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Megan K. HOGG





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: March 23, 1998
Date of arrest: Same day (suicide attempt)
Date of birth: 1972
Victims profile: Her daughters, Antoinette Marden, 7, Angelique Roberts, 3, and Alexandra Hogg, 2
Method of murder: Suffocation
Location: San Mateo County, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to 25 years to life on September 24, 1999

According San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum, infanticidal mom Megan Hogg, 27, was suffering from depression on March 23, 1998, when she suffocated her three daughters while they slept.

Hogg, who tried to commit suicide after the killings by drinking a mixture of cocoa, pain killers and antidepressants, apologized to her relatives for murdering her children.


Mom Who Killed Girls Given 25 Years to Life

Storm of emotion in Redwood City court

By Julie N. Lynem -

September 25. 1999

Relatives of Megan Hogg, the Daly City woman sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1998 murders of her three young daughters, bared their emotions -- and conflicts -- to a packed Redwood City courtroom yesterday.

Hogg, 27, was formally sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court yesterday after striking a deal with prosecutors last month to plead no contest to three counts of first-degree murder, thus avoiding a possible sentence of life without parole.

Choking back tears, Hogg's father and the paternal grandparents of the children made their own pleas to the court, arguing for and against leniency.

Greg Hogg said his daughter's battle with depression, her failed relationships with the girls' fathers and traumatic events in her childhood -- including being gang-raped as a teenager -- all led up to the killings of Alexandra Hogg, 2, Angelique Roberts, 3, and Antoinette Marden, 7.

In addition, Greg Hogg blamed his daughter's psychiatrists for not properly monitoring her medication. He and his wife, Karen Hogg, filed a lawsuit in March against Kaiser Permanente Hospital in South San Francisco, alleging that doctors overmedicated Megan Hogg and left her with no medical support.

"Her life was shattered," he said. "She felt she had no hope. On March 23, 1998, she did not expect to live."

But Mary Roberts, the paternal grandmother of Angelique and Alexandra, said Megan Hogg had no reason to take three innocent lives that day. Her voice cracking at times, Roberts asked that Hogg serve her full sentence.

The thought of the girls' last moments alive still "makes me sick to my heart," she said.

"No one knows what hell our family has suffered because of Megan's rage against whom or whatever," she said. "What excuse could she possibly use that would make what she did OK? None. She knows the difference between right and wrong, yet she chose to murder them."

Pam Marden, paternal grandmother of Antoinette, agreed that Hogg's actions also have scarred her family for life.

"We didn't want her to have any more children," she said. "The fact that she will never get out of prison will give us some closure."

After depression was diagnosed in 1996, Hogg was prescribed several antidepressant medications, according to court records. When she began having seizures, doctors temporarily took her off all of the medication.

The week before the slayings, Hogg was put on another antidepressant. However, court records show that she reportedly remained depressed, listless and irritable.

On the morning of March 23, 1998, Karen Hogg discovered her granddaughters' bodies in the rear bedroom of the family's Daly City home. She also found daughter Megan, who had attempted suicide by drinking hot chocolate laced with about 40 tablets of codeine, Tylenol, Vicodin and Trazadone.

The night before, court documents show, Megan Hogg had argued with her mother about the children. Hogg later told officers that she had been upset because her mother had threatened to kick her out of the house and to get physical custody of the children.

Rather than be without her children, she told police that she suffocated the girls by taping their mouths and hands. She said she wanted to "spare them the problems that she had faced in her own life," according to court records.

A sullen Hogg wept yesterday as she apologized for murdering her daughters, saying she was not a cold-blooded killer. Hogg said she loved her children and does not understand why she suffocated them.

"I know I've committed a crime, a horrible crime, and I know I have to be punished for that," said Hogg, facing her parents and her daughters' paternal grandparents. "If I could bring them back I would, but I can't, and I am sorry."

Calling the killings "cruel, cold and calculated," Judge Mark Forcum admitted that Hogg suffered from depression but said it was no excuse for the slayings.

"The defendant smothered her daughters' hopes, dreams and promises for the future," he said.

Prosecutor Jack Grandsaert said in his statement to the court that Hogg's actions were selfish, spiteful and the ultimate betrayal of a child's trust in his or her mother.

"Instead of protecting them, she destroyed them," he said. "She stole their lives".


Mom charged with murdering her 3 daughters

San Francisco Chronicle

March 27, 1998

Megan Hogg of Daly City was formally charged yesterday with murdering her 3 daughters, and prosecutors may seek the death penalty in the case.

But her attorney said he may advise Hogg to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

"I haven't made up my mind yet -- I'm still gathering information, but I can't believe God made her evil from the egg," said defense attorney George Walker.

Walker made his comments outside a Redwood City Municipal Court room yesterday, shortly after Hogg appeared before Judge Richard Livermore.

Clad in yellow jail garb, Hogg stood behind a glass panel that shields all defendants appearing before the judge. She made no comment, and Livermore postponed entry of a plea until April 1, allowing Hogg to confer with her lawyer.

Hogg is charged with 3 counts of murder in the slayings of her daughters, Antoinette Marden, 7, Angelique Roberts, 3, and Alexandra Hogg, 2. Their bodies were found in Hogg's bed Monday morning.

Under the law, commission of multiple murders is considered a special circumstance that, if proven at trial, could be punished by death or life imprisonment.

Walker told reporters there is a possibility that Hogg didn't know what she was doing.

Flanked by dozens of Hogg's family members and friends, Walker said the young mother had been suffering from depression for more than a year. He said she was seeing a psychiatrist and was taking antidepressants. In addition, Hogg had been prescribed painkillers for a head injury she had suffered during a car accident in January.

When Hogg apparently attempted to take her own life early Monday morning, she may have decided that she didn't want "to leave her children alone in this miserable world," Walker said.

That morning, she wrote a 2-page letter detailing how she was going to kill her daughters, according to police. She drank a mixture of hot chocolate and prescription drugs, officers said. Then using duct tape, she allegedly bound each of her daughters' hands and sealed their mouths and noses. She also held each child down until she suffocated, investigators said.

"I, Megan Hogg, have ended the lives of my daughters, Antoinette, Angelique and Alexandra in my bed by suffocation," she wrote in a 2nd letter, according to a source familiar with the case. "I have also consumed very high amounts of Vicodin, codeine, Tylenol with codeine, Motrin and Trazodone. Never before have I considered ending the girl's lives. Myself, however, it's something I have thought of frequently. This is to notify anyone necessary that this was a sole action and included help and knowledge of no other.''

Prosecutor Jack Grandsaert said it will be weeks before the district attorney decides whether to seek capital punishment for Hogg. Death penalty cases involving women are rare, say legal experts.

"This county only has one woman on death row," Grandsaert said.

According to Walker, Hogg's relatives said they support her and mourn the loss of the children.

Hogg, who lived with her parents, had worked at AT&T as an account executive since November. Employees declined to comment, except to say that they felt bad for the family.

Schoolmates of the girls also are grieving, and the deaths have prompted some to fear for their own lives. A classmate of Antoinette's at Miraloma School in San Francisco asked her parents Tuesday evening before going to bed, "Am I going to still be breathing tomorrow?" according to Principal Paul Reinhertz.

Many of the 350 students at the school have been having nightmares and asking similar questions about life, death and murder, he said.

To help the children cope with the tragedy, the school held an assembly yesterday. Several children read letters to their late classmate. Then they heaped the letters, cards and flowers on tables in a hallway, creating a rainbow-colored memorial for the slain 7-year-old.


Slain Girls' Mother Left Notes, Cops Say

Suspect under suicide watch

Stacy Finz, Jaxon Van Derbeken, Manny Fernandez -

March 25, 1998

Megan Hogg wrote a two-page letter detailing how she was going to kill her three young girls, sipped from a cup of hot chocolate laced with prescription drugs, then methodically suffocated each one with duct tape, Daly City police said yesterday.

The 25-year-old mother then carried their pajama-clad bodies into her bedroom and placed them side-by-side next to her in bed, said Lieutenant Steve Lowe of the Daly City Police Department. And she wrote a second note confirming that she had completed the deadly task, Lowe said.

The letters, along with an unconscious Hogg and the bodies of her three children, were discovered Monday morning in the Daly City home they shared with Hogg's parents. Hogg has since been arrested and is on suicide watch at the Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose.

"Any parent would throw their body in front of a train to protect their kids," said Lowe, who described the act as "plain evil."

"How can you possibly explain somebody killing their kids?"

Family members have said Hogg had suffered from complications of an earlier head injury and may have lost the will to live. She also suffered from depression and may have been taking a bad mixture of prescription drugs that led to a possible psychotic episode, said Hogg's attorney.

But Lowe says the killings appeared cold-blooded. He said each child's hands had been bound and their noses and mouths were covered with tape. Hogg is accused of holding each of the girls down for up to five minutes while they suffocated.

Coroner's deputies removed the small bodies from the Higate Drive home Monday morning, while relatives and friends wept outside in horror.

Hogg is expected to be arraigned this afternoon for the deaths of her three daughters, Antoinette Marden, 7, Angelique Roberts, 3, and Alexandra Hogg, 2.

Lowe said investigators recovered the duct tape used in the crime and will use the letters as evidence in court. He would not disclose the contents of the notes or offer a motive for why Hogg would want to kill her children.

But San Mateo County Coroner Bud Moorman said Hogg had received a head injury several weeks before the deaths of her girls.

"Her mother told my investigator that she had been suffering from seizures and didn't want to go on," Moorman said. "It's not uncommon for suicidal people to want to take their children with them."

Moorman said autopsies of the girls revealed that they died from asphyxiation.

Hogg's attorney, George Walker, said it was too early to discuss the case. He did, however, confirm that Hogg had suffered from a head injury and had been prescribed painkillers and Prozac for depression.

"We are exploring whether a combination of drugs produced a psychotic episode," he said.

But Lowe said, "I think she's just an evil woman who suffocated her children. I'm not convinced that she wanted to kill herself. She didn't even finish the hot chocolate drink because she didn't like the taste of it."

Police believe Valium was one of the drugs Hogg used in her drink.

Hogg's relatives declined to comment yesterday as they went to and from the Daly City home.

Meanwhile, neighbors and people who know the family struggled to try to make sense of the girls' deaths.

Megan Hogg, who worked for AT&T as an account executive handling billing out of a San Jose office, was living with her parents, Greg and Kathy Hogg. People who know the family say Greg and Kathy Hogg played a big role in the girls' lives.

Paul Reinhertz, principal of San Francisco's Miraloma School, where Antoinette was in second grade, remembered her as a quiet but friendly child who did well in class. Last month, she was chosen to be one of two class representatives at the African American honor student parade.

"She came to school beautifully groomed," Reinhertz said. "She often had her hair braided in beautifully colored beads."


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