Stow High shooting in 1972
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Tommy

Stow, OH

#21 Jul 1, 2014
What ever happened to Richard Becker- 16 year old stow student who killed Miss Hacket back in 1973 by dell durbin
nick

United States

#22 Aug 4, 2014
After the shooting james got counseling and finished high school in cleveland. Yes, he did live on uniondale and his brother is in the pen for arson and is awaiting trial for murder. James was smart but scott was always just a screwup.

As for the becker case i have no idea what happened to richard but i think he was tried as an adult,i dont recall what he got. It was a burgeraly gone wrong as miss hackett arrived home in the middle of it. They were able to catch becker because he sought treatment afterwards for a cut finger. It was a horrifying crime scene i was told
Dave

Stow, OH

#23 Aug 5, 2014
Richard still lives in the area and is doing well for himself. What happened back then is just water under the bridge my friend
Hauenstein

Lansing, MI

#24 Oct 14, 2014
I was in Mr Grande's class just before the shooting. I went home for lunch and wasn't allowed back. So sad
Steve

Stow, OH

#25 Oct 14, 2014
Hauenstein wrote:
I was in Mr Grande's class just before the shooting. I went home for lunch and wasn't allowed back. So sad
Remember Richard Becker at all ?
Steve

United States

#26 Oct 25, 2014
I was in the classroom that day. I sat two seats in front of him. When Jim fired the gun, I thought it was a chemistry experiment gone awry. Jim walked by me holding the gun, but I could not make the connection. Someone shouted "he's been shot", and it started to make sense. Someone ran to get Coach Tyree because he knew first aid. We were taken to the cafeteria. A couple people were saying they couldn't figure out why we didn't just take the gun away from him. Right! By the time we figured out what had happened, he was out of the room.

Jim was a good student. I heard he was getting a "C" that six weeks and couldn't handle it. I had tried to be nice to him in the past but found him to be unfriendly.

I liked Mr. Grande. He certainly did not deserve this. I hope he did well in the end.
Steve

Stow, OH

#27 Oct 27, 2014
I heard it was a B not a C, no excuse either way though. I'm surprised they just let him off with counseling and not a prison sentence, you would never see that these days
Steve

Stow, OH

#28 Nov 10, 2014
Richard's brother Scott is going to be on trial for the 1985 slaying of his mother, originally ruled sucide
Lefty

Doylestown, OH

#29 Nov 19, 2015
I've been thinking about these events in 1972 because of the recent news story about Scott Purk who has been found guilty of killing his wife in 1985. The name Purk rang a bell as I remembered that being the last name of the guy who shot the chemistry teacher when I was a junior at Stow High School. I wonder if there's any relation there?
Lefty

Doylestown, OH

#30 Nov 19, 2015
Steve wrote:
Richard's brother Scott is going to be on trial for the 1985 slaying of his mother, originally ruled sucide
That would be Scott Purk , James Purk' s brother. Scott killed his pregnant wife.

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