David Thomas Dawson (David Thomas Dawson)

David Thomas Dawson

David Thomas Dawson

Dawson broke into a family’s Billings, Montana motel room on 18 April 1986. He forced the Rodstein family to go to his room at the motel, which was located right next door to their own room. He bound the family of four with tape, gagged them, and took their money. Over the next two days, Dawson strangled three of the four family members: 39-year-old David Rodstein, his wife 39-year-old Monica, and their 11-year-old son Andrew. Their 15-year-old daughter Amy was found alive in Dawson’s motel room two days after the murders. ¬†The trial for Dawson came to a close in February 1987. The jury deliberated about 14 hours and returned with guilty verdicts for three counts of deliberate homicide, four guilty verdicts for kidnapping each member of the Rodstein family, and a guilty verdict for robbery. Dawson waived the ability to appeal his conviction and sentence. ¬†Dawson’s last meal consisted of two double cheeseburgers, two large servings of French fries, half a gallon of vanilla fudge ripple ice cream, and two bottles of Dr Pepper. When asked if he had any last words, Dawson said “Mot us out”. He was executed by lethal injection on 11 August 2006 under the authority of the state of Montana, the first execution in Montana in more than eight years.


  • October, 20, 1957
  • San Diego, California


  • August, 11, 2006
  • Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana

Cause of Death

  • execution by lethal injection

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