Drugs, Stealing & A Suicide Attempt — Killer Susan Smith’s Sad Prison Life 20 Years After She Drowned Her Sons

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Oct. 26 2014, Updated 9:48 a.m. ET

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Child killer Susan Smith’s life 20 years after she killed her two sons has become a bleak pit of despair as she continues to battle her demons behind bars.

“I just don’t have anything else to say,” Smith’s mother, Linda Russell, told Star when the magazine contacted her for comment on the grim anniversary of her grandsons’ deaths.

As RadarOnline.com reported, on Oct. 15, 1994, Smith told police that her two sons Michael, 3, and Alexander, 14 months, were missing and claimed that a black man had driven away with her sons in the car. For the next nine days, Smith, 23, pleaded with the nation for their safe return.

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Sadly, the horrifying reality soon became clear: On November 3, Smith, now 43, confessed that there was no carjacking, and that she had drowned her own sons on the day she reported them missing by rolling her car into a nearby lake with the boys trapped inside.

Her reason? Star claims “the deranged mother had been trying to win the affection of a wealthy love interest who didn’t want children.”

Smith is now paying the price for committing murder, serving two life sentences. But it doesn’t seem Smith has any intention of rehabilitating herself and her prison time has been one drama after another.

At her first prison, the Women’s Correctional Center in Columbia, South Carolina, Smith was caught having sex with two separate male guards.

Once she was transferred to Leath Correctional Institution in Greenwood, South Carolina, her bad behavior only got worse.

Radar reported that Stephanie Hulsey, a 34-year-old woman who crossed paths with Smith at Leath Correctional Institution, revealed that Smith “has terrible raised scars on her wrists, maybe 15 of them, some three inches long.”

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Hulsey recalled the nightmarish time in which the 40-year-old Smith, awaiting solitary confinement for having prescription pills, was “sitting on the floor and slashing deeply at her wrists in a reported suicide attempt with a razor she snuck in with her.

“There was blood behind spurting everywhere and she was weeping, but she wasn’t crying out in pain,” Hulsey said. “She used to say, ‘You don’t feel pain when you cut. Cutting takes all the pain away.’”

Behind bars, the once-svelte Smith, who has plumped up to 180 pounds, is in a romantic relationship with a convicted bank robber who’s also serving a life sentence.

“Her lover is a big woman who looks like a man,” Hulsey said, adding Smith also has an ongoing correspondence with a man she met online, who has often played her benefactor.

“Over the years, he’s sent her thousands of dollars,” Stephanie said, noting the man “paid a $1,500 bill for her hospital stay after the cutting incident.”

The troubled Smith is not eligible for parole until 2024.

For more on this story, pick up the latest issue of Star, on newsstands now.

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