‘Child of Rage’ who wanted to kill aged 6 parents unrecognisable in noble job

At just six-years-old, cherubic Beth Thomas sent chills down TV viewers' spines as she told of her plan to kill her parents.

The then little girl appeared calm and measured as she shared her intention to stab her brother and adoptive parents in their sleep.

In 1992, when the Child of Rage documentary was aired, she was clearly damaged after a harsh early childhood.

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However, now, 30 years on, she's unrecognisable, appearing happy and even inspiring in her life and career after an amazing transformation.

The Child of Rage documentary made for uncomfortable viewing as it featured shocking footage of Beth telling her psychiatrist she wanted to kill her adoptive parents and brother in the dead of night.

It included footage of Beth describing, in detail and without emotion, abuse that she had experienced and that she had subsequently inflicted upon others.

This included sticking pins into her brother and sexually abusing him, killing baby birds, torturing the family dog and, perhaps most chillingly, her plans to stab her parents as they slept.

In one incident, her brother Jonathan was seriously injured after Beth repeatedly smashed his head in to a concrete floor in a bid to kill him.

The documentary told how her adoptive parents, Tim and Julie, had to resort to locking Beth in her room at night to stop her from stabbing them to death

But when details of Beth's background were revealed, her psychopathic behaviour began to make sense.

In the first few years of their lives, Beth and Jonathan suffered severe neglect and sexual abuse by their biological parents.

They were taken into care and adopted by Tim and Julie.

Beth was diagnosed with “reactive attachment disorder” (RAD), a rare but serious condition where young children fail to make healthy attachments with parents or caregivers due to extreme abuse.

RAD is common diagnosis in children who have been adopted. Their new parents often struggle to cope with violent outbursts aimed at them and family pets, as well as destructive behaviour and self-harm, all triggered by their traumatic early starts.

At first Beth saw a series of psychiatrists who struggled to help her develop empathy, but all failed.

It was only when therapist Connell Watkins offered to try an experimental and controversial form of therapy that her behaviour changed.

Connell's 'intensive behavioural modification' therapy involved setting Beth extreme restrictions, which included making her ask permission for everything and locking her in her room at night.

But it worked and within a year Beth was able to share a room again, stopped self harming and showed genuine remorse for how she had treated her brother.

Today Beth is a qualified therapist, now works as a nurse and has co-written a book called More Than A Thread of Hope with her second adoptive mother.

The pair have set up a company in the US called Families By Design which helps other families dealing with a RAD child.

It boasts its biggest success story is Beth herself who is "no longer a child of rage but an award-winning registered nurse and an amazing speaker”.

Beth is now married and living in Arizona, but little else is known about her private life, or if she has any children of her own.

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