By the time Ernest Ingenito was 15, he already had a criminal record for burglary and his war service was spent in a military prison after he assaulted an officer. In 1947 he married Theresa Mazzoli, with whom he had two children. The couple lived with her parents in New Jersey, but Ingenito’s drunkenness and womanizing eventually led Theresa’s parents to throw him out of their home. Faced with the prospect of rarely seeing his children, he decided to take matters into his own hands. On 17 November 1950 he returned to the Mazzoli’s home, heavily armed. There he gunned down Theresa and her parents, grandmother, two brothers, a sister-in-law and a nine-year-old girl. He then set off to kill Theresa’s father’s parents, Frank and Hilda. The only family member to survive his killing spree would be Theresa herself, who had been badly wounded in the first attack. Ingenito was given five life sentences.