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On Christmas Eve 2013, a fourteen year old girl called 911 and pleaded with them to send someone to an apartment in Lake Luzerne, New York. She told the dispatcher that her mother had been stabbed and was dying. When the attacker fled the scene the girl was able to give the dispatcher a detailed description of the man, because she knew him, it was her father.


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  1. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Killer-of-estranged-wife-to-face-judge-5735932.php

  2. https://poststar.com/news/local/clifford-burns-pleads-guilty-to-murdering-his-wife-in-lake-luzerne/article_3a882a1c-c62d-11e3-90c1-0019bb2963f4.html

  3. https://dailygazette.com/2014/04/17/guilty-christmas-eve-murder/

  4. https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2015/10/man-sentenced-in-death-of-wife-appeals-plea/

  5. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Precious-life-sudden-death-1019248.php

  6. https://dailygazette.com/2014/09/05/niskayuna-man-sentenced-murdering-wife/

  7. https://law.justia.com/cases/new-york/appellate-division-third-department/2015/106991.html

  8. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Child-pleads-as-Lake-Luzerne-mom-dies-5148308.php

  9. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/History-of-violence-now-another-death-5093794.php

  10. https://dailygazette.com/2014/04/17/guilty-christmas-eve-murder/

  11. https://dailygazette.com/2013/12/29/1230vigil/

  12. https://dailygazette.com/2013/12/25/1225_luzerne/

  13. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-canavan-burns&pid=168770030&fhid=5016

  14. https://poststar.com/news/local/murder-charged-in-christmas-eve-stabbing-of-mom-in-lake-luzerne/article_98f86b8e-6cfa-11e3-856e-001a4bcf887a.html#_=_

  15. https://poststar.com/news/local/death-threats-preceded-stabbing-man-says/article_c5214a1c-78af-11e3-bc17-0019bb2963f4.html

  16. https://poststar.com/news/local/filing-suggests-christmas-eve-stabbing-suspects-lawyer-plans-to-use-psychiatric-defense/article_37dff44c-9aaf-11e3-8f63-0019bb2963f4.html

  17. https://poststar.com/news/local/man-accused-in-wifes-death-had-record-of-abuse/article_9e471476-71de-11e3-b6f7-0019bb2963f4.html

  18. https://poststar.com/graphic-content-clifford-burns-interrogation/youtube_31604e84-7e33-11e3-ba4f-001a4bcf887a.html

  19. https://poststar.com/news/local/records-murder-suspect-sent-ominous-text-to-family/article_625c210e-a960-11e3-9316-001a4bcf887a.html

  20. https://poststar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/appeals-court-denies-appeal-in-lake-luzerne-murder-case/article_b2f71503-8cdb-50ba-8f3a-4941eff28e0b.html

  21. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Court-hears-appeal-of-Patricia-Burns-estranged-6595648.php

  22. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Child-pleads-as-Lake-Luzerne-mom-dies-5148308.php

  23. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Murder-arraignment-will-be-Wednesday-5144565.php

  24. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Niskayuna-man-faces-murder-charge-for-Christmas-5142992.php

  25. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Not-guilty-plea-in-wife-s-death-5125195.php

  26. https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fund-to-aid-slain-woman-s-children-5096911.php

  27. https://www.nycourts.gov/judges/cji/2-PenalLaw/125/AC.125.EED.pdf

  28. https://www.pbzlawfirm.com/blog/2020/may/grand-jury-vs-preliminary-hearings/#:~:text=A%20Preliminary%20Hearing%20is%20an,lawyer%20is%20allowed%20to%20attend

  29. https://dailygazette.com/2014/08/03/taking-back-plea-usually-futile-effort/

  30. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2883340/Mother-daughter-stabbed-death-Christmas-Eve-ex-husband-prepared-festive-turkey-urges-domestic-abuse-victims-speak-out.html

  31. https://ncadv.org/STATISTICS

  32. https://www.vice.com/en/article/wnw3xm/the-hidden-crisis-of-domestic-violence-over-the-holidays

  33. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/world/coronavirus-domestic-violence.html

Videos:

1. Pt. 1: Christmas Eve Ended Tragically For Patricia Burns - Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen

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