Florida man kills family, teen son escapes

Teen son escapes Fla. family slaying; 4 dead:

A lot of people say there is no such thing as good and evil in the world. They say things aren’t that black and white. I disagree. That my friends is 34-year-old Troy Ryan Bellar. He is the face of true evil.

After an argument with his wife Bellar gunned down his wife Wendy Bellar, their 8-year-old son Ryan Patrick Bellar and their 5-month-old son Zack James Bellar. He also made a concerted effort to try and kill his 13-year-old son Nathan…

His father chased him through the cluttered garage and took aim, but tripped on a bicycle before he could get off another fatal shot. As Nathan ran screaming to the safety of a neighbor’s house, the father killed himself in the front lawn.

So not only was Bellar evil he was also a coward.

Every once in a while a story comes along that makes me think about retiring from the blogging business. This is one of them.

Thanks to Gary for the tip.

Tenn. woman pleads not guilty in botched murder-suicide

Not guilty plea entered by mother:

Back in November it’s alleged that 30-year-old Audrey Story of Jonesborough, Tenn. tried killing herself and her 7-month-old son by overdosing on Klonopin. Police say she crushed the anti-anxiety drug into her son’s milk after telling a relative they were ‘going to a better place’. Both story and her baby survived.

This week Story pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse.

Again while I would never condone suicide please leave your kids out of your own drama and if you are going to kill yourself do the world a favor and go alone.

Thanks to DMB for the tip.

Canadian doctor accused of killing kids

A horrified town wonders, why?:

Dr. Guy Turcotte of St. Jérôme, Quebec stands accused of killing his two kids in a botched murder-suicide attempt. Dead are his two children Olivier Turcotte, 5, and Anne-Sophie Turcotte, 3. The motive behind the killings seems to be that Turcotte was distraught over being separated from his wife. I guess this is another case of ‘if I can’t have the kids no one can’. How selfish can you get? If you’re that upset about your failed marriage kill yourself but don’t take it out on your kids. Or even better, you can just be a man and carry on with your life so your kids will still have two parents.

In a case of somewhat poetic justice the hospital he was taken to refused to treat him because it was the same hospital that him and his doctor wife worked at.

He’s still in ICU in a different hospital and hasn’t spoken to police yet.

Thanks to AnnaRayna for the tip.

Kids unharmed in murder-suicide…for once

Kids alone for days, parents dead in locked room :

Police in Madras, Oregon discovered the bodies of 26-year-old Hannah Crowe and 21-year-old Julian Wallulatum dead from an apparent murder-suicide. Both were shot and Crowe was said to be the murder victim. The murder-suicide allegedly happened after a domestic dispute. Their 9-month-old daughter was locked in the room with them but was relatively unhurt. Three older children were left outside of the room on their own.

How sad is it when we say after a story like this that at least he didn’t harm the children.

Thanks again to LadyJade for the tip.

Quebec children killed in failed murder-suicide

Que. woman charged with murder in children’s deaths:

36-year-old Cathy Gauthier-Lachance of the Saguenay region Quebec was arrested in connection with the deaths of her 3 children and her husband. There has been no motive for the killings but both parents had recently lost their jobs. It’s alleged that this was supposed to have been a murder and suicide pact between Gauthier-Lachance and her husband 46-year-old Marc Laliberte.

The RCMP have said that the children, 12-year old Joelle, 7-year old Marc-Ange and 4-year old Louis-Philippe, died from either suffocation or poisoning. Both Laliberte and Gauthier-Lachance had stab wounds.

I still don’t get why when people are having financial difficulties they feel the need to punish their children for their own failures. If you want to kill yourselves go alone. Let the kids have a fighting chance at least.

Thanks to Anne for the tip.

Woman kills son, self over alleged affair

Police say an alleged affair led to murder-suicide:

Why do so-called ‘adults’ feel the need to involve their children with their drama?

For example, take 34-year-old Lavinia Banks of Addis, Louisiana.

She thought that her husband was having an affair. So did she seek advice from her church? Did she contact a lawyer? Maybe a private detective?

None of the above.

Instead she shot her 7-year-old son Darieyonne, dragged him to the bathroom then shot him again. Then she shot herself.

What did that boy have to do with the drama in your life between you and your husband?

At one of my other sites we have a saying about murder-suicides. “If you’re going to kill yourself man up and go alone.”

Thanks to LadyJade for the tip.

Still not roid rage

Steroids did not act alone:

This is an article from Jim Varsalone, the pro-wrestling editor of the Miami Herald. He’s kind of saying what I’ve been saying since day one of the Chris Benoit murder-suicide.

Roid rage, a term associated with steroid use, is a quick, violent outburst. It leads to a punch, a kick, an assault, but not murder. The Benoit murders/suicide occurred over a two to three day period.

With the rampant use of steroids in sports and the number of high-profile wrestlers who have died at an early age, no one — other than Benoit — has been linked to murder.

Mr. Varsalone goes through numerous other aspects of steroids and Chris Benoit’s crime as well. It’s worth your time to read the whole article and get another perspective.

Concussions not steroids

Brain Damage May Have Caused Wrestler Chris Benoit to Kill Family, Doctor Says:

A doctor who examined the brain matter of pro-wrestler turned family annihilator Chris Benoit states that Benoit had brain damage consistent with Alzheimer’s patients.

The Sports Legacy Institute, an organization that advances health and wellness of athletes, coordinated the testing using samples of Benoit’s brain tissue provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation — with the permission of Benoit’s father.

Despite the results, Dr. Robert Cantu, a member of the institute and chief of neurosurgery service at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., said there was no way to know for sure if the concussions Benoit suffered caused the murder-suicide.

Cantu did say that the brain injury Benoit suffered can cause depression and irrational behavior.

Decades of chairshots and flying headbutts can turn the brain to mush. Not that I’m excusing what the Canadian Coward did but can we finally get off the whole “roid rage” knee jerk reaction finally? This shows that there could have been a number of reasons that led Benoit to kill his family.

Order of death

Order of Deaths Key to Wrestler’s Estate:

The mother of Nancy Benoit, Maureen Toffoloni, has had her lawyer ask the court to determine the order of deaths of Nancy and her son Daniel. Why you may ask? Take a guess. I’ll give you a hint. It’s green, rectangular, and has the pictures of guys in powdered wigs on it.

It’s widely believed that Chris Benoit killed his wife first and then his son. That would be bad for Ms. Toffoloni. If it’s determined that the order of deaths as they stand right now is correct Chris Benoit’s assets would belong to his two children from his previous marriage. If Nancy was killed last the assets would go to her family.

That’s because of a forfeiture statute that takes into account the fact that Benoit was the killer. As such, the law for purposes of estate distribution would consider Benoit to have died before his wife and son.

Chris Benoit’s living children are 14 and 10. It takes a real humanitarian to take some financial security away from them.

Not only that but do you really think that Nancy Benoit would have allowed her only son to be killed and not have fought back?

Roid rage inconclusive

Questions still loom in Benoit case:

Again, if you won’t believe me that roid rage in the deaths of the Benoit family is not a foregone conclusion then how about Georgia’s top coroner?

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit had more than 10 times the normal level of testosterone in his system when he hanged himself in his home after killing his wife and 7-year-old son last month. But did that have anything to do with the slayings?

“I think it’s an unanswerable question,” said Dr. Kris Sperry, Georgia’s top medical examiner.

Test results released Tuesday neither bolstered nor entirely debunked speculation that anabolic steroids might have led Benoit, a wrestler with a family-man image, to commit the shocking crimes. Some experts believe steroids can cause paranoia, depression and violent outbursts known as “roid rage,” but Sperry noted that there is no consensus on the issue.

Even the high levels of testosterone should not be overanalyzed, Sperry warned. They could indicate the wrestler was being treated for “testicular insufficiency,” he said.

Well I think we know that Chris Benoit had “testicular insufficiency” because only a nutless coward is capable of killing his family but I digress.

In the end, he said, authorities will never know whether the steroid could have caused the murderous outburst.

Not only that but if roid rage is as prevalent as some people falsely claim then how come there isn’t a murder a week coming out of Major League Baseball or the NFL?