“Tired of Being Picked On”

On Saturday about 8:30 am police were called to the home of Alisandria G. Davis, 35. A child in the home at the time told police that a man had come to the home and the child heard a pop, which they described as like a firecracker, then the man left the home.  The boy found his mother dead from a gunshot wound and went to a neighbor’s home and called police.

Fifeteen minutes later, about 8:45 pm, police were asked to check the home and family of Hershel Michael Isadore Jr., 35, and Shanika King, 32.  Isadore and Alisandria Davis were cousins. According to reports, Isadore had called King’s mother and told her “I’m tired of being picked on, and I just shot everybody in the house.”

Police responded to the couple’s home and found Hershel Isadore in the kitchen, dead from a gunshot wound with the revolver near him. They found Shanika King and 13 month old MyKzee Isadore dead in a bedroom. Fourteen year old Amaya King was found dead in another bedroom. In the basement police found Dovian King, 8, and Marquill King, 11. Dovian King was was found dead, but Marquill King was found injured with a gunshot wound to the face. He was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, but he passed away on Sunday. All the victims died of gunshot wounds and it is believed that Isadore did commit all the murders before shooting himself.

Two of the couple’s children were not at home that Saturday as they had spent the night with their grandmother. Those children are now with family.

Hershel Isadore and Shanika King had reportedly known each other since she was 13 and he was 16. Reportedly no notes were found at the scenes, and some relatives say they had no idea things were so bad. Yet some relatives have reportedly told police that Isadore had been depressed recently, though his spirts seemed to have picked up in the last few days.

Police have even made the statement that Isadore had been acting ‘irrationally’ for weeks, but they made no explanation of the statement. Some relatives say Isadore loved his children, and regularly called his grandmother to check on her. Some friends have said the couple got along fine. But some friends and relatives said he could be controlling with King at times. Yet everyone seems to be in shock that this could happen. All agree the children were well taken care of and were polite and respectful.

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After a tragedy occurs, the first question asked is usually how. The second question asked is ‘why’?  And that is probably the hardest question. If they do not leave the answer by telling someone or in a note, how can anyone ever know?

Often called family annihilators there are certain traits that seem to be common among men who kill their families.  Mental health problems may be present- depression and sometimes paranoia. To others they may seem overcontrolling,  to themselves they may feel they are the only ones capable of fullfilling their families needs.  They may have a fear of failing, and they may be under stress- either financially, socially, or in the marital relationship. To themselves, they may see killing the family as their only option,  either because they no longer feel they can care for them or because they may be considering killing themselves. I found an interesting article at oregonlive.com  that expains some of the dyanamics often found in familicide.

It is important to remember, if a loved one begins behaving uncharacterically, if signs of a mental health problem are present it is important for everyone to get them to a mental health care professional or facility.       

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Update

Back in Nov. I had posted about Lori Bailey, the woman who had gone to court and requested a protection order on the basis that she thought that her husband was trying to poison her. A protection order was granted. Several days later, she was dropping her children off at the babysitter’s when her husband John Bailey confronted her there, kidnapped her and later shot and killed her and then turned the weapon on himself. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

More information is now coming out about what led up to the shooting.

It seems that John Bailey was a former auxiliary sheriff’s deputy. And when Deputies Ernest Jackson, 37, and Terry Olsen, 40, went to the home to serve the order for Bailey to remove himself from the premises and pick up his weapons, allegedly Bailey went on a rampage causing damage to the home and furnishings while officers were still present. Some estimates of the damage are set at $25,000.

Bailey’s sister, Patricia Bailey, 43, who was reportedly “off duty” was called to the home. She allegedly stopped the deputies from taking an inventory of his weapons and removing all of Bailey’s weapons from the home.

Bailey was not arrested until the next day.

There were questions that came out. Why was there such a large extent of damage at the home, while officers were present? How did Bailey come up with a weapon, when officers reportedly removed the weapons from the home? Why was Bailey not arrested until the following day?

The sheriff’s office did do an investigation. And the results of that investigation were taken to the Grand Jury. Indictments have been brought against the two deputies who were to serve the protection order and remove the weapons for dereliction of duty, for failing to stop the vandalism and for failing to arrest Bailey.

The sister Patricia Bailey, was also charged with dereliction of duty and was additionally charged with obstructing official business.

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If the officers had taken more appropriate action would it have saved the lives of both John Bailey and Lori Bailey? I won’t presume to say that it would have or wouldn’t have made a difference. Certainly if the weapons had been removed, that would have prevented him from shooting her, but would not have guaranteed that he couldn’t use another weapon.

Would an attitude of “this won’t be tolerated” have made a difference to John Bailey, would it have made him think about his actions? Did the inaction of the officers lead John Bailey to feeling the officers were sympathetic to his cause?

Would it have made a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Unfortunately, we will not have an opportunity to know.

But this has an even broader application than in just one domestic violence incident or murder. How about other officer domestic violence incidents? Are they being treated appropriately? If officers do not handle a situation with one of their own appropriately, how do they handle other domestic violence incidents? How do other law enforcement agencies handle domestic violence? How much do attitudes and sympathies of law enforcement affect domestic violence victims?

For the original post and further information on the murder of Lori Bailey, check out “Enjoy your pretty little smile while you still have it”

For more domestic violence cases involving public safety employees, check out Behind the Blue Wall

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The three officers are pleading not guilty.

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