*Hat Tip: Geno Richardson
This ruthless “white” female, 51, who confessed to murdering her husband and son, and poisoning her daughter, by pouring anti-freeze into their drinks was a devout church-goer who helped direct a religious choir.
Diane Staudte, of Springfield, Missouri, has been charged over the deaths of her husband Mark Staudte, 61, and son Shawn Staudte, 26, last year, and the poisoning of her daughter Sarah Staudte, 24, this month.
The regular church-goer admitted to cops she killed her husband because she ‘hated him’ and her son because he was ‘worse than a pest’.
She tried to kill her daughter, who remains in a serious condition in hospital, because ‘she would not get a job and had student loans that had to be paid.’
Staudte initially told law enforcement that her husband hadn’t been feeling well and suffered from seizures before his April 2012 death, the probable cause statement said.
And she said her son had been sick with flu-like symptoms before his death in September.
The Greene County Medical Examiner initially ruled that the husband died of natural causes and that the son’s death was the result of prior medical issues.
But an anonymous tip led authorities to re-examine the deaths earlier this month following the hospitalization of Staudte’s daughter.
A detective wrote that a nurse told him that although Sarah’s condition was potentially fatal, Staudte had visited only a couple times and not stayed long.
The nurse described Staudte’s actions as ‘inappropriate’, saying she joked and laughed with hospital personnel.
The nurse also told the detective that Staudte told her that she planned to go on an upcoming vacation to Florida regardless of her daughter’s status.
A doctor told the detective that Sarah’s condition was ‘very suspicious’ and said he suspected the young woman had been poisoned.
Sarah is expected to live but may have permanent damage.
Staudte admitted under questioning to poisoning her family by putting anti-freeze in their soda and Gatorade over several days.
Staudte was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action.
She is being held without bond.
Staudte, an active Facebook user, has regularly updated her ‘friends’ on her daughter’s status.
The devout Lutheran wrote on Wednesday: ‘Sarah update: out of ICU and able to walk a little.’
The regular church-goer also treats her followers with memes of motivational sayings, including:
‘Lord, Wrap your arms around my family and draw us close to you. Amen.’
And: ‘Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs.’
Staudt is assistant director of the Springfield Sanctuary Choir, a ‘type of music choir sings ranges from classical Lutheran hymn tunes to more contemporary sacred songs.’
The Standfill family, who live across the street from the Staudtes, said they have struggled to come to terms with the news.
Mark died before the family moved to a the south Springfield neighborhood where the Standfills live, while Shaun died in the house across the street from them.
‘Just kind of, disturbing, you know,’ Becky Standfill said.
‘They brought a body bag out on a stretcher, we didn’t know what happened or who it was or anything like that and we never heard anything.’
Doug Standfill said: ‘They moved in a little over a year ago, they’re quiet, keep to themselves, we very rarely see them unless they are coming and going.’