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Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder


Somebody just shot my kids!' Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a Springfield, Oregon, hospital, her three gravely wounded children beside her. Thus begins the shocking tale of a truly unthinkable crime that shattered the tranquility of a tight-knit community. As police searched for the 'shaggy-haried stranger' Diane accused of shooting 8-year-old Christie, 7-year-old Cheryl, and 3-year-old Danny in cold blood, a suspicion grew that was even more horrifying than the crime itself: Did Diane shoot her own children? A dedicated district attorney, haunted by this question, searched for the destructive forces that seemed to possess this beautiful young mother and uncovered a chronology of incest, psychological wounding, desperate affairs and surrogate motherhood. Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Mother killing kids.

by teddygram on Jul 26, 2007

this book is one of ann rules best. but then there is not a book i have read by her that was not great. being a mom myself i don't know how a woman could kill her children. and for a man no less.No man comes before your kids. More



by TrueCrimeJunkie on Apr 3, 2007

This is the first Ann Rule book I ever read. I read it for a college criminal justice course. We were writing a paper on females that killed there own family members. I have since read the book several times. Each time I read it I find another detail I had missed the previous times I read the book. I ... More

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