It’s 2014, and 53-year-old Todd Scott is in the witness box during a sensational murder trial at Laramie County District Court in Wyoming. The evidence he is giving takes the court back decades to the 1970s when Todd was just a young child; the accused against whom he is testifying is his own mother, Alice Uden.
And as we’ll see, Alice Uden and her fourth husband Gerald – not Todd’s biological father – had more than their fair share of the darkest kind of secrets. What’s more, after the couple were arrested in September 2013, those secrets were finally revealed – and the Udens’ children may have been shocked to their cores.
Alice and Gerald Uden lived in the sleepy Missouri hamlet of Chadwick in Christian County, with the two having settled there some 30 years before Alice faced her son in court. The township is set in the midst of the scenic hills and rivers of the Ozarks, in the Mark Twain National Forest. And, apparently, nothing unduly shocking had taken place in Chadwick since its foundation in 1883 – that is, until the truth about the Udens emerged.