True Crime: John List

…¬†On November 9th, 1971, List had written a note to the principal of Patty’s school, saying she would be out for a few days. Another similar note was written to the other schools. To his boss, he wrote, “I’m sorry that it all had to end this way but with so little income I just couldn’t go on keeping the family together. And I didn’t want them to experience poverty.” He made the same excuse to Helen’s mother, the children’s maternal grandmother. He also mentioned that he could not be sure that their souls would remain pure in the future, giving the impression that he believed he had killed them for their own good. To save his own mother from anguish, he had killed her, too.

It was time to search the house more thoroughly to piece together what had happened on that gruesome day.

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