Author Ann Rule

Diane Downs

Slideshow of Diane Downs

Click on the videos below to see segments of a 2010 episode of 20/20 featuring Anne Bradley Jaeger's award winning interview of diane downs and an update on Diane's youngest child. 
Watch two KVAL videos below on Diane Downs' parole testimonies.  The first news story is from 2008 and the second video is from 2010.
Diane Downs is now 56 and remains in the Valley Prison for Women in Chowchilla, California.

Adopted by Lane County Prosecutor Fred Hugi and his wife, Joanne, in 1984, Christie and Danny--who somehow survived their gunshot wounds--have no contact with Diane. They have both graduated from college. Christie is married and had a baby boy in 2005. Danny, a computer whiz, is still partially paralyzed from the bullet in his back, but he is living a happy and normal life. They have grown up in a very happy home with the Hugis.

The baby taken from Diane and put up for a adoption grew up in a happy home with wonderful, loving parents.  She was recently featured on 20/20.  (She and I met for the first time as the cameras were rolling.  See video above.)  She is nearly 30, intelligent and well spoken a mother herself.

Danny's biological father, the man Diane selected because she thought he had "good genes," still lives in Arizona and has a family. His youngest son looks just like Danny did at the same age.

Diane still insists that she and her children were shot by a "bushy haired stranger." For some reason, a person in Europe has established a website espousing her innocence. The site is full of misinformation, apparently fed to him by Diane herself. Among other things, the site claims that Diane never talked to me in person or wrote to me. That is totally false. Not only did we talk on the Oprah show, but I visited Diane in jail in Eugene, Oregon, and I still have letters she sent me.


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