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
Interview with Diane Downs and Ann Rule
Downs' petition for habeas relief under 28 USC 2254 was denied
by Judge Haggerty.
Diane Downs lost an appeal of life sentence -- A federal judge dismissed
several of the nine claims the convicted murderer made for procedural
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,
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
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