women began chatting online and exchanging e-mails. They talked about dogs and breeding in addition to pregnancy progress and future dreams. Bobbie Jo's baby was due in January 2015, and she was absolutely ecstatic—she and Zeb had already decided that if the baby was a boy, it would be named Zebadiah and if a girl, it would be Victoria Jo. By early November, it was confirmed they would soon welcome a baby girl into the world.
 
Bobbie Jo often talked about her hopes and dreams for her daughter. She wanted to take Victoria Jo with her to dog shows as soon as possible and teach her everything she knew. That same month, Bobbie Jo's friends threw a baby shower for her, celebrating the new life.
Meanwhile, Lisa bought a home birth kit and downloaded directions from MapQuest, showing the route from her home in Melvern to the home of Bobbie Jo in Skidmore. Lisa also quit her job at Wendy's before Thanksgiving. She told her boss her baby was due in December and, therefore, she needed to slow down.
 
On December 15, Bobbie Jo, who was 8 months pregnant at this point, was contacted by a woman named Darlene Fischer via instant messenger:
 
"I was recommended to you by Jason Dawson and have been unable to reach you by either phone or email. Please get in touch with me soon as we are considering the purchase of one of your puppies..."

Within the next 20 minutes, Bobbie Jo and Darlene had made plans to meet the very next day. Bobbie Jo was excited; she loved her work as a breeder and would have a great time showing off her puppies.
 
At 2:30pm on December 16, Bobbie Jo's mother called asking if she could pick her up from work at Sumy Oil. Just then, Bobbie Jo heard a knock on the door and saw a red Toyota parked in front of her house. Telling her mother she could not leave the house yet, she hung up and went to the door. But to Billie Jo's surprise, the woman who stood on her front porch was not a stranger – it was Lisa Montgomery.
 
We do not know what thoughts went through Bobbie Jo's mind at that moment. Perhaps she did not recognize Lisa, or she had come up with some kind of excuse to be there. Nevertheless, the result was the same. Bobbie Jo invited Lisa inside her home and led her to the converted bedroom that housed the litter of rat terriers. In a moment, when Bobbie Jo turned her back to Lisa, she wrapped a rope around her neck and jerked it tight.
 
Bobbie Jo fought for her and her baby's lives, kicking her attacker and clawing at the rope, but Lisa was too strong. Eventually, the young mother-to-be slumped over and slid to the floor. It was then that Lisa ran to the kitchen, grabbed a three-inch paring knife and returned to the bedroom where she knelt on the floor next to Bobbie Jo. Lisa’s next actions were unimaginable. She raised the knife and sliced the young woman's stomach open carefully—but Bobbie Jo was not dead yet. Such pain was enough to revive her, and again, Bobbie Jo fought. She threw off her attacker and knocked away the knife while blood poured from the wound on her belly. Lisa and Bobbie Jo struggled, resulting in cuts all over their hands and Lisa losing strands of hair that were pulled out by the roots. But in the end, Lisa was able to secure the rope again around Bobbie Jo's neck, and this time, she did not let go before she was sure all life was gone—except the baby's.
For five minutes, Lisa held the rope before finally letting Bobbie Jo's body slide back to the floor. She then picked up the knife and continued cutting through the layers of skin, fat and muscle on Bobbie Jo's stomach before she reached what she had come for. Lisa sliced Bobbie Jo's womb open and pulled out a crying baby girl. After cutting the umbilical cord and wrapping the baby in a blanket, Lisa took the knife and ran to her car.
 
Somewhere between Skidmore and Topeka, Lisa cleaned herself and the baby up before calling Kevin to tell him the news: he was the father of a brand new, healthy baby girl.
 
Meanwhile, Becky finished her shift and was surprised not to see her daughter. So, Becky called Bobbie Jo at 3:30pm, but there was no answer. As Becky's workplace was located just a few blocks from the Stinnetts' house, she decided to walk there to see what was going on. Becky felt a bit strange finding the front door open, and that feeling just got worse as she walked into the quiet house. She called out for Bobbie Jo but she did not answer. It was then that Becky walked into the most horrific scene one could imagine… Her 23-year-old daughter lay on the floor in a pool of blood. Becky immediately dialled 911 and explained to the dispatcher it looked like her 8-month pregnant daughter's "stomach had exploded."
 
When paramedics and police arrived at the scene, Bobbie Jo Stinnett was pronounced dead. To everybody's horror, the closer examination showed that her baby was no longer inside her body—somebody had forcibly removed it from Bobbie Jo's womb. But could the baby still be alive?
 
At the time of Bobbie Jo's death, AMBER ALERT had never been issued for an unborn baby, as the alert requires a description of the victim, among other specific details. However, in this case, the investigators fought hard, and after intervention by Congressman Sam Graves, the alert was implemented.
 
Becky and Zeb both told the authorities that Bobbie Jo was due to meet a woman named Darlene that day as she wanted to purchase a puppy. Other than that, nobody knew who could have gotten into the home and butchered Bobbie Jo. Thanks to the digital evidence, the police quickly recovered the IP address of a person who had been talking with Bobbie Jo through emails. But even though the messages were signed with the name Darlene, the IP address belonged to Lisa Montgomery.
 
The following day, on December 17, 2004, police went to Lisa's farmhouse in Melvern, Kansas. Immediately, they saw a car that matched a witness's description—and inside the home, they discovered Lisa sitting on the couch, watching television with a newborn baby in her arms. As the officers asked Lisa about the baby, who she called Abigail, she claimed she had given birth at a women's clinic in Topeka. However, when asked the same question outside without Kevin being present, Lisa said that due to financial difficulties, she had had the baby at home but did not want to tell her husband. At this point, Lisa had an explanation for everything—she even told the officers she had thrown the placenta in a nearby creek. But eventually, perhaps fearing Kevin's reaction, Lisa asked if the conversation could continue at the sheriff's office.
 
In custody, Lisa Montgomery confessed to strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cutting the baby from her womb. DNA testing then confirmed that the baby was indeed Victoria Jo, Zeb and Bobbie Jo's daughter. Fortunately, despite the horribly violent matter of how Victoria Jo was delivered and the fact she was born a month too early, she was in surprisingly good health and was released after a short time to her father's care.
 
Lisa was charged on the federal level with kidnapping resulting in death—if convicted, she could be sentenced to death which is a very rare sentence for a female offender in the United States. The case went to trial in 2008 with little to no question as to Lisa's guilt. She had literally been found holding Victoria Jo a day after Billie Jo's death. The investigators had also uncovered a mountain of evidence of Lisa planning her heinous crime, creating profiles under a fake name and posing as Darlene and arranging to meet Billie Jo. In addition, Lisa had been watching videos online on how to perform a caesarean section.
 
Of course, Lisa's defense brought up her difficult childhood and mental and sexual abuse. The defense also argued Lisa had been born with fetal alcohol syndrome and sustained brain injuries during car accidents during her life. Nobody can deny Lisa Montgomery had issues, and she was unsurprisingly diagnosed in prison with bipolar disorder, dissociative disorder, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lisa was a deeply troubled woman whose twisted view of reality led to a tragedy—but the extent of her mental illnesses was not fully revealed until after the trial.
 
On October 22, 2007, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, rejecting the defense's claim that Lisa was delusional. Four days later, the jury recommended the death sentence.

Despite numerous appeals and a petition to President Donald Trump for clemency,
Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on January 13, 2021, at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. No final words were spoken. While that day gave closure and relief to Bobbie Jo Stinnett's family, there were those who strongly opposed Lisa's execution. Some believe Lisa Montgomery's issues were so deep she was completely out of touch with reality and thus mentally incompetent, making a case for not executing her. But many more disagree, especially those who were present that day 16 years ago, who saw Bobbie Jo's body or heard her mother's cries.
 
Today, Victoria Jo Stinnett is a healthy teenager, still living in the Skidmore area with her family. People may not agree with the execution of Lisa Montgomery, but nothing in her past justified leaving a child without her mother and having to live every birthday, remembering her mother was brutally killed for her to be born.
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