View Full Version : Washington man kills his 5 kids and himself

04-05-2009, 12:39 AM
I Hate these stories...if your life is that bad why not not just do yourself? Why take out your kids? I don't get it...


Wash. police: Father kills 5 children, himself

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AP A Pierce Co. Sheriffs Chaplain Rick Bulman talks with three unidentified women Saturday, April 4, 2009, By PHUONG LE, Associated Press Writer Phuong Le, Associated Press Writer 24 mins ago

GRAHAM, Wash. A father apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home and then killed himself near a casino miles away, police said Saturday.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, called it a domestic violence situation and a murder-suicide.

"We believe they all died of gunshot wounds," Troyer said.

Police found the father's body early Saturday in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. He had apparently killed himself with a rifle, although no note was left in the car, Auburn Police Sgt. Scott Near said.

Later in the day, a relative stopped by the mobile home and called authorities after seeing a child lying motionless on a bed through a window. Pierce County deputies checked the mobile home, which is about 20 miles southeast of the casino, and found four of the children dead in their beds and the fifth in the bathroom.

Troyer said investigators believe the husband and the wife, who was not home, were not estranged.

The mother's aunt, Penny Flansburg, was at a loss to explain the crime.

"They were pleasant together," Flansburg said. "We can't even figure out why."

Flansburg identified the couple as Angela and James Harrison and the children as Maxine, Samantha, Heather, Jamie and James. The father worked as a diesel mechanic, and the mother works at Wal-Mart, Flansburg said.

Ryan Peden, a classmate of the eldest daughter, said she told him Friday night that her parents had gotten into a fight and her mother had left. The father followed the mother and tried to get her to return, said Peden, 16.

Neighbors in the Deer Run mobile home park, a neat, well-kept community nestled among towering evergreens, were shocked and weeping at the news.

"How could something like this happen?" asked Mary Riplinger, whose kids were playmates of the slain children. "Everyone's asking: Why did he do it? It's not right."

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor described the crime as a "horrible thing."

"This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder," Pastor said. "This appears to be the terrible work of the biological father. If that doesn't break your heart, I don't know what does."

Another neighbor, Dale Lund, told The Seattle Times the 7-year-old boy who was killed played at times with his grandson and the boys shared the same school bus stop and attended the same elementary school together.

He said the dead boy played in his own yard most of the time.

"They pretty much kept to themselves over there," Lund said.

Dozens of investigators were on the scene trying to reconstruct the crime and discover a motive.

04-05-2009, 12:48 AM
Lots of despair in the World these days.

04-05-2009, 12:50 AM
this is terrible.

I hate that we have so many wack jobs in this world.

04-05-2009, 12:57 AM
It is going to be very hard to comprehend what is happening in our world these coming days.

04-05-2009, 12:58 AM
I had a hard time giving mine swats on the behind when they were little...how does a parent murder their kids? Nothing explains that...nothing.

Bronco Bob
04-05-2009, 01:11 AM
I had a hard time giving mine swats on the behind when they were little...how does a parent murder their kids? Nothing explains that...nothing.

The only possible explanation I can think of is in their sick minds they
think the world is so bad their children would be better off not being
in it, sort of like when Joseph Goebbels poisoned his six children and
then killed himself as the Soviets were invading Berlin at the end of WWII.

04-05-2009, 01:54 AM
A lot of people are breaking. It'll probably keep going for another year like this.

04-05-2009, 02:00 AM
or longer

04-05-2009, 05:50 AM
now this sucks

DB Doom
04-05-2009, 06:41 AM
wow...perspective...then confusion.
hate to bump this up cuz i'd rather see it fade away but early on a Sunday morning that news packs weight.

04-05-2009, 06:44 AM
Most aisians assimilate well.

Most likely a rougue. You get them sometimes.