William Allen Cunningham
Let’s talk about stupid people. Everybody knows somebody who’s stupid. I’m not talking about people who can’t recite their multiplication tables, or can’t balance a checkbook. That’s not really stupid, that’s just an person who can’t learn. Hell, I’ve never been able been able to balance a checkbook in my entire life, and I hope no one considers me stupid.
No, the kind of person I’m talking about gets run over by their own car in their own driveway. They suck last year’s gas out of a lawnmower with a shopvac and blow themselves to hell. They commit a murder and lose their driver’s license at the scene. They play golf during thunderstorms and piss on electric fences. Amateur skateboarding videos are chock full of stupid people.
William Allen Cunningham, of Clayton, Georgia, is one of those people, and sadly, it was his two children, Miranda, 18 months, and Billy, 3 years, who nearly paid the ultimate price for his stupidity.
It seems seems Cunningham had come up with a get rich quick scheme that involved his children consuming tainted food. He would then turn around and sue whatever company was responsible for producing the rotten foodstuffs, and it would be just like hitting the lottery at the Cunningham home.
The problem William Cunningham ran into was that the odds of finding a can or package of tainted food were about as high as winning the lottery. Not being an especially patient man, William decided to make a slight adjustment to his plan. After all, it didn’t matter where the contamination came from, did it?
On the afternoon of January 1st, 2006, Cunningham prepared some Campbell’s Roasted Beef Tips with Orzo Pasta soup for his son. He secretly laced the soup with hot pepper, which caused Billy’s mouth and face to swell and burn so much so that the boy had to be taken to a hospital.
Cunningham immediately contacted the Campbell’s Soup company, but apparently he didn’t get the reaction from them he was looking for, because about two weeks later, Cunningham prepared another bowl of soup, this time serving Billy and Miranda Campbell’s SpaghettiOs Sliced Franks. Both children became violently ill and were rushed to the emergency room. Doctors reported the odor of lighter fluid on the two kids, who were treated and released.
Records show that during this whole time, William Cunningham was in contact with the Campbell’s company, both by phone and by mail, trying to work out a settlement with their legal department.
Now, wouldn’t you think after twice poisoning your kids, and managing to stay off the radar of local law enforcement, it might be a good idea to cut your losses and admit this just wasn’t a very good plan.
Well, not our boy William – he never admits defeat, or he’s just too dumb to know any better, because on January 29th, Cunningham poisoned the children a third time. He had added Prozac and amitriptyline, two antidepressants, to a bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup.
This time, though, the little girl became so ill she had to be airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta. Both kids ended up in intensive care, and remained in the hospital for over a week. They may suffer permanent respiratory problems due to the poisonings.
Now THAT got the attention of law enforcement, and Federal Prosecutors as well. He was initially arrested and charged with five counts of Child Cruelty, but the Feds quickly stepped in and indicted him on tampering and fraud charges. He plead guilty to those charges and was sentenced in 2007 to 5 years in Federal prison.
But that’s not all people. Cunningham still had the State charges to face. By now Georgia prosecutors had added two counts of Aggravated assault to the 5 Child Cruelty charges. He went on trial earlier this month, and was convicted on all counts.
The judge showed William Allen Cunningham even less compassion than he showed his two children. She sentenced him to 100 Years in prison. Yep, you read that right, one-zero-zero, one hundred years in prison. No one can accuse the judge of being stupid.
Rhonda Cunningham, the children’s mother, divorced William Cunningham in 2006, soon after the poisoning scheme became known. Miranda and Billy Cunningham are now 4 and 6, respectively. Janet Dockery, who is the children’s grandmother, had this to say after sentencing:
“He (Billy) said, ‘Mawmaw, I think that’s my old daddy.’ I said, no that’s not your old daddy. I played it off to be something else. And he said, ‘Yeah. That’s soup daddy.’ That’s what he calls him. Soup daddy.”
Does William Allen Cunningham Belong In Hell?
- Yes (95%, 390 Votes)
- No (5%, 19 Votes)
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