E140: Priscilla Joyce Ford

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Priscilla Joyce Ford, a black American woman who injured twenty three people and killed six by driving her car down a sidewalk in downtown Reno, Nevada on Thanksgiving Day in 1980. This story was researched and written by Minnie Williams.

We dive into the setting (13:35), the killers early life (23:07) and the timeline (26:20).  Then, we get into the arrest & trial (37:48), “Where are they now?” (52:16) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (53:28).  

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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (08/22/2021). Priscilla Ford. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priscilla_Ford

Burghart, D. (07/17/2003). The day terror came downtown. Reno News &Review. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://www.newsreview.com/reno/content/the-day-terror-came-downtown/20584/

Wikipedia contributors. (10/06/2021). Lincoln Continental Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Continental#1970%E2%80%931974

Penrose, K. (07/13/2019). Nevada Lore Series: the murderous Thanksgiving Reno Rampage of Priscilla Ford. Carsonnow.org. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://carsonnow.org/story/07/13/2019/nevada-lore-series-murderous-thanksgiving-reno-rampage-priscilla-ford

Dornan, G. (03/20/1982). Jury convicts woman of six sidewalk slayings with her car. UPI. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/03/20/Jury-convicts-woman-of-six-sidewalk-slayings-with-her-car/6155385448400/

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Priscilla Joyce FORD. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://murderpedia.org/female.F/f/ford-priscilla.htm

Wikipedia contributors. (08/12/2021). Mental Health Systems Act of 1980. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/09/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Health_Systems_Act_of_1980

Phillis, M. and Berber, P. (11/28/1980). I’m Thankful I’m Alive. Reno Evening Gazette. Retrieved 11/09/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/clip/13674843/priscilla-ford-incident-page-2/

Justia US Law. (12/28/1989). Priscilla FORD, Appellant, v. The STATE of Nevada, Respondent. No. 19744. Retrieved 11/09/2021 from https://law.justia.com/cases/nevada/supreme-court/1989/19744-1.html

Wilkins, T. (11/27/2020). 40 years ago, tragedy struck on Thanksgiving when Priscilla Ford drove into a Reno crowd, killing 6. Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 11/09/2021 from https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2020/11/27/thanksgiving-40-years-ago-priscilla-ford-drove-into-reno-crowd-killing-6/6429370002/

Mayhem.net. (n.d.). The Mass Murderer Hit List – Part 2. Retrieved 11/10/2021 from http://www.mayhem.net/Crime/murder2.html

Walker, J. (02/03/2005). Priscilla Ford. The Blog of Death. Retrieved 11/10/2021 from https://www.blogofdeath.com/2005/02/03/priscilla-ford/

Ancestry.com. (n.d.) Lucille Marion Minisee family tree. Retrieved 11/10/2021 from https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/lucille-marion-minisee-24-22tcthz

Martel, J. (03/15/2021). Passive-Aggressive Personality. Healthline. Retrieved 11/12/2021 from https://www.healthline.com/health/passive-aggressive-personality-disorder#signs

Meyers, D. (07/07/2005). Death of a Killer. Reno News & Review. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from https://reno.newsreview.com/2005/07/07/death-of-a-killer/

Deseret News. (11/28/2005). Victims still suffer from car rampage. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from https://www.deseret.com/2005/11/28/19924540/victims-still-suffer-from-car-rampage

History

Wikipedia contributors. (11/04/2021). Reno, Nevada. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada

City of Reno. (n.d.). History of Reno. Retrieved 11/08/2021 from https://www.reno.gov/government/departments/development-services/historic-preservation/history-of-reno

Wikipedia contributors. (12/25/2020). Martis people. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martis_people

Wikipedia contributors. (07/10/2020). Washoe people. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/13/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_people

Wikipedia contributors. (11/05/2021). Ellen G. White. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11/14/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_G._White

Reno Divorce History. (n.d.). A Segregated World. Retrieved 11/21/2021 from http://renodivorcehistory.org/themes/out-of-the-public-eye/a-segregated-world/

Harmon, Mella. (n.d.). Bethel AME Church. Reno Historical. Retrieved 11/21/2021 from https://renohistorical.org/items/show/43

Podcasts

Honda, Kirk. [Host]. Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder Deep Dive. Psychology in Seattle. Retrieved 11/21/2021 from https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/passive-aggressive-personality-disorder-deep-dive-2017/id767626637?i=1000530655856

Books

Ford, P. (2019). Chapter 1. In Where Heaven Is Now.  (1-21). Meadville, PA. Christian Faith Publishing.

Flowers, R. (2001). Mass Murderers – Women. In Murders in the United States: Crimes, Killers, and Victims of the Twentieth Century. McFarland & Company. 

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