Elizabeth Diane Downs talks about her conviction for killing her 7-year-old daughter and wounding two of her other children during an interview at the Correctional Institute for Woman on Mar. 12, 1989.
In 1983, the country's attention was captured by the story of Diane Downs, a woman who shot her three children at point-blank range and then got pregnant again before going on trial. Now, the daughter she gave up for adoption comes forward.
Diane Downs (1955-) A single mother of three, Downs claimed that she was carjacked in 1983 while driving with her kids in Oregon. All four of them had been shot. A daughter, age 7, was killed. The other boy and girl, aged 3 and 8, were critically wounded. As the oldest child recovered, she revealed that it was her mother who had shot them before putting a decoy wound in her own arm. Downs wished to be free of motherhood to pursue her lover. She is serving life in prison.