Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs, her three children, Christie, 8; Cheryl, 7; and Danny, 3. She shot her three children, killing one, and then told police a stranger had attempted to carjack her and had shot the children. When it all happened; May 19, 1983. Springfield, Oregon
This crime was organized, Diane actually had a diary where she wrote about this romance she had with Nick Knickerbocker. She said that her children bothered her and she wanted to get rid of them. Experts have for decades labeled Downs a narcissistic psychopath meaning she cared about herself too much. -when they made her reenact the scene she was doing her make-up fixing her hair and laughing about everything.
Diane Downs is a manipulative person that likes grabbing peoples attention. Diane has always wanted to be an actress. People think she did this so she can be on TV and become famous. I picked this topic because I am tired of listening and watching crimes and stuff about males killing other people. I think its more interesting learning about women that kill. But I really thought it was crazy how Diane did this all for herself and for “love”. MOVIE & Book: Small Sacrifices starring Farrah Fawcett
Diane Downs was found guilty on June 18, 1984. Diane didn’t want to go to jail and made up that she was pregnant thinking that it would close the case but that didn’t happened and got 55 years in prison. She later got sentenced to life in prison. The surviving children went to live with one of the prosecutors of the case. On July 11, 1987, Diane managed to escape from the Oregon Womens Correctional Center and was recaptured in Salem, Oregon ten days later. She received an additional five-year sentence for the escape.