Bloody slaying

Bloody slaying

There are 91 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Mar 18, 2008, titled Bloody slaying. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A local man who allegedly killed his mother, then attempted to portray it as a suicide, was charged with murder yesterday.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Berkshire Eagle.

First Prev
of 5
Next Last
larena machia

New Hartford, CT

#1 Mar 18, 2008
My stomach is sick over this whole thing and for rodney rot in hell you loser ,,,,i pray he has to live every single day like he killed his mom .
tombsotne

Glens Falls, NY

#2 Mar 18, 2008
larena machia wrote:
My stomach is sick over this whole thing and for rodney rot in hell you loser ,,,,i pray he has to live every single day like he killed his mom .
He has Leonard Cohen for a lawyer Larena, hell certainly rot in jail.
number1mommy

East Haddam, CT

#3 Mar 18, 2008
this story is very sad. it's a true tradigy. donna was close with my family and she will be missed greatly. the only positive thing I see from this event is that one more heartless, crazy, peice of shit, no good human being is off of our streets. i hope he rots in hell
Anna Connor Balls Cuzin

New Hartford, CT

#4 Mar 18, 2008
This story makes my stomache turn. I spent the night at Rodneys house more then once me and my brother John grew to love him, he seemed like a awesome guy. But, i guess people change. how could he take the life of someone who gave him his?? or take the life of anyone?
A FRIEND

Meriden, CT

#5 Mar 18, 2008
I GUESS I WAS WRONG ABOUT HIM. THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME. JAIL WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH.
Local

Woodstock, VT

#6 Mar 18, 2008
Shame on Berkshire Eagle for sensationalizing this tragic story. This family suffered terribly from mental illness and severe substance abuses- for many, many years. There is much more history behind this story than just what the paper is reporting.
Please remember when you are making callous judgements about this troubled man that he has two young children, one of whom is old enough to understand what is going on. She still loves her father very much.
No matter how gruesome a story may seem there is always more information than what meets the eye.
Nicole Ball

Spring Lake, NJ

#7 Mar 18, 2008
I just want everyone to stop!!! I am having a hard enough time trying to even realize that this whole ordeal is true. My son now no longer has a grandmother or a father in his life. I just really need people to stop getting their kicks off of everything that people are saying and writting. Let the facts talk. Please just stop the insanity and stop making it more difficult for myself and the rest of the family that have been crushed bu this horrific event. Thank-you.....Nicole Ball, wife of Rodney Ball.
HousatonicNative

AOL

#8 Mar 18, 2008
Local wrote:
No matter how gruesome a story may seem there is always more information than what meets the eye.
OH, PLEASE! You must be as crazy as he is!

I do have tremendous sympathy for the children of this MURDERER, because they are not to blame for the sins of their father. However, he deserves to rot in jail. I am sick and tired of people making excuses for criminals. There are millions of people who suffer from various forms of mental illness, substance abuse and family problems. That does not give them the right to take the life of an innocent human being, let alone their own mother.

Society seems to live to blame the victim and excuse the perpetrator. Why can't people be held accountable for their own actions? Why must society be so ridiculously liberal and accepting of criminal acts? My parents were divorced...does that mean I can kill someone? I have used drugs in the past. Does that mean I can kill someone? GIVE ME A BREAK! The more tolerant society has become, the more violent people have become.

The only pity in this tragedy is to the remaining family of Donna Agar...except Rodney Ball. She was loved my many people and her loss is tragic. This was obviously a premeditated event, as he voiced intent to his half-brother ahead of time. He did not just "snap", and this should not be treated as a mental illness issue. This was a blatantly violent criminal act with one goal: To kill someone.

Rodney Ball is a bastard who does not deserve an ounce of pity, nor another day on this earth. I pray that his children are able to overcome the loss of their grandmother and learn from their mothers that his behavior is heinous and unacceptable. Obviously, their mother(s) will have to have brains in their heads, unlike the person who thinks we should take pity on Rodney Ball.
Traci

United States

#9 Mar 18, 2008
This is one of the hardest things i've had to deal with since the death of Boo almost 7 years ago!! I am totally distraught over this whole thing! Donna will be missed deeply by all that knew her. We all haven't been really close in the last couple years but that doesn't mean we ever stopped caring for any of them and how do I tell my own son that he has now lost 2 more family members?? The death of his father was devastating enough and this just brought it all back. My prayers are with Rod's children because losing their father was terrible enough but now Gramma's gone now too!! Rod will get what he deserves!! I fully believe this!!
An old friend

Albany, NY

#10 Mar 18, 2008
It is so offensive to see such a painful and private matter disected by "Housatonic Native" who has passed a universal judgement based on whats printed in the newspaper. There are real human beings in pain trying to deal with shock and anger and grief & whose lives are forever changed. Please respect Nicole and all of the Agar and Balls many family and friends by allowing the facts to evolve and give the people whose REAL lives are affected by this a chance to absorb this tragedy. Please everyone--stop feeding the madness. These are all good people, not characters in a "story". I could never have imagined in the 15 years of knowing this family this would EVER be possible. I am so deeply sorry....
Local

Woodstock, VT

#11 Mar 18, 2008
"...Rod will get what he deserves!! I fully believe this!!"
Be carefull what you wish on other people Traci. Some of the choices you have made in your own life may have had people saying the same thing about you.
“Traveling through the world produces a marvelous clarity in the judgment of men. We are all of us confined and enclosed within ourselves, and see no farther than the end of our nose. This great world is a mirror where we must see ourselves in order to know ourselves. There are so many different tempers, so many different points of view, judgments, opinions, laws and customs to teach us to judge wisely on our own, and to teach our judgment to recognize its imperfection and natural weakness.”
-Michel de Montaigne
housatonic mom

Greenfield, MA

#12 Mar 18, 2008
Someday my daughter will be old enough to fully comprehend this whole situation and at some point in time she will have questions and go looking for answers. I am not denying any of your opinions or your right to display them, but do so knowing that someday his children might be reading this. Please have that in mind when you are posting.
Sheffield is home

Woodstock, VT

#13 Mar 18, 2008
My heart goes out to Kelly and Cailyn. You and Rod had so much history and I am sure this is beyond confusing and difficult. No one knows what its like to walk in your shoes. No matter what happened, Rodney loved/loves that little girl very much and although there are tough times ahead, he will always be her dad.
Aunt to Nicole and Connor

Sharon, CT

#14 Mar 18, 2008
I am sad for my nephew Connor and his sister Cailyn. Cailyn loved her daddy and Connor never will get to know him, or his grandmother. I never would have expected this from Rodney, he was a part of my family.I am shocked and it breaks my heart that families were ripped apart because of this. May you all find a way to cope with this tragedy.
Amber Ball

Hollywood, FL

#15 Mar 18, 2008
cailyns mom wrote:
Someday my daughter will be old enough to fully comprehend this whole situation and at some point in time she will have questions and go looking for answers. I am not denying any of your opinions or your right to display them, but do so knowing that someday his children might be reading this. Please have that in mind when you are posting.
Yeah Like me<< I am Donnas oldest grand baby, her first one. I am also Rods oldest and first niece. They both had a great deal in raising me. I was def Rods oldest child to.
Kelly...Yes she will grow up and look for answers. That is her father. But if it was bound to happen, it happened while she is so young that she wont even remember him or her. You should thank god that she cant read the newspaper and see the horrible heading "bloody slaying" and then to read all of the horror that comes beneath that. To know that your grandma (the mother of your passed away father) was suffering and in so much pain from her own son, these are the people who raised me, I have known them all my life. I can not believe that this happened, my grandma! My fuc*ing grandma. You have no idea how this feels. No one does. I know its hard to tell your kids that your parent and grandparent is no longer with us. But imagine how hard it is to be able to see and comprehend what the hell has just happened to the only family we have left on our dads side. I really hope that Rodney rots in jail and in hell for putting this already broken family through the worst time of its whole life. Daskam is the only one that we have left.
I love you all and miss you all so much, my mom, my 2 younger sisters and I are coming up there by this weekend to be with everyone. To grieve together. This is a time for family and we will all be there for the services and time after that. I love you all...See you soon.
family member

United States

#16 Mar 18, 2008
i would really love to hear more about the things she did for people and the joy she brought rather then all thats being said about rod. share some stories. rest in peace, she will never will be forgotten.
marsha morey

Salisbury, CT

#17 Mar 18, 2008
I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT DONNA ,MY HUSBAND AND HIS FAMILY NEW HER SINCE THEY WERE KIDS ,I MET HER 15 YRS AGO SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE I MET WHEN WE MOVED BACK HERE FROM MICHIGAN WE HAVE BEEN GREAT FRIENDS EVER SINCE,SHE TOOK US IN AND HELPED US SHE WOULD LITERALLY GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF HER BACK ,HER FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING TO HER ,SHE WAS SO CREATIVE ,A PAINTER,SEAMTRESS,BAKER THE LIST GOES ON BUT MOSTLY SHE WAS A WIFE A MOTHER ,A GRANDMOTHER AND A FRIEND TO SO MANY PEOPLE I CANT IMAGINE NEVER BEING ABLE TO CALL HER JUST TO CHAT EVER AGAIN ,WE ARE ALL IN TOTAL SHOCK AND WILL PROBABLY NEVER TRULY UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAPPENED ,I HOPE SHE,LL BE AT PEACE WITH HER FAMILY IN HEAVEN NOW ,SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS BY US ,MARSHA,BENNEY AND GEORGE MOREY
family member

Easthampton, MA

#18 Mar 18, 2008
I doubt people are "getting their kicks off" regarding this tragedy...and by the way for someone who was "threatened", "today" you're his wife!
Nicole Ball wrote:
I just want everyone to stop!!! I am having a hard enough time trying to even realize that this whole ordeal is true. My son now no longer has a grandmother or a father in his life. I just really need people to stop getting their kicks off of everything that people are saying and writting. Let the facts talk. Please just stop the insanity and stop making it more difficult for myself and the rest of the family that have been crushed bu this horrific event. Thank-you.....Nicole Ball, wife of Rodney Ball.
family member

AOL

#19 Mar 18, 2008
family member wrote:
I doubt people are "getting their kicks off" regarding this tragedy...and by the way for someone who was "threatened", "today" you're his wife!<quoted text>
Had you not kicked Rodney out, to move in another man, he woudn,t have gone to his mother's house to begin with, and Donna would still be alive and with all who loved and cared about her.

Since: Mar 08

AOL

#20 Mar 18, 2008
This is a tragedy all the way around, for everyone, in and close to the family. Who is to say why this happened, or what made Rodney do this, but unfortunately it has happened and all the bashing is not going to take that or the pain away. You need to look to one another for comfort and be there for one another to show all of the young kids in this family what family really is....Everyone needs to stop being so selfish and start putting these children first....tihnk about what Donna would have wanted for her grand babies.
I pray that Donna rests in peace with her beloved son "BOO" (as I always knew him by), and i do hold Rodney very close in my prayers as well.
God bless all of you ecspecially those grand children.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 5
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Massachusetts Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Elizabeth Warren: 'Fearless' foe against a char... Tue Plump Donny 84
Fv tuna.com Apr 23 Nasty 1
Judge James Menno (Feb '10) Apr 23 jim 25
Christie and Norcross use cyber harassment via ... Apr 23 Mystery 1
News City of Pittsfielda s Second Municipal Solar Po... Apr 22 Earth Day eh 1
News Mitt Romney ripped Donald Trump's 'hurtful' com... (Oct '15) Apr 22 Trail of Indian T... 41
News Elizabeth Warren: The GOP's strategy for Obamac... Apr 18 Retribution 13
More from around the web