November 14, 2006
Elkhart, Indiana
Angelica Alvarez kills her four children, ages 2 to 8, before attempting suicide

Alvarez was found by her husband Fernando Valdez in the basement of their home, near the bodies of the four children. Each child had been given sleeping pills and strangled by Alvarez using her hands; at least one child had marks from an electrical cord around the neck. Alvarez then took attempted to hang herself with the electrical cord of a lamp. When the hanging didn’t work, she took an overdose of sleeping pills. When Valdez found her, she was unconscious with a faint pulse. Alvarez was able to recover and was jailed without bond following a hearing held hours after her release from the hospital. A suicide note left near the bodies indicated Alvarez believed the children would be better off in Heaven.

Alvarez pleaded guilty to four counts of murder under the condition the prosecution not pursue the death penalty. She was sentenced to life without parole for each child’s murder.

The Courier-Journal. November 17, 2006.


  • “Mother sentenced to life for killing children.” The Monitor [McAllen, Texas]. September 25, 2007
  • “Mother charged with strangling her 4 children.” The Star Press [Muncie, Indiana]. November 23, 2006
  • Coyne, Tom. “Elkhart woman held in children’s deaths.” The Courier-Journal [Louisville, Kentucky]. November 17, 2006

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