Turmoil Turns Tragic

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Amber Slusher returned to her Crittenden home around 9 p.m. on Dec. 20 after exchanging Christmas gifts with friends to find her mother, Kelma Slusher, 44, lying dead of a gunshot wound on the kitchen floor.

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Jan 12, 2006
 
I'VE KNOWN THIS MAN FOR 21 YRS. AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED, MIKE IS NOT A COLD BLOODED PERSON, WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG, BUT THERE WAS MORE TO THIS THEN WHAT ANYONE WILL EVER KNOW. KELMA WAS NOT THE PERSON EVERYONE THOUGHT SHE WAS BY FAR. I'M SORRY SHE WAS KILLED, BUT EVERYONE WARNED MIKE ABOUT THIS WOMAN, DESPITED ALL THE THINGS THAT SHE DID TO MIKE FOR SOME DUMB REASON HE LOVED HER. WE ALL TOLD HIM TO JUST MOVE ON WITH HIS LIFE, THAT HE COULD DO BETTER BUT HE DIDN'T LISTEN TO ANY OF US. ALOT OF HIS FRIENDS DIDN'T LIKE OR TRUST KELMA. I DON'T CONDONE WHAT HE DID. WE HIS FRIENDS WISH HE WOULD'VE JUST LEFT HER. NOW WE TOO HAVE LOST IN THE LONG RUN.
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Jan 13, 2006
 
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I'VE KNOWN THIS MAN FOR 21 YRS. AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED, MIKE IS NOT A COLD BLOODED PERSON, WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG, BUT THERE WAS MORE TO THIS THEN WHAT ANYONE WILL EVER KNOW. KELMA WAS NOT THE PERSON EVERYONE THOUGHT SHE WAS BY FAR. I'M SORRY SHE WAS KILLED, BUT EVERYONE WARNED MIKE ABOUT THIS WOMAN, DESPITED ALL THE THINGS THAT SHE DID TO MIKE FOR SOME DUMB REASON HE LOVED HER. WE ALL TOLD HIM TO JUST MOVE ON WITH HIS LIFE, THAT HE COULD DO BETTER BUT HE DIDN'T LISTEN TO ANY OF US. ALOT OF HIS FRIENDS DIDN'T LIKE OR TRUST KELMA. I DON'T CONDONE WHAT HE DID. WE HIS FRIENDS WISH HE WOULD'VE JUST LEFT HER. NOW WE TOO HAVE LOST IN THE LONG RUN.
I too am totally shocked this happened. Kelmi was no angel but she did not deserve this. Mike is a cold blooded person or he would not have KILLED-MURDERED Kelmi. That you can not deny! He was a sick man who for whatever reason finally lost it mentally and Kelmi suffered by having her life taken away. A good indication of his mental illness was indicated by his shooting himself after she left him the first time. Mike didn't love Kelmi, he loved the idea of her. Further more Mike had more money than he had brains. Thank his mother and father for never letting him fall on his face and picking himself up!! Thank them for handing him everything on a silver platter and spoiling him rotten. Kelmi's friends and family wished he had just left her too instead of pursuing her---breaking into her duplex---and finally shooting her twice in the chest. Tell me why that is not cold blooded killing or are you one of thosethat has always made excuses for him and for his actions. May he burn in hell!
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Jan 14, 2006
 
REGUARDING THIS MATTER I THINK THAT ALL THINGS SAID ABOUT THIS SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE TRIAL IS OVER, NO FIGHTS SHOULD BE STARTED BETWEEN STRANGERS OVER EACH OTHER OPINIONS. EVERYONE IS UPSET ON BOTH SIDES. LET THE COURTS HANDLE THIS. AND AS FOR MONEY IT DOESN'T ALWAY FIX THINGS. THAT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE JEALOUS OF THAT. AND THAT SHOULDN'T BE HELD AGAINST ANYBODY AND KILLER OR NOT.
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Jan 15, 2006
 
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REGUARDING THIS MATTER I THINK THAT ALL THINGS SAID ABOUT THIS SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE TRIAL IS OVER, NO FIGHTS SHOULD BE STARTED BETWEEN STRANGERS OVER EACH OTHER OPINIONS. EVERYONE IS UPSET ON BOTH SIDES. LET THE COURTS HANDLE THIS. AND AS FOR MONEY IT DOESN'T ALWAY FIX THINGS. THAT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE JEALOUS OF THAT. AND THAT SHOULDN'T BE HELD AGAINST ANYBODY AND KILLER OR NOT.
I'm not sure what the trial being over will have to do with any opinions held at this point. Chances are Mike will get convicted of manslaughter and serve a few years. There will be an excuse from him for taking Kelmi's life, but what will that mean? Nothing, he has ruined many a lives around him, and ultimately taken one away. A trial in our court system as it is today is not going to present justice as it should. You comment about people in this thread being strangers.....that may not be true....both had a wide circle of friends. And as for the money, jealousy is not the issue, the issue is that money is usually at the root of these types of tragic events. I can almost guarantee his families money will fix the amount of time he has to serve for this crime. My only consolation is that he has to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.
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Jan 15, 2006
 
Wait for the trial to be over? What for? He will serve very little time for this as I'm sure he had a dandy excuse. What a shame. Waiting for the trial to be over will not bring Kelma back and will not negate the fact that Michael ruined many lives by his selfish actions. God bless his innocent daughter who had to deal with this the rest of her life, and God bless the Slusher family who has lost someone very dear to them.
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Jan 16, 2006
 
Mike did Not have any mental illness until kelma entered his life. she told him to take medication and stole his money until it drove him crazy. She was the crazy one that sucked away any
and all goodness that he had. If she hadn't Pushed herself on him, by her lies and deception, they both would be better off now.
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Jan 17, 2006
 
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Mike did Not have any mental illness until kelma entered his life. she told him to take medication and stole his money until it drove him crazy. She was the crazy one that sucked away any
and all goodness that he had. If she hadn't Pushed herself on him, by her lies and deception, they both would be better off now.
Geez I'm sorry, but it seemed to me that when Mike broke off with his ex-wife it was because he was seeing another woman. Then when he broke it off with the "other woman" it was because he was seeing Kelmie. So it sounds to me like Mike had a problem with committment, and not all filled with the goodness you speak of. I don't think either pushed themselves on the other. Why do you want to blame the incident solely on Kelmi? Kelmi didn't pick the gun up and shoot herself. Mike aimed the gun at Kelmi and shot---and to my understanding---twice. Unless she had a gun pointed at him at the time of the incident, there is no excuse. Why can't people take responsibility for their actions?? Why can't other people allow people to take responsibility for their actions?

And PLEASE, fundamentally, if he hadn't killed her, they would both be better off.
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Jan 18, 2006
 
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<quoted text>Geez I'm sorry, but it seemed to me that when Mike broke off with his ex-wife it was because he was seeing another woman. Then when he broke it off with the "other woman" it was because he was seeing Kelmie. So it sounds to me like Mike had a problem with committment, and not all filled with the goodness you speak of. I don't think either pushed themselves on the other. Why do you want to blame the incident solely on Kelmi? Kelmi didn't pick the gun up and shoot herself. Mike aimed the gun at Kelmi and shot---and to my understanding---twice. Unless she had a gun pointed at him at the time of the incident, there is no excuse. Why can't people take responsibility for their actions?? Why can't other people allow people to take responsibility for their actions?

And PLEASE, fundamentally, if he hadn't killed her, they would both be better off.
I read with interest what "The Good Will Go Free" wrote in his/her post. My comment to that; the person posting under that name has the same mentality as those who will stand in court and say that the woman who was raped deserved it because she dressed provacatively. Wake up hillbilly, this is 2006 and wrong is wrong.
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Jan 18, 2006
 
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You know He and his family would have had more money if Kelma hadn't stole it, and if Mike didn't have to bail her out of jail on occassions for the fraud that she had committed against other people.

I'm not sure what the trial being over will have to do with any opinions held at this point. Chances are Mike will get convicted of manslaughter and serve a few years. There will be an excuse from him for taking Kelmi's life, but what will that mean? Nothing, he has ruined many a lives around him, and ultimately taken one away. A trial in our court system as it is today is not going to present justice as it should. You comment about people in this thread being strangers.....that may not be true....both had a wide circle of friends. And as for the money, jealousy is not the issue, the issue is that money is usually at the root of these types of tragic events. I can almost guarantee his families money will fix the amount of time he has to serve for this crime. My only consolation is that he has to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.
you know Mike and his family would have had more money if Kelma hadn't stolen it from Mike, and if he didn't have to keep bailing her out of jail because of her fraudulant acts that she committed against a lot of other people. Say what you want but Kelma has a bad Reputation all around the Tri-State area.
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Jan 18, 2006
 
I'm glad that people are finally telling the truth about the person that Kelma Slusher was. " No Angel" is correct. If she didn't deceive the person that speaks highly of her all I can say is you must have never had any type of dealing with her or she would have. I have heard many people say that she was crook and lied about everything. I don't know for sure but I would say that MIke most likely opened that business in Union for her with his money. I believe she used that man for everything that she could get out of him and after she got what she wanted then she would leave until she wanted something else from him."MONEY". So whatever the money gets Mike it sure got Kelma a lot and kept her out of jail.
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Jan 18, 2006
 
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I'm glad that people are finally telling the truth about the person that Kelma Slusher was. " No Angel" is correct. If she didn't deceive the person that speaks highly of her all I can say is you must have never had any type of dealing with her or she would have. I have heard many people say that she was crook and lied about everything. I don't know for sure but I would say that MIke most likely opened that business in Union for her with his money. I believe she used that man for everything that she could get out of him and after she got what she wanted then she would leave until she wanted something else from him."MONEY". So whatever the money gets Mike it sure got Kelma a lot and kept her out of jail.
Oh trust me, she deceived me to the point of tears. But I didn't get a gun out and shoot her. Instead I chose to let our friendship fade away. Is that not what a normal, sane person does? Or should I have used the emotional and financial pain I suffered as an excuse to become the judge, jury and executioner? I'm sure you're right about the pet grooming business too, afterall every time Kelmie left Mike (and lets not forget he was physically abusing her before he killed her) he came back at her with a sizeable gift to lure her back. As has been said before, he had more money than he had brains. So if you want to place blame, it can be said that he invited this tragedy. He set himself up for failure and set her up for death.
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Jan 18, 2006
 
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you know Mike and his family would have had more money if Kelma hadn't stolen it from Mike, and if he didn't have to keep bailing her out of jail because of her fraudulant acts that she committed against a lot of other people. Say what you want but Kelma has a bad Reputation all around the Tri-State area.
It's too bad that the money issue is so important to you that you had to make such an idiotic statement. Do you really consider a bad reputation and the fact that in your opinion Mike was somehow monetarily ripped off as justification for murdering her? By the way, did someone force Mike to bail Kelmie out of jail--say with a 357 Smith and Wesson? Like the one he shot her to death with?
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Jan 19, 2006
 
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<quoted text>It's too bad that the money issue is so important to you that you had to make such an idiotic statement. Do you really consider a bad reputation and the fact that in your opinion Mike was somehow monetarily ripped off as justification for murdering her? By the way, did someone force Mike to bail Kelmie out of jail--say with a 357 Smith and Wesson? Like the one he shot her to death with?
MONEY was never the issue for me. It was brought up by someone to lash out at Mike because he had it. So whomever started making those comments were concerned about the money. But the truth is don't make comments about someone having something if you don't want to hear the truth to begin with. It may take an idiot to tell the truth but so be it. She liked what she got off of him and everyone else she took from. I agree that is no excuse to shoot and kill her but Kelma wasn't as good as people pretend that she was and the truth should be told if anything is said.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
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MONEY was never the issue for me. It was brought up by someone to lash out at Mike because he had it. So whomever started making those comments were concerned about the money. But the truth is don't make comments about someone having something if you don't want to hear the truth to begin with. It may take an idiot to tell the truth but so be it. She liked what she got off of him and everyone else she took from. I agree that is no excuse to shoot and kill her but Kelma wasn't as good as people pretend that she was and the truth should be told if anything is said.
OK, I'm confused. Money issues aside, why is it so important that everyone know that "Kelmi wasn't as good as people pretend that she was?" Especially if that's no excuse for Mike shooting her. Is that to soften the blow of her death? Is it so that we don't see Mike in such a bad light? What exactly is the point of your posts about how she wasn't the best of people, because for the life of me it sounds like you're using that fact as an excuse for Mike's behavior, and that just doesn't make sense. And please point out in these posts where someone is pretending that she was a person without faults? Because what I'm seeing is a discussion about how there is no excuse for Mike killing Kelmi. And the only rebuttal I see to that discussion is the insinuation that Kelmie somehow deserved what she got---and if you see that as "the truth" you are a true idiot!!
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Jan 19, 2006
 
That has been said by some people. I have heard that they should pat the man on the back. I don't feel that way but I have heard that. But I do believe that anyone can just lose all sense of reality because of stress and just can't cope and do things that normally they would never do. I think Mike had to love her to stay with her.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
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<quoted text>OK, I'm confused. Money issues aside, why is it so important that everyone know that "Kelmi wasn't as good as people pretend that she was?" Especially if that's no excuse for Mike shooting her. Is that to soften the blow of her death? Is it so that we don't see Mike in such a bad light? What exactly is the point of your posts about how she wasn't the best of people, because for the life of me it sounds like you're using that fact as an excuse for Mike's behavior, and that just doesn't make sense. And please point out in these posts where someone is pretending that she was a person without faults? Because what I'm seeing is a discussion about how there is no excuse for Mike killing Kelmi. And the only rebuttal I see to that discussion is the insinuation that Kelmie somehow deserved what she got---and if you see that as "the truth" you are a true idiot!!
I loved kelmie with all my heart.(and i can tell "concerned" to loved kelmie.) and to lose her was very hard. some of you people just want to focus on the fact that she had faults. everyone has faults. i am sure nobody here is a true angel. and if you think you are just keep searching.wether you stole or betrayed someone, you are no saint. why must we concern ourselfs on her faults as if she deserved it. she and her family were the victims. mike is a sick sick person, someone that would take another life is a sick person. and i hope he gets what he deserves. i wish her family the best. and all those that loved her dearly. as iam one. if we stay strong together she will wait for us to join her when our time is up. and we will have one heck of a party.... no shoes allowed.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
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That has been said by some people. I have heard that they should pat the man on the back. I don't feel that way but I have heard that. But I do believe that anyone can just lose all sense of reality because of stress and just can't cope and do things that normally they would never do. I think Mike had to love her to stay with her.
Yes, I'm sure that it has been said that Mike should be commended. But I'm also sure that those are ignorant people. You sound like a reasonable person. I agree that people can do some strange things when stressed to the limit. It's too bad. I can't forgive Mike, I can't excuse Mike. It's too bad his family and friends didn't know how to help him out of this. It's too bad that he couldn't for whatever reason he couldn't walk away. Too bad for all concerned.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
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I loved kelmie with all my heart.(and i can tell "concerned" to loved kelmie.) and to lose her was very hard. some of you people just want to focus on the fact that she had faults. everyone has faults. i am sure nobody here is a true angel. and if you think you are just keep searching.wether you stole or betrayed someone, you are no saint. why must we concern ourselfs on her faults as if she deserved it. she and her family were the victims. mike is a sick sick person, someone that would take another life is a sick person. and i hope he gets what he deserves. i wish her family the best. and all those that loved her dearly. as iam one. if we stay strong together she will wait for us to join her when our time is up. and we will have one heck of a party.... no shoes allowed.
I love this post and my guess is, the author is one of Kelmi's 4H kids! Kelmi touched many lives.
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Jan 19, 2006
 
FOR ALL OF "KELMIE'S FRIENDS" YOU NEED TO RESEARCH YOUR FACTS BEFOR YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTHS. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FOR ME IF YOU THANK YOU KNOW SO MUCH. DID YOU KNOW THAT KELMA SPENT THE WHOLE WEEKEND WITH MIKE BEFORE TUESDAY? DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY WERE TOGETHER PAINTING SHE SO CALL GROOMING BUSINESS ON TUESDAY? DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY MET EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FOR DINNER TO WORK THEIR RELATIONSHIP OUT. DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN SHE GOT CAUGHT STEALING FROM MIKE THAT SHE HAD TO NERVE TO BLAME IS DAUGHTER? WHAT KIND OF WOMAN IS THAT TO BLAME AN INNOCENT CHILD? DID YOU KNOW THAT SHE WANTED HIM TO SELL HIS FARM, BECAUSE SHE KNEW SHE COULDN'T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT. DID YOU KNOW THAT SHE GAVE HIM A CHOICE TO EITHER BE ON MEDICATION OR BE WITH HER? LOOK WHAT THE MEDICATION DID TO HIM. DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN HE ASKED HER FOR A PRE-NUMP THAT SHE GOT PISSED AND LEFT. HUM! MAKES YOU THINK? WHAT IS THE WORD FOR A PERSON LIKE THAT? OH I KNOW IT'S A GOLD DIGGER. THIS WOMAN PLAYED SO MANY MIND GAMES WITH HIM IT ISN'T EVEN FUNNY. I NEVER TRUSTED THIS WOMAN FROM DAY ONE. SHE WASN'T EVEN WELCOMED IN MY HOME. EVERY TIME THAT I SAW WHAT SHE WAS DOING I JUST WANTED TO PUNCH THE CRAP OUT OF HER. THATS THE EFFECT THAT SHE HAD ON ME. SO UNTIL YOU ALL GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST BUTT OUT. AND FOR HER BEING SUCH A CHRISTIAN THAT IS THE JOKE OF A LIFE TIME.
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FOR ALL OF "KELMIE'S FRIENDS" YOU NEED TO RESEARCH YOUR FACTS BEFOR YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTHS. ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FOR ME IF YOU THANK YOU KNOW SO MUCH. DID YOU KNOW THAT KELMA SPENT THE WHOLE WEEKEND WITH MIKE BEFORE TUESDAY? DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY WERE TOGETHER PAINTING SHE SO CALL GROOMING BUSINESS ON TUESDAY? DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY MET EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FOR DINNER TO WORK THEIR RELATIONSHIP OUT. DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN SHE GOT CAUGHT STEALING FROM MIKE THAT SHE HAD TO NERVE TO BLAME IS DAUGHTER? WHAT KIND OF WOMAN IS THAT TO BLAME AN INNOCENT CHILD? DID YOU KNOW THAT SHE WANTED HIM TO SELL HIS FARM, BECAUSE SHE KNEW SHE COULDN'T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT. DID YOU KNOW THAT SHE GAVE HIM A CHOICE TO EITHER BE ON MEDICATION OR BE WITH HER? LOOK WHAT THE MEDICATION DID TO HIM. DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN HE ASKED HER FOR A PRE-NUMP THAT SHE GOT PISSED AND LEFT. HUM! MAKES YOU THINK? WHAT IS THE WORD FOR A PERSON LIKE THAT? OH I KNOW IT'S A GOLD DIGGER. THIS WOMAN PLAYED SO MANY MIND GAMES WITH HIM IT ISN'T EVEN FUNNY. I NEVER TRUSTED THIS WOMAN FROM DAY ONE. SHE WASN'T EVEN WELCOMED IN MY HOME. EVERY TIME THAT I SAW WHAT SHE WAS DOING I JUST WANTED TO PUNCH THE CRAP OUT OF HER. THATS THE EFFECT THAT SHE HAD ON ME. SO UNTIL YOU ALL GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST BUTT OUT. AND FOR HER BEING SUCH A CHRISTIAN THAT IS THE JOKE OF A LIFE TIME.
Oh My God, do you know how incredibly stupid and jealous you sound. Did you bother to go back and proof read your post? It's full of errors and mis-spellings. Have you got more than a 6th grade education? It's people of your education and caliber that people like me laugh at. You're rediculous, but let me see if I understand your simple mind....
----So, she and Mike were trying to work their relationship out? What's wrong with that? Why does that bother you so much? Did you want him for yourself? Are you his mother or an ex-girlfriend?
----Regarding the medication---HE WAS PHYSICALLY ABUSING HER!!! Moron, he needed some medication! My guess is, he stopped taking the medication and that's part of why he lost his ability to reason. You don't abruptly stop that kind of medication without negative implications.
----Don't know about the Pre-nup (not pre-nump), but really that's no one's business but theirs.
----You felt like beating the crap out of her when you saw her---sounds like that's all you've got is brute force and it just confirms my belief that you're just not too bright.
----Please indicate where it was said that Kelmi was "such a Christian," because I missed it.

So you're saying that because of all these things in Kelmi and Mike's relationship,(that were none of your business anyway)Mike was justified in killing her? Aside from just being MUD DUMB--what kind of a person are you? The so called facts you bring up are meaningless in regard to Mike's right to take a life. Mike is not God and even ignorant people like you should have an understanding of that. Get a grip my friend, YOU are a joke!

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