I'm sure she was a nag too and constantly talking shit about him, creating drama rama. I want my money, my child support checks, dammit!
He probably couldn't take it anymore, the stress of her and her bullshit and he probably felt he was paying her, supporting her drama rama. I'm sure that drama rama was also causing his wife pain. She wasn't fucking him the way he wanted.
So his solution to his problem, the ex wife and child support payments, was to take her and the children out of the game. Start over, clean slate, justification, they're not mine anyway, I should have never adopted them, ooops, I made a mistake.
Alice had 5 children, his 2 would have been 7 mouths to feed, she needed his income to support her children. She was also afraid he would go back to the ex wife and leave her, therefore leaving her with no income to support her kids.
I don't know if the Alice's 3rd husband had anything to do with these murders, meaning a pact like, I'll kill him and you kill her, even steven, cause it was when he was 25 and she was 34. Unless, there was some kind of a payoff for her, life insurance perhaps? Ooooops, he had an accident. And he lived in another state then where she lived with, with this guy.
Were all the kids from the same guy? This Gerald guy must have been number 4?
The way he killed the children, her, hatred, back of the head, the kids behind the ear, he didn't want to kill the kids, but felt compelled, inner conflict, he had to get rid of them for his new wife, to appease her. Then later he felt some remorse, enough to move the bodies or somebody missed his withhold and he had to go back and cover his ass. Oh no, oh shit, I'll be found out, I better get over there and move those bodies.
Let me guess, daughter is writing a book, will go on the promo circuit to promote and market it? So she'll spin this as a love story of two psychos.
The reality of it is, these two people have mutual out ruds, they both murdered other people and thought nothing of it. I'm sure they even fucked each other thinking and talking about the murders. They might not have talked to anybody else about it, but themselves, their own bubble.
It took 40 years for these murders to be solved, to come to light. These two people withheld it very very well and went on with their lives as business as usual, like nothing happened. They don't talk much, not overt, direct. But instead, covert, indirect.
As for her going to confession, if she told her priest what, the whole truth, some what truth, made shit up or past lives? She was in there for 2 hours, and couldn't drive, she couldn't stand up. She didn't get relief after her confession, she felt worse then when she went in there to begin with.
The it was to protect you, may or may not be true.
Possibly more murders, not found out about, known.
I see the psycho couple from this movie - Johnny and Patricia