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Survivor of Halloween Slayings to Go Home

September 12, 1985

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) _ An 8-year-old girl kept in protective custody for nearly a year after witnessing the trick-or-treat abduction slaying of her sister and cousin may return home, a judge has ruled.

Circuit Judge James Hendrian on Wednesday denied prosecutors’ request to keep Patricia Hall in protective custody and ruled that the girl could return from a foster home to her mother, Earnestine Gordon.

Patricia was trick-or-treating with her sister Theresa Hall, 10, and cousin, Sherry Gordon, 12, last Halloween when they apparently were abducted. Two days later, police found Patricia and the bodies of the two other girls in a vacant apartment. Patricia apparently was unharmed physically.

She was placed in protective custody because authorities were concerned about her safety with the killer still at large. Police still have made no arrest in the case.

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