Suffer the Little Children

Episode 38: Zahra Baker (Part 1)

November 17, 2020

By the time she was eight years old, Zahra Baker beat cancer not once but twice, losing a leg and most of her hearing in the process. Because her father had been single for most of Zahra’s life, she was thrilled when he finally married, but her excitement was short-lived. Almost immediately after Zahra and her dad moved from their native Australia to her stepmother’s home state of North Carolina, neighbors and school officials began seeing signs that Zahra was being abused by her stepmother, Elisa Baker.

When Zahra was reported missing on October 9, 2010, it didn’t take long for Elisa’s story of a kidnapping to unravel and her sordid, stranger-than-fiction past to surface. Still, all of us watching breathlessly from around the world held onto the hope that Zahra might be found alive… that was, until law enforcement started finding body parts scattered around western North Carolina.

This is the unbelievable story of Zahra Baker.

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