On November 9, 1971, 46-year-old accountant John List grabbed his 9mm semi-automatic handgun and his father's .22 caliber revolver and murdered his mother, his wife, and three of his children in cold blood.

A desk drawer containing the weapon John List used to murder his family
A desk drawer containing the weapon John List used to murder his family.

List, the seemingly perfect son, husband, and father, shot the unsuspecting victims methodically, one by one.

List's first victim was his wife, Helen, whom he shot as she sipped her morning coffee.

The kitchen John List shot his wife in
The kitchen John List shot his wife in.

He then went up to the third floor and murdered his mother, Alma, in her bed.

The stairs leading to List's mother's attic apartment
The stairs leading to List's mother's attic apartment.

The storage room in Alma List's third-floor apartment
The storage room in Alma List's third-floor apartment

The family killer then waited for his daughter and his youngest son to return home from school and shot both of them in the back of the head.

Blood leaking from a paper bag John List placed bloodied towels in
Blood leaking from a paper bag John List placed bloodied towels in.

List then made himself a sandwich, closed both his and his mother's bank accounts, and drove to Westfield High School to cheer for his elder son, John, at his high school soccer game.

He then gave his son a ride home and shot him in the chest.

Victims of the List family murders
Police photo of the bodies of List's wife and three children in the ballroom.

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