Man kills 5 children, wounds 29 more before killing self for unknown reasons

January 17, 1989Stockton, CaliforniaPatrick Purdy (24) visits the Cleveland Elementary School where he fires on students and teachers, killing 6 (including himself) and wounding 29 On the morning of January 17, the police department received an anonymous death threat against the Cleveland Elementary School. A few hours later, Purdy arrived at the school he had…

12-year-old abducted, killed

December 20, 1984Greeley, Colorado12-year-old Jonelle Matthews is taken from her home; her body will remain undiscovered for nearly 35 years Matthews was last seen on the night of December 20 after she sang Christmas carols with her school choir. She was taken home by a friend and the friend’s mother who watched Matthews walk into…

Man abducts, assaults, kills young cousin

December 19, 1985Houston, TexasTara Lauti (9) is abducted, sexually assaulted, and killed by her uncle Aua Lauti (31) Aua visited the house of his uncle (Tara’s father) on the night of December 18. He had been despondent over a recent break up and was visibly intoxicated by the time he arrived, and continued to excessively…