Joel D. Cox

Joel Drew "Joe" Cox (August 3, 1961 – February 15, 1964) was a 2-year-old child who was fatally shot, along with his sister, 11-year-old Laurie Beth, and brothers, 14-year-old Danny and 4-month-old Timothy, by his mother, 40-year-old Judith E. Cox, in the family home at 421 Carolyn Drive in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of Falls Church on February 14, 1964.[1]

Joel was the only child who survived the initial attack, and was taken to Fairfax Hospital, where he died the following morning.[2]


  1. Dewar, Helen. "Mother Kills Three Children, Herself in Falls Church Home." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): A1. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1994). Feb 15 1964. Web. 6 Feb. 2012.
  2. "Fear of Mental Illness Believed Why Mother Shot Children, Self." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Feb 16 1964. ProQuest. Web. 23 Jan. 2018.