An article in the Huffington Post this morning made my blood run cold. A woman and her husband broke into her parent’s home and shot and killed her mother and her brother, and were in turn shot and killed by her father.
I think this one is “newsworthy” more than many such family killings because the father was able to kill his daughter and her husband to save his own life at least. How sad that he was pushed to such extremes.
>ASHVILLE, Pa. — A couple broke into a Pennsylvania home and killed the woman’s mother and brother before being shot to death by her father, the culmination of a long-running feud fueled by what a relative said Saturday was the woman’s “hatred” for her family.
State police said the home invasion happened Friday night in Ashville, a rural community about 40 miles southwest of State College in central Pennsylvania.
Investigators said the father found his wife and son fatally shot, then in turn shot the two intruders. The father, identified by a relative as John Frew, was not injured.
The relative, Virginia Cruse, said the victims included her 64-year-old sister Roberta Frew and the couple’s 47-year-old son. She identified the slain assailants as Frew’s daughter, Josephine, and her husband, Jeff Ruckinger.
Cruse said the daughter and mother did not get along, but that she had no idea what spawned Friday’s tragedy.
The daughter had “a hatred toward the family,” she said.
When Josephine was about 20, she and a boyfriend trashed her parents’ home and stole items including a pistol, then fled to Pittsburgh, Cruse said. After that, she said, “more or less, they disowned her.”
Of course there are few details in the above story, but it sounds from the quote from Ms Cruse that Josephine and a boyfriend trashed her parents’ house and stole things, indicates to me that Josephine had some problems and was involved in criminal activities against her own family. Many offenders steal from their own families as well as other targets.
Just as Patrick harbors hatred for me because I “ratted him out to the cops” because he stole my car to haul the loot he stole from our friend’s business, it is a case of the old joke about the teacher questioning two kids fighting on the play ground. She asked them who started the fight, and one kid said “It all started when Johnny hit me back!”
God bless John Frew and comfort him in his pain and losses.