Sunday, December 16, 2007

Murder-Suicide in South Beacon Hill

Bad news from the intersection of Beacon and Cloverdale.

Sunday, December 16, 2007
Last updated 9:37 a.m. PT

Police investigate apparent murder-suicide

Seattle police are investigating what they describe as a murder-suicide, in which a man apparently stabbed his mother to death Saturday before killing himself.

Officers were called about 5:15 p.m. to a house in the 8600 block of Beacon Avenue South, across Interstate 5 from Boeing Field, where they found a woman bleeding and unresponsive, police spokesman Jeff Kappel said. The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police searched several surrounding blocks after finding nobody else in the house, he said.

Kappel said officers eventually found the woman's 52-year-old son face down in the street in the 8500 block of 37th Avenue South.

"When they turned him over, they found multiple stab wounds to the chest," Kappel said of the man, who died at the scene. "Officers found a knife a few yards away."

Names of the man and woman were not released Saturday night.


Nikchick said...

Huh. Are police really saying this guy killed his mother and then stabbed himself to death? That's a pretty hard core way to go.

Makes a person wonder, seems like there must be more to this story, it's so bizarre. Always sorry to hear about more violence down here.

Anonymous said...

There's a lot more to the story. Unfortunately, the news channels passed this over without a glance. Is that because of the location, I wonder. The man and his mother had a great number of Christian friends, some who spoke with them hours before. The man was facing terminal cancer. His mother had volunteered to be his caretaker in his final days. They were both well known and loved. None of us can fathom the circumstance that must have spontaneously unfolded. We are simply numb. Since the news people are in the business of relating the story - they ought to find the story first - it's always there.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this information. I am a fairly new neighbor of this woman, but had met her once. This event was shocking and my husband and I have been wondering what sort of events could have led up to this as she seemed like such a friendly person whose family was always coming over to visit. If the family is reading this: My heart goes out to you.

Anonymous said...

I believe the media "passed this over without a glance" out of respect to the family. There is no community danger involved with this incident: the man who killed his mother is dead now, too. I know the family involved in this tragedy and my heart aches for them. There is no sinister element involved, no police/media coverup or diss toward the south end. I hope this never happens, but if this were your family would you want the horribly sad and shocking details being shared with the public while you were battling a very private, very brutal and very devastating loss?