New Marlborough man charged with killing mother

Full story: Berkshire Eagle

A New Marlborough man has been charged with murder in the death of his mother. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said in a statement that the body of 55-year-old Donna Agar was discovered by state ...
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CJG

Westfield, MA

#1 Mar 17, 2008
If they don't know the cause of death how can they arraign someone on a murder charge? Not a very well reported story.
number1mommy

Old Lyme, CT

#2 Mar 17, 2008
i dont understand how someone could murder their own mother! people are going to say that he may have been on a drug binge... but you know what? you are seriously insane to actually go as far as to kill your own mother. i knew donna, and she was a close friend of the family. we are devistated about this tradigy. rodney should get a full sentence and should never be allowed to live in the public for as long as he lives. no body is cruel enough to be murdered... i dont care who you are!!
number1mommy

Old Lyme, CT

#3 Mar 17, 2008
as for CJG from springfield.... the berkshire eagle only reports what information is givin to them at the time. Also, there are more ways to knowing who murdered a person or cause of death.... maybe he was on the scene??? don't bash a story if you haven't thought it through. thanks!
My Grandmother Donna Agar

Hollywood, FL

#4 Mar 17, 2008
My uncle should be sent to a death penalty either know Mass doesn't have a penalty. He is a disgrace to my whole family; a lot of people know my family very well; a lot of people were very close to her and my Father Robert Lee Ball. I Saskia .L. ball had found out yesterday what had happened to my grandmother. i didn't know what to think nor what to say my family are all speechless to what happened. Now my grandmother is in a better place with my father and my other grandmother Charlotte Rod will never see none of his family ever again and hopefully he gets everything that he deserves. I LOVE YOU GRAMMY AND YOU WILL BE MISSED
Angi

East Otis, MA

#5 Mar 17, 2008
Rodney was my first cousin! I just can't beleve he would do this. But then agian anything is possible. I loved Donna she was great to me & my son. She use to make my niece's birthday cakes. She will be greatly missed by us who loved her dearly.
A FRIEND

Middlefield, CT

#6 Mar 17, 2008
A LOT OF STORIES ARE GOING AROUND AND PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL ALL THE DETAILS ARE OUT BEFORE JUDGING ANYONE. I KNOW ALL PEOPLE INVOLVED AND FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ROD WOULD KILL HER INTENTIONALLY. BOO WAS RODNEYS LIFE AND HE HAS BEEN LOST SINCE HIS DEATH. I SAW HIM THE OTHER NIGHT AND LOOKED LIKE HE COULD WANTED TO CRY. HE LOST HIS FATHER, HIS BROTHER AND HIS MARRIAGE HAD FALLEN APART. WE WILL ALL MISS DONNA VERY MUCH. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU DASKUM.
AUNT OF CONNOR BALL

New Windsor, NY

#7 Mar 17, 2008
A FRIEND wrote:
A LOT OF STORIES ARE GOING AROUND AND PEOPLE SHOULD WAIT UNTIL ALL THE DETAILS ARE OUT BEFORE JUDGING ANYONE. I KNOW ALL PEOPLE INVOLVED AND FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ROD WOULD KILL HER INTENTIONALLY. BOO WAS RODNEYS LIFE AND HE HAS BEEN LOST SINCE HIS DEATH. I SAW HIM THE OTHER NIGHT AND LOOKED LIKE HE COULD WANTED TO CRY. HE LOST HIS FATHER, HIS BROTHER AND HIS MARRIAGE HAD FALLEN APART. WE WILL ALL MISS DONNA VERY MUCH. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU DASKUM.
I BELIEVE RODNEY IS CAPABLE OF KILLING HIS MOTHER BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO HURT MY SISTER AND HAD THREATENED HER. HE IS A SICK PERSON WHOSE MARRAIGE FELL APART BECAUSE OF HIS OWN ACTIONS. I HOPE HE FRIES IN HELL FOR THE PAIN AND GRIEF HE HAS CAUSED MY SISTER AND HIS FAMILY. HE WAS AFTER MY SISTER AND HIS OWN SON-SO IF HE CAN THREATEN TO KILL HIS OWN SON AND WIFE THEN HE CAN MOST DEFINETELY KILL HIS OWN MOTHER!!!!!
number1mommy

Old Lyme, CT

#8 Mar 17, 2008
to A FRIEND - i dont know how close you are with the agars or donna and her family but you obviously don't know any details of what happened. you should look at daskum twice before you go and promise to be there for him. I'm not going to say why, but he's not so innocent. I'll leave my comment with that.
number1mommy

Old Lyme, CT

#9 Mar 17, 2008
also.... rodney is def. capable of killing his mother. i dont know who you think you are but YOU should get YOUR stories straight
an old acquaintence

Queensbury, NY

#10 Mar 17, 2008
It's with a sad heart to hear this news. Donna would give her right arm for anyone in need. As for Rodney? I'll wait for the facts.. such as they may be released. kinda like with pete r.. I've fallen out of touch with many friends in S. Berk. with mixed feelings. You choose your own lifestyle and live it. My sincere condolences to both the Agar and Ball families. Our prayers are sent to all concerned . S&R
larena machia

Winsted, CT

#11 Mar 17, 2008
ALL I KNOW IS THIS IS SUCH A HUGE TRADEGY ...MY HEART SOLEY GOES OUT TO HER GRANDCHILDREN WHO SHE LOVED DEARLY ...TWO OF THESE CHILDREN NOT ONLY LOST A DAD BUT THERE GRANDMOTHER ...I AM JUST IN SHOCK MY THE LORD HOLD YOU DONNA AND BRING YOU PEACE .....
Anna Cuzin of Connor Ball

Winsted, CT

#12 Mar 17, 2008
My mother knew Donna Agar i dont remember her very much but all i know is that my cuzin Connor Ball not only lost his grandmother but he lost his father... Im not Caylins cuzin but i love her like my cuzin and she lost her grandma and father also. Connor and Caylin you are in my prayers and Rest In Peace Donna
Karyn M

AOL

#13 Mar 17, 2008
I send my thoughts and prayers to all of Donna's family. She will be greatly missed. As for Rodney I hope he gets what he deserves and that is to rot. How dare he be so selfish to take the life of someone that gave him his own. Rest in peace Donna
housatonic mom

Hinsdale, MA

#14 Mar 17, 2008
Anna, you are a sweetheart to say such wonderful things and I want to thank you. Both Cailyn and Connor are unfortunate victims of this mess and my heart is breaking for the two of them. I will not use this space to comment on any details of this situation. Yes, I have my opinions and ofcourse many confusing emotions, but right now my only concern is for my daughter and her well-being. Thank you again for your kind thoughts.
ryan

Clintwood, VA

#15 Mar 17, 2008
out in the woods, damn is that the most action new marlboro, i now the balls in the racing theme out at the valley it is so sad to hear.....
Matt OBrien

United States

#16 Mar 17, 2008
number1mommy wrote:
i dont understand how someone could murder their own mother! people are going to say that he may have been on a drug binge... but you know what? you are seriously insane to actually go as far as to kill your own mother. i knew donna, and she was a close friend of the family. we are devistated about this tradigy. rodney should get a full sentence and should never be allowed to live in the public for as long as he lives. no body is cruel enough to be murdered... i dont care who you are!!
I was going to The Loomis School in Windsor Connecticut when someone from your town almost got the DEATH SENTENCE by mistake. I still believe the hick police screwed up the case and he did kill his mother. I hope the video-game generation of police get this one right.
Amber Ball

Hollywood, FL

#17 Mar 18, 2008
number1mommy wrote:
also.... rodney is def. capable of killing his mother. i dont know who you think you are but YOU should get YOUR stories straight
What are you talking about? No one in this family is innocent. Actually I doubt that anyone in this world is innocent. Do you not know my uncle Daskam? He is in a wheel chair. How dare you tell anyone to look at him as a suspect. Look you need to get to know the family and the facts before you say anything or judge anyone.
Sister

AOL

#18 Mar 18, 2008
number1mommy wrote:
to A FRIEND - i dont know how close you are with the agars or donna and her family but you obviously don't know any details of what happened. you should look at daskum twice before you go and promise to be there for him. I'm not going to say why, but he's not so innocent. I'll leave my comment with that.
I don't know who you are, But thank you I agree fully with looking deeper into Daskum! I talked everyday with my sister and heard the shameful way he treated my sister, telling her if he could kill her he hated her. This was a well thought out exacution, and the person who called it in, is a part of the way they planned her Death. I'm numb with the lose of my sister, All through our childhood I was there to protect her, I begged her to come stay with me but she had to place her animals in care before she could come here. I begged her please forget the damn animals, Your kids are going to kill you. She expressed a deep fear of all of them! She was one to trust too much and allowed everyone to push her around, They have taken my sweet,and wonderful friend and Baby Sister from me. I pray that the police use a micro scope, and put all the dots together.
Sister

AOL

#19 Mar 18, 2008
Amber Ball wrote:
<quoted text>
What are you talking about? No one in this family is innocent. Actually I doubt that anyone in this world is innocent. Do you not know my uncle Daskam? He is in a wheel chair. How dare you tell anyone to look at him as a suspect. Look you need to get to know the family and the facts before you say anything or judge anyone.
Amber this is your Great Aunt empty with the lose of my Sister so please honey don't let the wheel chair fool you. Your Grandmother did every thing for him and he was very hateful, and didn't appriciate or respect his mother. And you said it yourself no is innocent. I pray for our entire family, and friends that knew and loved my sister because the world isn't round any more without her in it.
Amber Ball

Hollywood, FL

#20 Mar 18, 2008
Sister wrote:
<quoted text> Amber this is your Great Aunt empty with the lose of my Sister so please honey don't let the wheel chair fool you. Your Grandmother did every thing for him and he was very hateful, and didn't appriciate or respect his mother. And you said it yourself no is innocent. I pray for our entire family, and friends that knew and loved my sister because the world isn't round any more without her in it.
When you ask a person about their mothers death, they show remorse and grieve about her loss. When you ask an innocent person about a death, they show grieve and remorse for the family. When you ask a guilty person about the death of their mother, they show no emotion, no remorse and no facial expression. Then put their hands behind their back with no questions asked.
I have talked to Daskam about the whole thing, he could not stop crying and wouldn't stop begging and asking us to come up there to be with him because we are the only ones that he has left.
You forget that Grandma (your sister) was a drunk and very little people could tolerate her. She went on these lectures about things that she had no idea about in the first place and she would being Daskam to the bars with her when he was very young. There was so much that each one of her children have been through and dealt with from her.
Don't forget that Rodney was very ungrateful and unappreciative. He always yelled at her and called her out her name many time. Always said that he wanted to just kill her. Rodney was living with her. Daskam was not. My grandma kicked Walter out and put a restraining order on him for Rodney. She did everything and anything for all of her kids. When she could.
You all forget that Rodney has motive and all the rage in the world, especially after my father died, he wanted to kill everyone and then himself. My mother and my father raised him and took care of him his whole life. Once my father passed away and then my mother moved out of state, he was lost and didn't know where to go and who to turn to.
We all need to keep the focus on my horribly murdered grandmother and the man who did it, rather than the only one that we all have left, who didn't do it.
All of her kids where like that towards her, so don't you or anyone else think that it would be just Daskam. Dont you think that grandma would have an advantage over him, like...Running away, getting in the car and leaving. She has so much advantage over him.

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