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William Gravlin
William Gravlin
Background information
Birth name William Glenn Gravlin
Born (1934-06-04)June 4, 1934
Died

March 1, 1994(1994-03-01) (aged 59)
Oakland, Michigan, United States

Penalty Life imprisonment
Parents Glenn A. Gravlin
Marguerete Gravlin
Attack information
Date September 29, 1964
Location(s) Troy, Michigan, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 7
Weapon(s) Axe
Hammer

William Glenn Gravlin was an American who killed his wife and six children in Troy, Michigan, United States on September 29, 1964. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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VictimsEdit

  • Betty Jean Gravlin, 40, his wife
  • Benson John Bentley, 17, his stepson
  • Judith Ann Bentley, 16, his stepdaughter
  • Dorrie Oral Bentley, 15, his stepdaughter
  • Paula Allene Bentley, 12, his stepdaughter
  • Walter Johnson Bentley, 10, his stepson
  • Betty Sue Gravlin, 3, his daughter

BibliographyEdit

  • Evseeff, G. & Wisniewski, E. M.: A Psychiatric Study of a Violent Mass Murderer, in Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 17, No. 3, July 1972. (pp. 371-376)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wife, children slain; 7 notes say "I'm sorry", Chicago Tribune (September 30, 1964)
  2. Spouse admits slaying wife, six children, Rome News-Tribune (September 30, 1964)
  3. Slayer, Ocala Star-Banner (October 1, 1964)
  4. Gravlin is committed, The News-Palladium (January 15, 1965)
  5. Dad faces trial in ax slaying of seven, The News-Palladium (January 17, 1968)
  6. Life term for killer of seven, The News-Palladium (April 13, 1968)
  7. Jailed in slayings, The Spokesman-Review (September 30, 1964)
  8. Dad forces trial in ax-slaying of seven, The News-Palladium (January 17, 1968)
  9. Ax Murder Trial Set For Feb. 13, The Escanaba Daily Press (January 18, 1968)
  10. Killer Of Seven Put In Hospital As Mental Case, The Escanaba Daily Press (January 15, 1965)
  11. [Accused Slayer Of 7 To Get Sanity Hearing, The Escanaba Daily Press (January 7, 1965)
  12. Accused Slayer Of 7 Wants To Be His Own Lawyer, The Escanaba Daily Press (January 6, 1965)
  13. Troy home has mass slaying with 7 deaths, The Escanaba Daily Press (September 29, 1964)
  14. Mother, Six Children Are Slain, The News-Palladium (September 29, 1964)
  15. Wife Helped Free Spouse Only To Become Victim, The News-Palladium (September 30, 1964)
  16. Suspected slayer to stand trial, The News-Palladium (November 8, 1967)
  17. Judge Says Slayer Of Seven Did Know He Was Wrong, The News-Palladium (March 22, 1968)
  18. Gravlin is committed, The News-Palladium (January 15, 1965)
  19. Transferred, The News-Palladium (October 31, 1964)
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