Attorney: Marilyn Lemak Is Upset That Trib Quoted Interview

CHICAGO (CBS) — The attorney for Marilyn Lemak believes the convicted child murderer is upset about a story and interview that ran in the Chicago Tribune last Sunday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, Lemak is serving a life prison sentence for smothering and killing her three children – Nicholas, 7; Emily, 7; and Thomas, 3 – in her Naperville family home in March 1999.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Lemak has refused almost all requests for interviews, but recently granted one to French filmmakers who were working on a documentary about women and mental illness.

The Chicago Tribune ran a story this past Sunday that carried excerpts from the interview, and their Web site includes a video clip from the documentary, which aired Sunday on the French channel M6.

In the excerpts, Lemak calls herself “a good mother who got very seriously mentally ill and did a terrible, tragic thing. And I think that was the depression,” according to the Tribune story by Stacy St. Clair.

Now, Lemak’s attorney, Jack Donahue, tells WBBM Newsradio he was stunned to see the Tribune story. He said Lemak granted the interview on the understanding that it would be shown only in Europe.

“The French documentary people convinced her that there’s a different concept in Europe regarding mental illness,” Donahue said.

Donahue says Lemak realizes there is not much sympathy for her.

“One of the major problems that we had in the case is trying to convince the common person that depression actually rises to the level of insanity,” Donahue said.

Lemak drugged and suffocated her children in their beds.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett tried the capital murder case personally, and he recalled Lemak thought her estranged husband had betrayed her, and killed her own children as revenge.

“There are certain cases that are with you forever,” Birkett told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov in 2009. “This is one that’s going to be with me forever.”

Lemak suffered from depression, but a jury found her guilty and sent her to life in prison.

Donahue plans to talk later this week about more offers that have come in, including one from Dr. Phil.

  • Just Axin

    What do you mean, “he believes she is upset”. She may have been depressed, but she tried to use that as an excuse for the cold, calculating way she murdered her kids. Let her rot. Can’t wait for that other killer, Vaughn, to join her. Cowards.

    • this is Peggy

      Yeah, and we’re upset with what Marilyn Lemak did to her children.

  • loving mother

    who the f*** care if she is upset. her children have no feelings becuase of her.

    • NWA

      “Who the F’ cares!” Some loving mother you are? I’d hate to be one of your F’n children.


  • west town dude

    who gives a hoot that she is upset, let her rot.

  • franz

    who says hoot anymore?

  • paulcray

    The site is professional and is putting the the truth in front of the media and is expressing the world wild new a detail and descriptive manner so that others are here to have a look at the world wild happenings with the general aspect and this site dealing with a convicted persons who is responsible for the death of a child……….

  • just asking

    didn’t anyone bring her up-to-date the power of the internet?

  • jstcnw

    I thought she was no longer using the name Lemak. All she ever wanted to do was hurt her husband (no ex-husband). She has no right to say she is mentally ill. She is just plain mean!

  • G-Lep

    U — G — L — Y!
    She ain’t got no alibi!
    She ugly
    She ugly
    Her momma say she UGLY!!

  • Laura Doran

    I to suffered from sever postpartum depression, one of the culprits of this disease is that when you are in it, you don’t believe it is the depression you just think life is never going to get better. Unless you have had it is very hard to understand, many people will say I have had bad times and blue days but i worked through it,why can’t you? Severe depression is not a blue day, it is a physiological change of brain chemistry that takes away the feeling of well being and that life will never get better. My hope is that in this country we start to take the negative stigma off of mental illness and become more mindful of the signs when our loved ones are in trouble, remember they don’t know themselves. I to was at the same crossroad with my child, only I told people how much pain I was in I did not keep it a secret. My husband and my mother took me to doctors where they put me on meds. and talked endless hours until I returned to myself. My prayer is that God grants everyone involved the peace that surpasses all understanding, and that God and all the angles in haven are loving and caring for the children till you meet again.

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