A call comes into 911 just after 9 pm on April 30.

The caller identifies himself as John Otis Thornton, 33, and he reports there has been an accident. As the dispatcher questions him, he says it was a murder. He says that three intruders broke into the home he shares with his mother, and they stabbed her. Then he says it was two intruders. He says they ran out of the house through the front door, then he says he chased them through the back door.

Police responded to the home where John Thornton and Glenda Thronton lived, and Glenda Thornton was taken to the hospital where she later died. Within hours, police arrested her son John Thornton for the murder. Police have not released a motive for the crime.

Police say that Thornton has not confessed, he has refused to talk to them since shortly after his first interview when he told them about the two hispanic males breaking into the home and stabbing his mother.

Neighbors have said the mother and son appeared to have had a close relationship. They are finding it difficult to believe that he could have killed his mother. One neighbor has said he thinks the boy had done some drugs at one time. But no one believed he was violent.

Police say he has been violent in the past with girlfriends and with his sister.




He was an adult and she was still housing him. Probably feeding him too. Neighbors say they were close. But we have already established that often homes have secrets.

Was it drugs? Was it a previous abuse situation? Was frustration over some shortcoming that he perceived? Or was it the old, "I have to be the one in contol"? 

We can only speculate as to what went wrong. But I believe that the history of violence with other women may be a clue.



  1. melissa thornton said,

    July 28, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    i am the wife of john thornton jr. yes it was drugs. a accidentis what it was

  2. July 29, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Thank you for the information Melissa.

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