Jerry Ball murders-Any info?

Jerry Ball murders-Any info?

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shaolin5

Mount Hope, WV

#1 Jun 15, 2010
I can remember LONG ago, a kid named Jerry Ball killed 4 or 5 members of his family with a baseball bat. Does anybody remember that and if so, what do you remember? Anybody have a link for anything regarding the murders online? Any help would be greatly appreciated
Lucifer

Beckley, WV

#2 Jun 15, 2010
He killed 4, mother / father 2 siblings. Baseball bats to the head. All because he was denied to go somewhere.

He is still in jail. Very large and very obese. He is the prison bully. Not well liked by staff or fellow inmates. Does that surprise anyone ?
Chad

Beckley, WV

#3 Jun 15, 2010
He was in Anthony's Correctional Center for years. I don't know what happened after he turned 18.
shaolin5

Mount Hope, WV

#4 Jun 15, 2010
Lucifer, got any more info? I'm doing a 10 page report for college. For instance, how do you know he is a prison bully? What jail is he in? Will he ever get out, ect.

Again thank you SOOOOOO much for helping
Lucifer

Beckley, WV

#5 Jun 15, 2010
I can't tell you my source. But it is reliable, honest and accurate. The only other things I can tell you are that he gets no visitors, except occasionally the 'church' visitors. He doesn't shave much or take care of his hygiene. He will never get out, no chance of parole (at least that is what I have been told). He is in the Northern Correctional Center.

You can get more info at:

http://www.wvdoc.com/wvdoc/OffenderSearch/tab... and do a name search. You can see his picture and his charges. Note, there is no pending 'release' date. He get a parole hearing, but it is just a formality.

PS: You are moooooooost welcome :)
Nice Calves

Beckley, WV

#6 Jun 15, 2010
I went to Beckley Jr High with him..hes in my yearbook (79?). I remember seeing him pulled over in the Holiday Inn parking lot on Harper Rd. the evening he was arrested. Talk about snapped. He was always "the quiet" one in school...I also recall years ago there was an article in the Register Herald about him obtaining his "chef" degree in prison....a pic was included...I wouldnt eat what he cooked tell ya that!
Lucifer

Beckley, WV

#7 Jun 15, 2010
Yes, Nice Calves is 100% correct. I forgot lots of that. I heard his house was torn down but I don't know.

He did get a 'chef' certificate.. I guess so he could make peanut butter sandwiches for his fellow inmates. I asked if he was schizophrenic or ____ and was told "not that we are aware of. Personality disorder". That's not from a Dr., just someone who "knows" him on a near daily basis. The joke that year was Jerry Ball had a better batting average than George Brett (I think was the batter's name). Cruel yes. But as he was the talk of the town, people would try to find humor to deal with the horrors of what he did to his mother father and younger brothers.

There is some mention of him in this book, pages 216, 217, 218= While They Slept: An Inquiry Into the Murder of a Family, By Kathryn Harrison
Nice Calves

Beckley, WV

#8 Jun 16, 2010
I kenw a lady who worked at Maxwell Hill Elm where his little brother (s?) went to school..she was so tore up over what happened as was everyone else. She kept talking about that sweet little boy. I recall hearing that after he did what he did, he dragged them into the downstairs and covered them with a mattress. Freakshow.
Freakshow alright

Beckley, WV

#9 Jun 16, 2010
It is unbelievable the horrible and terrible things children can do for no apparent reason. I have been seeing more and more of children killing their parents, and doing criminal things. Why does this happen when the parents can't be blamed? What is wrong with a child who takes another's life or does criminal things? How do you punish them, I mean should they be held accountable or are they just mentally ill?
bodidly

Parkersburg, WV

#10 Jun 16, 2010
I was jerrys friend in high school. I new him when he killed his family. The only thing i recall abought him being different was his family was very strict on him. He allways seemed under pressure from his father. never saw that comming tho. He seemed normal, one minute he was there then gone allways wondered what became of him. I saw him right after he killed his family driving in his dads car was the first time i ever saw him drive thought that was weard then we found out he had just killed em sad.....
The TRUTH

Beckley, WV

#11 Jun 16, 2010
Lucifer wrote:
He killed 4, mother / father 2 siblings. Baseball bats to the head. All because he was denied to go somewhere.
He is still in jail. Very large and very obese. He is the prison bully. Not well liked by staff or fellow inmates. Does that surprise anyone ?
I just did the search and looked at the picture of Jerry Ball. I also went to high school with him. He was a tall, skinny red haired kid. Most would label him a geek in high school.

According to Lucifer, 6'1 and 249 is "very large and very obese"

Lucifer must look like Jillian Michaels.

shaolin5

Lubbock, TX

#12 Jun 16, 2010
I was so young when that happened. I went to church once with one of his younger brothers. It was just a shock to me that something like that could happen here, in Beckley.
Didn't he kill them because his dad wouldn't let him go to the old Heck's parking lot and hang out?
I also heard he killed his parents first, then waited for his brothers to get home. Then he killed them too.
In my young mind, I couldn't understand why he killed his brothers (maybe in an attempt to hide the murders?)...It seemed to me that they never did anything wrong.
Maybe the worst murders in Beckley ever?
I remember

Lubbock, TX

#13 Jun 16, 2010
shaolin5 wrote:
I was so young when that happened. I went to church once with one of his younger brothers. It was just a shock to me that something like that could happen here, in Beckley.
Didn't he kill them because his dad wouldn't let him go to the old Heck's parking lot and hang out?
I also heard he killed his parents first, then waited for his brothers to get home. Then he killed them too.
In my young mind, I couldn't understand why he killed his brothers (maybe in an attempt to hide the murders?)...It seemed to me that they never did anything wrong.
Maybe the worst murders in Beckley ever?
Wow, I remember this.. I played baseball with Jerry and watched his brother play... Stevie, I think is what he was called. Jerry's dad coached baseball.. they called him "Tuffy".

According to Jerry's statement (If I recall correctly) he said he killed his siblings because he did not want them to grow up without a mom or dad..

Now, take that with a grain of salt, because that was a long time ago, and quite frankly, I've read a lot of confessions since then, so I may be wrong, however, I'm pretty sure it was in his statement. FWIW
WINSTONL

Lubbock, TX

#14 Jun 16, 2010
So...he killed his family then went cruising around in the family car? That's lame.

Where was the house located where they were all killed?
Interesting

Beckley, WV

#15 Jun 16, 2010
WOW I have never heard of this, but some interesting information. Great subject of a paper Good Luck Shaolin5.
Nana

Mount Hope, WV

#16 Jun 16, 2010
My neighbor was a good friend of his ,Jerry bought him a pair of tennis shoes just before he killed them. Everyone was so surprised when this happened. He lived over somewhere around dry hill ,up one of those little roads.Everyone said he was a good kid. they thought. I think they said that cartoons were on around 4:00 in the evening just after kids got home from school, a fight started about Jerry wanting to take the car somewhere and Jerry just lost it.I have often wondered what happened to him,It was a terrible tragedy,I didn't sleep for many months after it happened.I think they buried the whole family together in one casket at Blue Ridge cemetery.
phlegar

Mount Hope, WV

#17 Jun 16, 2010
My husband was in the Anthony center with Jerry twenty some years ago, he said he was nuts over it. My husband said he talked about it a lot he told him he wanted to go to the park an his parents wouldn't let him go so he took the ball bat to there heads,after they were dead he drug them all to the bedroom and stuffed them under the mattress.After all that he took the car driving around Beckley,picked up two friends and when he told them what he had done ,they jumped out of the car and told the police what he said he had done.
A Family Member

Reading, PA

#18 Jun 16, 2010
I was at the funeral and they all had their own caskets, NOT all buried in one! They are all buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

He was a nice kid that just snapped. His extended family wants nothing to do with him. They write letters to the parole board to make sure he stays in jail.

Many rumors were spread after this tragedy, but no one knows for sure why he did it.

He beat his father with a baseball bat, but his mother was shot. One of the brother's lived until later that night. The house was located off of Teal Road toward Dry Hill Rd.

The Raleigh Co. Library used to have copies of the old newspapers on microfiche, it happened in 1983.
MelissaT

Wake Forest, NC

#19 Jun 17, 2010
The house was just off Dry Hill Road near Beckley West Apartments. It was either on Oakley Road or one of the little streets off Oakley. Their house backed up to my uncle's house.

Thanks Shaolin for starting this thread. I was about 10 years old when the murders happened and have often wondered if he is still in prison.
lalala

United States

#20 Jun 17, 2010
shaolin5 wrote:
I can remember LONG ago, a kid named Jerry Ball killed 4 or 5 members of his family with a baseball bat. Does anybody remember that and if so, what do you remember? Anybody have a link for anything regarding the murders online? Any help would be greatly appreciated
My family and I lived only a few houses down from him when he did this. I was a little girl at the time. He ended up telling one of his friends in the neighborhood what had happened and that boy told his father. Several men from the neighborhood, my dad included, went to the house to find them all dead. Since I was so little when this happened I can not remember exact details but I can get them for you from my dad since he saw this thing first hand. Would rather do it confidentially though those details are not something I think should be posted for small eyes to see. Let me know if you are interested.

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