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David WHITSON

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

   
 
 
Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Tumultuous divorce
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: September 13, 1995
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1960
Victims profile: His estranged wife, Laura Whitson, 35, and their three daughters, Sarah, 6, Rachel, 3, and April, 6 months
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Scott Mills, Oregon, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison. Committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell in the Oregon State Penitentiary in June of 1996
 
 

 
 

4 in Family Are Slain

The New York Times

September 13, 1995

A man who had been ordered to stay away from his estranged wife tracked her down and killed her and their three daughters, the authorities said today.

The man, David Whitson of Seattle, was charged with four counts of aggravated murder in Monday's slayings, said Dale Penn, the Marion County deputy district attorney. If convicted, Mr. Whitson could receive the death penalty.

Laura Whitson, 35, was shot to death, along with the couple's children, Sarah, 6, Rachel, 3, and April, 6 months. Mrs. Whitson's mother, Margaret Magee, was shot in the arm, Mr. Penn said.

The Whitsons were in the midst of a tumultuous divorce, Mr. Penn said. Mrs. Whitson had moved from Seattle to live with her mother and had obtained a restraining order against Mr. Whitson, saying he had forced her to have sex.


David Whitson hanged himself in his cell in the Oregon State Penitentiary in June of 1996 while he was serving a life sentence.

 




 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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