Diane Odell

Babies in Boxes Murder Case

  Active for 4 years
(1982-1985) in United States

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

4

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  1. Summary
  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 12 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 6 Books About Diane Odell
  14. 8 External References
  15. Internal References

Diane Odell (born Diane Molina) an American serial killer known as the Babies in Boxes Murder Case. Odell was convicted of murdering three of her twelve children. In 2003 the bodies of the three dead newborns were found in a storage shed Odell rented and abandoned in Arizona. The remains were discovered after the contents of the abandoned storage unit were auctioned off for $75. The three infants were born between 1981 and 1984, when she was living in New York. Since their deaths Odell moved the decaying corpses with her as she moved from place to place across the country. A fourth body was found stuffed in a suitcase and placed in a junked car in a wrecking yard near Kauneonga Lake, Odell was not charged for this murder. She claimed all three newborns died of natural causes shortly after their birth. In 2004, Diane Odell was sentenced to life in prison.

Diane Odell Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Diane Odell (aka) Babies in Boxes Murder Case, was active for 4 years between 1982-1985, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 4 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Diane Odell was born on February 7th 1953 Her mother, Mabel Molina. Diane Odell was sexually, physically, and psychologically abused at some point of her life.

She married James Odell, separated, common-law marriage, Robert Sauerstein. She had twelve children, eight still living, three were killed by Odell, one is suspected to be killed by Odell.

In 1982 (Age 28/29) Diane Odell started her killing spree, during her crimes as a serial killer she was known to murder her victims. She was known to kill at both her home and the home of the victim. She would keep parts of the victims body after the crime. At the time of her crimes she was living with her common-law husband, Robert Sauerstein, and five of their children, where she was known to work as a serial killer.

She was arrested on May 17th 2003 (Age 50), convicted on December 16th 2003 (Age 50), sentenced to life imprisonment at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York, US.

Profile Completeness: 76%
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Diane Odell has been listed on Killer.Cloud since September of 2018 and was last updated 2 months ago.

Diane Odell a known:

Diane Odell
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-07-23 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Diane O'Dell
Nickname: Babies in Boxes Murder Case
Victims: 3 - 4
Years Active: 1982 - 1985
Ages Active: 28/29 - 31/32
Active Countries: United States
Life Span: 1953 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Female
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Birth Month: February
Marital Status: married James Odell, separated, common-law marriage, Robert Sauerstein
Children: twelve children, eight still living, three were killed by Odell, one is suspected to be killed by Odell
Living With: her common-law husband, Robert Sauerstein, and five of their children
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Feb 7, 1953
Given Name: Diane
Birth Location: N/A
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: Mabel Molina
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: May 17, 2003 (Age 50)
Convicted: Dec 16, 2003 (Age 50)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: FALSE
Previous Jail: FALSE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
12 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Diane Odell

The 12 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Diane Odell. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Feb 07 1953birth of Diane Odell  #19530207
Feb 07 1973
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1982
(Age 28/29)
Diane Odell started her serial killing spree. #1982
Feb 07 1983
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
1985
(Age 31/32)
Diane Odell ended her serial killing spree. #1985
Feb 07 1993
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Feb 07 2003
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
May 17 2003
(Age 50)
Diane Odell arrested. #20030517
Dec 16 2003
(Age 50)
Diane Odell was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York, US.  #20031216
Jan 30 2004
(Age 50)
sentenced to life imprisonment #20040130
Location: Sullivan County Court in Callicoon, New York, US

Feb 04 2004
(Age 50)
prison admission date #20040204
Location: Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York, US.

Inmate Number 04G0095, Diane Odell, was admitted to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Bedford Hills, New York.

Feb 07 2013
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
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ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
living with children TRUE 267
physically abused TRUE 228
psychologically abused TRUE 221
sexually abused TRUE 223
kill at killers home TRUE 315
kill at victims home TRUE 318
totem body part TRUE 361
xyy FALSE 80
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
previous crimes FALSE 363
previous jail FALSE 347
previous prision FALSE 332
used weapon FALSE 448
used gun FALSE 447
rape FALSE 447
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
bound FALSE 401
strangle FALSE 437
sex with body FALSE 426
mutilated FALSE 440
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


Books that Mention Diane Odell

Book: A Necessary Evil (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
Alex Kava
A Necessary Evil
Book: Miss O'Dell (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
Chris O'Dell
Miss O'Dell
Book: Carry Me Home (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
Diane McWhorter
Carry Me Home
Book: Child Homicide (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
Lita Linzer Schwartz
Child Homicide
Book: When Caregivers Kill (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
Betty L. Alt
When Caregivers Kill
Book: The Anticolonial Front (mentions serial killer Diane Odell)
John Munro
The Anticolonial Front

6 Books that mention Serial Killer
Diane Odell

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
146030148x A Necessary Evil 1
1416596755 Miss O'Dell 1
0743226488 Carry Me Home 1
1420009346 Child Homicide 1
1442200790 When Caregivers Kill 2
1107188059 The Anticolonial Front 1

Diane O'Dell (born 1953) is an American female serial killer that was convicted of murdering three of her 12 children. She was also investigated for the disappearance of another child. O'Dell regularly traveled with the corpses.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q18207227 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  2. Diane O'Dell on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Diane ODELL on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  4. Marsha Kranes, Baby-Slay Horror - N.Y. Mom stored bodies for 19 yrs.: Cops on nypost.com, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  5. DIN: 04G0095, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on nysdoccslookup.doccs.ny.gov, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  6. Ted Waddell, Odell Gets 25 to Life For Deaths of Infants on www.sc-democrat.com, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  7. People v O'dell 2003 NY Slip Op 51486(U) on law.justia.com, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
  8. Mark Johnson, Woman Charged With Murder in Baby Case on www.myplainview.com, Retrieved on Jul 23, 2019.
Internal References

Diane Odell is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #33 of 38 [ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in February
  2. #36 of 42 [ Page 3 ] of Aquarius Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #50 of 75 [ Page 4 ] of Female Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #253 of 649 [ Page 17 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #253 of 326 [ Page 17 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #308 of 649 [ Page 21 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #436 of 649 [ Page 30 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  8. #516 of 649 [ Page 35 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
Statistics:
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