Margaret <I>Hitchcock</I> Benson

Margaret Hitchcock Benson

Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Jul 1985 (aged 63)
Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA
Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Just inside the main gate on right
Memorial ID 81623836 · View Source
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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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  • Created by: Karen Valentine
  • Added: 6 Dec 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81623836
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Hitchcock Benson (6 Jan 1922–9 Jul 1985), Find a Grave Memorial no. 81623836, citing Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Karen Valentine (contributor 20413445) .