October 2, 1956
Clinton, North Carolina
A 35-year-old father shoots his 6 children, bashes the in their heads with either the butt of a gun or an ax, then shoots himself between the eyes with a shotgun
The children were Alice (10), Joseph (9), Melvin (7), Ruth (5), Jerry (4), and Sue (2). The children’s mother was away during the murders. It’s theorized that Rufus was angry after his wife filed assault charges against him, and he decided to take his frustrations out on his children before killing himself.
Article from the Chicago Daily Tribune, published October 3, 1956