A Request for Help

Police received a call on Sunday about 4 am. They say the person who called requested help and said they had been stabbed. When asked who had stabbed them, the caller responded “my Dad.”

When police responded to the address they found  Johni Brand, 45, and her two children with multiple stab injuries. Allegedly David Larprade, 54, had stabbed them then had cut himself. Police say all 4 had life threatening injuries.

All four were taken to the hospital. Police have plans to charge Larprade with attempted murder and domestic violence.

The case is still being investigated. No information has been released as to the condition of the victims or the children’s ages.

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The two girls involved are ages 14 and 17 years old. One is the stepdaughter of Laprade, the other was his daughter.

All were taken to hospitals and admitted in critical condition, but doctors now say that all are expected to survive. Police have not been able to interview them because of their conditions.



David Laprade has been arrested and a grand jury has issued indictments for three counts of attempted murder and three counts of domestic violence.



Thanks to Kimberly we have an update on the case. In Aug. of 2007 David Laprade pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder. The plea deal was arranged so that the young girls would not have to testify in court. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.




  1. bingskee said,

    January 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    i cannot think of any reason that i will inflict harm to my loved ones. but then again, perhaps it is what is missing – their love for each other.

  2. LaVena said,

    February 8, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Johni Brand was my manager at a restaurant that I worked at during the summer of 06.’ She was always smiling, laughing, joking and very respectful. The only time I ever saw Johni sad was when she lost her newphew in a tragic car accident on his 21st birthday that summer. Johni was always there for me when I needed her most. I pray to God that she and her two daughters will heal from the physical and mental pain that “David” put them trough.

  3. Kimberly said,

    December 14, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    This is Kim-I am David’s niece-never met him though.My mom,Teresa, is his sister.We are all very saddened by the atrocity this man has committed but what can we expect from a man who also killed his own father?I wonder why he was ever released to be able to do this sort of thing again.He gets twenty years..it’s not enough..I promise even if he’s 75 when he gets out,if it’s within his capability he WILL try to kill again.He has mental problems that have gone ignored for far too long..and his excuse of being brainwashed by the Marines is way too ridiculous and too old.All my regards to the family..I wish them all the best and I am proud of how courageous those girls were.

  4. December 14, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Has this gone to trial? I did a search and didn’t see any media mention of a trial or sentencing.
    He killed his Dad? When did that happen?

  5. Kimberly said,

    February 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    August 01, 2007

    55-year-old Hamilton man pled guilty as charged to three counts of Attempted Murder
    Press Release For Immediate Release August 1, 2007

    (Hamilton, OH) – David Laprade, a 55-year-old Hamilton man, pled guilty as charged to three counts of Attempted Murder (F1) today before the Honorable Judge Michael Sage.

    At around 4 am on January 21, 2007, Laprade attacked his live-in girlfriend of 17 years, Johni Brand, in the basement of their home on Park Avenue. After stabbing Ms. Brand over a dozen times in the chest, Laprade stabbed Brand’s 17-year-old daughter multiple times when she entered the basement to render aid to her mother. Laprade then repeatedly stabbed the couple’s 14-year-old daughter when she, too, entered the basement to help her mother and sister. All three victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

    At the conclusion of Laprade’s guilty plea, Judge Sage sentenced him to 20 years in prison. This sentence was the result of a plea agreement by which the child victims were spared having to testify at trial in exchange for the 20 year sentence.

    Prosecutor Piper stated, “We are pleased the children won’t have to testify and Laprade will probably never get out of prison. If his health holds up – he can’t be released until he’s 75-years old. This attack was vicious and brutal and will undoubtedly leave the victims physically and psychologically scarred. If he lives out his remaining days in prison, its for the good of all involved.”

  6. Kimberly said,

    February 2, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    The rest my dear..is frankly,not open for discussion as it is very painful to my family.

  7. February 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Kimberly I understand it could cause your family more pain and your right to privacy. I won’t ask any more questions in regards to that. I am glad that in the end he did protect the children by making the deal so that they would not have to testify.

  8. shawna said,

    May 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Kimberly or to whom it may concern ,
    Did David live in Boise, Idaho for awhile in the 80’s, I think he was born or from Carolina not sure North or South? I was married to a very violent man named David LaPrade for a short time. It got bad, I called the police and got away from him. He was in the Marines, before I met him. I am sorry and my heart goes out, and Prayers to the family. How are they doing?

  9. Johni Brand said,

    February 6, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Yes, David was born in Greensboro, N.C. and lived in Boise. He told me he was married briefly there. I thank you for your prayers. I had 4 children when I met him and we had 2 daughters together. I have amazingly strong children. In the beginning he was wonderful. He became very controlling. It would be wonderful to speak with you sometime. We are doing very well. And “Nick” is where he needs to be. I hope he finds some kind of peace and healing for the pain in his heart that would cause a man to mutilate the very people who cared for him. The prosecutor and judge and detectives all treated us with respect and care throughout the ordeal even through my emotional difficulties. Thank you for all of your thoughts. We heal through love and strength, and the understanding of those we have never met. Johni Sue Brand

  10. Johni Brand said,

    February 6, 2009 at 5:10 am

    To all of the women in the world who believe it is their duty to save a man…Please stop. When a man will degrade, hit, spit, insult, control, scream, purposely control you, remember this: You deserve respect, love, friendship that is given willingly between the two of you. No other behavior is acceptable from any person. Stand up, breathe deep, and be strong. We are the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers who stand as role models to our youth. Do we want our daughters being diminished? My daughters suffered great physical pain. The emotional conflict is disabling at times. But without hatred, and with great joy we know how precious each moment we live. As a mother, each day, I look at all my children, knowing I did not stand soon enough. I could not have read his mind to know he would ever have committed such a heinous act. But now I understand how to read the signs. To the two women before me whom David R. LaPrade was married to, my heart reaches out for you. To David’s family, I did not know, and I haven’t any words for what you must be feeling. But he is where he needs to be. I just want you to know that the two girls who are LaPrades -Leah and Racheal-they are beautiful, smart, exceptional human beings. I have 3 sons, 3 daughters. Their strength and love is beyond any mother’s hope. I am still above all else- blessed! There are so many wonderful people in this life. Thank you all!

  11. Johni Brand said,

    February 6, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Kimberly, you are the daughter of Theresa? When you speak with David’s young sister Leah Ann, please tell her we are in Parkersburg. I would love to speak with her. I have not seen her since before Leah Marie was born. We are all here now. Together.

  12. David LaPrade said,

    July 12, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Ms. Brand, I’m not sure where to begin because of the hurt and anger I have held inside me for all these years towards him, but I am David’s first child. After all the years of trying to find something out about my father and only to find a wake of horror and pain, my heart is saddened and I am left an emotional wreck. However, my hurt pales in comparison to the scars that he has left upon you and your daughters. My only hope now is that the time since your tragedy has allowed you and your daugthers to heal physically and emotionally. My warmest regards and God bless, David.

  13. Johni Brand said,

    August 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

    David, I had no idea that David (Nick) had any children when I met him. If you would like to know anything about him, please contact me. You have two young sisters who are amazing. And 3 step brothers and 1 step sister.
    Contact my email.
    I cannot know how sad this is for you. I am so sorry.
    Johni Brand

  14. JUDY said,

    February 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hello Kimberly, I knew your family in the 60s when your mom was very young, the ‘baby’ of the family. Also knew your grandparents. After reading these posts remembered alcohol was the root problem of the violence and domestic abuse which tends to be splashed on the children who mentally & physically suffer from watching these horrors. Those children had the additional heartbreak of watching their oldest sister and my dear friend Angela Ann die from Hodgkin’s disease when she was only 21. Uncle Micheal broke our hearts in ’72. Your grandmother Dorothy was an angel, IMO. She provided love, humor and support to her children. Happy to learn your mom has such a sweet daughter. Very sorry to read re David in 07…was on news. Hope he gets help. Didn’t realize the Hx re his Dad. But, all the children had very difficult issues at home. **If possible Pls put me in touch with your Uncle ‘Chuckles’. Lost track; I moved out of state. He use to play The Count (Seseme St. & her Frankenberry cereal) to your mom when she was so tiny. Write, would love to hear from you. God will heal all your wounds if you give that hurt to Him. Life can be good again for each of you!!
    “What which was once so bright and now taken from sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind” Family, Love and Lots of HUGS. May God’s Love Bless & Comfort each family member. Prayers for Johni and her children.

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