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PEOPLE Explains: The Mystery of Who Massacred 8, Including a Family, on Fishing Boat in Alaska

It’s not a mystery how the Coulthurst family and a group of teenage deckhands were killed on their fishing boat, Investor, on Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.

What remains unknown, more than 35 years later, is who did it — and why.

“You never stop thinking about them,” says Dave Freeman, who grew up with Jerome Keown and Dave Moon, two of the massacre’s eight victims.

“The shock of losing everyone really tore up our town,” Freeman tells PEOPLE. “They all had their whole lives in front of them, and they were just blown away. It’s just such a shame and tragic for no reason.”

The slaying of skipper Mark Coulthurst and his pregnant wife, Irene, both 28, along with their children Kimberly, 5, and John, 4, and four deckhands — Chris Heyman, 18; and Keown, Moon and Mike Stewart, all 19 — is still Alaska’s

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How a Killer Massacred an Entire Family on a Fishing Boat in Alaska — and Was Never Caught

The killer moved in plain sight on the foggy morning of Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.

Hours after shooting his eight victims with what police believe was a .22-caliber pistol or rifle, he fired up the engines on the 58-foot fishing boat Investor, waving nonchalantly to a nearby skipper as he moved the vessel — with his victims’ bodies inside — to a secluded bay a mile outside of town.

He motored back to the weather-beaten docks in the Investor’s skiff, returning the next afternoon with a can of gasoline to set the craft ablaze before speeding back to town and then vanishing. Authorities would later describe the suspect as a white male in his early 20s with a pockmarked complexion.

“When I got there [to the boat], black smoke was coming out of the wheelhouse, but there was nobody on deck,” former Craig police

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Investigation Discovery Revisits the Petit Family Murders More Than 10 Years Later

It’s been more than ten years since Cheshire, CT residents Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours. Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived after having been beaten with a baseball bat and tied to a pole in the basement.

On Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery, People Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and Jennifer’s sister, Cynthia Hawke-Renn, recounted a particularly disturbing moment — when Jennifer went to the bank to cash a $15,000 check hoping to pay off her family’s captors.

Petit Family Murders

Dr. William Petit, speaks to the media on Nov. 8, 2010, after a jury sentenced Steven Hayes. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Before taking the money, however, Jennifer managed

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The Petit Family Murders: How a Mom Tried to Her Loved Ones from Being Held Hostage

By all accounts, the Petits of Cheshire, Connecticut, were the model of the perfect family: An accomplished doctor and a pediatric nurse, well-liked in the community, raising two bright daughters — the elder one, 17, preparing to follow her father to Dartmouth, and the younger one, 11, already discovering a passion for cooking.

But that sweet tableau was shattered on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours.

Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived, having been beaten and locked in the basement, emerging as the police arrived to find his house in flames and his family gone.

What began with a chance encounter ended with a horrifying tale of extortion, sexual assault and murder that shook a sleepy suburb

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/petit-family-murders-preview-people-magazine-investigates/

Petit Family Murders Featured on People Magazine Investigates …

By all accounts, the Petits of Cheshire, Connecticut, were the model of the perfect family: An accomplished doctor and a pediatric nurse, well-liked in the community, raising two bright daughters — the elder one, 17, preparing to follow her father to Dartmouth, and the younger one, 11, already discovering a passion for cooking.

But that sweet tableau was shattered on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours.

Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived, having been beaten and locked in the basement, emerging as the police arrived to find his house in flames and his family gone.

What began with a chance encounter ended with a horrifying tale of extortion, sexual assault and murder that shook a sleepy suburb

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/petit-family-murders-preview-people-magazine-investigates/

The Petit Family Murders: How a Mom Tried to Save Her Loved Ones from Being Held Hostage

By all accounts, the Petits of Cheshire, Connecticut, were the model of the perfect family: An accomplished doctor and a pediatric nurse, well-liked in the community, raising two bright daughters — the elder one, 17, preparing to follow her father to Dartmouth, and the younger one, 11, already discovering a passion for cooking.

But that sweet tableau was shattered on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and kids Hayley and Michaela were murdered in cold blood by two men who broke into the family home in the middle of the night and held them hostage for hours.

Only the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., survived, having been beaten and locked in the basement, emerging as the police arrived to find his house in flames and his family gone.

What began with a chance encounter ended with a horrifying tale of extortion, sexual assault and murder that shook a sleepy suburb

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/petit-family-murders-preview-people-magazine-investigates/

FAMILY MAN, LADIES MAN, MURDERER: INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY REVEALS THE MONSTER BEHIND THE …

FAMILY MAN, LADIES MAN, MURDERER:
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY REVEALS THE MONSTER BEHIND THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LACI PETERSON IN “SCOTT PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY”

– The Latest Installment of the Hit AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY Franchise Debuts Wednesday, November 29 at 9/8c on ID –

(Silver Spring, Md.) – On Christmas Eve in 2002, 9-1-1 dispatchers in Modesto, California receive a particularly harrowing call from local resident Ron Grantski – his 27-year-old, expecting stepdaughter, Laci Peterson, is missing. Investigators and family frantically search for the pregnant woman, retracing Laci’s every move in hopes of finding the missing mother-to-be and her unborn son, Conner. Laci’s college sweetheart husband, Scott, chronicles the day for police; but when details of the timeline don’t

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Award-Winning Journalist Tamron Hall to be Honored with Ackerman Family Advocate Award

Award-Winning Journalist Tamron Hall to be Honored with Ackerman Family Advocate AwardLois Braverman, President CEO, Ackerman Institute for THE FAMILY announced today that Tamron Hall, Award-Winning Journalist will be honored with the Ackerman Family Advocate Award at the 11th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala to take place at the JW Marriott Essex House on Monday, October 23rd in New York City.

“We are delighted that Tamron is accepting our Family Advocate Award. Her efforts to raise awareness for families who have a loved one experiencing abuse and to help victims affected by domestic violence aligns with the mission of the Ackerman Institute for THE FAMILY and our daily work with children and families,” says Lois Braverman, President CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “Her presence and participation at our Moving Families Forward event will further educate our friends, colleagues, and supporters about what

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Family, friends celebrate missing girl’s 21st birthday

Lisa Sullivan, Katelin Akens’ mother, holds grandson Landon at a birthday gathering on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, for Katelin’s 21st birthday. Katelin Akens would have turned 21 today. She disappeared two years ago after her stepfather says he dropped her off at the Springfield Mall to later fly back to Arizona. She came home to Spotsylvania County to meet her newly born nephew and shortly later disappeared. in honor of her family and friends released balloons on her 21st birthday at River Road in Spotsylvania, Va. on Sept. 2, 2017.

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