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British Grandma On Death Row Viewers Are Convinced Linda Carty Is Guilty

Gregory Robinson

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British Grandma On Death Row Viewers Are Convinced Linda Carty Is Guilty

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Viewers are convinced Linda Carty is guilty after watching the new ITV documentary British Grandma on Death Row.

Susanna Reid interviewed Carty, who was convicted of the kidnap and murder of her neighbour, Joana Rodriguez, in 2002.


The 25-year-old was kidnapped and suffocated to death. Her body was found in the boot of Carty's car and her baby son Ray was found unharmed.

Prosecutors claimed Carty was desperate to have another baby and conspired to kill Joana and raise baby Ray herself.

Gerald Anderson, Chris Robinson and Carlos Williams were all sentenced as accomplices. Anderson and Robinson pleaded guilty for aggravated kidnapping. Williams pleaded not guilty, but was convicted by a jury of kidnapping.

Carty was sentenced to death in February 2002 for the 2001 murder but maintained her innocence throughout the trail and her years incarcerated in a Texas prison.

However, many viewers were not convinced and pointed to evidence in which Carty told her partner she was pregnant but prosecutors say there is no evidence to support this.

Carty claims she is innocent. (Credit: ITV)
Carty claims she is innocent. (Credit: ITV)

Prosecutors, including former Harris county D.A. Lynne Hardaway, who is interviewed by Reid in the documentary, says there is no evidence Carty was ever pregnant or had a miscarriage. Carty claims she was "almost three months pregnant" when she had a miscarriage, claiming this is why she had so many baby items in her possession.

Carty had purchased baby clothes and other items and told her neighbour that she was expecting.

One viewer said: "Why buy all that baby stuff on the day of or day before the murder and claim you had a miscarriage?! A miscarriage when? It doesn't add up #BritishGrandma".

A second viewer pointed to this evidence, writing: "#BritishGrandma I'm sorry to say but this Linda Carty knows more than she's saying why would she have given her car to someone she doesn't even know and if she miscarried why keep the baby gifts toiletries in a car take them to a local charity surely?"

In response to this tweet, a viewer defended Carty by reminding viewers that people react to traumatic events, such as a miscarriage, in different ways. They tweeted: "I don't know if it applies in this case, but people react very differently and not always logically to bereavement, as with any trauma."

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

While another viewer tweeted: "This Grandma though why has she got baby supplies when she's actually not pregnant that seems very odd seems like she kidnapped the child and everything went wrong. #BritishGrandma"

A fourth Twitter user summarised their thoughts with: "What do we reckon, innocent or guilty? I'm on the fence but leaning more towards guilty #britishgrandma".

One viewer added: "I think it's pretty obvious Linda is guilty of conspiring to take the baby, by force if necessary. But I don't believe she actually killed Joana. And while this is an horrific case I don't think she should be on death row..life, yes but not death row. RIP Joana."

However, some viewers came to the conclusion Carty is innocent. "I think #Britishgrandma is innocent but what do I know. Just judging what I heard on the TV interview," one Twitter user said.

While another viewer compared the documentary to Steven Avery's case in the Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer. "Watching the British Grandma on death row. It has a sense Making a murderer all over it. I'm still waiting for that clinching bit of real evidence and not the testimony of the kidnappers ! #BritishGrandma."

British Grandma on Death Row with Susanna Reid is available to watch on ITV Hub.

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, ITV

Gregory Robinson
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