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Character
Fatal attraction
Name Diane Downs
Family Stephen Daniel (son)
Cheryl Lynn (daughter, deceased)
Christie Ann (daughter)
Amy Downs (daughter)
Occupation USPS
Pathology Murderer
Dates May 19, 1983
Location Lane County, Oregon
Motive To be with a man who didn't want children
Victims Cheryl Lynn
M.O. Shooting
Conviction Life in prison +50 years
Status Incarcerated
Appearance Fatal Attraction

Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American convicted murderer. In May 1983, she shot her three children, killing one and seriously wounding two. Downs then told police a stranger had attempted to carjack her and had shot the children. She was convicted in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison.

Diane's motive was simply to free herself of parenthood so she could pursue a romantic relationship with a man who didn't want children. She chose to murder them instead of giving full-custody to her husband.

Prior to her arrest and trial, Downs became pregnant with a fourth child, a daughter she named Amy.