Invisible Children

Louisa and Swen Swanson

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Jeannette Swanson, a homeschooling mother, shot and killed her children Louisa, 10, and Swen, 14, in their sleep a week after she was briefly hospitalized for depression and chronic tiredness. Her remaining two sons, aged 20 and 16, were unharmed. She was sentenced to life commitment in Montana State Hospital.

Date: August 26, 2002
Location: Helena, Montana

Documents: Date:
Death Penalty May Be Unlikely in Killing of Kids 2002-08-26
Jeannette Swanson