On this day, April 15, 1984, two women and eight children were killed by a cocaine-crazed shooter in Brooklyn, N.Y., in what is called the Palm Sunday Massacre.
Veteran detectives recoiled when they saw the bloodbath. One dead child had been eating chocolate pudding on the couch and still had the spoon in her hand. An 11-month-old was discovered crawling among the bodies. At first, detectives though drug-cartel hit men had done the job because the home belonged to a local drug dealer. But soon, they pinned the killings on Christopher Thomas, a cocaine customer who accused the dealer of having an affair with his wife. The allegation turned into a drug-fueled fantasy.
Thomas was sentenced to 83 years in prison.
-- Scott McCabe