California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Father kills wife, 6 kids

February 6, 1996
Glendale, California
Jorjik Avanesian kills his wife Turan and their 6 children by setting their one-room apartment on fire

Jorjik set fire to the apartment, allegedly because his wife and eldest daughters had been using drugs which made them promiscuous. When investigators searched the remains of the apartment, they found 4 bodies in the bathroom (3 of which were in a tub filled with water) and 3 in the bedroom (2 of whom were children huddled in the closet). All had perished from smoke inhalation.

The victims were Turan (37), Roubina (17), Rita (16), Ranika (9), Rodrik (8), Romik (6) and Roland (4). Jorjik was sentenced to life in prison in 1999 but committed suicide by hanging in 2005.

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