Matthey, who was herself cleared for the murders of her own four children after they died unexpectedly between 1998 and 2003, has claimed her case could prove Kathleen Folbigg’s innocence, stating “medical experts” could be wrong about the causes of death for Folbigg’s four children.
In her first ever interview, with Tara Brown on 60 Minutes, Matthey speaks of the deaths of her babies – Jacob, Chloe, Joshua and Shania – who all died in her care, but not all from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as Folbigg has claimed in her case.
Kathleen Folbigg is Australia’s worst female serial killer, convicted of killing her four babies. 8.30 TONIGHT: Tara Brown uncovers an identical tragedy: four children dead, but this time the mother walked free. What really happened? A #60Mins that will divide the country. pic.twitter.com/VFuEUYsyu3
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) March 17, 2019
In 1998, Jacob passed away aged seven months. Two years later, Chloe died at nine weeks. Both suffered Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as SIDS.
But a further two years down the line, three-month-old Joshua suddenly stopped breathing. His death was attributed to a blood infection by doctors, leaving Matthey distraught.
It was the fourth death, of her three-and-a-half year old daughter Shania in 2003, which raised suspicions, ultimately launching an investigation into all four children’s deaths.
As Shania was too old for SIDS, medical experts couldn’t explain her sudden passing.
In court, Matthey said her child fell from a coffee table, started screaming and stopped breathing, prompting a call to an ambulance. She died the next day after Matthey declined an offer by paramedics to take the child to hospital.
The explainable death led to Matthey’s arrest and charge in 2005 for the horrific act of murdering all four children, leaving one remaining son, now 21.