The 63-year-old mother suspected with her son in the disappearance of a Manhattan millionaire and other crimes says they have been unjustly accused and that she is wasting away behind bars, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
"We are innocent," a sobbing Sante Kimes told columnist Cindy Adams from a jail telephone Sunday. "I cannot bear this for my child. Every mother in the world can share my pain."She cries in her cell every night, cannot sleep and has lost 18 pounds because she has no appetite, she said.
Sante Kimes and her son, Kenneth Kimes Jr., 23, are suspects in the July 5 disappearance of 82-year-old Irene Silverman, from whom they rented a $6,000-a-month townhouse apartment.
"He is everything any mother would want," Kimes said of her son. "A loving, caring, wonderful son - with such goodness."
The mother and son are being held on unrelated credit card fraud charges while police investigate their ties to Mrs. Silverman and their suspected involvement in the 1996 disappearance of a Bahrain banker in the Bahamas, the death of a Los Angeles businessman last March, and fraud charges in Utah and Louisiana.
And now Los Angeles police are looking for a drifter who was working with the Kimeses and vanished around the time the businessman, David Kazdin, was killed, the Post reported.