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Profiles of Strong and Independent Women: Part 14 - Darlien Routier  

 

Travis3000
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25/04/2019 8:03 am  

Hey y'all, what does a strong and independent woman do when she's unhappy with her life? In this case she stabs her child ren to death.  Yay Darlien! Now she gets to see death row in Texas, no walk in the park for anyone.  She's so strong, so independent.  I mean how amazing of a woman does one have to be to harm children? Well, I can tell you this, she's an inspiration for young women everywhere.  Way to go Darlien, you've been immortalized by the not-so-great Travis3000 on special thread made just for you.  Mad props to you! Your strength and independence are palpable, and we love you!

 

Darlie Routier

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Darlie Routier
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Born
Darlie Lynn Peck


January 4, 1970 (age 49)

Criminal status On death row
Spouse(s) Darin Routier (divorced)
Children Devon, Damon, and Drake
 
Conviction(s) Capital murder, one count
Criminal penalty Death
Imprisoned at Mountain View Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice[1]

Darlie Lynn Peck Routier (born January 4, 1970) is an American woman from Rowlett, Texas, who was convicted of murdering her five-year-old son Damon in 1996. She was never charged with the murder of her other son, six-year-old Devon. Both boys were stabbed to death with a large kitchen knife. Routier was sentenced to death.

Murder[edit]

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Routier's 911 Call

On June 6, 1996, at 2:31 am, 9-1-1 dispatchers in Rowlett, Texas, received a call from the Routier residence at 5801 Eagle Drive.[2] Routier told the operator that her home had been broken into and that an intruder had stabbed her children, 6-year-old Devon and 5-year-old Damon, and slashed her throat. Police arrived within three minutes of the 9-1-1 call.[3] They discovered a window screen in the garage had been cut, which indicated a possible entry point for an intruder.[4] A search of the house and grounds did not locate an intruder. Having thus secured the site, police permitted paramedics to attend to the victims.[3]

Routier told police that the assailant escaped through the garage. Investigators said that the garage contained no blood drops, and added that indications were that no one had run through there at all.[5]

Routier's sons sustained fatal injuries. Her wounds, described as superficial,[6] came within two millimetres of her carotid artery.[7] Routier was treated at a hospital and released two days later.[8] Her youngest son, 7-month-old Drake, was asleep upstairs with her husband Darin at the time of the murders; both escaped harm.

Newscasts showed Routier and other family members holding a birthday party at the boys' grave to posthumously celebrate Devon's 7th birthday eight days after the murders. She was shown smiling and laughing as she sprayed Silly String on the graves in celebration, singing "Happy Birthday". Family members point out that the newscasts did not show an earlier portion of the video that depicted a solemn ceremony honoring the children.[2] Four days later, Routier was arrested and charged with capital murder.

Routier later commented on the video, saying, "He wanted to be seven. I did the only thing I knew to do to honor him and give him all his wishes because he wasn't here anymore. But how do you know what you're going to do when you lose two children? How do you know how you're going to act?"[9]

Trial[edit]

 

Mountain View Unit, where Routier is held

The prosecution suggested that Routier murdered her sons because of the family's financial difficulties. Prosecutors described her as a "pampered, materialistic woman with substantial debt, plummeting credit ratings, and little money in the bank, who feared that her lavish lifestyle was about to end". Jurors also saw the Silly String video.[10] Crime scene consultant James Cron testified that evidence suggested the scene inside the Routier residence had been staged.[11]

Routier was represented at trial by lawyer Douglas Mulder.[7] Defense attorneys said that there was no reason why she would have killed her children, and that the case did not have a motive, a confession or any witnesses. They asserted that it was unrealistic to accuse Routier of staging a crime scene. Her attorneys advised her not to appear on the witness stand, but she testified anyway and "withered under cross-examination by prosecutor Toby Shook."[10]

San Antonio chief medical examiner Vincent DiMaio testified that the wound to Routier's neck came within two millimeters of her carotid artery and that it was not consistent with the self-inflicted wounds he had seen in the past. That differed from the assertions of her treating physicians, who had told police officials that the wounds might have been self-inflicted.[7] Tom Bevel testified that cast-off blood found on the back of Routier's nightshirt indicated that she had raised the knife over her head as she withdrew it from each boy to stab again.[11]

Routier was convicted of murdering Damon. On February 4, 1997, she was sentenced to death by lethal injection.[12]

Post-trial claims and appeals[edit]

Defense attorneys allege numerous errors were made during Routier's trial and in the official transcript of it, as well as the investigation of the murders, especially at the crime scene. An appeals court dismissed these claims, as did a court ruling on her habeas corpus petition.[13]

In June 2008, Routier was granted the right to new DNA tests. Her appeals were remanded to the state level for improved DNA testing.[14] On January 29, 2014, Chief Judge of the Western District Fred Biery granted a request from prosecution and defense for her case for further DNA tests vital to the defense to be performed on a bloody fingerprint found in the house, a bloody sock and her nightshirt.[12]

Divorce[edit]

In June 2011, Darin Routier filed for divorce from his wife, saying that the decision was mutual and "very difficult," and that he still believes his wife is innocent. He said that they decided to divorce to end the "limbo" that they had been in since her arrest and conviction.[15][16]


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25/04/2019 2:15 pm  

The prosecution suggested that Routier murdered her sons because of the family's financial difficulties. Prosecutors described her as a "pampered, materialistic woman with substantial debt, plummeting credit ratings, and little money in the bank, who feared that her lavish lifestyle was about to end". 

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Yet another example of why a woman's basic instincts are fatal, especially when honed by exposure and integration to the hive.  The expectations that she continue her "lavish lifestyle" could only have been to increase the social status with the hive.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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25/04/2019 10:03 pm  

That is exactly what stood out to me as well, Gregbo. 

"Prosecutors described her as a "pampered, materialistic woman with substantial debt, plummeting credit ratings, and little money in the bank, who feared that her lavish lifestyle was about to end"." 

How many times do females consider their comfort over the lives of everyone around them. Just another example of what a female is willing to do if she isn't getting everything that she wants, when she wants it. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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25/04/2019 11:36 pm  

Another prime example that women often don't see their children as something to be protected. Mamma bear my ass. Most dads will jump in front of a moving train if it meant protecting their kids.  Just another sociopath that just wants to be a Disney princess.  Does Texas need someone to flip the switch? I will do it for free.  After all lethal injection has issues. So lets break out the old chair! 

"Never root through the trash once the garbage has been dragged to the curb. You get messy, your neighbors see you do it, and what you thought was worth digging for is never as valuable as you thought it was."- Rollo Tomassi


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25/04/2019 11:48 pm  
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Another prime example that women often don't see their children as something to be protected. Mamma bear my ass. Most dads will jump in front of a moving train if it meant protecting their kids.  Just another sociopath that just wants to be a Disney princess.  Does Texas need someone to flip the switch? I will do it for free.  After all lethal injection has issues. So lets break out the old chair! 

Lethal injection is how it works in Texas.  The "chair" that was used is now on display in the Texas Prison Museum located just outside of Huntsville.  Believe me when I tell you it's inoperable and wouldn't function if hooked up to an appropriate outlet.  The meds work fine, every month said chemicals are used between one and twice a month.  


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26/04/2019 12:01 am  

I guess its time to get my phd then. 

"Never root through the trash once the garbage has been dragged to the curb. You get messy, your neighbors see you do it, and what you thought was worth digging for is never as valuable as you thought it was."- Rollo Tomassi


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