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Margaret Hitchcock Benson
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1922
Lancaster
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1985
Naples
Collier County
Florida, USA

Heiress to a tobacco fortune, murdered by her own son, Steven. Margaret had coddled Steven his whole life, giving him homes and money. But, Steven chafed under her control. He decided to kill his mother, nephew, and sister in a spectacular car explosion, thus gaining a full inheritance for himself. He fixed a bomb under the car, then herded everyone into it. He then said he had to return to the house for something. As he walked back out of the house, the car burst into a tremendous fireball. The only survivor was his sister, who had left her car door open, but she was covered in burns. Her testimony about Steven's actions that day, plus the astute investigation by police, led to Steven's conviction and sentence to life imprisonment. 
 
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 Parents:
  Harry Ross Hitchcock (1897 - 1990)
  Charlotte Brown Hitchcock (1899 - 1981)
 
 Spouse:
  Edward Hughlett Benson (1920 - 1980)*
 
 Children:
  Steven Wayne Benson (1951 - 2015)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodward Hill Cemetery
Lancaster
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Just inside the main gate on right
 
Created by: Karen Valentine
Record added: Dec 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81623836
Margaret <i>Hitchcock</i> Benson
Added by: Karen Valentine
 
Margaret <i>Hitchcock</i> Benson
Added by: Karen Valentine
 
Margaret <i>Hitchcock</i> Benson
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Sleep in heavenly peace.
- EMLD
 Added: May. 16, 2014

- ARMYBRATGIRL
 Added: Jan. 20, 2014

- Sarah Johnson
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013
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