Eugene Everette
Eugene Everette
Background information
Occupation Plumber
Born (1937-10-29)October 29, 1937

January 2, 1980(1980-01-02) (aged 42)
New York, United States

Penalty Life imprisonment
Spouse(s) Joyce Taylor
Attack information
Date March 28/29, 1970
11:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Location(s) New York City, United States
Killed 7
Injured 15
Weapon(s) Pistol

Eugene Everette (aka. Eugene Edwards and Jimmy Taylor) was an American plumber who killed seven people and wounded fifteen others in New York City, United States during the night from March 28 to March 29, 1970. He was later arrested and sentenced to life in prison, where he died on January 2, 1980.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Everette, who worked either as a plumber or at a meat processing plant in Hoboken, New Jersey, lived together with his common-law-wife, 29-year-old Joyce Taylor, and her six children ranging from 2 to 14 years old in a Brooklyn apartment at 535 Schenck Avenue, but about two weeks prior to the murders they had a quarrel and she threw him out.[9][10][11]

On March 28, at about 11:15 p.m., Everette returned and found Miss Taylor in a nearby grocery store at 851 Dumont Avenue, where she was talking to the grocer, Modesto Rodriguez. Everette accused her of having an affair with Rodriguez and in the ensuing argument fatally shot her in the chest with a pistol. He also seriously injured Rodriguez with two shots in the chest when he tried to wrest the gun from him, and then fled the scene.[9][10][11]

At about 4:15 a.m. Everette appeared at Taylor's apartment, where a number of her neighbours and relatives had congregated, including her six children — Eugene, Francine, Gregory, Dale, Tony, and Leonard — her cousins Wesley and Geraldine Taylor, as well as Nancy Fields, Mrs. Fields' baby daughter Miranda, Joseph Simons, Simons' wife Evelyn and his sister Mary, and Larry Clark. While he was standing outside the fire escape window, holding in his hands his gun and two five‐gallon cans of gasoline, he was spotted by Joseph Simons, who immediately rushed to call the police, but as he was talking to the officers Everette broke the window with a rock, climbed into the living room, and shouted: "Drop the phone." After Simons had done as ordered, Everette proceded to douse the room with gasoline, and when Simons pleaded him to spare the lives of the seven children he replied: "I'm going to kill everyone." He then jumped onto the window ledge, tossed a burning match into the room, raced down the fire escape, and fled in a 1965 gold‐colored Buick sedan.[9][10][11]

When police arrived at the scene they could do little to help the occupants of the blazing apartment. Nancy Fields, her daughter, as well as Francine and Dale Taylor died in the flames, while Mary Simons and Geraldine Taylor suffered leg fractures when jumping down to the street, their clothes aflame. Wesley Taylor, Gregory Taylor, and Larry Clark were taken to hospital with severe burns where the latter two succumbed to their injuries in the following days. The three‐story frame building in which the victims were trapped was burned out and two similar tenements on each side were badly damaged. Three firemen were overcome by smoke and one was injured slightly by falling debris. Five other persons who had been in the burning building were treated at Kings County Hospital and released.[9][10][11][12][13]

A 13‐state police alarm was sent out for Everette, who was arrested the following day at 2:50 a.m. while driving through Roxbury. He was arraigned at the Roxbury District Court on a fugitive charge, where he pleaded not guilty. On April 2 he was arraigned at the Brooklyn Criminal Court, where he was charged with the murders and ordered to be held without bail.[14][12][13] He was later convicted of murder and first degree manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison on January 2, 1980.[15]


  • Joyce Taylor, 29, his common-law-wife
  • Dale Taylor, 10, son of Joyce Taylor and Eugene Everette
  • Gregory Taylor, 7, son of Joyce Taylor
  • Francine Taylor, 3, daughter of Joyce Taylor and Eugene Everette
  • Larry Clark, 22
  • Nancy Fields, 20
  • Miranda Fields, 7 months, daughter of Nancy Fields

Among those wounded were:

  • Mary Simons, 23, burns and leg fractures
  • Tony Taylor, 11, son of Joyce Taylor
  • Eugene Taylor, 2, son of Joyce Taylor
  • Wesley Taylor, 30, cousin of Joyce Taylor, third‐degree burns
  • Geraldine Taylor, 23, cousin of Joyce Taylor, burns and leg fractures
  • Modesto Rodriguez, 29, shot in the chest
  • ?Leonard Taylor, 14
  • ?Joseph Simons, 35
  • ?Evelyn Taylor, 25
  • Unnamed person
  • Unnamed person
  • Unnamed fireman
  • Unnamed fireman
  • Unnamed fireman
  • Unnamed fireman


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