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April 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A jury in Elizabeth, N.J., began deliberating whether former Sunday school teacher John Emil List was a "hideous angel of death" or was mentally disturbed when he killed his wife, three children and mother. List's attorney has conceded during the eight-day trial that List, 64, committed the killings in 1971. But he sought a lesser verdict of second-degree murder. The jurors deliberated for six hours, then recessed until this morning.
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May 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
A judge on Tuesday rejected John Emil List's plea for forgiveness, and ordered the former Sunday school teacher imprisoned for life, saying the voices of his slaughtered family were demanding justice. "For what he did to his wife, his mother, his daughter, his two sons and for how he traumatized an entire community, (the) defendant should have no hope of breathing the free air that graces the lives of law abiding citizens," Superior Court Judge William Wertheimer said.
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NEWS
September 13, 1989
John Emil List, who faces charges of murdering five members of his family before disappearing in 1971, is not the infamous airliner hijacker D.B. Cooper, investigators said in Elizabeth, N.J. Frank Marranca, a captain of detectives with the Union County prosecutor's office, said investigators have found nothing to tie List to the man who jumped out of an airliner and into the nation's folklore two weeks after List vanished. List disappeared around Nov.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Emil List, a churchgoing accountant who escaped capture for more than 17 years after killing five members of his family, was found guilty Thursday of five counts of first-degree murder. After nine hours of deliberation, a jury in Elizabeth, N.J., apparently rejected List's defense that a mental defect had caused him to shoot his wife, mother and three teen-age children in 1971.
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June 18, 1989 | STRAT DOUTHAT, Associated Press
In the years after the methodical murders of his wife, mother and three children in New Jersey, John Emil List painstakingly created a new identity for himself in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He dyed his hair and changed his name to establish new credit accounts and a phony Social Security number. He took a new wife, to whom he lied about his age and personal history. List finally was tripped up after nearly two decades in hiding because his new persona was made in his old image--that of a wimpy, bespectacled accountant whose life centered around the Lutheran Church.
NEWS
May 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
A judge on Tuesday rejected John Emil List's plea for forgiveness, and ordered the former Sunday school teacher imprisoned for life, saying the voices of his slaughtered family were demanding justice. "For what he did to his wife, his mother, his daughter, his two sons and for how he traumatized an entire community, (the) defendant should have no hope of breathing the free air that graces the lives of law abiding citizens," Superior Court Judge William Wertheimer said.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Emil List, a churchgoing accountant who escaped capture for more than 17 years after killing five members of his family, was found guilty Thursday of five counts of first-degree murder. After nine hours of deliberation, a jury in Elizabeth, N.J., apparently rejected List's defense that a mental defect had caused him to shoot his wife, mother and three teen-age children in 1971.
NEWS
April 10, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religion was the major force in John Emil List's life, but if anything came second, it was probably the accountant's reverence for detail and order. After he shot his wife, mother and three teen-age children, he cleaned up the blood, and put the spent bullet casings in the trash. He neatly laid their bodies on sleeping bags in the once-elegant ballroom of his 19-room classical revival mansion--except for his 84-year-old mother's, which was too heavy to drag down from her third-floor apartment.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
John Emil List, the pious accountant who was afraid to let his family live in an evil world, was convicted today of murdering his wife, mother and three teen-age children 18 years ago. Jurors deliberated less than nine hours over two days before convicting List, 64, a mild-looking former Sunday school teacher who evaded police until he was captured last year on a tip generated by a television show.
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Speculation arose today that a quiet, churchgoing accountant who is accused of murdering his wife, three children and mother in their suburban home 18 years ago could also be the legendary D. B. Cooper, who vanished after parachuting from a hijacked jet in 1971. Robert P. Clark, who authorities say is really John Emil List, was returned to New Jersey from Richmond, Va., on Thursday after waiving extradition proceedings. He signed the extradition papers as Clark. Although the man known as Clark denies he is List, authorities said fingerprints and a scar prove Clark and List are the same person.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A jury in Elizabeth, N.J., began deliberating whether former Sunday school teacher John Emil List was a "hideous angel of death" or was mentally disturbed when he killed his wife, three children and mother. List's attorney has conceded during the eight-day trial that List, 64, committed the killings in 1971. But he sought a lesser verdict of second-degree murder. The jurors deliberated for six hours, then recessed until this morning.
NEWS
April 10, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Religion was the major force in John Emil List's life, but if anything came second, it was probably the accountant's reverence for detail and order. After he shot his wife, mother and three teen-age children, he cleaned up the blood, and put the spent bullet casings in the trash. He neatly laid their bodies on sleeping bags in the once-elegant ballroom of his 19-room classical revival mansion--except for his 84-year-old mother's, which was too heavy to drag down from her third-floor apartment.
NEWS
September 13, 1989
John Emil List, who faces charges of murdering five members of his family before disappearing in 1971, is not the infamous airliner hijacker D.B. Cooper, investigators said in Elizabeth, N.J. Frank Marranca, a captain of detectives with the Union County prosecutor's office, said investigators have found nothing to tie List to the man who jumped out of an airliner and into the nation's folklore two weeks after List vanished. List disappeared around Nov.
NEWS
June 18, 1989 | STRAT DOUTHAT, Associated Press
In the years after the methodical murders of his wife, mother and three children in New Jersey, John Emil List painstakingly created a new identity for himself in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He dyed his hair and changed his name to establish new credit accounts and a phony Social Security number. He took a new wife, to whom he lied about his age and personal history. List finally was tripped up after nearly two decades in hiding because his new persona was made in his old image--that of a wimpy, bespectacled accountant whose life centered around the Lutheran Church.
NEWS
May 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
John E. List, the Sunday school teacher who methodically murdered his family 18 years ago, was sentenced today to five life terms to be served consecutively--the maximum penalty. List, who did not take the stand during his trial, broke his silence but refused to take responsibility for his crimes. "I wish to inform the court I remain truly sorry for the tragic events of 1971," List said in a strong voice, staring straight ahead.
NEWS
June 3, 1989 | From United Press International
The wife of Robert P. Clark--whom the FBI says is really John List, a man who killed his family in 1971--says his arrest is unbelievable and that the alleged killer "is not the man I know." Delores Clark, asking reporters "to respect my right to my personal privacy during this very dramatic and uncertain time," issued a statement that was copyrighted Friday by the Richmond News Leader. John Emil List, 63, was profiled on the TV program "America's Most Wanted" May 21. Of the more than 200 tips from viewers that the FBI received from the program, one said a man resembling List lived at a Midlothian address under the name Robert Clark, FBI Agent Tom O'Donnell said.
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