Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 5: So Many Victims

In the first four episodes of this miniseries, I’ve talked about Susan Kendzia’s adopted baby boys, Michael and Kevin, and their suspicious deaths that led to Susan’s murder trial and subsequent acquittal. I’ve also talked about Susan’s alleged medical, psychological, and physical abuse of her second biological daughter, Shannon, now known as Shain. 

In this episode, I’ll tell you about the abuse multiple other children allegedly suffered at Susan’s hands, including her older daughter, Christy; her stepsons, John Christopher and Levi; the special needs children she cared for in her in-home day care center, and her third adopted child, “K.L.”

This is Part 5: So Many Victims.

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Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 4: Shannon, Continued

In part three, I told you about the early childhood experiences of Shannon Kendzia, who was chronically ill beginning at the age of two weeks, even though doctors could never determine exactly why. Shannon spent her entire childhood enduring a never-ending series of gastric and other health issues, the symptoms of which – coincidentally or not – closely resemble the signs of frequent use of ipecac syrup.

This week, I’ll pick up where I left off, telling you about Shannon’s continuing illnesses, how her mother Susan’s abuse continued even after Shannon left the home, the professionals who ignored her pleas for help, and the dark path Shannon’s life took once she reached adulthood. 

This is part 4: Shannon, Continued.

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Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 3: Shannon

In the first two episodes of this miniseries, I told you about the deaths of two baby boys who were adopted and died within nine months of each other. I also told you about the subsequent murder trial of their adoptive mother, Susan Kendzia, who was acquitted of Michael’s murder and never tried for Kevin’s. 

In this episode, I will tell you about another child who endured years of abuse and torture at Susan’s hands, a chronically ill child whose sickness was never investigated after her baby brothers died even though Munchausen by proxy was brought up at Susan’s trial. 

This is part 3: Shannon.

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Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 2: The Trial

Last week, I told you the story of Michael and Kevin Kendzia, two baby boys adopted nine months apart by Susan and Tom Kendzia. Michael and Kevin also died nine months apart, each just two months after his adoption, under suspicious circumstances. The death of a second adopted baby in the Kendzia home led to an investigation into both deaths.

In this episode, I’ll go into the aftermath of Michael and Kevin’s deaths; the criminal charges that resulted; the weird relationship between Susan and her defense attorney, Ken Eusner; Susan’s murder trial; and the shocking outcome that allowed Susan to continue her pattern of alleged child abuse, deception, and pure evil for decades to follow.

This is Part 2: The Trial.

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Groomed to Die: The Kendzia Children | Part 1: Michael and Kevin

Susan Stevenson. Susan Cook. Susan Kendzia. Susan Lee. All of these names belong to the same woman. You’d never know by looking at this charming, gray-haired 62-year-old southern grandmother that she has spent decades leaving a trail of illness, abuse, and death in her wake. Even though the words “Munchausen syndrome by proxy” have hovered over Susan’s head since the mid-1980s like a dark cloud, she has been permitted to continue committing countless alleged atrocities against children and others for over forty years with little to no consequence.

Over the course of this miniseries, I will expose Susan’s alleged misdeeds with the help of those who were fortunate enough to survive her, and I will speak out for those who weren’t. 

In today’s episode, I will tell you about two baby boys who were adopted into the Kendzia home nine months apart and who died under similarly suspicious circumstances, also nine months apart. 

This is Part 1: Michael and Kevin.

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Episode 126: Dawson McKinney

On May 11, 2020, a young mother ran to her neighbor’s house with her two-month-old son, saying the baby was vomiting and his breathing was labored. Dawson McKinney was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, and placed on life support, suffering from severe brain injuries. Danielle Radue was taken into custody and charged first with her son’s injury and later with his murder. On May 15, Dawson died in his daddy’s arms. 

This is the story of a perfect baby boy with the most incredible head of wild brown hair you’ve ever seen who changed the lives of everyone who was blessed to know him during his two short months on earth. It’s also the story of a mother who to this day refuses to take responsibility for any of her own actions, including the death of her own son.

For this episode, I had the honor of talking to Dawson’s dad, Adam McKinney, who told me all about the special little boy who taught him countless important life lessons. 

This is the tragic story of Dawson McKinney.

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