8/20 - Man in Jail for Murder in Cheboygan County

Aug 20, 2008 Full story: WWUP-TV Cadillac 565

Hide Video Police are investigating a murder in Wolverine. Officers say they found the body of a man inside the Cheboygan County home Monday afternoon.

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Alpena Michigan

Alpena, MI

#21 Aug 30, 2008
I just want to set a few things strait. I have known Tom since I was just a little kid. He is about the nicest guy you would ever meet. Many years ago his wife took off and left him to raise 4 kids on his own. He was a loving father and busted his back to support these kids who are now grown and are all very successful.......Now another thing, he stands up for what is right and would never let the abuse of a child go unpunished. He would have beat this guy for treating any child like this, not just a child that he is close to. All of you that think of him as a blood thirsty killer can bet that he would risk his life to protect your children too, thats just who he is............. Tom will go away for a really long time that is for sure but it is for protecting a child from a sick piece of garbage, not the murder of an innoscent man.....Oh, and yes law enforcement is talking and I heard the same story. They are treating him with respect at the jail because the deputies there know the truth.
Katey Poquette

AOL

#22 Aug 31, 2008
Friend of W wrote:
Wake up over there people!! Ol' Jonny was a good old boy huh? Just wait until the facts come out!
The big question is........What kind of bat did he use? Aluminum or wood? I guess we'll find out soon enough huh??
Wait until the facts come out? Are you kidding me? I watched what Kelley & Tom did to Jon. That is why they arrested Tom within 24 hours. Jon never threatened Kelley or Tyler and anyone who says so is ridiculous. You have no idea what you are talking about, and you sound as intransigent as Kelley & Tom. Tom was simply Kelley's weapon, and the whole thing is just really sad. And yes, the FACTS will come out, and those facts are, Tom is a murderer, Kelley is not only an accessory, but a child abuser as well.

And your last line is just rude conduct and the kind that leads to murder cuz someone has to be right. There are more witnesses to Jon's good character than bad. Let us not forget that it is Kelley Moore who was found in contempt last November and was slated to be found in contempt again on September 4th and sentenced; NOT JON. Instead of letting the law decide Tom snuck into Jon's home and murdered him in his sleep. Atleast Jon followed proper legal channels and didn't murder anyone or rob his child of their parent. Please don't humiliate yourself by making further disparaging remarks.
Katey Poquette

AOL

#23 Aug 31, 2008
Boondock Saints wrote:
From my discussions with law enforcement and attorneys, it sounds like this guys most assuredly deserved his a** beat and that is what Thomas went there to do; not to kill him. He obviously took it way to far, Boondock Saints style. For all of you who claim Williams was a saint, you're crazy. Anyone that knows this guy knows he was a dangerous individual. He strangled his child to the point that his blood vessels popped in his eyes and that is why he received the beating he did. In my mind, anyone that does that to a child deserves a beating with a bat.


Have you received a subpeona in this matter, because I have. If it was about Tom kicking his ass and not murdering him he would have done that when Jon handed Tyler back over to Kelley 4 pm that Sunday afternoon, not 8 hours later when Jon was sleeping. I helped clean up the murder scene and Tom didn't wake Jon up to fight. If Law Enforcement believed Tom did nothing wrong he wouldn't be charged with First Degree Pre-Meditated Murder.
Anna Waldron

Petoskey, MI

#24 Aug 31, 2008
Are you kidding me?!?? Do any of you know what you are talking about. Jon had joint custody of my son and every Sunday when my son came home he had absolutely no signs of child abuse what so ever. And for you that say he strangled Tyler....I saw Tyler Sunday evening, he got his hair cut and threw a fit. He never got strangled what so ever. I saw Tylers face and it showed that he only threw a fit. Never did he have marks on his neck or anything. You never seen a kid throw a fit? My oldest did when he got his first hair cut. Tyler loved his father too. Anyone who says otherwise did you see them together? I did! And everyone who is sitting there defending Tom...you can sit there and explain to my three year old why his daddy is dead and who hurt his daddy. You answer all his questions and watch him be upset because his daddy meant the world to him. He is only three years old but he knew when he saw his daddy in the casket that somebody hurt him. How do you people live with yourselves.
Kasey B

United States

#25 Aug 31, 2008
I find it hard to believe that law enforcement would release ANY details to the public before the preliminary trial has even taken place. That being said, I had the priveledge of knowing Jon for a few years and he has been to my home on many occasions, both with and without his children. He was always wonderful with my children, and his own as well. Why, he had Nick here to color Easter eggs with my kids this year. Always the pisture of a loving and prtective father. Anyone that thinks in any way that this was a justifiable homicide in ANY WAy should be put on trial right along next to that monster Waligora!
Katey Poquette

AOL

#26 Aug 31, 2008
I Thought I'd share a message from a family member

Dear Kate,
I have Nick tonight. Anna is at a wedding. He did really good. I have a little girl who is 2 and a 9 year old girl who loved him up and played with him. We have an awesome park he and he had so much fun. I went to snuggle with him to get him to sleep and he kept saying "Please bring my daddy back. I want to hug and kiss him, I want the car back so we can race cars why did the bad guy punch my daddy." over and over. I could not hold back the tears. What monster could do this to this perfect boy. I told him that it was not his fault. That daddy loves him very much. That daddy tried hard to fight for him. That daddy and mommy will always love him and I promised he would never be alone. I brushed his hair back till he was asleep and now I can't stop my tears. I can not imagine what you and Anna are going through. I keep thinking of all the time I spent with Jon. My son is autistic and when my husband was gone on a military deployment he would invite Jon over to play vidio games. Nick was so lucky to have him. I am so sick that a monster cut that time short. Like you need to hear any of this I geuss I had to write to someone who can hear me.
Take Care Kate, Missy
Katey Poquette

AOL

#27 Aug 31, 2008
I sincerely hope the negativity in here will stop. Hate is what lead to Jon's death. Kelley's hatred. I'm sorry to the Waligora family, because they're Kelley's victims every bit as much as Jon, Tyler, Anna, Nick,and the entire Williams family. The weekends Tyler was with Jon they were in my home and we did nothing but laugh the whole time. This is the first mention there has ever been of Jon doing any physical harm to Tyler or anyone else. And it's just not true. Kelley and Jon were in a dispute as to whether Tyler was sick and needed to be medicated. Kelley wanted him to have fexofenafine, Jon wanted him to form natural immunological responses. This was all a control game on Kelley's part and the most horrible tragedy I have ever witnessed. No matter what you try to say about Jon's character, there is no proof that he ever hurt anyone, and Tom will spend the rest of his life in jail for killing him. Again, I'm sorry to the the Waligora family. I'm sorry that your son, brother & father met Kelley Moore, because she brings disrespect to everyone around her.
Amanda

Missoula, MT

#28 Sep 1, 2008
I just want to say something about a comment that was wrote earlier.

Three children from 3 different woman.......yeah.....a real saint!! Threatening Kelly and Tyler with violence........yeah.....a real saint!!

Well, first of all it isn't a crime to have children with 3 different women. At one point in time Jon loved these women and for whatever reason they didn't work out as a couple. That in NO WAY means he is a bad man or a bad father. I don't believe for one second that Jon ever threatened Tyler on any level. As far as threatening Kelley, sure~I believe that in the courts sense. Jon was doing everything right, everything according to the law, and everything he could possibly do to keep the peace between him and Kelley. It was Kelley that wanted Jon back from what I understand and when Jon told her NO, that he didn't want her, he just wanted to be there for his child~that is when the real Kelley came out of her shell and started all of this. I feel bad that Tom was convinced by Kelley that Jon needed to be murdered in his sleep, I really do. Tom will be going away for the rest of his life I'm sure. I hope Kelley gets the hands of justice on her too. Jon deserves justice, so do his children, his parents, sisters, friends, loved ones, and so does the Waligora family. Someday Tyler will know the truth about what happened. Tyler will be able to see the pictures of him and his daddy when his daddy was alive and he will know how much his daddy loved him. ALL 3 of his children will know the TRUTH someday. They won't remain little kids forever.

Katey ir right though~the hate on here needs to stop. It doesn't matter if you are friends with Jon or friends with Tom~bottom line is that proper channels weren't followed and Jon is dead as the result. I don't care what the accusations were/are, there is no reason to murder a person in their sleep. No reason at all.
annoymous

AOL

#29 Sep 11, 2008
All this arguing about who is who is really not worth it. Jon obviously loved his children because he was trying to be with them. About him abusing them well a rumor is a rumor, and you can't believe a rumor. Jon had 4 children who now no longer have a father to even get to know. This is all because of a man who thought it would be ok to take the life of another. I feel pain for all of those suffering! Maybe some feel Jon wasn't a saint and for some He wasn't but for some he was and no one can ever take the memories away,as for the little ones that he fathered we will just have to tell them what kind of person we remember Jon being! It wasn't right for this to happen, Tom was in the wrong and should have let the justice system judge what should have happen. I am not sorry Tom has to live with blood on his hands. I am also not sorry Tom will never forget what he has done because every day he is going to be reminded! As for Kelly well I am not sure what is going on in her head but if she can put a little innocent child in a danger zone then maybe she shouldn't be a mother. What makes me angry is that Jon is gone and never going to come back because some old cowardly geezard decided to get him when he was down, because he knew he didn't have a chance when he was up!!!!!!!!!! you haven't heard the last of me!
Danielle -Carollo- LaHaie

Killeen, TX

#30 Sep 12, 2008
I knew Jon ten years ago. We went to the same high school and grew up toghether. He was an awesome person that went through alot at the time. Did anyone really know Jon? I wonder. Do all of you know that his brother shot himself during high school and I think when his brother took his own life, he took part of Jon with him. Jon made it through, but not without scars and longing and greif. I think in the end, Jon turned out right. I am happy to hear that he has children that will live on to remember him. I feel terrible for his sister, Jannine. Having to loose two brothers in terrible ways must be extremely difficult to deal with.
Does anyone that is bad mouthing him on here even care that his family may be reading this? His family that has just lost someone near and dear to thier hearts? You wonder to yourselves how they can defend him? What did he do that was so wrong? You yourselves are defending someone that you love that MURDERED. You are overlooking that fact because you love him. Do not bad mouth someone that you barely knew, don't know and don't care to know. Think about what you are saying, who is going to read it, and think about how you are making those people feel.
Now, to Jon's family, his children and thier mothers. My heart bleeds for you in your time of grief. You are all strong to be able to stand up for him and defend him till the end. Do not allow the man that murdered him to get away with what he has done. Whatever the reason, he is still a murderer. My prayers are with you always.
A considerate person

United States

#31 Sep 14, 2008
Sparky wrote:
Maybe he deserved it....
I think if you do not have all the facts then you should keep your mouth shut and be ashamed of this comment!!!!!!!!!!
A considerate person

United States

#32 Sep 14, 2008
Friend of W wrote:
Wake up over there people!! Ol' Jonny was a good old boy huh? Just wait until the facts come out!
The big question is........What kind of bat did he use? Aluminum or wood? I guess we'll find out soon enough huh??
You are first class ASS and should maybe work on your life instead of involving yourself in other peoples you might find a much happier world if God wills that for you but based on your attitude in that comment your already getting what you deserve so be carefull little judgemental!
A considerate person

United States

#33 Sep 14, 2008
Friend of W wrote:
<quoted text> Three children from 3 different woman.......yeah.....a real saint!! Threatening Kelly and Tyler with violence........yeah.....a real saint!!
I think that can also reflect strongly on girls it is their job to take care of themselves and I call that trapping myself so i am sure Kelly helped it all right along and should be accountable for her role through the legal systems! NOT FREAKS LIKE YOU!!!
A considerate person

United States

#34 Sep 14, 2008
Boondock Saints wrote:
From my discussions with law enforcement and attorneys, it sounds like this guys most assuredly deserved his a** beat and that is what Thomas went there to do; not to kill him. He obviously took it way to far, Boondock Saints style. For all of you who claim Williams was a saint, you're crazy. Anyone that knows this guy knows he was a dangerous individual. He strangled his child to the point that his blood vessels popped in his eyes and that is why he received the beating he did. In my mind, anyone that does that to a child deserves a beating with a bat.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE FACTS AND WHY WASN'T THE LAW INVOLVED MAYBE A LIE!!!! Think before you speak you assume all day long
Boondock Saints

Sault Sainte Marie, MI

#35 Sep 15, 2008
To "A considerate person": Perhaps you should go back to school and complete a few English classes prior to making yourself look like an uneducated fool...Strike that, I see you are from Detroit, which everything. Please do us all a favor and refrain from typing ANYTHING. Generally I would ask you to proof-read your remarks, but in your case proof-reading will not help. You're just plain ignorant.
Donna Herrick

Port Richey, FL

#36 Sep 17, 2008
My daughter is the mother of Waligoras children. He has spent the last 25 years turning my grandchildren against me. If it were not for me and my mother he would never have made it from Va. to his own brothers wedding because WE bought the plane tickets. Many times he asked me to help him as he had lost still another house and the children would be on the street if I couldn't take them. In his own words, "asking my mother is not an option", so they taken in whenever possible. Somehow he managed to make their hardships my fault in their eyes.
He is so convincing that he could sell rice to the Chinese. Everything has to go the way he THINKS it should go or suffer the concequences. He deserves everything he gets.
Katey Poquette

AOL

#37 Sep 17, 2008
Donna Herrick wrote:
My daughter is the mother of Waligoras children. He has spent the last 25 years turning my grandchildren against me. If it were not for me and my mother he would never have made it from Va. to his own brothers wedding because WE bought the plane tickets. Many times he asked me to help him as he had lost still another house and the children would be on the street if I couldn't take them. In his own words, "asking my mother is not an option", so they taken in whenever possible. Somehow he managed to make their hardships my fault in their eyes.
He is so convincing that he could sell rice to the Chinese. Everything has to go the way he THINKS it should go or suffer the concequences. He deserves everything he gets.
Donna, I have only had one conversation with Thomas Waligora and he used it to make me cry. The woman he was seeing, Kelley Moore is no peach either. What you had to say here just makes me sad because I do feel sorry for Tom's children, and even your daughter. Tom told me he raised 4 kids all by himself and they are successful and a testament to his abilities as a father. I told him it was a testament to their abilities as people. He told me that because I didn't have any children I didn't know what I was talking about. I do thank you for sharing Donna, I know so little of Tom and I just have so many questions on how & why he would do this terrible thing. I knew Jon, I loved Jon, and he never threatened Tom, he was simply trying to be there for his son; Kelley wanted him to go away and Tom helped her accomplish that. Why he would throw his life away for her, I don't know, but even in the light of his murder I guarantee Jon still wouldn't walk away from Tyler. That's why he's dead. Perhaps for you this will be an opportunity to fix those broken relationships with a whole lot of honesty, they need some support too right about now. Thank you for having the courage to speak up Donna.
wondering mind

United States

#38 Sep 17, 2008
Donna Herrick wrote:
My daughter is the mother of Waligoras children. He has spent the last 25 years turning my grandchildren against me. If it were not for me and my mother he would never have made it from Va. to his own brothers wedding because WE bought the plane tickets. Many times he asked me to help him as he had lost still another house and the children would be on the street if I couldn't take them. In his own words, "asking my mother is not an option", so they taken in whenever possible. Somehow he managed to make their hardships my fault in their eyes.
He is so convincing that he could sell rice to the Chinese. Everything has to go the way he THINKS it should go or suffer the concequences. He deserves everything he gets.
This means you are a GRANDMOTHER. GRANDMOTHERS who really LOVE and CARE would be standing behind their GRANCHILDREN with love an support not adding to the turmoil.
Friend of W

Saginaw, MI

#39 Sep 18, 2008
Just some thoughts:
Hey Donna Herrick........go away!! And stay away!!
And Katey!! PULL IT TOGETHER......PLEASE!!
Katey Poquette

AOL

#40 Sep 18, 2008
lol, birds of a feather

Thank God Tom is in jail
I hope Kelley goes soon because it's the only thing that will humble that ego of hers

To the Friend of W: Please don't address me

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