The subject of a 1990 documentary who reportedly suffered violent sexual abuse from her father is now an adult. Her life has drastically changed.
In 1990, HBO aired a documentary called “Child of Rage,” which focused on a young girl named Beth Thomas, who developed psychopathic behavior as a result of horrific abuse as a baby.
Beth was violently sexually abused by her father until she was about 19 months old, according to Rewind The Past. Her mother died when she was a baby, leaving her and her infant brother in her father’s care.
Beth and her brother were later taken out of their father’s care and adopted into a new family. Their new parents, Tim and Julie, knew something was not quite right with their daughter at a young age. At one point, she began killing baby birds and her parents became concerned.
was deeply disturbed. She exhibited bizarre sexual behavior at a young age and had an interest in death and violence. Beth’s brother, Jonathan, showed similar behavior, but to a lesser degree.
Tim and Julie reached out to the adoption agency to see if they knew anything that may have led to the children’s behavior, but the agency was unable to give them any information due to confidentiality laws.
After doing some digging themselves, Tim and Julie found out that both children had been badly abused by their father.
The family’s story, focusing on Beth, was the subject of “Child of Rage.” In the documentary, Beth is shown calm telling her therapist, Dr. Ken Magid, that she enjoys molesting her brother and killing baby birds. She even told the therapist that she dreamed about murdering her parents and little brother.
Tim and Julie said in the documentary that no matter what they did or how many times they spoke to Beth, she continued to tell them that she wanted to kill them.
At one point, Beth slammed her brother’s head into concrete in an attempt to kill him. Fortunately, he survived.
Beth was eventually diagnosed with a severe case of reactive attachment disorder, a psychological condition caused by extreme physical or emotional abuse. The disorder prevents children from being able to connect with others
Beth became so dangerous at one point that she was taken out of the care of Tim and Julie and placed into the care of professional therapist Connell Watkins. During her 18 months with Watkins, Beth went through training for intensive behavior modification in hopes she would develop empathy for others and end her psychopathic behavior.
Now, Beth is a healthy, mentally stable adult. According to Oddity World, Beth is now a registered nurse at a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she works in the neonatal unit.
Beth has written a book about her experience titled, “More Than a Thread of Hope.”