The Julie Rae Harper Case: A Mother Convicted of Brutally Killing Her 10-Year-Old Son

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Julie Rae Harper Case

In the case of Julie Rae Harper, a mother, was convicted of brutally killing her ten year old son, Joel Kirkpatrick, in the middle of the night. On the night of October 13th, 1997, a terrible murder had occurred in Lawrenceville, Illinois. A loving mother and her son spent a beautiful day together before the tragedy took place. Julie Rae Harper, convicted of this heinous crime, claimed to be innocent. Was she trying to get away with the murder of her only child or did the prosecutors and police have a biased opinion on this case?

Julie Rae Harper, a loving mother, was working on her master’s degree at University of Indiana and could not get custody of her only son, Joel Kirkpatrick. On October 13th, 1997 Joel stayed at his mother’s house. After they had enjoyed a lovely evening with some friends, Julie Rae Harper and her son headed to bed. Later that night, at around 4-4:30am Julie Rae Harper was awoken by a gruesome scream. She jumped out of bed, ran over to her son’s bedroom only to find the bed was empty. All of a sudden, somebody runs past Julie Rae Harper with a mask on. Harper begins to chase him down her hallway, past the living room, through the kitchen, into the garage and out to the backyard, breaking both glass doors leading out of the house. When Harper finally got a hold of the man, he gashed Harper’s arm and hit her in her face, and kept running. When the man was by the fence, he turned around pulled his mask off of his face only to reveal his face to Harper. Panicked, Harper ran over to a neighbor’s house banging on the door yelling for help. When her neighbor opened the door, let her in and contacted the police stating there was a kidnapping of a young child, police made their way to Harper’s neighbor’s house. Police and paramedics arrived to bandage Harpers arm, record her story and eventually to inform Harper that her son Joel had not been kidnapped, but murdered. Joel Kirkpatrick had been...
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