It happens in upscale, educated homes

31 year old Olga and her husband Alexander Astashkevich were separated. They had a 6 year old son together.

Yesterday, Astashkevich arrived at the home and when Olga opened the door, he shot her with a 12 gauge shotgun. The 6 year old boy may have seen it. After shooting his wife, Astashkevich went upstairs and talked with his son. He told the boy he had shot his mother, and that he was going to kill himself. He then tried to call 911 and tell them that he shot his wife and that he was going to kill himself, and then handed the phone to his son. Dispatch told the boy to take the phone into a bathroom and lock himself in. While talked with 911, there was another gunshot.

The boy has told police that his parents had been split up about a year and they argued a lot. Police had been to the home only the night before on a domestic dispute call.

A quote from the article:

Astashkevich’s boss, hedge-fund mogul Jim Simons, said his employee “was quite well off” but added, “I think money was an issue between them.

“He was estranged from his wife, and obviously under some kind of terrible strain,” said Simons, the head of Renaissance Technologies, where Astashkevich worked as a researcher.

“He seemed like a good father … He seemed like a loving parent. But obviously, something terrible happened.”

Simons said Astashkevich received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Astashkevich lived in a one-bedroom, luxury pad near his family so that he could still see his son, one neighbor said.

“He was a very friendly guy. He didn’t seem like he had any problems,” the neighbor said.

Now there is a 6 year old kid, whose last memories of his parents are of arguments, loud gunshots, and bloody bodies. There are family in Russia, who police are trying to reach. Most likely, they are not only going to be grieving, they are going to be very bewildered as to what went happened, what went so wrong.

And the arguments? It is thought they were over money. So important in a families lives at times, but worth so very little in the end.


Update: Special Alert and additional info

I am afraid it is not looking really good for Destin Perkins.

More info is coming out about why Byron Perkins was in jail. Byron had pled guilty to federal charges of robbery, use of a firearm during the robbery and selling marijauna. He is awaiting sentencing, but is facing life imprisonment. He had been temporarily released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, due to the illness of his son and his need for the transplant. The arrangements were that Perkins was to live with his mother at all times that he was not needed at the hospital for testing and was to be confined to her home. He was barred from possessing any firearms, destructive devices, or dangerous weapons. He was also ordered not to drink alcohol or use any drugs. Violation of any of the orders were to result in an immediate arrest by the U.S. Marshall’s.

So it appears to me, that even if he is caught or turns himself in, he may not be available to donate his kidney to his son.

While I applaud the state and federal government for allowing Perkins the chance to donate his kidney to his son, I wonder why a felon this dangerous wasn’t put on any monitoring devices during his time out of the jail.

Byron Perkins is suspected of traveling with his girlfriend, Lee Ann Howard. Howard is wanted on charges of first degree robbery and a habitual offender. She may spell her name as Leighann and she has used the last name of Spradlin in the past. They may be traveling in a 1994 bluish green Crown Victoria, which belongs to Howard’s mother. License plate number is 784 BHS. Also noted is they are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Additional info at the link:

Accident or murder

I don’t claim to know. This is going to be one of those cases when the story given to police about Sat. night will be closely compared to the available evidence, and it will then be up to the courts. Because one of the people can no longer talk, and one of the persons involved, may not have been in any condition to even be sure of what happened.

Kevin Evenrode, 25 was with his girlfriend Rachel M. Kozlusky in an apt. on the 23 rd story of a high rise building. From articles reported, they were both drinking.
Allegedly, during a moment of horseplay Evenrode was holding on to Kozlusky who was dangling out a window. She was wearing only a sweater and some underwear. Allegedly, he lost his grip and Kozluky fell 23 stories, hitting a portico skylight before coming to rest on the pavement below.

When police arrived they interviewed a “distraught and inebriated” Evenrode and he was subsequently arrested for homicide and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Now, I have been inebriated. And while I think dangling out of 23 rd story window while being held by a drunk might be one of the things I would shied away from, I know others who I’m pretty sure might have tried it. (I used to know some pretty crazy people). So I’m not willing to make a judgement here, until more evidence is known. But I will say this: it is a good example of the way alcohol can erode the natural inhibitions we all have, that are there in order to protect us and others.

I am not saying that I think that Evenrode is blameless. He is certainly guilty of participating in a behavior that risked the life of another, and that resulted in the death of another. And the presence or absence of drugs does not in any way mitigate that. I just stop short as to whether or not I am ready to call it murder.

As usual, my observations will differ from many others.


Accquitted of the charge of 3 rd degree murder, a jury found Kevin P. Eckenrode guilty of involuntary manslaughter.