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Smith's defense psychiatrist diagnosed her with [[dependent personality disorder]] and [[Major depressive disorder|major depression]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/famous/smith/trial_9.html|website=Trutv.com|title=Child murderer or victim?}}</ref> Her father committed suicide when she was six years old, and she rarely had a stable home life. It was disclosed in her trial that she was [[child molestation|molested]] in her teens by her stepfather, who not only admitted to it, but also revealed that he had consensual sex with her when she was an adult. At 13, she attempted suicide. After graduating from high school in 1989, she made a second attempt to end her own life.<ref>{{cite web|last=Pergament |first=Rachel |title=Susan Smith Child Murderer or Victim? |work=truTV Crime Library |publisher= |url=http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/famous/smith/phase_10.html |accessdate=24 February 2012 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20111229153514/http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/famous/smith/phase_10.html |archivedate=December 29, 2011 }}</ref> She married David and had the two sons, but the relationship was rocky due to mutual allegations of infidelity, and they separated several times. Smith said that there was no motive, nor did she plan the killings, stating that she was not in the right state of mind.<ref>http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/susan-smith-mother-who-killed-kids-something-went-very-wrong-n397051</ref>
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At one time, Smith was incarcerated in the Administrative Segregation Unit in the [[Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution]] in [[Columbia, South Carolina]].<ref>Hewitt, Bill. "[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20105269,00.html Tears of Hate & Pity]." ''[[People (magazine)|People]]''. March 13, 1995. Volume 43, No. 10. Retrieved on October 28, 2010.</ref> While she has been in prison, two correctional officers have been punished for having sex with Smith: Lt. Houston Cagle and Capt. Alfred R. Rowe, Jr.<ref>{{cite web | title = Sex With Child Killer Charged Again | work =Additional ABC News | publisher information= | url =http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95630&page=1 | accessdate =7 October 2010 }}</ref> Consequently, she was moved to a prison in Greenwood where she is currently held. In 2003, she placed a personal ad at [[WriteAPrisoner.com]], which has since been retracted.<ref>[http://www.writeaprisoner.com/Template.aspx?i=z-221487 Susan Smith apology], ''[[WriteAPrisoner.com]]'', July 17, 2003.</ref>-->
 
[[Alternative rock]] group [[Blind Melon]] wrote a song about Smith's murders, "Car Seat (God's Presents)," on their 1995 album, [[Soup (album)|Soup]]. At one time, Smith was incarcerated in the Administrative Segregation Unit in the [[Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution]] in [[Columbia, South Carolina]].<ref>Hewitt, Bill. "[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20105269,00.html Tears of Hate & Pity]." ''[[People (magazine)|People]]''. March 13, 1995. Volume 43, No. 10. Retrieved on October 28, 2010.</ref> While she has been in prison, two correctional officers have been punished for having sex with Smith: Lt. Houston Cagle and Capt. Alfred R. Rowe, Jr.<ref>{{cite web | title = Sex With Child Killer Charged Again | work = ABC News | publisher = | url =http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95630&page=1 | accessdate =7 October 2010 }}</ref> Consequently, she was moved to a prison in Greenwood where she is currently held. In 2003, she placed a personal ad at [[WriteAPrisoner.com]], which has since been retracted.<ref>[http://www.writeaprisoner.com/Template.aspx?i=z-221487 Susan Smith apology], ''[[WriteAPrisoner.com]]'', July 17, 2003.</ref>
 
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