The Ultimate Evil

A Child Abuse Awareness Blog


I was reading one of my favorite sites last night, Red-Alerts, and was horrified and disgusted to find the story of Hannah Overton, who has been convicted of capital murder of her 4 year old foster son, Andrew Burd. According to reports, her “God-fearing” brethren have begun a campaign to set her free, suggesting the child had it coming to him for being unruly.

Tell me if this sounds like reasonable punishment for an “unruly” child (and do please keep in mind he was 4, his previous caregiver says he never gave her a bit of trouble, and he was only in the Overton home for a month before the abuse began):

“Hannah Overton watched Andrew on a security camera in a bedroom and used food and pepper as a form of punishment” Caller-Times

“the Overtons waited nearly three hours on Oct. 2 before taking Andrew Burd to a medical clinic after he drank the mixture, vomited and drifted in and out of consciousness” Caller-Times

“Hannah Overton called [a neighbor] about 2:52 p.m. that day and asked her to watch one of her children because Andrew was intentionally vomiting and defecating and ‘smearing it everywhere.'” Caller-Times

“‘He is not sick, he is doing it to get to me,’ Hannah told the neighbor, adding he had defecated eight times, the affidavits said. — Caller-Times

“When the autopsy was performed the cause of death was ruled as sodioum poisoning with a secondary factor of blunt force trauma.” —Parents Behaving Badly

“Hospiatl workrers also noticed bruising in his body and an untreated wound on his arm that was consistent with a burn” Parents Behaving Badly

One might assume that since she was using a security cam they she may have been locking Andrew in the room, the same room where it was alleged that Andrew was forced to sleep on a piece of plywood.” —Parents Behaving Badly

From Lost in Lima, Ohio :

Dozens of news media organizations have picked up Hannah’s story- from 20/20 to Christian News Sources. They’ve picked up Hannah’s story, her version of how a child declared “healthy and fit for adoption” one month, could end up dead less than six months later. But it’s Hannah’s story they have picked up- not Andrew’s.

No one wants to talk about Andrew’s story, about the suffering he endured, the incredible pain he would have been in the last day of his life. They don’t mention that the 23 teaspoons of Zatarain’s he would have had to have ingested was almost 100 times the recommended serving size (1/4 teaspoon), which introduced almost 24000mg of salt into his body at 240mg per serving. How, in making Hannah some sort of saint, they’ve made Andrew a child that was wild, and flawed. They’ve went as far as to claim that perhaps Andrew- suffering from his never mentioned before eating disorder- might have found a moment alone in which he on his own consumed so much salt that it caused the fatal toxic levels in his blood. The bruising on his head that was listed as a secondary cause of death? Well, that wasn’t really what it seemed. Perhaps someone rubbing his head, and the onset of his death caused it. Really, it could have been anything.

There is more to Andrew’s story, but sadly, it may be washed away by a flood of support for the woman who was responsible for providing him with care, love, and protection- the woman who didn’t fulfill that responsibility.

Hannah’s church has begun a “Free Hannah!” campaign, in which they already have the support of Christian News, 20/20 and ABC. Not surprising since 20/20 has gone on record defending the liberties of pedophiles and sexual predators of children, mocking “To Catch a Predator” and defending the adult teachers’ rights to have affairs with their young teen students. (Google “Boycott 20/20 and Disney”)

The church has bumperstickers and pamphlets and websites such as this one filled with outright lies about the case and defending a mother’s right to discipline her child.

Regardless of the damage control these cretin are trying to feed the public, there is NO DISPUTING AUTOPSY RESULTS! No evidence like the bruised and scarred body of the victim. As all medical examiners know, dead victims testify the loudest.

Here is an example at their pathetic attempt of convincing the public she did nothing wrong:

Lie: Hannah created a toxic brew of spices, put it in a sippy cup and forced Andrew to drink it therefore causing his death.

Truth: Hannah gave into Andrew’s desire to have an extra helping of food on the day of the incident. His insecurity and desire for extra food had been increasing since the car accident 3 weeks earlier. He threatened to throw poop on her so she heated up a can of HEB vegetable soup (she called it chili in the interview but it was soup,) he wanted the Zaterain’s sprinkled on it (he decided he liked it the day prior.) She gave one or two small shakes onto the soup, he wanted more and started to get upset again and was grabbing at the container in her hand spilling it in the kitchen. She thought if he wanted the flavor, she could give him a bit of the flavor in water instead of giving him more food. She put two shakes into a tumbler and then poured that into a small sippy cup, put on the top and let him drink that. This equals no more than 1/4th of a teaspoon of Zaterain’s. Maybe not the wisest thing to do but certainly not the amount of spices the prosecution proposes. The amount was less than the salt lime and chili we put on our fruit at the fruit stand.

How, then, did he die of sodium poisoning? The autopsy report confirms this. Not someone wanting to frame Hannah. Not someone who doesn’t understand what they are witnessing when they see a child vomit. Not someone “over-reacting” to a child passing in and out of consciousness while the parents watch and do nothing. Yes, that certainly would be over-reacting to think such apathy is abuse.

Additionally, what parent is so terrified of their 4 year old that they bend to his every whim and permit him to hold the threat of throwing feces if he doesn’t get what he wants?!At the same time she swears this did not happen, she claims he did this to himself. Which is it, Hannah?

Yes, their entire site is filled with such irrational garbage.

FromRob Taylor at Red-Alerts :

Indeed. Andrew Burd’s story must not be forgotten in the mad rush to free a child killer. He deserves justice, and that justice would be Hannah Overton dying in prison, caged like the animal she is. But the lawyers paid for by this insidious smear campaign against a four-year-old are appealing the case and may well get her conviction overturned. Andrew needs your support now more than ever.

Don’t let Hannah Overton get away with murder.

PLEASE show your support for the real victim here, innocent little Andrew Burd. Comment on any of the stories I have linked to in support of keeping this murderous bitch behind bars.

You can also send letters, call, and fax your support to:

13th Court of Appeals: Corpus Christi Site

Nueces County Courthouse

901 Leopard, 10th Floor,

Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Telephone: (361) 888-0416 Fax: (361) 888-0794

I’m presently working on my own banners and buttons for Andrew. As soon as I am done, I will post them here and on every site I have. Please feel free to use and be sure to provide a link to any of the afore mentioned articles relaying his case.

UPDATE: This article has been brought to my attention. Apparently, Hannah Overton is the granddaughter of the Heaven’s Gate cult leader and the daughter of a man convicted of beating a teenage girl to death with a crowbar. Her church says this has nothing to do with Hannah.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Andrew Burd, Boys, Child Abuse, Child Advocates, Child Murder, Hannah Overton, Women Abusers | 41 Comments


Fla Police Close Books on ’81 Walsh Killing

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A serial killer who died more than a decade ago is the person who decapitated the 6-year-old son of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh in 1981, police in Florida said Tuesday. The announcement brought to a close a case that has vexed the Walsh family for more than two decades, launched the television show about the nation’s most notorious criminals and inspired changes in how authorities search for missing children.

“Who could take a 6-year-old and murder and decapitate him? Who?” an emotional John Walsh said at Tuesday’s news conference. “We needed to know. We needed to know. And today we know. The not knowing has been a torture, but that journey’s over.”

Walsh’s wife, Reve, at one point placed a small photo of their son on the podium.

Police named Ottis Toole, saying he was long the prime suspect in the case and that they had conclusively linked him to the killing. They declined to be specific about their evidence and did not note any DNA proof of the crime, but said an extensive review of the case file pointed only to Toole, as John Walsh long contended.

“Our agency has devoted an inordinate amount of time seeking leads to other potential perpetrators rather than emphasizing Ottis Toole as our primary suspect,” said Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner, who launched a fresh review of the case after taking over the department last year. “Ottis Toole has continued to be our only real suspect.”

Toole had twice confessed to killing the child, but later recanted. He claimed responsibility for hundreds of murders, but police determined most of the confessions were lies. Toole’s niece told the boy’s father, John Walsh, her uncle confessed on his deathbed in prison that he killed Adam.

Wagner acknowledged numerous missteps in the investigation and apologized to the Walshes.

“I have no doubt,” John Walsh said. “I’ve never had any doubt.”

Many names have been mentioned in connection to the case in the years since the killing, including serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, but Toole’s has persistently nagged detectives. John Walsh has long said he believed the drifter was responsible, saying investigators found at Toole’s home in Jacksonville a pair of green shorts and a sandal similar to what Adam was wearing.

Toole died in prison of cirrhosis in 1996 at the age of 49. He was serving five life sentences for murders unrelated to Adam’s death.

The Walshes, who appeared Tuesday flanked by their other children, long ago derided the investigation as botched. Still, John Walsh praised the Hollywood police department for closing the case.

“This is not to look back and point fingers, but it is to let it rest,” he said.

Adam Walsh went missing from a Hollywood mall on July 27, 1981. Fishermen discovered his severed head in a canal 120 miles away two weeks later. The rest of his body was never found.

Authorities made a series of crucial errors, losing the bloodstained carpeting in Toole’s car — preventing DNA testing — and the car itself. It was a week after the boy’s disappearance before the FBI got involved.

“So many mistakes were made,” John Walsh said in 1997, upon the release of his book “Tears of Rage,” which harshly criticized the Hollywood Police Department’s work on the case. “It was shocking, inexcusable and heartbreaking.”

For all that went wrong in the probe, the case contributed to massive advances in police searches for missing youngsters and a notable shift in the view parents and children hold of the world.

Adam’s death, and his father’s activism on his behalf, helped put faces on milk cartons, shopping bags and mailbox flyers, started fingerprinting programs and increased security at schools and stores. It spurred the creation of missing persons units at every large police department.

“In 1981, when a child disappeared, you couldn’t enter information about a child into the FBI database. You could enter information about stolen cars, stolen guns but not stolen children,” said Ernie Allen, president of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, co-founded by John Walsh. “Those things have all changed.”

The case also prompted national legislation to create a national database and toll-free line devoted to missing children, and led to the start of “America’s Most Wanted,” which brought those cases into millions of homes.

What it also did, said Mount Holyoke College sociologist and criminologist Richard Moran, is make children and adults alike exponentially more afraid.

“He ended up really producing a generation of cautious and afraid kids who view all adults and strangers as a threat to them and it made parents extremely paranoid about the safety of their children,” Moran said.


** Though the article makes no mention of it, “Code Adam” – when a child disappears in an establishment, putting all employees and patrons on high alert to a missing child and a possible abduction – was created with this particular case in mind.

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Child Abuse, Child Advocates, Child Murder, Culture, Rescues | Leave a comment