How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three Children: Diane Downs 2010

How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three Children

In 1983, 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.

The Daughter of Diane Downs

In 1983, 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.

Her daughter Cheryl Lynn, 7, victim. Diane Downs, mother & murderer, Shot her three children in order to make herself available for the man she obsessively loved.

Her daughter Cheryl Lynn, 7, victim. Diane Downs, mother & murderer, Shot her three children in order to make herself available for the man she obsessively loved.

Diane Downs/ Killed her 3 children and lied about it, bc her children were getting in the way of her love life

How Mom Became Suspect in Kids' Murder

Diane Downs/ Killed her 3 children and lied about it, bc her children were getting in the way of her love life

The Daughter of Diane Downs

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.

Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American woman convicted of the May 1983 murder of her daughter and the attempted murder of her other two children. She is convicted of shooting her three children, killing one and seriously wounding two. Following the shooting, Downs 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.

Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American woman convicted of the May 1983 murder of her daughter and the attempted murder of her other two children. She is convicted of shooting her three children, killing one and seriously wounding two. Following the shooting, Downs 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.

Diane Downs (left) was found guilty of shooting her children (l.-r.) Danny, Christie and Cheryl in 1983. Cheryl died from the shooting.

Diane Downs (left) was found guilty of shooting her children (l.-r.) Danny, Christie and Cheryl in 1983. Cheryl died from the shooting.

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