October 31, 2011
Ledell Peoples stabs Maria Adams with “several steak knives” after an argument over missing Halloween candy
The argument between Peoples (55) and Adams (49) began with accusations regarding a missing bag of Halloween candy, and escalated into violence. During the fight, Adams threw plates at Peoples in a form of self-defense. A piece of one the shattered plates struck Peoples above the eye resulting in a laceration. Peoples countered by stabbing Adams with “several steak knives,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Peoples then called the police to inform them of the attack.
Adams was brought to the hospital in critical condition but succumbed to her injuries on November 5. Peoples was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing Adams.
- Illinois Department of Correction. Accessed: October 31, 2018. https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Offender/Pages/InmateSearch.aspx (no direct link, will need to search by inmate’s name)
- Sadovi, Carlos. “Cops: Woman dies after being stabbed over missing Halloween candy.” Chicago Tribune. November 6, 2011.
- “Woman Dies After Gruesome Halloween Stabbing.” CBS Chicago. November 6, 2011. Accessed: October 31, 2018. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/11/06/woman-dies-after-gruesome-halloween-stabbing/