By: Rayiah Ross
On March 23rd, 1998, three daughters -Antoinette Marden (7), Angelique Roberts (3), and Alexandra Hogg (2)- were callously murdered by their mother, Megan Hogg. The three girls sipped from a cup of hot chocolate laced with prescription drugs, before being suffocated with duct tape wrapped around their mouths and noses. The 25 year old mother carried their pajama clad bodies into their bedroom and placed them side by side next to her in bed before trying to kill herself. Lieutenant Steve Lowe of the Daly City Police Department confirmed that she had wrote a two page letter detailing how she had completed the deadly task before attempting to take her own life. She described the fact that she “did what she had to do” to “be with” her children and spare them from the problems she faced in her own life. The girls’ grandmother found their bodies and Hogg, who had tried to kill herself by drinking hot chocolate laced with roughly 40 tablets of codeine, Tylenol, Vicodin and Trazodone.
The kids she murdered were my cousins that I was never able to meet. My uncle dated Megan Hogg for 5 years before having the girls. My family fought in court to have her arrested, and even spared her life when they gave us the option of death penalty. Megan K. Hogg, who’s now 45, was sentenced in San Mateo County Superior Court to 25 years to life in 1999. She pleaded no contest to three counts of first-degree murder, which allowed her to avoid the possible sentence of life without parole.
Recently, a panel consisting of Commissioner Terri Turner and Deputy Commissioner Tim O’Hara found that Hogg “no longer constitutes an unreasonable risk of danger to the community,” according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office, which objected to the decision. The district attorney’s office said serious rules violations, disciplinary issues, poor parole plans and a violation of prison rules on dealing drugs within the prison were among the reasons Hogg should not be granted parole. With all of this considered, the board standing with Governor Jerry Brown still stands strong on terminating her imprisonment early. My family is distraught and muddled over the DA decision to overturn her imprisonment. My grandmother, Mary Roberts spoke about the issue in tears. “We are speaking for our 3 beautiful girls who never had a first kiss or went to prom or turned from baby dolls to boys, then into women that they would be now if they were not murder in cold blood by a woman who was supposed to protect them.” The victims’ aunt, Damali Ross, says news of the early release is “like ripping the Band-Aid of a wound that never healed.
Hogg is still in childbearing age and more than capable of committing infanticide. Her release means not only putting her own children in danger, but also other children; and as heartless as she is, her release puts herself in danger. Not one member of the victims’ family was contacted by the prison review board and she has not served even the minimum of 25 years. We the family have learned that she has continued her abusive patterns while in prison including her abuse of drugs which led to these senseless murders. She remains incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, Madera County. Our wish is that Ms. Hogg not be granted parole as she remains a threat to society and because the trauma that she caused our family continues to make us fearful of the continued and future threat that she will be to society.