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Marie Robards poisoned her own father. A reading of Hamlet made her confess. (Yearbook photo, police photo, documentary 'Les Enquetes Posibles").

Marie Robards poisoned her own father. A reading of Hamlet made her confess. (Yearbook photo, police photo, documentary ‘Les Enquetes Posibles”).

Poisoning Daddy

How a So Called Loving Daughter and Star Student Stole Barium Acetate From Her High School Chemistry Lab, Put it in Her Father’s Refried Beans, and Almost Got Away With Murder.

Fort Worth, Texas – 16-year-old Dorothy Marie Robards was a beautiful, intelligent girl. She was also every boy next door’s dream: long-legged with gorgeous brown eyes Robards was the most popular girl at  Granbury High School. Robards and her mother Beth Burroughs, had a sisterly relationship, more so than that of parent and child. They chatted well into the night. Robards loved regaling her mother with tales of her many amours and her school achievements. Later, a court psychologist would claim, “When I saw them, they were quite affectionate in an overt fashion, hugging one another, finishing each other’s sentences. It wasn’t anything pathological, anything dark or disturbing. But they acted more like contemporaries than mother and daughter. They were like sisters who had grown up together.”

  “Are you, like, serious?” exclaims the preppily dressed Stacey High. “Have you ever gotten a good look at her? Marie is, like, gorgeous! In high school she was one of the most mature girls I had ever met. I thought, ‘Wow, if I hang around her, she’ll keep me motivated, help me act a little more serious.’”

Stacey stares at a prom photograph of her and Marie Robards, her best friend during her senior year in high school. “We used to do everything together. I mean, everything. And then I find out that she has gone off and poisoned her dad for this totally crazy reason. I mean, how weird is that?”

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