12 Horrible Things That Happened on Christmas

The Lawson Family Murders

While there have been many killings on Christmas over the years of various size and motives, there’s a specific one that is particularly gruesome. On Christmas Day in 1929, the Lawson family went into town to have a family portrait done. The family then headed back home. When they got back to the house, patriarch Charlie Lawson shot and killed all but one of his family members.

He just took up a gun and started shooting his family. He killed his wife, his daughters, and every member of his family except for his oldest son, who was out getting errands at the time. Eventually, he even shot himself. The lack of known motives and the suddenness of it all, a well as the holiday timing, keep this massacre as one that history still remembers.

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