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How Mom Became Suspect in Kids' Murder

VIDEO: Diane Downs gave bizarre interview to local TV station before murder conviction.


Diane Downs : Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American convicted murderer. She shot her three children, killing one, and then told police a stranger had attempted to carjack her and had shot the children. She was convicted in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison.


The Daughter of Diane Downs

In the country's attention was captured by the story of Diane Downs, a woman who shot her three children at point-blank range and then got pregnant again before going on trial. Now, the daughter she gave up for adoption comes forward.


10 Nonfiction Books To Read If You Love Crime Novels | ``Why would a young mother shoot her three young children one night, with the intent to kill? Anne Rule explores that question and more in her book Small Sacrifices, a true account of the crimes committed by Diane Downs, for which she attempted to blame a (some say, likely nonexistent) stranger. Those who followed the case back in the 1980s are still undecided about what to believe.``


Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder ~ Ann Rule is an amazing author and this story of the Diane Downs case is no exception