Ex-cult mom might testify in murder trial
Feb. 2, 2004
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday February 2, 2004
An ex-cultist from Attleboro charged with starving her son to death could take the stand in her own defense tomorrow as relatives rally behind her.
“She needs moral support, as far as I’m concerned,” said George Perron, a second cousin of Karen Robidoux. “She’s still family.”
Perron, 68, of Franklin, his brother, Richard, and several other relatives have attended every day of Robidoux’ second-degree murder trial during the past two weeks in Taunton Superior Court.
The brothers, who learned about the case through media reports, are among several relatives cut off from Robidoux and other members of The Body religious sect six years ago.
Perron said Robidoux’s mother, Vivian Daneau, told several relatives at a family wake in 1997 that members of the sect would have no more contact with anyone not in the group.
Defense attorney Joseph Krowski Sr. argues that Robidoux is not responsible for her son’s 1999 starvation death because she was a “battered woman” who was brainwashed and controlled by the sect. Krowski said he’s unsure whether she will take the stand tomorrow.
Prosecutors, however, say she willingly followed through on a deadly prophecy to starve the boy. Her husband is serving life for the killing.
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