From the Past: Elaine Campione

This Ontario mom drowned her daughters in 2006, accusing ex-husband of abuse. Were the murders altruistic, due to mental illness, or was it cold-hearted revenge?

Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers
37 min readMay 21, 2024

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The video starts off innocently enough. Three-year-old Serena and 19-month-old Sophia are coloring on the night of Oct. 2, 2006. The footage is taken by their mother, Elaine Campione, in the small apartment where they lived in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

In the background is the sound of the bathtub running. At 8:39 p.m., Elaine turns off the camera.

https://pixabay.com/photos/bathtub-faucet-white-bathroom-890227/

She turns it back on at 9:27 p.m. Elaine sits on the couch, a beige wall behind her with a framed photo of her babies. The mother is pale with a tiny frame, and her thin, light brown hair is tied back into a messy ponytail, her face free of makeup while it scrunches up into what should be a sob, but there appear to be no tears trickling down her cheeks as she addresses the childrens’ father.

“Leo, there are you happy?” she says in a quiet whine before delving into her version of what happened in their marriage.

“You wouldn’t give peace. You wouldn’t tell the truth,” she continues, saying no one believed her about how he allegedly abused her.

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Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers

Just an old garden witch who writes about murder, true and fictional.