This week’s Cellmate Secrets (tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime) goes back into the true crime annals by focusing on Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who killed her two sons in 1994.
Smith confessed in November 1994 to intentionally letting her car go into a South Carolina lake in order to drown her children, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alexander. Smith’s defense attorneys argued that her mental health issues led to the double murder, which she then tried to cover up by claiming that she had been carjacked.
While a jury did not impose the death penalty, Smith was still convicted and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole; she is eligible to be paroled in 2024.
The Lifetime series revolves around cellmates being willing to talk about infamous criminals, and in Smith’s case that includes not only people who shared a cell with her, but former correctional officer Alfred Rowe. In 2000, Rowe was charged after having sexual contact with Smith while she was incarcerated in the Camille Graham Griffin Correctional Institution. Now Rowe is coming forward with his own side of that story in Cellmate Secrets.
That lends a certain salaciousness to the penultimate episode of the season, but it will be interesting to see if Lifetime really digs up anything new about a case that’s almost 30 years old. So much was said about the Susan Smith case at the time, and it’s been written about a lot over the years, so what will make this worth revisiting? Fans will have to watch and find out if there’s something still unsaid.
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