Christian Longo
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Christian Longo
Christian Longo
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BornChristian Michael Longo
(1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 47)
Iowa, U.S.[1]
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
PenaltyDeath sentence
AddedJanuary 11, 2002[2]
CaughtJanuary 13, 2002[3]

Christian Michael Longo (born January 23, 1974)[4][5] is a convicted murderer[6] who killed his wife and three children in Oregon.[7]

Originating from Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, Longo married Mary Jane Baker at age 19 and had three children with her. Longo and his family often encountered financial difficulties due to his reckless spending habits.[8]


The Longos were a seemingly normal, middle-class family, and resided in Waldport, Oregon. Christian was employed at a local Starbucks, while Mary Jane was a fulltime mother. Both were Jehovah's Witnesses and were active members of their church, having been born into the faith. By all accounts, the two devoted their time to raising their three young children. The Longos were married in 1993; at the time of the murders the couple had been married for eight years and enjoyed sailing and jigsaw puzzles in their spare time.

On December 17, 2001, a coworker recognized an artists sketch of a boy that had been discovered in the Lint slough. A neighbor reported seeing her 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan parked in the driveway outside the Longos' home. Once neighbors and friends realized that all five of the Longos were missing, a frantic search began.

The body of four-year-old Zachary Longo was found on December 19, 2001, in Lint Slough. Divers located the body of three-year-old Sadie, on December 22, less than a mile offshore in the Pacific Ocean. 34-year-old Mary Jane, and their two-year-old daughter Madison were found five days later. Mary Jane had been stuffed nude in suitcases found in the water near a ramp at Embarcadero Marina on December 27, 2001. Madison was found the same day inside a different suitcase, dropped off of the same dock. An autopsy revealed that Sadie and Zachary were killed by asphyxiation while Mary Jane Longo and Madison had been strangled.[9] Police have stated that if Zachary's body had not washed ashore, they would not have recovered the bodies of his sisters and mother for another 10-15 years due to the tide.

After he fled the United States, Longo was recognized at a hotel in Cancún, Mexico, on December 27, 2001. By that time, Longo was wanted in connection with the murder of his wife and three children.[10] The next day, in Lincoln County, Oregon, a federal arrest warrant issued in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon charged him with multiple counts of aggravated murder and unlawful flight. He left the hotel on January 7, 2002, and was captured six days later without incident in the small town of Tulum, Quintana Roo, about 80 miles south of Cancún. He was taken into U.S. custody at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on January 14, 2002.[11] He was sentenced to death in 2003.[12]

Years later, Longo admitted to being a narcissist in a letter he wrote to a woman that was obtained by KATU-TV, a television station located in Portland, Oregon. He wrote that he eventually began "studying what a psychologist said I was and came to terms with it, almost totally agreeing that he was right... his conclusion was the narcissistic personality disorder which he called 'compensatory' - basically self-centeredness related to a damaged core sense of self."[13]

When in Mexico, Longo used the name of Michael Finkel, the former New York Times reporter who later chronicled their experiences in his memoir True Story,[14] which was adapted into a 2015 film starring James Franco as Longo and Jonah Hill as Finkel.

Longo is currently incarcerated on death row at Oregon State Penitentiary. Capital punishment is still legal in Oregon, but there has been a moratorium on executions since 2011.

See also

Further reading

  • Michael Finkel. (2005) True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. New York City: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 0-06-058047-X


  1. ^ "FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Christian Michael Longo". Archived from the original on February 2, 2002. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "FBI Places Christian Michael Longo on its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" List". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives 401 to 500". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "469. Christian Michael Longo". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Oregon Death Row". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ Christian Longo documentary, retrieved
  7. ^ "Oregon Man Guilty Of Killing His Family Gets Death Sentence". The New York Times. New York City. Associated Press. April 17, 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Dodd, Johnny (April 17, 2015). "Murderer Depicted in Movie True Story Tells PEOPLE: 'I Don't Feel I Can Be Redeemed'". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ State v. Longo, retrieved
  10. ^ Christian Longo, retrieved
  11. ^ "FBI Agents Transport Christian Michael Longo Back to the United States" (Press release). January 14, 2002. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ Duin, Steve (May 2, 2011). "His victim's sister calls Christian Longo a 'monster' who won't let the family heal". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ Canzano, Anna (August 9, 2012). "Christian Longo writes about his dead family". KATU. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Wiegand, David (June 11, 2005). "After getting fired by the New York Times for lying in print, a reporter stumbled on the story of his life". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 2015.

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