Raise your hand if you're a morbid person like me who is overly fascinated by true crime. Washington has more instances of serial killers during the "golden age" than most states. You would be forgiven if you thought that something was in the water. This case, however, chills me more than the others. It's not about a serial killer. No, this is the story of a woman who, with her boyfriend's help, murdered her entire family.

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Photo by Johann Walter Bantz on Unsplash
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Michele Kristen Anderson (29) and Joseph Thomas McEnroe (29) used guns to kill Michele's parents, her brother, her brother's wife, and their children. But why?

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The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 2007 in Carnation, Washington. It's a small town near Seattle but far enough away to feel safe. A woman and her boyfriend would enact a horrific act that would leave an entire family dead and a town in shock. Two days later, they were arrested and quickly confessed.

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According to police, Michele alleged her older brother "owed her money" and with her boyfriend, Joe, shot her parents to death and then waited for her brother's family to return home. They then shot Scott and Erica Anderson and their two young children; Olivia (5) and Nathan (3).

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Michele and Joe would waive their rights to a trial, with Michele asking for the death penalty, telling The Seattle Times, "I want the most severe punishment, which would be the death penalty." However, they would only get life in prison as Jay Inslee has always stated he would not allow anyone to be put to death during his tenure as Governor of Washington.

Remembering Wayne, Judy, Scott, Erica, Olivia, and Nathan Anderson.

The 12 Deadliest Serial Killers in Washington State's Bloody History

Every state is known for something. Florida has swamps and beautiful weather, Iowa has wrestling and corn, New York has Manhattan and Brooklyn-style pizza, Maryland has crabcakes. Washington has apples, wine, IPAs, and serial killers. This article is not meant to glorify these evil people in any way, just shed some light on a bizarre Washington truth. From Bundy to the Green River Killer, these are twelve of the deadliest killers in Washington state history.

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