Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder

Rule, Ann

New American Library, 1987

p. 345

Lots of spectators would wait daily to get one of the 80 seats in the Diane Downs murder trial in Springfield, Oregon, 1984. The defense counsel admits that Diane, mother of three hurt and dead little children, had had a number of lovers. “The ladies of the gallery react by shaking their heads in shock, covering their foreheads with their hands. One murmurs, ‘My God.’ Their own horror delights them; the long wait in line was worth it.”