(KSDK) -- Multiple murders such as those that took place early Thursday evening, are not common in St. Louis, but they have happened.
Two of the most infamous mass murder scenes in St. Louis history took place in the 1980s.
In 1981, Four employees of Pope’s Cafeteria in Des Peres were shot to death during a robbery. Three more were critically wounded. Police arrested Maurice Byrd who was sentenced to death and executed in 1991.
Six years later, one of the worst mass murders in our city’s history took place inside the National Supermarket on Natural Bridge. Seven employees were lined up and shot execution style. Two employees survived.
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Marvin Jennings was arrested and convicted of the crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Donnie Blankenship was also convicted and is serving five life terms, plus 55 years.