Not another kill MySpace post

First of all, this isn’t a crime. This is hopefully about crime prevention! Do you have teens? Do they spend time on the computer? Do you ever wonder about what they do when they are out of your eyesight?

This mom has a solution. The article is too good, so I am not going to post any hints. Just read the article. Then click on the link in the article. And if you end up signing up, stop by her site and say hey. Maybe she can help you with the lingo!

Your kids not on MySpace? Try Xanga, Facebook, Friendwise, Live Journal or one of the other networking sites.


The first report

The first report on June 20 came out like this:

Emergency services responded to a report of a 7 year old boy who was having difficulty breathing. Paramedics attempted to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The boy, his grandmother and his 8 year old sister were visiting with the boy’s 85 year old great grandfather when the boy apparently fell down the stairs. Investigators say the boy died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

Neighbors said that officers spent the evening removing items from the home.

The second report says:

 Carolyn Cattin, 44, committed suicide in a doctors office on Tues. She and her husband were reportedly there for counseling, and she learned that the charges were to be filed against her. Authorities say that she excused herself from the session to go to the bathroom, and shot herself in a stall. Allegedly neither the husband or the counsler were aware of the shooting, until police announced they were sealing the building off because of the shooting. Cattin had full custody of Aaron Hutson, and she was his grandmother.

Police say they prepared charges against her and were about to file them when they recieved word of her suicide. The charges to be filed against her were first-degree murder, abuse of a child and two counts aggravated intimidation of a victim or witness. Police have said the last two counts were for the alleged intimidation of two children were were present at the time that Aaron died. Both children also lived with Cattin and both children are now in protective custody.

According to an aquaintance, this was a surprise. From her discussions with Cattin, she thought that Cattin was trying to protect the two children from the birth mother and father and she acted like they were her first priorty.

Cattin’s husband, Patrick Cattin, 46, is awaiting extradition back to Kansas where the murder occured. Police say that he has been charged with aiding a felon.

A grandparent is an experienced parent. In order to have a grandchild, they had to have had at least one child. Often the grandparent will be the first one asked for advice when coping with the grandchild gets tough.

This grandmother had raised her child or children. Whether they would be counted as a success or not, at least they lived and were grown and gone. But she was acting as a parent to not one, but evidently three more children. She was not required to. And there were other options out there. Maybe not great ones, but there are options.  So she had choices.

I don’t know what happened that day. I don’t know how Aaron recieved the blunt force trauma. But I know it shouldn’t have been from a grandparents hands.

Two other children. Now they are in protective care. After they witness an alleged murder of ones brother, at the hand of their grandmother. After allegedly being threatened and intimidated by their grandmother. I hope they are now somewhere safe and happy.

And I hope Aaron rests in peace.


Charges against Patrick Cattin were dropped.

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs

The Carnival of the True Crime Blogs is now up. This week it is being hosted at Randomized Drivel. And while you are there, check out the rest of her blog. Genteel but firm, she tells it like it is, but she does it with grace. So grab a cup of coffee and a pack of antacids and head on over.

I don’t do this often enough. But most of the graphics that are in my flickr account (thumbnail on the left) are made up by Harding at TO Crime. He does deserve both the credit and my gratitude for allowing me to snag it each week. So, Thank You Harding.

“It was a senseless execution,”

Brock Holmes, 18, had lived with his grandmother 60 year old, Jamie Holmes since about the seventh grade. He had graduated from high school this year. Apparently the two had argued some about him finding a job.

60 year old Jamie Holmes was a custodian at the middle school. Neither Brock Holmes or Jamie Holmes had a criminal record.

Monday morning the fire department were called to the address for a fully engulfed house fire. When they arrived they also found 4 burning cars. Inside the home they found the bodies of six animals and a body burned beyond reconition.

They began searching for the home’s other occupant. They found Jamie Holmes about 5:30 pm hiding in a brushy ravine. With her were a rifle and some shells. Police say that she admitted she lived there, she admitted to killing her grandson and she agreed to cooperate with law enforcement.

Police are saying that this was not a crime of passion. “It was a senseless execution.” They say the two had argued the day previously, but that Brock Homes had fallen alsleep sitting at his computer. His grandmother shot him in the back of the head around 8 am. They say she then set fire to the mobile home and the cars.   

Jamie Homes has been charged with murder and arson.

 Police say that Brock Homes had not seen his parents for several years. Police are attempting to locate Brock Homes’ parents. They have sent the requests to authorities in the state of Washington, the last place that the parents were known to live.,1891,TRN_5784_4806619,00.html

18 and he hadn’t been in contact with his parents for several years. That in itself is pretty sad. No calls to see how he was doing, no holiday or birthday calls. Not even a call to say happy graduation.

Some kids do need to be pushed to begin their independent lives. Sometimes you have to take an example from the birds and ‘push them out of the nest’. I might have sympathized with her, if she had not taken the action that she took. Grandmother had options. He was an adult, she could have put him out of the home, told him he was on his own now. Or she could have driven him to places to seek employment. She could have just cut off any funding and unplugged his computer until he had gotten a job.

A shock

Robert Shelton called 911 on Tuesday and said his wife had been shot. Then he hung up. Attempts were made to call the phone number back with no answer.

Officers who responded to the address were met by Robert Shelton and he took them inside where they found Beverly Jean Shelton’s body.

She was 56. She was a wife and a mother. The couple had been married for more than 38 years. They had lived at that address for 34 years.

Police have said that there have been two domestic violence calls to the address in the past two years. One was made Jan. 9, 2005 and one June 2, 2006. No charges were filed either time.

Police took Robert Shelton to the station for questioning, and he was later arrested.

This is described as a quiet neighborhood. Neighbors who knew the couple described them as nice, pleasant, friendly and polite to each other. And they expressed a lot of shock at the news that Shelton was arrested for the murder.

Often you don’t know what goes on inside another person’s home. They may talk about the good things. But the more difficult things are often hidden.

Domestic violence is often hidden. Many times the victims will not only hide it, they will deny it ever happened. Or they will attempt to excuse it. They will say, they were drinking, or not feeling good, or under stress, or he/she just has a problem with his/her temper. They will sometimes see this as something that the abuser cannot control. But I once heard an interesting rebuttal to that. If they get mad in public, do they get violent? Do they do in front of an authority figure? Probably not. They are able to control it, when they want to.