The Family of John List
How John List Was Found
With notes sent to the school explaining the children’s absence, milk deliveries stopped and mail deliveries put on hold, it wasn’t until December 9th that be bodies were discovered. Neighbors had noticed that all the lights were left on day and night without any hint of activity at the home. As the lights went out one by one his next door neighbor suspected something was wrong as he knew John, a strange, compulsively neat individual, would have changed the lights as they went out. When over have the house was unlit a month later, he called police to investigate.
List left for New York, then traveled to Denver, where he began a new life under the name Robert P. Clark, working first as a hotel fry cook and later as an accountant for H&R Block. He joined a local Lutheran church and, in 1985, married a widow named Delores Clark, with whom he moved to Richmond, Virginia
In 1989, possibly the most-watched true crime show, America’s Most Wanted, featured John List and a forensic sculptor’s impression of how he would look then, 18 years after the murders – all the way down to the distinctive glasses. List sat in front of the TV and watched the show with his wife, unaware that she was married to the infamous John List. “I was perspiring like anything,” he remembers, but said his wife did not seem to have recognized him. Interestingly enough Delores Clark’s family did see the resemblance and urged her to contact the local authorities. But she couldn’t believe that her “Robert P. Clark” was capable of such a heinous crime.
But back in Denver, his former neighbors and colleagues from work did recognize him, and called police. He was arrested 11 days later, and, after a jury rejected his diminished capacity defense, convicted and sentenced. In a three-sentence statement to the court, he said he was sorry for “the tragedy that happened in 1971.” He did not mention his wife, his mother, or his children.
When John List died in 2008 at the age of 82, he never showed an ounce of remorse for the murders of his family.
Final Resting Place:
1100 East Broad Street
Westfield, New Jersey, 07091
Grave Location:Arborvale, List Family Plot
Grave Location Description
As you enter the main entrance of the cemetery, continue straight through the middle of the cemetery until you come to the intersection of Glenside Avenue and Lansdown Avenue (the names are printed in the curbs). Directly across from the Arboretum Section, 6 spaces from the intersection and two rows from the road you will find the final resting place of Helen (mother) and her three children – Patricia (16), Frederick (13) and John (15) List.
Grave Location GPS40.66573835, -74.32814258
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Read More About The Family of John List:
- Wikipedia Entry
- John List killed his family in cold blood then disappeared for 18 years
- I spent more than a year investigating 50-year-old murders that rocked N.J. Here’s why.
- ‘America’s Most Wanted’ killer John List remains infamous bogeyman in his Michigan hometown
- Serial killer who murdered entire family hid in plain sight for years after erasing himself from photos & changing name
- Murderpedia: John Emil List
- 1971 Family Killer Breaks Silence
- The List Family Murders
- John List’s confession to his 2nd wife revealed
- John List was at war with his family