Friday Marks 25th Anniversary of Markle Murders (Slideshow)

Friday is the 25th anniversary of one of the strangest business-related crimes in Arkansas history: the Markle murders.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 1987, an oddball futures trader at Stephens Inc. named John Markle shot to death his wife and two young daughters as they slept in their home on Main Street in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter. Then he turned two weapons on himself, shooting himself in both temples simultaneously.

In short order, the Little Rock Police Department would discover that Markle had been fired the previous Friday (the 13th) for a sophisticated embezzlement scheme that benefitted Markle's mother, Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes McCambridge.

Ten years ago, Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz wrote a "Fifth Monday" feature recounting the case as its 15th anniversary approached. Here's a link to that story and related sidebars.

15 Years Later, John Markle Murder-Suicide Fades From View

Markle Home Becomes Party Venue (Nov. 17, 2003)