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Arkansas: Simmons Family Murders
Arkansas: Simmons Family Murders
Killed: 16; Injured: 4

On December 22, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons systematically murdered 14 members of his family, including nine of his children, his wife, two in-laws, and two grandchildren. He then drove to nearby Russellville, where he killed a receptionist that had rejected his romantic advances and an oil company worker. Simmons refused to appeal his conviction or sentence and spent less than three years in prison before being executed by lethal injection.
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