The “Event in Question”

Friday night at 11:17 pm Tara L. Cruse, 34, called 911. Evidently she was crying as she told the dispatcher that she had stabbed her husband Brian D. Cruse, 36, because he had hit her. She allegedly also told them that she thought she had stabbed him in the heart and that he was dying.

Brian Cruse was found on the couch in the living room with stab wounds to his chest and upper body. He was transported to a medical center where he was pronounced dead. The couple had three children, and two of them were present in the home and witnessed the “event in question”.

Her first appearance in court was Monday, and she entered a not guilty plea, and requested a public defender. Bail was set at $1 million dollars and an additional $53,000 in a personal recognizance bond. Cruse stated that neither she nor her family could come up with that amount of money, and that she wanted to spend time with her children. The judge issued a no contact order for the children.

The case will be going to the grand jury.

Neighbors have said that Tara Cruse was good to them. She was known for feeding the neighborhood kids and shoveling the neighbors driveway. But they say the couple may have been having marital “issues” for a long time, and at least one neighbor reports hearing the Cruse’s having “marital difficulties”, but say they never imagined it would end like this.

The children have been placed with family members.

I haven’t seen any mention of the police findings at the scene or whether there was any recorded history of domestic violence in the home.

Three children, ages unknown. And at time when they have lost their father and need her the most, their mother is unavailable to them. Because their father died at her hands. And not only is she not available to them, they are certainly going to be the main sources of information about what happened in the home that night. So they could possibly end up having to testify against their only remaining parent. What a position to put them in.


Grand Jury indited on one count of aggravated murder and two counts of murder.



  1. Jackie Watters said,

    July 6, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    We live on the same street as the Cruse’s. We often heard both parents yelling and screaming at one another and at their children. The children would often cry at night…We never saw them as a “loving, caring, concerned family.” It was actually quite the opposite. The children ran wild from dusk to dawn, their home was always in disrepair, it needed cleaned, painted and even the blinds in the windows were often broken and askew. My husband and wondered when something would happen at their home because it always seemed out of control. Even the dogs were out of control. Terra would come out of the house yelling and screaming at the kids and the dogs quite often. It seemed that anything could set her off and she would rage for hours. Neighbors often spoke of drug and alcholol use in the home and to be quite honest it was Brian that we would see doing things with the kids. Our neighborhood has now learned a hard lesson. That at some point long before the night of the murder one of us should have contacted the police and maybe this would have been prevented and their family would have gotten the help that they needed. I pray for the children every night because of what the they have witnessed in the past and most esp the night of the murder. I pray that they are with people who will love and care for them and that the cycle will be broken. I will never turn a blind eye toward this type of behavior and pretend that it does not concern me. We need to become involved and at least inform the authorities because by doing so a five lives could have been saved..

  2. July 7, 2006 at 12:42 am

    Jackie, thank you for speaking out. And thank you for taking the lessons you learned to heart. You are right, neighbors who see or hear abusive behavior need to inform authorities.

  3. Jennifer Dunlevy said,

    July 13, 2006 at 1:38 am

    To those who have negative comments about people in question, worry about your own lives.. These children are in the best house they can be in. But have some respect for there father he is DEAD. Brian and Tara might not have been the best parents in the world but they loved there children very much, and there children LOVE them both very much. So have some respect for them……… From someone who loves those children very much Shut your mouth……………….Jennifer

  4. July 13, 2006 at 3:53 am

    Jennifer, I am sorry that you seem to feel that concern for the children is inappropriate. I personally, feel concern for any child who witness’s any murder, but especially the murder of their parent. You have said the children loved both their parents, and I am sure that is true. And also something that may potentially cause them problems as they try to process what happened. I looked through the post and the comments, and did not see anything that reflected negatively on where they children are now, other than expressions of concern and best wishes for them. Again I am sorry if you feel that is inappropriate.
    Neighbors sometimes see and hear things that others do not. And they interpret that in their own ways. They have their own opinion and so do you.

  5. Jennifer Dunlevy said,

    July 15, 2006 at 3:49 am

    Concern for the children is fine , just don’t bash the parents anymore One is dead and the other one is paying for her mistakes. Hell yes there going to have some problems in there lives they saw a murder. But let me just tell you the people that have these kids are going to do everything in there power to give these wonderful chilren a loving home and a stable home. These two people are the nicest most loving people I know. They are playing and loving these children every minute they are awake. So yes NEIGHBORS these children are great and your prayers are and will be greatly appreciated, because they are in for a long road. Just one thing the next time you hear people fighting or some one’s kids is out of control don’t wait to bitch when it’s to late CALL THE COPS YOU GOOD NEIGHBORS

  6. Jennifer Dunlevy said,

    July 15, 2006 at 4:03 am

    Just remember THE KIDS are great. These people who they are living with play and love these children every minute they are awake. Your prayers are well taken and needed. They are in for a long road. But God has put these children in wonderful hands. So just remember this when you hear someone fighting or there kids are out of control all of the time don’t wait until it is to LATE CALL THE POLICE NEIGHBORS of TARA AND BRIAN

  7. Jennifer Dunlevy said,

    July 18, 2006 at 2:20 am

    Has noone else have anyhting to say?????????

  8. July 18, 2006 at 3:20 am

    I do. A sudden violent death upsets everyone. The children involved, the families involved- both sides. And yes, even the neighbors. And a lot of times comes the what if? What if I had done this, what if I had done that? If you do something, often you are slammed as a nosy neighbor, and if you don’t do something you get slammed as allowing it to happen. Out of noisy violent arguments observed, most (including theirs) end without a murder. So it becomes easy to close yourself off, and ignore it. But by allowing it to be ignored, then it may escalate, and may end in murder.
    This neighbor made a vow not to let it happen again…..and got slammed for it! But he/she did not cause the murder. He/she was torn on what makes a good neighbor. And learned a horrible lesson.
    What happened was violent and tragic, and horrible. But cannot be changed. The only thing that can be done now is to learn from it.

  9. Jennifer Dunlevy said,

    August 4, 2006 at 3:29 am

    I hope you all have learned a good lesson I have. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover and Call the police……………………….

  10. Terri said,

    September 21, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    This tragedy just goes to show that you really never completely know someone.I knew Tara and Brian for 6 years and never did I imagine an out come like this.Yes they had a lot of problemsmaybe more then we will ever know.But that did not give her the right to end his life.Yes there was drinking and drugs going on and veen an affair.So until all the facts come out at trial dont be so quick to judge…..

  11. July 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    What you people are too afraid to say your first and last name???

  12. July 10, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Actually Brandi, I have chosen to allow people to comment without listing their names. In these days of identity theft, I myself don’t feel that it is wise to give out too much personal info on the web.

  13. July 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    you people just really need to shut up because half the things you say are rumors…yeah we rode our bikes around the block alot who cares…i love my parents and my parents loved me so mind your own business…

  14. July 10, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    there was no drugs involed

  15. July 10, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    you dont know me homesweethome

  16. Brandi said,

    May 31, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Hey, homesweethome got anything else to say? Are you done running your cock sucker?

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