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.
Full Name at Birth
Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs
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Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American convicted murderer. She shot her three children, killing one, and then told police a stranger had attempted to carjack her and shot the children. After her conviction in 1984, she was sentenced to life in prison.
Downs briefly escaped in 1987 and was re-captured. She is the subject of a book by Ann Rule and a made for TV movie under the same name, called Small Sacrifices. She was denied parole in December 2008 and again in December 2010.
On May 19, 1983, Downs shot her three children: Stephen Daniel Downs (born 1979, age 4), Cheryl Lynn Downs (born 1976, age 7) and Christie Ann Downs (born 1974, age 8).
in 1984 she had another child Rebecca.
Claim to Fame
Convicted child killer