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Crime History: Gunmen execute 5 in 'Wendy's Massacre'

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Crime,Scott McCabe,Crime History

On this day, May 24, in 2000, five employees of a Wendy's restaurant in New York were killed and two seriously wounded during a robbery. The killings were dubbed the "Wendy's Massacre."

John B. Taylor, a former employee at the Queens fast-food restaurant, herded the seven workers into a basement freezer, bound and gagged them.

After shooting two of the victims, Taylor handed a semi-automatic pistol to his accomplice, Craig Godineaux, and ordered him to prove himself and execute the others.

"Just close your eyes," Taylor told Godineaux. All seven victims were each shot in the head. Two survived, and one was able to call 911. The gunmen made off with $2,400.

Both men were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

-- Scott McCabe

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