When John List was caught in 1989 for the murders of his wife, mother, and three children, 18 years had passed. He soon became known as one of the world's deadliest dads.
List is not the first father to kill his family, but his five calculated acts of murder live on in the public mind as one of the most heinous examples of family serial killers in modern U.S. history.
Newspapers over the decades have offered the horrific details of the case of John List:
In 1971, John Emil List appeared to be a wealthy professional living the American Dream. He was well-educated, landed a prestigious banking position in 1965, and lived with his wife, three children, and 85-year-old mother in a 19-room Victorian mansion in Westfield, New Jersey.
In November 1971, List shot his entire family, left town, and wasn't arrested until 1989. While there were no signs that he was psychotic or delusional, his background suggests that he was a depressed, alienated killer with obsessive-compulsive disorder who wanted a fresh start in life.