Womb Raider: Worst Craigslist Crime Yet

Mar 20, 2015 - 0 Comments

A woman guilty of the worst Craigslist crime to date is being held on $2-million bail, pending additional charges for homicide and a complete psychiatric evaluation.  

Colorado womb raider, Dynel Catrece Lane, was apprehended hours after she succeeded in luring a pregnant woman to her home via Craigslist and slicing the victim’s belly open to steal her unborn child.

The fetus was not full term and subsequently died.

Lane first raised suspicions when she and her husband entered an emergency room that same day with a deceased preemie they claimed she had just miscarried.

She showed no signs of having undergone that kind of a traumatic medical event though, and, moreover, by the time the couple arrived there, news of the vicious Craigslist assault had spread from local police scanners to the internet.

Her “caesarian kidnapping” takes the cake as the most horrific Craigslist crime so far.

Yet, as inconceivably obscene as Dynel Lane’s dirty deed may be, womb raiding is surprisingly not an altogether unique offense; and -- just like her -- all who have desperately resorted to committing it are female.

In fact, since 1987 there have been nearly two-dozen fetal abductions perpetrated internationally, most which not only resulted in the deaths of the unborn babies, but with the murder of their expectant mothers as well -- the latter often deliberately.

In 2004, 2008, and 2009 three similar abductions were committed in America alone, setting off fears that the frightening female phenomenon was becoming a trend.

But whether such bizarre abominations occur in the United States or overseas, whether the women who commit them are rich or are poor, all these cases share a few striking commonalities:

1. The perpetrators enticed their trusting victims with overt acts of generosity, such as offering valuable baby presents, or, as Lane did, inexpensive baby clothes.

2. In the years preceding their show of violence, they had experienced at least one phantom pregnancy or else knowingly feigned to be expecting.

3. Their whole sense of identity and self esteem centered around fertility.

What finally triggers the uncontrollable urge in these obsessed women to actually steal another woman’s fetus at knifepoint may differ case by case, but some experts now theorize that, for Dynel Lane herself, it was the accidental death of an infant son.

Tragically, her own baby boy drowned in a small pond on the family’s property over a decade ago, and she hasn’t been quite right ever since.

The 26-year-old mother-to-be who Lane just victimized, however, is expected to make a full recovery.

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