11 August 2006 – David Thomas Dawson

David Thomas Dawson

David Thomas Dawson

David Thomas Dawson was executed for slaughtering a young family on their way to a new life.

David and Monica Rodstein, both 39, had checked into a motel in Billings en route to Atlanta where David was due to start a new job. They had with them their 11-year-old son Andrew and 15-year-old daughter Amy.

What they hadn’t banked on was their greed-ridden, murderous neighbour. Dawson was in the next room and he burst in on the family and marched them at gunpoint into his room, where he robbed, bound and gagged them.

The strangled corpses of David, Monica and Andrew were discovered two days later, but Amy had amazingly survived and was able to testify damningly against Dawson. He was sentenced to death in Montana and was put down by lethal injection, aged 48.

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