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John List
John Emil List

(1925-09-17)September 17, 1925
DiedMarch 21, 2008(2008-03-21) (aged 82)
Other namesRobert Peter "Bob" Clark
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Criminal statusDeceased
  • Helen List
    (m. 1951; died 1971)
  • Delores Miller Clark
    (m. 1985; div. 1989)
Criminal chargeFive counts of first degree murder
PenaltyFive consecutive life terms
Time at large
17 years, 6 months, 23 days
DateNovember 9, 1971
Location(s)Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
Target(s)mother, wife, three children
Date apprehended
June 1, 1989

John Emil List (September 17, 1925 – March 21, 2008) was an American murderer.[1]

Murders and trial[change | change source]

On November 9, 1971, List killed his wife, mother, and three children at their home in Westfield, New Jersey. He then disappeared. A month after the murder, police discovered the dead bodies.

List created a new identity, remarried, and was not arrested for nearly 18 years. He was finally arrested in Virginia on June 1, 1989, after the story of his murders was broadcast on the television program America's Most Wanted. He was convicted on five counts of murders and sentenced to life in prison.

He was known as "The Boogeyman of Westfield."[2]

Death[change | change source]

List died in prison in Trenton, New Jersey on March 21, 2008 from pneumonia at the age of 82.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Serial Killers vs. Mass Murderers". Crime Museum. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  2. Di Ionno, Mark (March 25, 2008). "The boogeyman of Westfield, a ghost story that won't end". The Star Ledger. Newark, New Jersey: Advance Publications. Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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