Jerry Ball murders-Any info?
liar

United States

#163 Jun 21, 2011
I remember when wrote:
Jerry lived a rock's throw from the Beckley YMCA. I went to Woodrow Wilson High School with him. I remember the kids would kinda bully him and laugh and pick on him because he seemed withdrawn and acted kinda slow and he smelled. I remember he dressed in dirty, unkempt clothes, and he had no friends. I used to see him in the hallways at school walking on his pants because they were too long for him. He killed his whole family with a baseball bat while they were all asleep. The whole school was shocked the next day. I remember it.
He DID NOT live next to the YMCA, he DID NOT wear dirty clothes, and he DID have friends!!
lol

Hendersonville, NC

#164 Jun 25, 2011
a x girlfriend wrote:
<quoted text> he was most defintly pushed and bullied by his parents and his lit brother was awful at it. He was so kind and quiet and he was lookin for love and I gave him all I could but his parents disrespected me and he snapped but I pray to God iI am not the reason he did but I know from 8th grade til 10th grade we were great and we stayed friends befor we dated I always cared for him even after he snapped, he never wanted me there for his trail, and I still think of him wish I could find him tell him all is fogiven..
dont flatter yourself dear...you were not the reason for anything...hes very easily found, i did...but he still has the right to decide who he responds to
lol

Hendersonville, NC

#165 Jun 25, 2011
liar wrote:
<quoted text> He DID NOT live next to the YMCA, he DID NOT wear dirty clothes, and he DID have friends!!
guess it would shock the person you replied to that jerry even has people who LOVE him even now...lol, some people like to pretend they have a clue...bless you :)
israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#166 Jun 26, 2011
Fam wrote:
Do not say things unless you are factual. Jerry is a member of my family and no we do not write letters to keep him in. In his world I am sure he has paid for what he did and it is pitiful that he ever did this to his family... HOWEVER at the same time how pathetic of any of you so called perfect human beings posting about him.... Shame on you! How horrible... Only god will be the judge of him!
Not all of his family members are like you so I wouldn't speak for the "we" if I were you. 98% of your family have abandoned him. And the family agreement for the plea agreement to be accepted (that members of your family co-ercised him into agreeing to) 20+ years ago has fallen by the way side. The letters from your family members are public record. I know of noone in your family that openly communicates or supports Jerry. Do you?
israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#167 Jun 26, 2011
slamber96 wrote:
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I remember this thing as if it were yesterday. I was actually in the same class with Jerry's younger brother Steven when this happened. My brother, strangely enough, knew Jerry from his school which was Beckley Jr. High. Anyhow, the day before at school some of the other boys had crammed Steven in the trash can in the bathroom and when he returned to class everyone was laughing at him. I sat next to him and told him that he just needed to stay out of the other boys way and they would leave him alone. He just nodded and said yeah. The next day, he was dead. Supposedly another classmate, Kelly I think, was the one who found all of them. She had come to get Steven in the morning as they walked to school together. Story has it that the front door was open and she nudged it open more and saw all the carnage. Messed her up for quite a while as you can understand. I know the whole class was in shock, and there was a big parent teacher conference soon after that. I don't remember any media coverage or anything like that, but of course, I was only in the 4th grade or something like that then. Our teacher was crying during the conference and two trees were planted at Maxwell Hill in honor of Steven.
It was a terrible terrible thing. I always heard that he said Satan had made him do it.
I'll ask him but I'm pretty sure Satan didn't make him do it. I've never heard anyone say that, especially him.
israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#168 Jun 26, 2011
Prison letters wrote:
I've been wondering if anyone writes to Jerry OR has thought about writing to him. I wonder if he would write back? I was at Anthony Center back in the early 90's and used to talk to him occasionally. He seemed to have free reign and was always doing some "administrative" stuff.
For about a month or so, I thought Jerry was an employee. That is, until someone told me why he was there. I didn't believe it at first, but I asked one of the CO's and he told me the same story. He was a hell of a nice guy and obviously, had gotten some education.
I've thought about writing to him, mainly to see if he'd respond. I wonder if he reads these posts, in prison? I have an old friend, doing time in PA, somewhere and they get to use the internet for .5 a minute....Just wondering.
I'm sure he would write you back. The only people who he doesn't write back are people with alterior motives. And no Jerry doesn't read these posts and he doesn't have any interest in them. If you want me to ask Jerry something for you or you want to write him yourself. email me: [email protected] and I will help you.
israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#169 Jun 26, 2011
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
dont flatter yourself dear...you were not the reason for anything...hes very easily found, i did...but he still has the right to decide who he responds to
All is forgiven? Now I'm curious as to who you are I'd ask you your name but I think I'll better ask Jerry for the whole story first.
Mike

Alexandria, VA

#170 Jun 27, 2011
israelite wrote:
<quoted text>I'm sure he would write you back. The only people who he doesn't write back are people with alterior motives. And no Jerry doesn't read these posts and he doesn't have any interest in them. If you want me to ask Jerry something for you or you want to write him yourself. email me: [email protected] and I will help you.
I tried mailing you, but it came back as "undeliverable"
justintime

Atlanta, GA

#171 Jul 4, 2011
Im glad to know Jerry is doing well. No matter what he did, I will forever remember him as a nice kid, and I am grateful that I had the chance to know him. Everyone knows how awkwark Jr High could be, but for Jerry, myself and a few others, we managed to have those moments where life was good, and a smile was always around.
A message to Jerry, keep your head up, life is what you make it, and the rest will fall into place.
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israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#173 Jul 6, 2011
Mike wrote:
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I tried mailing you, but it came back as "undeliverable"
Weird :Jerry L. Ball #18333
Northern Correctional Facility
RD 2 Box 1
Moundsville,WV 26041
ace

Port Huron, MI

#174 Aug 17, 2011
jerry was my 2ed cousin.... i cant believe what im reading..
friend

Vienna, VA

#175 Aug 18, 2011
israelite wrote:
<quoted text>Weird :Jerry L. Ball #18333
Northern Correctional Facility
RD 2 Box 1
Moundsville,WV 26041
Since that post, Jerry and I have actually exchanged about 3 letters each.
israelite

Hendersonville, NC

#176 Aug 23, 2011
friend wrote:
<quoted text>
Since that post, Jerry and I have actually exchanged about 3 letters each.
Nice, he mentioned you a couple weeks ago. I need to write him tonight.
nancy miller

Midland, GA

#177 Aug 24, 2011
A Family Member wrote:
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.
Jerry's grandfather used to visit my father when i was a small child. Leroy Ball was his name and he was real nice. My dad and Leroy would play guitars for hours at our home in Sprague. My mother saved the newspaper articles about Jerry and i have them now. I do not know if i ever seen Tuffy as i was not 5 years old. I remember Leroy because he was at our home a lot. You are correct in what happened. I never knew where the house was or if it still exists, i was living in Indiana when this tragedy happened. This was shown on the news in Indiana and it was real graphic for the early 1980s. I would like to know if the house is still there. I would not get to see it as i live in Alabama now and both my parents are gone. It is good to see the facts and not rumors.
Mother of a Relative

Concord, NC

#178 Oct 24, 2011
Lucifer, if you have anyway to find out about anyone that knows about Jerry, please let me know. I am worried it is paranoid schizophrenia. I have been married, now divorced to someone in this family and have a child that has been diagnosed with this. They never have spoken of Jerry and act like he is not a relative of their's but my son is now on medication and his father always acts like it is not true. His father was diagnosed bipolar years ago and refuses to take medication also. The medication is key but you have strong tendencies to pass it on through genetics and people have to be aware. It needs to be discussed. Thank you.
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 ?
google

Mount Hope, WV

#179 Oct 24, 2011
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
Hes still in jail .........
Canter full

Beckley, WV

#180 Oct 24, 2011
liar wrote:
<quoted text> He DID NOT live next to the YMCA, he DID NOT wear dirty clothes, and he DID have friends!!
Jerry ball lived on oakley road.prosperity area.
Canter full

Beckley, WV

#181 Oct 24, 2011
ace wrote:
jerry was my 2ed cousin.... i cant believe what im reading..
Is he dead? You said he was....not he IS.
Surprised

Ona, WV

#182 Oct 26, 2011
i can't believe this forum I do know someone very close to Jerry,he is alive and the last time i was down by his house the house was still there about a year ago.It did sit empty for years but through the years someone has finally bought i guess and moved into it..Jerry was at Anthony Center way longer then he was suppose to be actually was teaching up their when my husband was there because he was shocked, heard my family talking about him and couldn't believe he was still there..That was in 96 or 97 so he actually spent very many years at the Anthony Center and never did he ever cause trouble from what i was told he was very quiet,and from the last time i talked to his family member she still was holding out hope that maybe someday he would be released,but i do believe that she is the only one in that family that even talks to him..
All in all i think he couldn't have been that bad of a kid because i have been told that he babysit me several times..

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Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#183 Oct 26, 2011
Okay....here we go. Israelite is the closest to the truth thats on here. I happen to know Jerry as well as a few other posters whom I cannot make out due to their log in names. I worked for the Division of Corrections for 8 years....40+ hours per week with some of you guys as well as Jerry. I worked in 2 different capacities for the DOC....as a Correctional Officer and Corrections Counselor. I had a friendly relationship with Jerry, and he is absolutely an awesome individual. Very intelligent and polite, Jerry basically did have the run of the ACC campus during my tenure from the early 90s to the early 00s.
Jerry did, on occasion, however rare, speak about the incident with his family. He opened up quite often during our conversations, but never offered up 'all' of the information to me. I respected that then.....I respect that now.
After Jerry was 'shipped out' of ACC, for bullshit reasons, the two of us continued to talk until around early 2000. I lost contact with Jerry due to the fact that I had to focus more on my personal and family life at that time.
I have always considered Jerry to be a friend and a most decent person. You couldnt find a nicer guy...especially one incarcerated.
After stumbling upon this post, I plan on resuming my contact with Jerry nearly 11 years after losing it. I'll be writing Jerry soon.
Some of you people need to get a grip and learn some facts before coming into a public forum and start slamming someone the way you have done here.
I guess that for those of us here who ''really'' know Jerry, we know the facts. Thats all that really matters.
I had access to inmate records while employed with the DOC. All of the bullshit needs to end here. The ones who really know Jerry and who he was before, during, and after the incident are the only ones whose stories really mean anything here or anywhere else.
I would like to commend those of you who were correct in your statements about Jerry. Job well done. God Bless.

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