EDITH MAY SANDERS
- AGE: 81 years old
CRIME: child abuse
- I’ve lived 81 years enjoying life,
I was heavy, I was 210 pounds, I’m 116 now. It’s a lot of weight to lose. I’ll show you a picture of me, you’d say ‘God were you ever beautiful, you’d take me out. I don’t bother with men [now].
[They say] that I beat the children and that I burnt the children ... I just love kiddies, I see them there crying, you know,.. they want to get picked-up,.. I always pick them up and say, ‘Come on to mommy’
From the London [Ontario] Free Press/ 1.15.2003
Eighty-one-year-old Edith Sanders became the oldest female inmate in the federal prison system yesterday after she was sentenced to four years for abusing two daughters and a woman she enslaved in her London home.
The case chronicled hideous acts committed against Sanders's adopted daughter, Kimberly Campbell, now 45, her biological daughter, Yvonne Overton, 58, and Beatrice Feick, 64. Feick was kept as a house slave for more than 30 years from 1951 to 1985.
Witnesses testified she used cattle prods, electrical cords, hockey sticks and other objects to beat the women.
They lived in Sanders's weird house of animals, boarders and children on Hill Street and later on Princess Avenue.
Feick, who fled the household in 1985 with the help of Family Services London, was tortured in the cruelest ways by Sanders, including being forced to eat animal feces.
"Nobody would believe it because it was too outrageous," Overton said.