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Stanley Everett Rice
On Mother’s Day, May 12, 1968, Rice used a sawed-off shotgun and curved knife to murder an eleven-year-old boy and wound the boy’s friend near a pond adjacent to a canal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rice was arrested thirteen days later for traffic violations by Broward County deputies. Deputies noted his stutter and similarity to a police artist sketch of the shooter in the Mother’s Day killing. After he was brought in for questioning, Rice eventually told police he had killed four other boys in Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
Despite his confession, and recovery of a diary in which he recorded his crimes, authorities could only connect Rice to one murder in Ohio, one in Ontario, and the Mother’s Day killing in Florida. The other two victims have gone unconfirmed.