John List

‘They are all so innocent.’ Our hit podcast details how John List carried out one of N.J.’s worst killings.

The investigators remained at the house all night on Dec. 7, 1971, and into the next day. They bagged evidence, from bloodied paper towels to the murder weapons John List had carefully left for them. They took photographs of the mansion on the hill in Westfield, from the bodies of the List family members right down to the dead fish in their tank.
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Sun Prairie alum John List talks about new book at chamber lunch

John A. List has traveled a long way academically since his time at Sun Prairie High School — from being a student in Pete Twedell’s class questioning the effectiveness of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to being the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.

John List murdered his family, then vanished. The lasting scars left by 1 of N.J.’s most notorious killers.

Breakfast was finished, the milk delivery accepted and the three kids sent off to school when John List retrieved two old handguns from the garage. He took a deep breath and walked into the kitchen of his spacious Westfield home sometime after 9 in the morning on Nov. 9, 1971. Then he raised the Steyr pistol and shot his wife of nearly 20 years near her left ear.

The John List project: About the reporting

Father Wants Us Dead, NJ Advance Media’s examination of the 1971 John List murders and their legacy, was the culmination of a year-long effort. Reporters Rebecca Everett and Jessica Remo reached out to more than 100 people associated with the case and interviewed nearly 50 of them. They also pored over hundreds of pages of documents obtained from the FBI, police and prosecutors. The result, published Sunday, is a 15,000-word investigative retrospective into the depraved crime 50 years after it occurred.