Queen Hemlock, the stepmother of Princess Snow White, pleaded guilty today to attempted murder of her stepdaughter and was sentenced to life in prison. Prince Franz found Snow White in a coma months after she was reported missing.
“I was shocked that my daughter was still alive,” said King George, Snow White’s father. “When the search team could not find her, we assumed she was dead. I knew my wife was obsessed with her beauty, but I never would have imagined she would try to kill my little girl.”
Snow White went missing six months ago, and she said she had lived in a small cottage deep in the forest with seven dwarfs, fearing for her life if she returned.
Upon searching George and Hemlock’s castle, authorities found a smashed mirror in Hemlock’s bedroom. Snow White said she remembers Hemlock talking to the mirror, asking who was the “fairest of them all.” A huntsman, who asked to remain anonymous, said Hemlock asked him to murder Snow White because the mirror said she was the most beautiful.
“I actually drew my knife to kill her, because I was terrified to disobey the queen,” the huntsman said. “But when Snow White started to cry and begged me to spare her life, I felt pitiful and told her to run away.”
Hemlock eventually realized Snow White was still alive, and she traveled to the cottage after using her mirror to find it.
“She tried to sell me these beautiful laces, and she looked nothing like my stepmother,” Snow White said. “By the time I realized it was her, I was fainting from the lace being wrapped so tightly.”
The dwarfs returned in time to cut the laces, allowing Snow White to breathe. Hemlock returned once again with a poisonous comb, but Snow White recognized her stepmother immediately and did not take it. Realizing she had to trick Snow White, Hemlock returned once more and left a poisonous apple on the windowsill.
“I thought one of the dwarfs had left it, because they pick fruit for me sometimes,” Snow White said. “I remember taking a bite, and everything went black after that.”
The dwarfs believed Snow White was dead, but rather than bury her, they made a transparent coffin of glass. She stayed in the coffin for a long time, until Franz found it while hunting in the forest.
“Snow White and I have been close since we were young,” Franz said. “When I saw her in the coffin, I was devastated and wanted to take her back to my castle. I had planned to propose to her before she went missing.”
The dwarfs permitted Franz to take Snow White’s coffin, but after stumbling over a tree stump, a piece of apple came out of Snow White’s throat.
“We realized she had been in a coma from the poison the entire time,” Franz said. “The dwarfs felt awful that they thought she was dead, but we were all surprised that her stepmother’s poison wasn’t strong enough to kill her.”
Snow White and Franz married shortly after her return, and Snow White said she is thankful to finally be safe.
“I’m glad my stepmother can no longer harm anyone,” Snow White said. “I’m lucky to be alive and happily married, and I’m looking forward to making the kingdom a safer place.”
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