November 27, 1980
Priscilla Ford runs over a crowd of people in her car, killing 6 and wounding 23
Ford, a schoolteacher with an IQ of 140, claimed she ran over her victims as retribution for her daughter being placed in a foster home in 1973 following Ford’s arrest for trespassing. During trial she claimed to be the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and the reincarnation of Adam, stating “I am human. And I am divine. I don’t like it any more than anyone else does. I don’t want to be divine.”
Because of her self-proclaimed divinity, she believed she was incapable of sin and that her actions were not murder. She also called her victims, killed on Thanksgiving Day, “beasts” and “just pigs, animals let out in a wild place.”
Ford pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was found mentally competent to stand trial. She was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death in 1982. She died in prison of cigarette-related emphysema on January 25, 2005 before her execution could be carried out.
Photos by Marilyn Newton