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Aziz Yanzdanpanah murders, 2011
Let’s close this list with one of the grisliest Santa-related crimes of all time. Grapevine is known as the “Christmas Capital Of Texas,” a Dallas suburb that really pulls out the stops every December. But it’s not a happy time for everyone.
In 2011, divorced father Aziz Yanzdanpanah dressed up as Santa Claus and paid a visit to his ex-wife and her family at the apartment they were living at. At first, the visit went well, but at around 11:30 AM he pulled out two guns and shot all six family members present before ending his own life. Relatives say that he was upset that his wife was doing well post-divorce and he’d been unemployed for years.