Debora Green is currently incarcerated Topeka, Kansas, CF-Central
Maximum Security Prison, having been convicted of: Intentional, Premeditated
murder of greater than 1 person; Aggravated Arson; Substantial Risk of Bodily
Harm; Attempted Murder in 1st Degree; Attempted/Intentional/Premeditated Murder.
September 2010 in Kansas prison October 2008 in Kansas prison
Debora J. (Farrar) Green at trial.
Debora resumed her prior married name of Green after divorce.
1996 - June 6 - Debora Green began her sentence after copping an Alford plea deal for:
Count I, the capital murder of Kelly Fararr, aged 6;
Count II the capital murder of Timothy Farrar, aged 13;
Count III aggravated arson; County IV, the Attempted First Degree Murder
of her then husband, Cardiologist Dr. Mike Farrar;
Count V, the attempted capital murder Kate Farrar, aged 10.
In response the prosecution dropped the death penalty.
Green was sentenced to two concurrent 40 year prison terms without
possibility of parole & other concurrent sentences.
DEBORA J. GREEN
Parole Eligibility: November 21, 2035
Green had a volatile nature. She'd always been that way. Intelligent, aggressive,
she knew what she wanted and went for it. An Engineering Degree is what she
coveted. But when she achieved it, she was told that Engineering jobs aren't
that many. So instead of finding out for herself, and applying, she went into
medicine. Once she achieved her degrees in Oncology, she spoke
disparagingly about those who were Engineers.
Her first marriage to Duane Green fell apart and she partied heartily.
Until she met Mike Farrar, a budding doctor, who provided her with stability.
Debora's behaviour was often contentious and it escalated over time. When he
was accepted to a practice and she wasn't, she blamed him, not her propensity
for drink, which outweighed her desire to continue pursuing her career.
Their first child was Timothy, and although he grew into a pre-teen with all the
hormones and teenaged angst, fighting with his father, there were signs he
would make it through all of it.
Debora was known to have abused Tim, the eldest child, both physically
and mentally while he was alive.
In death, she not only accused him of poisoning his father, but
of setting the fatal fire that killed him and his younger sister Kelly, that
almost killed his sister Kate. The same son, that when surrounded by
flames he asked her for help, for what to do, and she told him to wait
instead of saving himself.
What Mike didn't know at the time was that some of the trouble came from
Debora continually pitting their son against him. He wasn't the only one of
their children being manipulated. Their second child was Kate and their third
was little Kelly. They too came in for their share of vile stories about their
father, and the manipulation by their mother.
Debora once told a nanny "I didn't want kids; I never had. I am
doing it for Mike." The outward appearance of the "perfect family"
was important to her, but the reality was far from it. Debora deliberately
pit her children against her husband and filled their minds with vile
stories about him. When their mother drank, the children were afraid,
of her and of her threats.
Kelly, Kate, Timothy & Debora Farrar
Debora is a person who was used to getting her way at anything she desired,
Debora didn't react well when thwarted. When she didn't get her way she was
belligerent, violent and abusive.
Mike Farrar found himself keeping the peace in any way he could.
1994 - May - With a contentious marriage, Mike Farrar moved out and intended to
divorce Debora, who wants a reconciliation. Suddenly, in May of 1994,
their house is set on fire, causing the family to move in with Mike at
his apartment. Thus, a reconciliation of sorts was caused to happen.
Mike and Debora purchase a nice home and move their family in. Life settles
back into it's old patterns. Debora is just as histrionic as always, unless she
got her way.
1995 - August 7- Debora went to the local Olathe Earl May Garden Center (receipt)
and purchases castor beans. She'd gotten the idea for the castor
beans from an Agatha Christie novel. Whether it was for the insurance
or out of revenge, she fails to kill him.
Mike becomes ill. As time progresses, his condition worsenes.
1995 - September 20 - Debora purchases more castor beans, this time at the
North Kansas City Earl May store. She tells the clerk
that it is for a school science project for her son.
Evidence shows no such project existed.
Mike had become enamored of another woman, a widow and begins an affair.
Their relationship is amicable, unlike his marriage.
Mike decides that he doesn't want to be constantly living with the drama, threats
and yelling in his own marriage. The time has come for a divorce.
1995 - October - Mike Farrar moves out of the family home.
1995 - October 23 - Mike drops off the children that evening and goes back to his
MURDER & FIRE
Evidence showed that Green had checked out several books on
intrafamilial homicide, as well as "Necessary Lies," a book with a plot
regarding an intentionally set fire which burned several children to
1995 - October 23/24
12:22 P.M. (the morning of October 24, 1995)
Debora Farrar pours several types of accelerant around the home and to the doors
of the children's rooms. Standing where she can escape from her bedroom, she
lights the match and watches it flame. Then she touches it to the liquid pooling
on the floor.
Her hair is singed and she runs outside. Before she runs outside, Timothy calls his
mother on the house intercom asking for help. Asking what should he do. Debora tells
him to "wait. Wait until the rescue people come."
Timothy, instead of climbing out his window as he'd done before, trusted his mother.
And he waited.
And he died.
The house is so quickly engulfed, but Kate climbes out her window and with the
flames roaring behind her crawls across the garage roof. She calls to her mother
standing there and is relieved when she finally attracts her attention. Debora had
seen her crawling but she didn't race to her, she stood there, waiting.
Finally she held out her arms and told Kate to jump. Kate had no choice, the
flames were so close.
She trusts her mother to catch her.
But Debora doesn't.
Kate falls to the ground. Luckily it is soft grass and she isn't injured.
She urges her mother to help her siblings but Debora does nothing except stare
at the flames. Kate then urges a fireman to save them.
But it is too late.
Mike is devastated at the loss of Timothy and Kelly, and Boomer their dog, who
was always inseparable from the little girl.
Kelly died in her sleep. Boomer's body is found under the bed. Timothy suffered in
Kelly & Boomer
POISON & DEBILITATING ILLNESS
1995 - November - Mike's illness has continued unabated until finally the doctor
sends off a blood sample to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington,
D.C.. It is determined that ricin, from the castor beans, is the cause of
The poison Debora had given him has damaged Mike's heart and his brain, and
he has to undergo multiple surgeries. 11 in total.
Mike is undergoing a surgery when Debora is arrested
Dr. Michael Farrar testifying at Debora Green's trial. He had undergone yet another
surgery prior to testifying and bore the marks of the surgery.
Mike & Kate Farrar
1996 - February 12 - Debora Green submitts to testing and interviews by
psychiatrists and psychologists and did not meet the
legal definition of insanity. She had known the difference
between right and wrong both at the time of the event and
in the months after.
1996 - April - Debora Green enters an Alford Plea in Court.
"I DIDN"T DO IT"
Debora Green "I'm sorry my children are dead. I'm sorry I'm here and not
with Kate. But what I'm sorry 'for' (my fault) is that I took a
plea bargain for something I didn't do and didn't fight for my
rights and my innocence through the legal system. I'm sorry I
put my parents through all this - they knew I was making a big
mistake with the plea, but I was so scared I didn't know what
else to do."
SOMEBODY ELSE'S FAULT
1996 - August 27 - In another letter Green blames her attorneys, saying she
had felt "pressured."
Debora Green "My attorneys were remarkably little help in my decisions.
They seemed to want to avoid a trial but provided little or
no guidance to me. Sean O'Brien, who joined my team of
attorneys relatively late, is a specialist in death penalty
cases. His orientation is simply to avoid the death penalty
at all costs.
"I wasn't in any shape during my stay in the county jail to
make any decisions, I was living in fear, fueled somewhat
by my attorneys' pessimistic attitudes.
I was also confused, which I think was due to the Prozac I
was on since my thinking didn't clear up until I got here
(Topeka Correctional Facility) and got taken off the
I WANT A NEW TRIAL!
1997 - February 5 - In a letter Green is aware she is gambling with her life since
Morrison, the prosecutor stated that if she gets a new trial,
he'll seek the death penalty.
Debora Green "My honest opinion is that I'm here because the legal
system is largely geared against women right now. If I
had committed a crime, I would own up to it -- I am an
honest person. I did not.
My situation in the county jail -- overmedication, fear,
and isolation -- prompted me to want things to be over
with, and I would have done nearly anything to have
that happen. I didn't receive very good advice.
I allowed myself to be frightened and bullied into pleading
to something I didn't do.
Maybe God wanted me to be here to teach or tell me something.
I cannot believe this is His plan for the rest of my life...."
2000 - October 22 - Topeka Correctional Facility - Central R3gis. Use
of Pers. Property. 2 Infractions/Disciplinary reports.
2000 - Deborar Green hires Wichita Attorney, Kurt Kerns
2000 - June 1 - Hearing before District Judge Peter Ruddick. Debora
Green files to rescind her Alford plea agreement.
Attorney Kern's game plan is to show that Green was
incompetent at the time of trial to make the decision to
plea due to the combination of medications she was
administered at the time.
The Prosecutor in her case, Morrison, spoke for the State.
Request for a new trial DENIED.
2003 - February 21 -
Topeka Correctional Facility - Central Viol.
Statutes (Felony Crime) 1 Infraction/Disciplinary report.
Green was reportedly caught with escape plans in her cell.
2004 - March 22 - Green filed a motion to withdraw her plea as to all counts except
the attempted first-degree murder of Mike Farrar.
Request based on new modern techniques in fire investigation and
2004 - August 2 - Supplemental motion filed to set aside her plea, stating that the
factual basis for her plea should be reviewed under a heightened
reliability standard because she had faced the possibility
of the death penalty.
2004 - September 16 - District Court-
Green filed a motion for a certificate of appealability. Green filed to
withdraw the no contest pleas on the grounds that they were based
on faulty fire evidence, and several other grounds.
District court DENIED Green's application for certifcate of appealability.
2004 - October 12 - Preliminary Evidentiary Hearing
Hearing to discuss discovery; the district court limited the plea
withdrawal proceeding to "evidence that this could not have been
an arson fire."
2005 - January 3 - Second supplemental motion, Green argued that the court should
declare the plea bargain void or permit her to withdraw her plea
because the death penalty had been declared unconstitutional
2005 - January 10 - Hearing. Green argued that the central question before the
court was whether reasonable doubt now infected the factual
basis for her plea. In her view, the defense need not disprove
arson, but need only prove the State could not have proved it
beyond a reasonable doubt.
2007 - March 23 - Supreme State Court of Kansas court docket.
Green appeals the district court's decision denying her motion to
withdraw her no contest pleas.
Court ruling: Green did not meet her burden to prove the basis for her plea is so under-
cut by new evidence that the state could not have proved its case beyond
a reasonable doubt. The District Judge did not abuse his discretion in so
ruling. We conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in
denying defendant's motion to withdraw her plea. Affirmed.
2008 - May 15 - Green files petition challenging her convictions and sentences.
District Court denied her arguments for relief.
2008 - June 30 - District Court
Petitioner application for certificate of appealability DENIED.
Now an adult, Kate Farrar cares for both her parents and supports
her mother's efforts to win a new trial or have her sentence overturned.