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Small sacrifices : a true story of passion and murder

Author: Ann Rule
Publisher: New York : Signet, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of an Oregon woman convicted of shooting her three children, killing one, in 1983.
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Genre/Form: True crime stories
Biographies
Case studies
Biography
Named Person: Diane Downs; Diane Downs
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Rule
ISBN: 0451166604 9780451166609
OCLC Number: 25191855
Notes: "A Signet book."
Description: 494 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
Responsibility: Ann Rule.

Abstract:

The story of an Oregon woman convicted of shooting her three children, killing one, in 1983.

"Somebody just shot my kids!" Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a Springfield, Oregon, hospital, her three gravely wounded children beside her. Thus begins the tale of a truly unthinkable crime that shattered the tranquility of a tight-knit community. As police searched for the "shaggy-haired stranger" Diane accused of shooting 8-year-old Christie, 7-year-old Cheryl, and 3-year-old Danny, a suspicion grew that was even more horrifying than the crime itself: Did Diane shoot her own children? Haunted by this question, a dedicated district attorney searched for the answer and uncovered a chronology of incest, psychological wounding, desperate affairs, and surrogate motherhood. Ann Rule's gripping, powerful, and ultimately terrifying true story of passion and murder will hold you in thrall as it plumbs the unimagined depths of darkness concealed within a human being.

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