Righteous Carnage: The List Murders in Westfield

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At about 9 o'clock on the morning of November 9, 1971, soon after sending her three children off to school, Helen List sat in the kitchen drinking a cup of coffee. She was still in her nightgown and slippers. John List came up behind her and put a 9mm German-made Steyr automatic pistol to the side of her head and fired once. She died instantly. The bullet smashed into the opposite wall. John made his way up the stairs to the third floor where his 85-year old mother, Alma, wearing a housedress, was preparing ...
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At about 9 o'clock on the morning of November 9, 1971, soon after sending her three children off to school, Helen List sat in the kitchen drinking a cup of coffee. She was still in her nightgown and slippers. John List came up behind her and put a 9mm German-made Steyr automatic pistol to the side of her head and fired once. She died instantly. The bullet smashed into the opposite wall. John made his way up the stairs to the third floor where his 85-year old mother, Alma, wearing a housedress, was preparing breakfast in her efficiency kitchen. She was standing near the storage room that adjoined her kitchen when a 9mm bullet ripped through the side of her scull. Alma List was dead before her body crumpled in a heap on the floor. The Righteous Carnage had begun.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595007202
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/24/2000
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 564,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Very good, a thorough look into a very mysterious person from hi

    Very good, a thorough look into a very mysterious person from his childhood to when he murdered his family and thereafter. A must read!

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    Real-Life Murder Mystery

    This is a book that has been available for 19 years about events from 1970 to 1990, an incredible 20 year period where a murderer of his own family went underground hiding in plain sight moving around the country. It is a psychodrama utilizing painstaking research to discover the early family situation of the murderer and went through his history of 2 marriages, 3 own children and 1 step-child, plus his overbearing mother who came to live with him to allow his family to meet the finances of a "stretch" home in Westfield NJ, where one of the authors lives today. It identifies how he was finally caught as a result of his case being shown on the "Most Wanted" TV show. This book is extremely well written and will engage you once you start reading it.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Not worth the time

    The writing is choppy and kind of dull.
    The story itself is odd, and sad and interesting but the authors writing does not enhance the story. Instead the writing spends more time illuminating nonessential facts like the towns certain parts take place in, or wars, or the elementary and early church life of John List.
    Frankly, I would have liked to have a chapter or two devoted to the psychological make-up of someone like John List and the rest of the family.
    Maybe a little more dedicated to the family's time spent in the 'List Mansion'.
    I won't read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    Obsessed

    I grew up in Cranford, A town close to westfield. As a teenager this story always fascinated me. I visted the srteet the house once stood on, down to the graves of the family whose lives were taken unjustly. This book is just amazing, and adds insight on what really happened rather thatn listening to the 'my friends cousin know this guy who went to school with patti' stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    Truth is stranger than fiction

    Who could systematically kill his family then evade police for nearly two decades? John E. List - seemingly the good Lutheran next door. I was fascinated when I saw a news article pertaining to the List murders. This book has satisfied all my curiosities and more. The authors give a nice blend of information stemming from List's youth to when he was living with a different identity. Allowing the reader to discern if List's reason for killing his three children, wife and mother were valid. Even though the end of the story is known, you don't know all the details. Don't peek and read the end! I nearly fell out of my seat. Oh the irony! If you like to read about true crime, this book is well worth the read!

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