American serial killer Martha Ann Johnson was born in 1955 and is also known as Martha Ann Bowen. Martha was convicted for smothering three of her children to death from 1977 to 1982 in Georgia.
Martha was 22-years-old when she married for the third time. She gave birth to a baby girl in 1971 during her first marriage and a son in 1975 during her second marriage. Martha and her third husband Earl Bowen had a son in 1979 and a daughter in 1980.
Martha Ann Johnson Murders and Victims
James Willian Taylor
1977, September 23: James William Taylor (23-months-old)
Martha claims that her son James did not respond to her when she tried to wake him up from his nap. She took him to the hospital where they pronounced him dead and determined his cause of death to be SID/sudden infant death syndrome.
Tabitha Jenelle Bowen
1980, November 30: Tabitha Jenelle Bowen (three-months-old)
Martha claims that she saw her daughter Tabitha was blue upon her arriving to wake her up from Tabitha"s death was also determined to be from SIDS after paramedics could not revive her.
Earl Wayne Bowen
1981, January: Earl Wayne Bowen (31-months-old)
Earl was treated and discharged from the hospital after he was found with a package of rat poison, but his parents claim that Earl began having seizures.
1981, February 12: Earl Wayne Bowen
Earl was on his way to the hospital when he went into cardiac arrest during a seizure and was placed on life support after being revived. Earl was diagnosed as brain dead resulting in the life support being removed from him three days later on February 15, 1981.
Jenny Ann Wright
1982, February 21: Jenny Ann Wright (11-years-old daughter)
Martha said that her daughter Jenny Ann Wright began complaining of chest pains and the doctor prescribed Tylenol and a rib belt to her. Paramedics saw Jenny"s face down body on Martha"s bed with foam coming out of her mouth on February 21, 1982, and could not revive her. The autopsy shows that Jenny died from asphyxia.
Martha remarried after she and Earl Bowen separated from each other permanently.
The cases of Martha"s dead kids was reopened after an article in The Atlanta Constitution in December 1989 questioned the children"s deaths. Investigators gathered information that showed each child died about 7-10 days after their parents had marital problems.
Martha confessed to killing two of her children after she was arrested on July 3, 1989. Martha would roll on top of her kids with her 250lb body after her disputes/fights with Earl Bowen so that she could suffocate them while they slept because she wanted to punish her husband. She claimed that she was not responsible for her two younger children"s deaths.
Martha had retracted her confession before her trial began in April 1990. She was convicted on May 5, 1990, of first-degree murder for smothering three of her children to death. She was sentenced to the death penalty, but her sentence was later changed to life imprisonment at Pulaski State Prison.