Boyfriend planned murder-suicide for weeks

Dec 23, 2008 Full story: Columbus Dispatch 24

West Jefferson police say a man meticulously and methodically planned every detail of a murder-suicide in what was apparently, until recently, a trouble-free relationship.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

#21 Jun 19, 2009
Daughter wrote:
You were duped? Please. My mother was killed. The way I see it you got the good end of the deal. You women need to wake up and realize the dangers of meeting people in chat rooms. Why would you expect someone to be honest in a chat room especially a sociopath like Ted?
Hi, I'm not a avid 'chat roomer' or what ever its called. I saw your story whilst researching murder-suicide. My mother was also murdered, by my step-father (Colin). I had returned to live with my mother 2 and a half years ago. We were extremely close. On the morning of the 21 st April 2009, I watched him plan the murder of my mother. I think he had been fantasising about it for a few weeks as he was behaving so oddly. Can you believe the psychopath sat and had breakfast with me when he was planning to murder my mother. The psychopath looked me in the eyes. At 10 am I heard two gunshots. On walking out the patio doors I saw my mother 'lying' on the swing - I thought she was sleeping. Then I realised something was amiss as I saw the blood dripping from her mouth. I then saw Colin in a heap behind her - head blown off. I had stepped into a nightmare. I cannot describe the pain, hurt, RAGE, confusion, guilt. He did this to say to us all, "She is MINE". My mothers mother was here at the time, visiting from overseas. My mother planned to return with her mother to look after her sister with cancer. Colin did not want her to go. Whoever says it gets easier is wrong! Two months down and I 'see' momentary glimpses of the REAL LOSS! Its too unbearable, so I quickly shut that window. its hard to describe the range of feelings I feel. As you too lived with your Mum, I think you can identify with feeling helpless at your inability to protect and read the signs of a psychopathic MAD, selfish, possessive, jealous, spiteful man. The planning of it was all so terribly cruel. His dead cold eyes give me nightmares. My mother was a strong and gentle soul. I hate the way people sugar -coat it in order to protect themselves from the horror of it all....It was done out of some sort of desperate LOVE. PLEEESE. There is no love in murder. Colin, like Ted was a fake! He pretended to care only in oder to get his needs met. A childish, selfish man, who murdered my mother so he could seperate my mother, gran, and me once and for all. How do you cope with your grief, as there are days it is so unbearable I think I cannot carry on. How does we carry on without Our mothers by our side? How are you managing to make sense of this madness and your grief? How are you, only six months down the track

Claire (South Africa)
a friend of Teds


#22 Jul 3, 2009
I pray that everyone can begin to heal from this, the anger will never go away, the hurt will never disappear, the questions will never stop, please do not torment yourself with anger, do not let Ted steal your joy, do not allow a dead man to have any hold on your life, remember your good memories of Mary Pat please.........I do pray that the Lord gives you all Peace.

Columbus, OH

#23 Jul 5, 2009
I have dreams all of the time. Some good,I wake up thinking that my mother is still alive. Some I wake up in the middle of the night crying! 6 months later its still not even real to me. When something good happens to me my first thought is to call her and tell her then I remember shes gone. Some days are better then others. My mother was a wonderful God fearing woman who did not deserve this. Ted runied alot of peoples lives! You explained the feelings all too well. I know what your going through. My mother was dead 17 hours before Ted decided to drop his two young kids off at the babysitter and kill his self. Theres a void in my heart that will never ever be replaced. I just know that I have to live for her I have to be strong and live life as she would want me to. It hurts and it probably always will! There is nothing I can do about the past though I always think to myself if only, and I should of, that dosn't change the fact that my beautiful mother,the only person I had in my life that LOVED me unconditionally is gone forever at the hands or should I say the belt of this selfish duranged psyco man. I feel every emotions that you do, and Im so sorry to hear that you are going through what I am. I wouldn't wish this feeling on my worst enemie!!! I do hope that man is paying for what he did even though this situation has me questioning my faith! I hope it gets better for you and you can find something good to come from this situation. My sister and I were never friends and my mothers death has made us alot closer. I wish you the best and hope you can find peace and happiness. Contact me anytime,


#24 Nov 19, 2010
Coming upon the holidays I have been thinking of Mary Pat's family as well as Ted's boys and its still so hard to believe all that happend. My best wishes for both famalies and prayers are with you.

~God bless

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