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At about 9 o'clock on the morning of November 9, 1971, soon after sending her three children off to school, Helen List sat in the kitchen drinking a cup of coffee. She was still in her nightgown and slippers. John List came up behind her and put a 9mm German-made Steyr automatic pistol to the side of her head and fired once. She died instantly. The bullet smashed into theAt about 9 o'clock on the morning of November 9, 1971, soon after sending her three children off to school, Helen List sat in the kitchen drinking a cup of coffee. She was still in her nightgown and slippers. John List came up behind her and put a 9mm German-made Steyr automatic pistol to the side of her head and fired once. She died instantly. The bullet smashed into the opposite wall. John made his way up the stairs to the third floor where his 85-year old mother, Alma, wearing a housedress, was preparing breakfast in her efficiency kitchen. She was standing near the storage room that adjoined her kitchen when a 9mm bullet ripped through the side of her scull. Alma List was dead before her body crumpled in a heap on the floor. The Righteous Carnage had begun....

Title : Righteous Carnage: The List Murders in Westfield
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ISBN : 9780595007202
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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Righteous Carnage: The List Murders in Westfield Reviews

  • Rachel Ramirez
    2019-05-18 00:47

    It takes some kind of person to kill his wife, mother, and three children (ranging from ages 10-16 years old). It's almost too much for a normal person to fathom, but for one man it is exactly what he did. Many questions popped in my head and I thought this book could provide answers. I did get answers but at the same time I was disappointed that there wasn't another story from the police and FBIs point of view. Fun Fact: Couldn't believe that John List that he urged his friends and co-workers to watch America's Most Wanted, which is the program that helped catch him after 18 years on the run.

  • Carlette Hanson
    2019-04-27 23:52

    Excellent book - had everything I enjoy. The big house, history, psychology, forensics, trial.

  • Catarina
    2019-05-19 02:47

    Interesting way of writing it (going back and forth). I was really (really disappointed) by the absolute lack of details of JE List after the episode of American Most Wanted was brodcasted.The authors went into so many interesting and valuable details for other aspects of the case but I kind of felt frustrated by that very important part of the story.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-28 03:33

    Too. Many. Irrelevant. Details.

  • Michael Kocher
    2019-05-19 00:40

    It is a fairly standard true crime thriller that goes for sensationalism. I don't know what I expected but I was hoping for more of the perspective of the law enforcement that investigated and ultimately captured List.

  • Hari Brandl
    2019-04-22 04:50

    This is a fairly well written book, and I would recommend it to all devotees of the true crime genre. Besides having good syntax and acceptable grammar it is fast paced, informative without being wordy, and avoids editorializing for the most part.The backstory of the List murders is a lot more convoluted than I was aware of before reading this book and is telling in terms of John List's mental state, and thought-provoking.Still in all I am left with the bleak thought that an excessively religious up bring molded this man into someone that could not entertain the thought of asking the community for help nor accept welfare or government assistance, yet could murder, in cold blood, the people whom he professed to love and then go onto live with this crime for 18 some years, under an assumed identity, seemingly without remorse until he got caught. Is this what religion does for people?

  • Corinne
    2019-05-04 02:38

    Part biography, part murder mystery, this book was lent to me by a dear friend who grew up in Westifled, NJ where the murders took place (as did my father and his family). The book was a quick and easy read and because I have a general sense of the town and because my friend and family lived in Westfield during the time of the murders, I was intrigued. For anyone who is interested in John List or Westfield, it's most definitely a worthwhile read. That's where my 4 star rating comes from. However, the authors must have been sprinting to publish this book after List was finally captured 18 years post crime. This is evident by the complete inability for the pair to use commas. When I say there were grammatical errors on every page, that's truth! That's hard for a writer to endure, and makes me wonder what the heck Scribner was doing publishing this book so hastily. But anyhow, this was a worthwhile read indeed.

  • Lady♥Belleza★✰
    2019-04-30 23:31

    John E. List was described as soft-spoken, brainy, timid, intellectual, shy, conservative, introverted, a neatnik, organized, and frugal. Fellow church goers remembered him as deeply religious. On November 9, 1971 John List killed his family. Then he disappeared. Family members said he most likely had committed suicide because he could not live with the guilt. They were wrong. It was almost 20 years before he was found and brought to justice. In those 20 years he created a new life for himself. Through research and extensive interviews with all involved, Benford and Johnson take us through John's childhood, his unhappy marriage, the steps he took to escape Westfield and create a new identity for himself and how he was finally brought to justice. This is well written, never boring account of what could be New Jerseys most famous crime.

  • Sarah Ewald
    2019-05-07 02:50

    A fast-read, true crime book that is hard to put down. In November of 1971, John List killed his wife, mother and his 3 children in cold blood. He calmly cleaned up, wrote a few letters to take care of things, and vanished. He disappeared for 17 years, until his story was told on the America's Most Wanted television program, which led to his arrest. Truth is stranger than fiction, and it doesn't get stranger than this.

  • Allison
    2019-05-17 22:51

    This happened in my hometown before I was born. The home has since burned down and a new one was erected. You can visit their grave in the local cemetery where people still leave creepy dolls and toys. The book answers a lot of questions people were dying to know and it is very detailed.

  • Vickie
    2019-05-01 01:27

    Very well researched story. Found several typos which surprised me. Wish author told more about second wife's story. Hard to believe she didn't find him to be strange or find out more about his First wife and previous marriage.

  • Patricia Bunn
    2019-05-23 04:44

    A guilty pleasure. I enjoyed reading about the facts of the murder and hoe the finally caught List and brought him to justice. The real life story has a lot of similarities to the Brad Bishop case. He has still not been brought to justice.

  • jcad
    2019-05-10 00:35

    This is not a great book, but it is the story of a shocking and senseless massacre. John List was one of the first people to be caught after being profiled by America's Most Wanted, which adds another layer of intrigue to the story.

  • Debbie Blailock
    2019-05-10 05:48

    You can't get much more gruesome than the book!

  • Donna Humble
    2019-05-09 22:30

    It was interesting to read the details of this crime. i had heard the "bare bones" of the case but enjoyed reading the facts.

  • Kolleen
    2019-05-14 22:46

    This is a good book if you like family annihilators

  • Amy Dillon
    2019-05-11 03:23

    I didn't finish it; it was overdue :( Wasn't good enough to renew it from another library. I think I've read it before.