She wanted to hurt him

John Tackaberry, 29, and Rhonda Norman, 34, dated for a time. At some point Norman moved into his mother’s home with Tackaberry. Then Norman says that Tackaberry cheated on her. And she moved out about a week ago.

Norman says that when Tackaberry cheated, he hurt her badly. And she allegedly wanted to hurt him. Norman met Wes McGee, 21, at a gas station when he offered to seel her drugs. She allegedly declined the drugs, but offered to pay him if he would help her “hurt” a man. McGee allegedly agreed to do it for whatever money he could get in the robbery.

Sometime between midnight and 2 am, Jane Tackaberry’s mother answered a knock at the door. McGee pushed his way in and allegedly Tackaberry said “Rhonda, please don’t do this.” McGee allegedly hit her with a second punch and knocked her out. Allegedly Norman went into the kitchen and came out with two kitchen knives and told McGee to finish her.

Allegedly Norman then told McGee there was someone else in the house. They went to the bedroom of Tackaberry’s 6 year old son and carried him to the dining room and put him on the floor. There they allegedly cut his throat and vocal cords and stabbed him in the chest.

The pair then left the home. But they returned about a half hour later, to get Norman’s cellphone. McGee also picked up some clothing to replace his clothing which had blood on them.

John Tackaberry had been on a date. He returned to the home about 3:30 am and found his mother lying dead on the floor. He contacted police and they have said that his screams were painful to hear. It was while he was on the phone with dispatchers that he found little Elijah. Stabbed and bloody, he found little Elijah in the top bunk of his bed. Police believe that after being injured, he went there seeking someplace safe.

Though badly injured, little Elijah, 6, was alive. He was admitted to a hospital in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

When police began the investigation, family members suggested they talk to Norman. Police called her to the station and they say she told them in detail what happened. According to a police report she wanted to  ” hurt john Tackaberry as badly as he had hurt her with his promiscuity,” ” she fully intended to murder him.”

Police say that Norman didn’t know McGee’s name. But she led them to him. Police also say that both have admitted to the crime, though they tend to shift blame on some details.

Norman had no criminal history. McGee’s criminal record reportedly began at the age of 13, with Grand Larceny. He was reportedly arrested 5 more times as a juvenile and 14 times as an adult.

Both McGee and Norman have been charged with murder (some reports say premeditated murder) and attempted murder, aggravated burglary, and robbery.

At a court hearing for Norman on Thurs. Tackaberry’s sister told the court that Norman had tried to call her since the attack on the family. Reportedly she had called the sister dozens of times, and had also called the brother.,0,4851166.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

Being cheated on hurts, that I won’t deny. It is almost like a death, in a way it is a death, a death of a relationship. But there is a difference. With the death of a relationship, you can go on and find other relationships. You can learn to live without the person who cheated. So in that way, it is not a final death.

However, a death is final. You can’t go back in a few days, weeks, or years and change that.

She wanted to hurt John Tackaberry. She did. On Tuesday, dispatchers heard his screams when he found his mother and his child. Later on Tues. he passed out from grief. And in court he had to be removed from the courtroom, because he was screaming curses at Norman. A woman died, because she was the mother of the man that Norman was angry at. A little 6 year old boy was severly injured, because he was the man’s son. Their only crimes were that they were related and they were present.

Likely Tackaberry is feeling some guilt over his mother’s death and his son’s injury, because he brought the woman in contact with them. But you don’t usually learn about what a person is capable of doing, when you meet up with them. You often don’t learn that till the relationship is over. Possibly he may feel guilt because he wasn’t present that night. But if he had been present, who would have gotten help for his son?

I wonder if it will bring any comfort to Norman, that if she is convicted, her relationships will generally be restricted to the people and guards at the prison with her. And that while her life as she knew it will stop. But though Tackaberry will likely always grieve for his mother, he will be free to move onto another relationship sometime in the future. Hopefully he will be wiser, but he is free to move on. And the child she allegedly tried to destroy is healing. With love care and attention, he will recover and grow. Life will move on without her.

My prayers are with little Elijah, I hope that he is able to recover fully. I did not see any indications if any of his injuries would be permanent.



  1. cathy said,

    August 11, 2006 at 11:48 am

    Being cheated on does hurt. I was divorced after 31 years of marriage because my husband cheated. I still loved him and he loved me but it just wouldn’t have worked out. So yeah it hurts but that is no excuse to be such a contol freak that you go and kill someone’s mother and try to kill their child. This woman is crazy.
    I pray that little boy will be ok but will he ever REALLY be?

  2. soobs said,

    August 11, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I could barely continue to read, when I read about his child. How anyone could be THAT cold-blooded is beyond me.

  3. August 11, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Though it hurt to think of the child, well call me jaded but this isn’t the first time I have seen something similiar. But when they said she tried to call them so many times after the attack- now that got me.
    The detectives who interviewed her said she talked and she gave details, but they said she was calm and cold. They said that she told them she wished that John had been there.

  4. alex said,

    July 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    This is insane. I pray for that little boy. I hope he won’t have permanent injuries

  5. Alex said,

    November 11, 2008 at 5:10 am

    J, I hope all is ok. I miss u. Please call me I still have the same number. Alex

  6. John Doe said,

    September 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m a prison guard at the prison inmate Norman is present to sever time in. It seems to me, she carries little to no feelings for the victims. I will pray, John that your heart will heal in time, and know that it’s not your fault, however I see this type of crime being process every week, in the mind of a killer sometimes the only thing they seem to regret is getting caught. God bless your son and may your mother rest within God’s loving arms.

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