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Lorne J. Acquin
Lorne Acquin
Background information
Birth name Lorne Joe Acquin
Born (1950-03-21) March 21, 1950 (age 70)
Penalty 105 years in prison
Attack information
Date July 22, 1977
2:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.
Location(s) Prospect, Connecticut, United States
Target(s) Foster brother's family
Killed 9
Weapon(s) Tire iron

Lorne Joe Acquin (born March 21, 1950) is an American who killed his foster brother's wife, her seven children, and their niece in their home at Cedar Hill Drive in Prospect, Connecticut on July 22, 1977 by beating them to death with a tire iron. He afterward set fire to the building and escaped, but was arrested the following day and sentenced to 105 years in prison two years later.[1]

It was the largest mass murder in Connecticut history until the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.[2]


On Friday, July 22, 1977 Lorne J. Acquin came to the home of his foster brother Fred Beaudoin, who was at work at that time, and killed the latters wife Cheryl, their seven children, and a niece of theirs by bludgeoning them to death with a tire iron. He afterward spread petrol around the house, set it on fire and escaped.

The charred body of Cheryl Beaudoin was later found on the kitchen floor, while the bodies of three children were found in one bedroom, and two more children in another. One further child was found dead in the master bedroom and two more bodies were found in the bathroom. Several of the children, as well as Cheryl Beaudoin, had their hands tied behind their backs. Two of the other children's feet were tied together. All of the children appeared to have head wounds.

Within 24 hours, police interviewed more than a hundred witnesses, including Fred Beaudoin and Lorne J. Acquin. The following Sunday night, Acquin agreed to make a statement to police in which he admitted to attacking his sister-in-law and the children. Later that day, he was charged with nine counts of murder and one count of arson.


  • Cheryl Beaudoin, 29
  • Frederick Beaudoin, 12
  • Sharon Lee Beaudoin, 10
  • Debra Ann Beaudoin, 9
  • Paul Beaudoin, 8
  • Roderick Beaudoin, 6
  • Holly Lyn Beaudoin, 5
  • Mary Lou Beaudoin, 4
  • Jennifer Santoro, 6

Trial and convictionEdit

Acquin went to trial on July 16, 1979. He was sentenced to 25 years to life on each murder conviction and 20 years for arson. He is serving his sentence in McDougall-Walker Correctional Center.



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