- May 13 – 34-year-old Richard L. Whitley is convicted of capital murder for beating, strangling, and stabbing his 63-year-old neighbor Phoebe C. Parsons in her Falls Church home on July 25, 1980.
- McGinley, Laurie. "Fairfax Man Is Convicted in Slaying Of Elderly Neighbor; Jury Urges Death" Evening Star, 14 May 1981, Three Star NIGHT FINAL, p. 82. NewsBank. Accessed 15 Dec. 2017.
|Fairfax County by Year: 1981|
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