ovember 7, 1983, was Election Day in the central Illinois area of Bloomington-Normal. That was expected to be the big news.
Instead, sudden, shocking tragedy dominated the headlines after authorities reportedly discovered four members of the well-known, well-liked Hendricks family dead and hacked up on their floor of their home.
David Hendricks, 29, allegedly telephoned police that evening from a Wisconsin business trip to ask officers to check in on his wife Susan Hendricks, 30, and their three children, Rebekah, 9; Grace, 7; and Benjamin, 5.
Hendricks claimed he’d departed just before midnight on November 4, and his calls home had since gone unanswered. He was concerned.