A witness

A shaken witness has reported that he pulled into a parking lot in from of an apartment building Tuesday, to take a phone call. He reports that he heard three “backfires”, at which point he got out of his vehicle. He saw a woman lying on the ground in the parking lot, and saw a man and a gun fall.

Police believe the woman, Susan Hichborn, 39, went to or toward her estranged husband’s, Lawrence Hichborn’s, pickup truck. They believe that he then fired four shots before shooting himself in the head. Police state that Susan Hichborn had recently moved into the address, and that mail from her previous address was strewn around the crime scene. The couple are reported to have been going through a divorce.

Police also report that Susan Hichborn and her father had made a police report yesterday and tried to obtain a temporary protection order against Lawrence Hichborn. Allegedly her father told police that the order was not granted, but police could not confirm that info.

Susan Hichborn was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lawrence Hichborn was transported to the hospital, where he died about 30 min. later. Susan Hichborn was the mother of two teens.



A public place seems like a safe place to meet doesn’t it? A store, a restaurant, a parking lot with people coming or going, anywhere that there will be people? Unfortunately, for a person who intends harm, that isn’t much of a safety factor anymore.

The witness, driving along, gets a phone call. He does the safe, responsible thing to do, which is to find somewhere to park while he conducts his conversation. But by doing so, he then becomes a witness to a possible murder/suicide. No wonder he is shaken.



  1. Harriet Miers' Law Partner said,

    July 17, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    The Blade also reported that Mrs. Hichborn tried to obtain a protective order from the police, but the police did not issue the order. Moral: Go to the nearest battered women’s shelter and ask for a referral to an attorney who will go to court that day and get the order for you.

  2. July 17, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Excellent advice.

  3. tabitha hichborn said,

    September 15, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    even if my ma would have done that it wouldnt have helped. he didnt beat her . he never hit her. so she had no reason to go to a place like that . she only went to get the order because she knew he was drinking more and she didnt want her suff messed up. my dad was not a bad guy.
    tabitha hichborn

  4. tabitha hichborn said,

    September 15, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    one more thing my dad was not estranged.

  5. September 15, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Tabitha, thank you for your comments. I’m sorry for the things that have been happening around you, things that you had no control over and I am very sorry for your losses. Protection orders are often requested due to other things that may have been done or been feared, things other than hitting. I never saw it written where any allegations were made as to why your mother may have wanted a protection order.
    Estranged just means that the couple was living apart but was not divorced, it is not a slur on your father.

  6. Harriet Miers' Law Partner said,

    December 19, 2006 at 3:44 am

    Just followed back up with this case. Under Ohio law, a protective order can be issued if the spouse reasonably believes that the other spouse will cause physical harm to her — actual harm is not required.

    Tabitha, you and your family are in the prayers of many because of the loss of both of your parents. I hope that when you are older, you will understand that that under these circumstances, it is unjustifiable for a man to kill his wife. Period.

  7. Kirby Hughes said,

    June 1, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Susan used to be with my dad and they have a daughter together. I grew up calling her my step-mom and him my step-dad. Larry was not a bad man at all. They had their diffrences but what married couple doesn’t. None of us ever thoguht it would come to this. We all still love BOTH of them, Larry and Susan, and we always will. We have managed to move on with life and deal with this to the best of our abbility. They are both still on our thoguhts and prayers.

  8. Harriet Miers' Law Partner said,

    July 29, 2007 at 10:09 pm


    It seems that many of us are remembering Susan this summer and the tragedy of her death. Larry took Susan from all of us because he was a selfish, selfish person. And the fact that he then took his own life means he was also a coward. Look at what he is making us go through. I will say again, I hope you all understand this when you get older.

  9. tabitha hichborn said,

    January 14, 2008 at 7:36 am

    you know what i think, i believe that people who do not know about nor were a part of the situation itself should go around saying people were cowards. the fact that my father killed himself dosent make him a coward but the fact that you are willing to de- code a situation that you only no about because of the newspaper makes you an idiot. you can sit there and say there was a million things that could have been done to make this not have happend along with all the murders that relate to this, but the fact of the matter is , every situation and person is differnt, you dont know what was going on in there day to day lives, the only thing anyone knows is was they have been told.
    and another thing dont tell me or kirby that you hope we will understand this when we are older, because we have all the facts, we understand the situation a whole lot better then you ever will because you are clueless in this case and i hope YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THAT.

  10. no name said,

    January 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Tabitha – I do that you are showing maturity to be able to understand and forgive the harm that was done to both your parents. I think you will feel the same way even when you get “older”. Just be careful though and DO NOT ever allow a man (or anyone) one time – to control, scare or hit you in anger. Sometimes cruel people will use a person’s wholesome attitude and kind ways and such a good heart against them to get by with things.

    I believe in a round-about-way that is what the lawyer is trying to say to you. Never never excuse someone who you feel may do you any harm whether it be verbal or physcial.

    You are so sweet – always stay that way just temper that with wisdom…..

  11. tabitha hichborn said,

    January 17, 2008 at 2:04 am

    who wrote that

  12. Domestic Violence Victim. said,

    November 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, this story is very sad. I grew up in a domestic violence home and i am very glad that my mom is alive. It is awesome that both of the children have forgiven their dad, i don’t think i could ever do that. Your father was very selfish to have taken your mother like that, thoug he might have had some psychological issues going on and that might have caused him to kill her and him self.

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