The crime was the subject of Ann Rule's book "Small Sacrifices," which was made into a mini-series starring Farrah Fawcett and John Shea.
Downs -- Her Children Got in the Way of Her Love
Downs' petition for habeas relief under 28 USC 2254 was denied
by Judge Haggerty.
Cheryl was one of Diane Downs' 3 children whom she shot while they lay sleeping in her car on a dark road in Williamette Valley, Oregon on May 19, 1983. Cause of death: Shot to death by her mother. Her other daughter, Christie, almost died and her son, Danny, was left a paraplegic. Downs tried to blame it on a "bushy-haired" stranger, but was prosecuted for it.
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Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule Eyewitness accounts, police records, and personal interviews of Diane Downs, a woman convicted of the ruthless shooting of her own 3 young children.
Small Sacrifices VHS ~ Farrah Fawcett
Victims of Homicide