Dec. 30, 2003 -- An Oklahoma woman who was obsessed with having a baby is due to appear in court today on charges she killed a pregnant acquaintance and sliced the fetus from younger woman's womb.
Effie Goodson, 37, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping in the deaths of Carolyn Simpson, 21, and her unborn child. Simpson was six months pregnant, and under Oklahoma law, murder charges can be filed in the death of a fetus if it has reached 24 weeks gestation.
Investigators believe Goodson was with Simpson on Dec. 22, when Simpson was last seen leaving Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Gaming Center and Casino in Okemah where she worked and Goodson was a patron. Simpson's body was found four days later in a field near Lamar. She had been shot in the head and the fetus she was carrying had been cut from her body.
The day after Simpson disappeared, Goodson went to a hospital in nearby Holdenville with a dead fetus determined to have reached six months gestation, authorities said. Goodson said it was her stillborn baby, but doctors soon realized she could not have given birth, investigators said. She was taken into custody.
A Fake Pregnancy
For the past 10 months, Goodson had been falsely telling people that she was pregnant and had persuaded her husband that they were expecting, authorities said. She even had a baby shower.
"I think anybody would agree she wanted a baby," Hughes County Sheriff Houston Yeager told The Associated Press. "She already had baby items. She was really set up for a baby."
Yeager said the two women had been acquainted for about a month and had been introduced by family members.
A fund has been established in Simpson's memory. Donations can be sent to:
Carolyn McGrew Simpson Memorial Fund Carroll County Trust Co. 2 South Folger Carrollton, MO 64633 (660) 542-2050