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==The case==
On October 25, 1994, Smith reported to police that her vehicle had been [[carjacking|carjacked]] by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for their rescue and return. However, following an intensive investigation and a nationwide search, she confessed on November 3, 1994 to letting her 1990 Mazda roll into nearby [[John D. Long Lake]],<ref>{{cite web|title=John D. Long Lake|url=http://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-johndlonglake.html|website=scgreatoutdoors.com|accessdate=18 June 2016}}</ref> drowning the boys inside.<ref>{{cite web| work=About.com | publisher= The New York Times Company|url=http://crime.about.com/od/murder/a/susan_smith.htm|title=Susan Smith — Profile of a Child Killer|author= Charles Montaldo | accessdate=24 February 2012}}</ref> Her motivation was reportedly to be able to have a relationship with a local wealthy man, even though he had no intention of forming a family.<ref>{{cite news | last = Kemp | first = Kathy | title = In The Arms of Angels | newspaper = Birmingham News | location = Birmingham, Alabama | date = 17 April 2005 | url = http://www.alabamapress.org/uploads/Cat%2012%20Div%20A_Feature.pdf | accessdate = <!-----7 April 2010----->}}</ref>
 
Later investigation revealed that detectives doubted Smith's story from the start and believed that she murdered her sons. On the second day of the investigation, the police suspected that she knew their location and hoped that the children were still alive. Investigators started to search the nearby lakes and ponds, including John D. Long Lake, where their bodies were eventually found. Initial water searches did not locate the car because the police believed it would be within 30 feet off the shore, and did not search further; the car turned out to be 60 feet from the shore. After the boys were missing for two days, Smith and her estranged husband David were subjected to a [[polygraph]] test. The biggest breakthrough of the case was her description of the carjacking location. Smith had claimed that a traffic light had turned red causing her to stop at an otherwise empty intersection. However, it was determined that the signal would not have changed to red for her unless a vehicle was present on the intersecting road. This conflicted with Smith's statement that she did not see any other cars at the intersection when the carjacking took place. <ref name="state">{{cite news|last1=CAHILL|first1=HARRISON|title=Susan Smith: 20 years later, case still a shocker|url=http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article13900058.html|accessdate=9 June 2016|work=The State|date=18 October 2014}}</ref>