Barbara Rush, 49, and her husband reportedly divorced in 2001. She and the couple’s son Robert P. MacMichael II, now 25,  remained in the family home that was owned jointly by the couple. According to the ex-husband there were times when Barbara Rush struggled financially and he stated that he had helped to pay some of the expenses at times. At some point Barbara Rush met Greg Bartee, 43, and later he moved in with Barbara and her son.

There were times when Bartee wasn’t working regularly and the couple were still struggling financially. They had made a decision that they were going to have to give up the home. A friend was going to move in and rent the home after they moved out, and that friend moved in before they left to help with expenses until they had gotten another place.

Barbara Rush’s son has told media that he stopped in to see his mother and Greg Bartee to wish them a Merry Christmas and give his mother a card. MacMichael II allegedly told media that since meeting Bartee his mother had been drinking more and that when he saw them on Fri. that his mother seemed depressed.

On Fri. after Christmas, the roommate reportedly had not seen the couple for a couple of days and he got curious as to why he had not seen them. Their room was locked but he managed to gain entry, found the couple and police were called.

According to police the couple had been beaten to death and they may have been dead in their room for about two days. A vehicle belonging to the roommate was missing from the home.

Police began looking for the vehicle and interviewing neighbors and others who might have information in the couple’s death. Reportedly one of the persons they wanted to interview was Barbara Rush’s son Robert MacMichael II. Yet the son admitted to media a few days after his mother was found that he had not called detectives back. According to media there was a warrant out for MacMichael II for not appearing on a drunk driving charge. MacMichael II’s father has said that he did want his son to call police. But he explained that his son had had other other arrests and he didn’t like police.

Police have made an arrest in the deaths of Barbara Rush and Greg Bartee. On Tuesday they arrested Robert MacMichael II, Barbara Rush’s son.

According to prosecutor’s MacMichael II had been staying in a motel part of the time since his mother’s death and the prosecution believes that he was trying to hide out during the investigation. He was not driving the missing vehicle, but that vehicle has also been found. Prosecution believes that MacMichael II drove the missing vehicle away from the scene.



MacMichael’s father mentioned that his son had had previous arrests.

This ColumbusDispatch article outlines some of MacMichael’s criminal history which reportedly started as a juvenile and includes attempted murder, burglary and robbery as well as other charges as a delinquent. He also has previous drug and other charges as an adult and has a charge for theft pending according to the article. In Dec. 2006, Barbara Rush reportedly called police with an allegation that Robert MacDonald had grabbed her arm and refused to let her leave, MacMichael II was arrested but those charges were later dropped. MacMichael II also has a record of domestic violence charges for violence against a girlfriend.

Robert MacMichael II may be connected to a previous case that I have written about. In May of 2006 I wrote “This may be off-topic for this blog.” The story of the disappearance of Ashley Howley. In 2004 Ashley Howley went missing and has never been found. Her case is now a cold case but police say they are reopening it. It was questioned at that time that Ashley Howley’s boyfriend might have been connected to her disappearance. And police are now saying that Ashley’s boyfriend has been their primary suspect in that disappearance. Ashley Howley was dating Robert MacMichael II before she disappeared. Ashely Howley nor her body has ever been found.

Relationship violence is usually thought of as violence between two members of a couple who are either married, dating or living together. But there are many types of relationship violence and child/parent violence is one more type.

I want to give a big thank you to LiLO for the information on this post. She first brought this to my attention at the time of the original post and she also let me know there was new information on the case available.



  1. Susan (TGIRecovered) said,

    January 5, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Very interesting about the former girlfriend. I wonder if his mom knew or suspected her son was involved in that girl’s disappearence. Maybe she found something suspicious in his belongings at her home.

    I’ll be following this one. Thanks mysteriew!

  2. nickle said,

    January 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    this is my cousin you are talking about. First the media don’t know my family and do not have acess to all the facts in the case. He would kill his mom infact when she called the cops for grabbing her arm he was trying to get his my to leave the house cause greg had drugs there. I dont think that sounds like someone who wants his mother dead. Second ashley who i had met, was on alot of drugs, was a stipper,and had problems with other people other than my cousin. The fact is the cops never thought to question custamers that frequent the strip bar she worked before making snap judgements about someone you dont know other than what some slanted story in the news says, remember there are two sides of the story and your only hearing what the cops want you to hear.

  3. nickle said,

    January 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    above on the fourth line i meant mom not my

  4. nickle said,

    January 15, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Jan. 12, 2008 there was a typo in the third sentence. The third sentence should have started with He wouldn’t kill his Mom. I am sorry about this typo.

  5. rick said,

    January 15, 2008 at 4:28 am

    well (edited per HSH) ure cousin..cause he did kill ashley and she was the sweetest girl i ever met in my life..true, she was stripping and on drugs when she and ure (edited per HSH) cousin were together…that dont change the fact that he killed her…and the only FACT that any of us can prove right now is that his (edited per HSH) will be in jail the rest of his worthless life.

  6. May said,

    January 16, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Your cousin or not, JR had a rap sheet since 15 which included Attempted Murder. His future as an upstanding citizen didn’t look good then. The police have him on this one. All of the facts have not been released to the media. Why do you think the “details” were so slim until he was arrested?? Think about it. Ashley may have been a stripper, but I wonder why she was. She wasn’t the only stripper girlfriend that he had and he was extremely involved in drugs. I knew Greg extremely well and he told me from the beginning that “Bobby” was giving his mother problems and was in “a lot of trouble”. I can only guess that his mother had an idea of what he was really into and knew what he had done. She couldn’t turn him in, but look what he did to her. And it was more than just a “beating”. There is a special fire burning for him.

  7. marvin said,

    February 1, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Is there a reason this page has become a battle of words slinging mud over who did what. Does anyone care that their are more people than ashley, robert, barbara, and grag involved here. They all have families going through crisis. Every single one of us has skeletons in our closest and I don’t think it is right to expose all the wrong of these people . I know being a christian I’d rather celebrate the wonderful things I remember about a persons life. I will always remember my Aunt Barb for loving Wildwood Beach, Eagles and PSU football, Pica’s pizza, the rose tattoo on her arm which she always told me she hated and i loved, her beautiful laugh and a smile that cold light up a room.

  8. Sad said,

    February 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you Marvin! You’re absolutely right. My sister was a wonderful person who didn’t deserve to be murdered. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her or how much she suffered. (She never told anyone. She kept everything to her self) Only God knows for sure. I know she’s in heaven. She’s in a better place. My thoughts are with my sister’s ex-husband and her sons, Greg’s family and Ashley’s family.

  9. berlyn said,

    April 2, 2008 at 1:41 am

    I don’t believe that you are a very uneducated person “nickle”. I was ashleys best friend, she had no problems with anybody other than you creep of a cousin, who obviously did a horrible thing to his own mother, the woman who brought him into this world! I was here best friend, I was with her almost everyday! She tried to leave your low-life cousin for a number of months, he would sit outside her apartment until she left and chase her down the street, break into her apartment and watch her sleep. My friend called me shortly after your cousin beat her and threatened to take her life. Ashley may have been an exotic dancer but, she was not doing drugs that was the type of life she was involved with while she was with “bobby”. I can testify that she had been away from that lifestyle for atleast 8 months. Her body will be recovered and justice will be served. I feel for the families of Ms. Rush and Mr. Bartee. It’s sad that “bobby” couldn’t have been stopped before it went so far. May he burn in hell!

  10. angel said,

    April 6, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Well it seems as though they found Ashely’s remains. I’m very relieved for her family so they can finally have closure but I’m also very dispappointed in the Columbus police dept. to think that Ashley’s body was right there all that time and it took them 4 years to find her. Wouldn’t that be the first place they should have looked? To think Ashley’s body was right under their nose and they were too stupid to find her. I have to question their motives in looking for Ashley. If they found her 4 years ago two people would be still be alive today and I have to hold them personally responsible for this tragedy and the deaths of Barbara and Greg. This would have never happened in Philadelphia. They would have found her body in a matter of days. I am appalled at the work performed by the Franklin County and Columbus Pollice Departments in this case. My condolences to Ashely’s family and my prayers as well.


    April 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm


  12. nickle said,

    April 8, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    To ashley’s family and friends.
    i offer my condolences. I know how it feels to loose first my brother to herion, my aunt to murder, and now my cousin. what i don’t know is not knowing their fate for 4 years, but now i hope ther is some type of closure. I do know first hand how hard it is loosing family to drugs and violence and will keep you in my prayers. I don’t know how this will all turn out but we can all agree it will be for best. we can’t bring our family members back but we can remember all the good times and hold those close to our hearts.

  13. angel said,

    April 9, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions involved here. I do not believe that Macmichael did this alone. There are others out there and I would like them also held responsible. What kind of deal did the tipster get for his information. Where was he 4 years ago?

  14. nickle said,

    April 12, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    does the name garret ring a bell for anyone?

  15. angel said,

    April 13, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I believe Garrett is an acquaintence/friend of Bobby. Do you think he is involved? I do recall hearing his name from Barbara especially around the time of Ashley’s disappearance. In hindsight it’s easy to say I wish the Columbus police department did their job four years ago and actively looked for Ashely. Our friends and loved family members are gone now but I hope the Columbus detectives and prosecutors step up to the plate now and give them the justice they deserve. I miss Barbara dearly and wish I had more time with her.

  16. marvin said,

    April 18, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Why are we condemning people to hell???? Only God gets to judge us after our death and everyone can be saved. I hope Ashley, Barb, and Greg were saved by God and are spending eternity in heaven.

  17. joe said,

    April 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I remember hearing the name Garrett before too. Does anyone remember when Bobby supposedly rented Greg’s home in Westerville? Apparently there were some strange things going on there. I remember being on the phone with my sister and her getting some bad news and having to hand up suddenly.

  18. marvin said,

    April 29, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Greg’s home was really barb’s home get it right. Greg didn’t own that house he lived with Barb in her home therefore Bobby was living in his mother’s house.

  19. joe said,

    May 1, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Hey Marvin,
    You get it right, yes Barb owned a home in Minerva Park, but Greg owned a home in Westerville that he rented!!! And, Bobby and his friends supposedly rented it from Greg….And God only knows what went on there……..

  20. angel said,

    May 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Today would have been Barbara’s 50th birthday. I can’t stop thinking of her today. Her life was cut way too short but I know she’s in a better place. Gold Bless You Barb and Happy Birthday. I love you!!!

  21. joe said,

    May 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Today is Mothers’ Day! Happy Mothers’ Day Barb! I miss you. We all miss you.

    You didn’t deserve this Barb! I know you are in a better place now.

  22. bren said,

    May 24, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I live in Ohio and I saw on the news that they ended up opening the Ashley Howley case. Someone told them where Robert Macmichael hid Ashely’s body and they found her in his dad’s backyard practically. You can look it up on

  23. May said,

    July 23, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Evidently none of you had a clue who Greg truely was. He owned a home in the COLUMBUS area for over 12 years. He didn’t rent it to anyone. He might have been strong-armed into letting someone live there, but I doubt it. Right before his death, he had a group of friends that took him down the wrong path. Unfortunatly he was easily led astray. I knew Greg was a good person at heart and wouldn’t physically hurt a soul. I’m tired of reading reports that Barb’s family blame Greg for her depression. Unfortunatly she was already depressed before she met Greg. I know because I met her when they first started dating. (He wanted my approval) Image dealing with a son like that, depression was the least of her problems. She probably already had an idea of what happened to Ashley. I spoke to Greg shortly before he was murdered by the “animal” and Greg was trying to get his life back together. But “Bobby” kept interfering and was alway interfering. Imagine setting up your mother’s boyfriend for an arrest?? And “Bobby” isn’t the only one going down for murder of his mother Barb and Greg. Enough said. I feel for everyone on Barb’s side of the family, but some people choose their lives. In the past year, not only did I loose Greg, but I lost my favorite uncle, my grandmother, and most of all my 50 yr. old sister to Leukemia. PEOPLE!!! Rember that life is precious and there ARE people that love you!!! Don’t blow it!! There will be people that will hurt when you are gone!!!! Greg…You never deserved this. I’m so sorry that things didn’t work out for you. My heart goes out to your mom and dad!!!!!

  24. Barney said,

    July 23, 2008 at 1:19 am

    I REALLY find very little peace in today’s sentence of Mr MacMichels. He was able to kill a young women years ago and be able to live with that. Then on Christmas day to kill Barb and Greg. Many people make bad choices in their live and learn from them. Robert chose to controlpeople when he unalbe to control himself. He was arrested for these murders, he looked like he was Mr tough guy, Now cleaned up for his day in court. He tought he was such a big man. Be a man you piece of trash and take the needle, but instead to will live a long life on my tax dollar. I guess I can take sollas in knowing that Barb and Greg are at peace,in no pain,knowing that this pig won’t make them live in fear And to the fact that if half of what I have heard is true what happens to men in jail, That he live in fear the rest of (what I hope is a short and painful life) Putting smiles on men that cause him pain EVERYDAY. Greg was a smart person that worked hard, owned his own home, and struggled like the rest of us have to do everyday. I was only able to meet Barb once I found her to be a good person whom I bet also worked hard,being married and having children, working in the housing market. But as we all know like can be curl. People fall on hard times and things happen. Greg and Barb started to work together to get their lives turned around. When Barbs son kills them both of something stupid. The violance in Robert can be seen by even a bystander. May god show you know mercy and that pain and fear be real to you everyday of your so called life

  25. Barney said,

    July 24, 2008 at 12:42 am

    About May’s comments:

    I agree Greg and Barb never should have died that way they did. Since this heartless slimball is such tough guy, I can only hope that the he has the guts
    to kill himself on let god beat him all the way down to the hell that is waiting to receive him!!!! I know he get his in the END

  26. Rory said,

    July 25, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Dear May & Barney,

    Thank you. It seems that my sister and Greg’s murders have been overshadowed by that of Ashley’s. They were good people too. Everyday I go online and read and try to make sense out of these senseless murders. My sister was very happy since she had met Greg. She probably was very depressed over the years. Who wouldn’t be living the life she lived over the years and having to deal with Bobby’s bouts with the law. She and Greg visited me a little over a year ago and I couldn’t believe how happy she was. The sad part about this is that we had no idea what so ever that Bobby was mixed up the way he was in drugs and the law with the mile long rap sheet. Barbara never burdened us with this and it wasn’t until the murder of my sister that we read about it online in the news articles. We have all been in shock since December. I know Barbara, Greg and Ashley are all in better places now. You know when it first happened I didn’t believe it. I felt sorry for Bobby. Now I can’t help wonder if some people born with madness and I guess compounded with the intake of drugs makes them do such horrific things. What saddens me most is Bobby couldn’t even address the families that day. No remorse whatsoever.

  27. BigMac said,

    July 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Garret Kalish pointed the cops to Ashley’s location back around April. Covered in concrete, the police dogs never found her when they searched that area years before. Garret died May 18th 2008 of an accidental drug overdose.

  28. July 25, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Interesting BigMac. Did they ever find out who allegedly sold him the drugs?

  29. May said,

    July 26, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I’m thankful for Garret. There should be more people like him and stand up and tell the truth!! If more was said when Ashley disappeared, maybe Greg and Barb would still be alive!! Rory… I would love to talk with you. I know what it’s like to lose a sister. I just spent the last year trying to help my sister survive. She HAD Leukemia and I was the perfect bone marrow match. While this whole fiasco was going on… I traveled trying to save my sister’s life, but it didn’t work. So I hope dear old “NICKLE” is paying attention. Pick your battles. I’ve noticed his father has bailed at this point. Before you start casting stones, you better have a good (or real) idea of what’s going on. Your cousin wasn’t so innocent, now was he?????

  30. May said,

    July 26, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Dear Rory,
    I really want to speak with you. I’m a lot closer to Greg and Barb than you realize. But I just don’t want to give it over this forum. If you could find a way to contact me, I’m open.

  31. marvin said,

    July 27, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Get real Garrett only told the location of Ashley’s body cause he got picked up on a drug charge and was already on probation and he was given an offer that is why he gave up the information. Don’t make it like Garrett is a hero he was Bobby’s partner in crime, they were always in trouble together. And as far who sold him the drugs he was shooting dope and every high is a chance you’ll die. Dope takes you two places as dead or jail. And lets stop pretending Greg, Barb, and Ashley were so naive that Bobby was able to trick them and ruin their lives. They all were participating in the same lifestyle as Bobby crime and drugs. Ashley danced on a pole, and Barb met Greg through Bobby, and Bobby knew Greg through drugs. Those who died weren’t goodie goodies. they lived a lifestyle that ran parallel to Bobby. Stop blaming Bobby’s father–When Ashley went missing it was Barb who brought Bobby to Philadelphia, but that cause it was their family’s yearly vacation to Wildwood, but she did make it clear she thought Ashley’s father was a real piece of you know what because he was leaving threatening messages about killing Justin. Mr. Howley real class act. Bob Sr. never took any crap from Bobby and so what he bailed his son out of jail he truely was hoping Bobby would pull himself together and get his life in order, HE WAS TRYING TO HELP. I know some won’t see it as that, but who cares you don’t know what you would do for your child, no one wants to see their baby fail at life. Lets not forget hBob Sr. lost his son and the mother of his children. How do you think he felt having to tell Justin your mom is dead or calling Mrs Rush and saying your daughter is dead. And as far as how I feel about the Christa is she is (edited per HSH) really what was the point to to announce that Justin had a myspace page or to say my aunt deserved to die. NO ONE EVER DESERVES TO BE KILLED…..EVER!!!!!!!!!
    So those who wanted Bobby to get the death penalty what makes you any better than him. To kill someone is murder no matter what. Do think God excepts the death penalty as an exception? I doubt it.

  32. July 27, 2008 at 5:06 am

    So what you are saying is that Garrett was not new to drugs that he was experienced and would seemingly know what the proper dosage of the drug was?

    Yes, Ashley danced on a pole. And she isn’t the first and she won’t be the last. And they get customers from somewhere. Does the fact that they are the ones dancing make them somehow less than the ones who watch? At least the dancers are trying to earn an honest living.

    So how about a dealer who deals to addicts, unable to stop themselves from using drugs? Feeding them this dangerous drug that you say will leave them only the choices of jail or death. From what I am hearing Ashley, Barb and Greg were all trying to make changes in their life. Was Bobby their dealer? Was that the problem, was he losing his customers- his ex-girlfriend and his mother and her friend? Was he feeding them this poison?

    One thing I do agree with you on, no deserves to be killed even addicts or pole dancers. Murderers though I am not too sure about. They live by that code, then shouldn’t they expect to die by the same code?

  33. Becky J said,

    July 27, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Doesnt it say somewhere in the Bible ” An eye for an eye?” I think you hit it right on the head HSH. Maybe if those who committed crimes were punished by having the same done to them it would deter a lot of evil, hanous crimes. Have a rapist be raped, have a murder be murdered in the same fashion they killed in. None of this death by lethal injection……thats not fair to the victim and there family, thats too humane for someone who did the things these psychopaths do.

  34. marvin said,

    July 27, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    HSH do you know Bobby, Greg, Barb, or Ashley? Do you know anything about shooting drugs?

    First every batch of dope is different never 100% pure always cut different. So the amount you did yesterday with one batch maybe the same amount that kills you today with a different batch. Garrett is NOT a hero he was looking out for his best interest. DUH if he really cared about Ashley do you think he would have waited 4 years.

    I love my Aunt Barb and she was making changes in her life but they weren’t good changes. A good change for Barb would have been to move to Florida or go home to her family.

    As far as Bobby being a drug dealer he wasn’t so your little theory of business drying up so Bobby killed everyone is just stupid.

    The Bobby I know is a close cousin. It was a highlight to every holiday or vacation when my family met up with his. Great fun memories of vacationng in Wildwood, Outerbanks, holidays at Grandmoms, and visits to Ohio. Bobby could deliver a joke like no one I have met before, and tell you a story where you’d be sitting on the edge of your seat wanting to know “So what came next” And my cousin isn’t a monster he is a person, and I believe Jesus, who said that a person is not as bad as his worst deed.

  35. Rory said,

    July 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Who really knows..Maybe Garret was overcome by guilt after 4 years and decided to share what he know and then kill himself. I do remember my sister mentioning Garret as being Bobby’s best friend and what a nice boy he was. No one knows for sure. I thought maybe at the hearing we would have found out why, but we did not.
    Bobby never addressed the families…I feel terrible for Bobby’s dad and brother. They are in our prayers too everyday…Bob, Sr. loved his son, Bobby. He was a good father and did what any father would do to help and protect their child. Being a parent is the hardest job in life.

  36. May said,

    July 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Gee… I don’t have any “close cousin’s” that have murdered 3 people (including his own mother) by the age of 25. Something changed him. But none of that matters anymore!!!!!!! At this point Greg, Barb, Ashley , Garrett, and Bobby are all victims. When will people realize that drugs and alcohol are not the answer. If you see a family member, or friend, going down the wrong path…STOP THEM!!!! They all obviously needed some kind of help. I will live with this guilt for many of years, thinking that if I would have said or done something different, Greg would still be alive. I imagine his parents are going through the same thing. Not to mention Barb & Bobby’s, Ashley’s, and Garrett’s families. Stop and think….wouldn’t you want someone to step in, if you’re life was going down the toilet?? I’m hoping someone would help me!! I feel sorrow for everyone involved. Including Bobby’s remaining family. Remeber tomorrow is another day!!! These lives are lost, but help save another!!! You never know when your closest love one will be gone. I would have never “preached” on this forum, but I’m still feeling great lost for my sister. She lost her 14 month battle with Leukemia. She wanted to LIVE, why didn’t any of these others???? Everyone will be in my prayer’s. Even if it is too late for them. There are MANY others that need help through this horrible scene.

  37. July 28, 2008 at 1:36 am

    May, I agree with you whole-heartedly. Drugs can easily destroy relationships, families, and the persons who take them. If you know of someone who is doing drugs, you don’t do them any favors by covering for them. They need help to get off and they need help to get that help.

  38. Barney said,

    July 28, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I do undestand your point on a death sentence. I REALLY DO. BUT,
    When you have a person ADMITTING that he murdered Greg and his own Mother (Barb). When confronted with all the evidence they have on him. Then to save his sorry butt, say’s listen I tell you about Ashley and where she is so you can close this case as well so I can live. THATS WHEN I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LIGHT HIM UP IN THE CHAIR!!!! I am sure if it were you Mother or dear friend that were betten with a shovel your view be differant. I pray that your family never has to go though what we have been though. He will never be able to get out of jail and get 3 meal a day, free dental care, health care,
    and live to a ripe old age and have nothing to show for it but a line up of new boyfriends. HE ADMITTED HE DID IT. Why waste our time and his time GET IT OVER WITH… NEEDLE UP or BUTT IN THE CHAIR will work for me.

  39. marvin said,

    July 28, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Barb is my aunt who was killed so how do you think my view would be different ? And you say you pray my family never has to go through what you have been through this is my family… MY AUNT and MY COUSIN.

  40. kerry said,

    July 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    WOW…i have sat here quietly and read several blogs on these murders. All the same rants, some by the same people. MOST of you know nothing about the Howley family. There are in existence tapes of certain members of the MacMichael’s family taunting Ashley’s dad. I don’t believe anyone who has commented here knew that. I have watched Bobby and his “group” over the years ( not necessarily family i am referring to). That is a person who you always need to know exactly where they are. So much so that a welfare check was done on me when Bobby murdered Greg and Barbara.
    There are many people who could have “intervened” over the years, sadly, they did not. Name calling, and speaking WITHOUT knowing facts is just more hurtful. When you are given a choice between taking a chance on a jury, or a guaranteed outcome in cases as horrific as these 3 murders, and knowing one family member who died (through illness ) did not want the death penalty for Bobby, it’s not that difficult a decision.

  41. Sam said,

    August 1, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Well from what I hear if family members did not all agree with the deal offered to Bobby to have him spend the rest of his life behind bars vs a trial, there was a good chance he would be cleared of these murders. The only real witness is dead and the girlfriend whose fingerprints along with her brothers and mothers were found all over Greg’s truck is a junkie and not a reliable witness. She’s in jail now and will probably be dead in a few months. I’m content with the sentence. Although I do believe Bobby was mentally ill to commit these murders and that he would benefit from psychiatric help in prison.

    I guess I am an empathetic person. I feel terrible for all the families involved. I think Rory & May are very empathetic individuals too. Sometimes its not good to have so much anger built up. I believe Greg, Barb & Ashley are in better places now. They’re all probably up in heaven watching all of us and suddenly realizing how many people really cared about them. Life is too short – Cherish your loved Ones – Be there for them – Tell them you love them. Barb was a good person. She didn’t have a bad bone in her body. If she now knows what happened, I can bet she’s talking with Ashley up there.
    She’s probably talking with her mom too.

  42. Hes a sicko said,

    August 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

    marvin, you sure know alot about drugs? are you a dealer or a user? Did you get your know all on drugs from your cous? How can you sit here and say he isn’t a monster he beat his own mom (your aunt) to death, plus two other people. A better label for him is “animal”. Judge Lynch said it right. And as animal belongs in a cage.

  43. Sam said,

    August 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    HASS, You should try to let it go… Marvin is entitled to his/her opinion. Marvin probably has done a lot of research on drugs…Who knows Marvin could be a doctor or a therapist for all we know — so don’t bash Marvin!!! Marvin is hurting too. This blog is for the victims of the murdered…..

  44. Hes an animal . said,

    August 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Marvin started the bashing by talking s*** about the Howley family. Marvin has no clue what he talking about. Called Ashley’s dad a peice of work and her sister trailer trash.

    The father who is a peice of work would be Bobby’s own dad and the trash is the people who are talking trash about the familys that are grieving.

    (edited per HSH)

    How does someone become what Bobby became??? Can you answer that about you cous?????

  45. I remember “Bobby said,

    August 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I remember “Bobby” MacMichael beating the hell out of a learning disabled/ADD kid in middle school. He stomped on his head until his eye was basically hanging out. A real POS then and a real POS now. His dad actually seemed like a somewhat decent person back then, and may actually be such. Just quite bizarre how such an unruly/uncivilized creature was created. Sorry for the victims related to these tragic events. May they rest in peace.

  46. marvin said,

    August 4, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I have never done drugs, but know about drugs cause I’m an educated person and a nursing student.

    To the person who posted hes an animal:

    In the beginning I kept my opinion of Mr Howley to myself because what was the use to bring up dirt that he was charged with harassment for calling Barb and threatening to kill Justin, but when Christa decided to make it like everyone with the last name MacMichael was responsible for her sisters death I felt the need to put it out there how cruel she is. Anyone interested in seeing how cruel check out the website my crime space

    This is what Christa posted on 6/27/08:

    Bobbio’s family (father, mother, bother) lied to my family when Ashley was first missing. Bobbio’s mother could still be alive, if one of them came forward. So, how I see it is WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND!!!!!So sorry if I care less about Justin or anyone in your family.

    Please explain to me how Bobby’s father is a piece of work?????? Cause if loving your children = piece of work then maybe I can understand what you mean.

    FYI — I don’t think I can stress the enough OUR FAMILY IS GRIEVING TOO!

  47. Read the rest of the blog said,

    August 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Ashley’s family has been going through this for 4 years. Wondering where she was and what happen. So what if Justin has a myspace page anyone could look that up. She didn’t tell people to go after him. I do fell sorry for Justin becouse he has to look at his bother Knowing what he did to his mother. I also fell sorry for Barbs family knowing that someone they have loved and have seen grow up for the last 26yrs do what he did.

    If you read another post that was posted by Christa it says that Barb and Greg would be still alive if someone came forward.

    You have to think how it feels, not to know for four years what happen to a love one. Then to find out shes been where you knew she has been the whole time .

    I bet you didn’t know that there are tapes of Mr. Howley on the phone with Bobby and other family members, Hes not the only one that was making treats. Did you know that Bobby called him to, telling him he will never find her and treating him.

    Mr. Howley just like Mr. MacMichael loved his child. If you had a child that went missing and no one was doing anything what would do?

    If you are such a educated person why are you posting trush about a family that has been through so much in the last 4years and that you have know Idea who they are. I know the Howley family for the last 16yrs I have never met such a caring family and they are far from being trash.

    Since you are so close to Bobby why did he do what he did to his mother?

    So please if you are so educated then post educated comments. Know your facts first.

  48. Read the rest of the blog said,

    August 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Also one more thing, didn’t the family see what Bobby was turning into? Why didn’t anyone save him before he did what he did? If someone would have 3 people would still be alive.

  49. llllllllllllllllll said,

    August 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I think that Judge Lynch said it great “only and animal behaves like that.”

  50. marvin said,

    August 5, 2008 at 3:52 am

    I have much empathy for all those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one and expressed that more than once, but when Christa posted her hate of everyone related to Bobby and saying what comes around goes around I realized she is selfish and cruel. To me it doesn’t matter how a person dies if you love them you miss them, and it doesn’t matter if they are murdered or die from old age there is a hole in your heart that will be empty for eternity. Being cruel and lashing out on the innocent is wrong, and no one on any of these blogs ever mentioned Justins name until Christa did on mycrime space. His name was never even mentioned in the newspaper so I don’t understand why she felt the need to bring his name into it and and said she doesn’t care about him or anyone in his family. How cruel his mother is dead, but all it seems she cares about is herself and her sisters death. To give credit were credit is due I know nothing about tapes of Bobby harassing Mr Howley and if he did those things it is wrong. I only knew of the threats from Mr Howley to Barb against Justin because Barb told me. And if Bobby did those things to Mr Howley than it would have been fair to threaten to kill Bobby but not fair to threaten to kill Justin. Please if anyone has a heart leave Justin out of it and he really deserves some sympathy Please put yourself in his shoes think about what he is going through. He is hurting and going through a hard time please be kind to him.

  51. Read the rest of the blog said,

    August 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Marvin I know who you are from the other blog and as I said before she never treaten Justin or told anyone to attact him.

    You keep on trashing this family that you don’t know.

    Barb and Greg got there justice fast it took 4yrs for Ashley to have hers. Don’t you think that there would be pain, hurt and maybe some hate towards Bobby’s family.The Howley family knew for four years where her body was and could’nt do anything about it untill the police got off there a** and did sometihing.

    You keep bashing them and that make you selfish.

    Why don’t you ever answers the questions that are ask to you? Instead you keep the name calling.

    Why didn’t Bobbys family do anything? Why didn’t they save him before he did what he did.

    How do you get to the point to choke and beat your mother to death and beather boyfriend so bad that his family could’nt even say good by to a familar face?


  52. August 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Ok, both sides have scored some hits. Both sides have attacked each other and done a bit of victim bashing. Does it make you feel any better? I kind of doubt it. Does releasing that anger on each other help? It doesn’t seem so.

    I agree, Ashley’s family has had 4 years, 4 years of not knowing, 4 years of anger. And Barb’s family has been put into the position of grieving for their family member, but feeling caught in the middle because in their grief they know that to express their anger they would be turning against one of their own loved ones.

    Marvin, I am especially interested in your comment # 46, not because of the contents, because the contents are basically more of the same contents here. But my interest is that you took the comment from another blog and brought it here. That’s an attempt to escalate an argument. An argument that was already bad enough. And for what purpose?

    Both sides are hurting. And before you can ever resolve this, you both have to accept that. Once you accept that, things do get a bit easier. Because both are tied up in the anger, you have trouble resolving the grief you are feeling. Yes, grief hurts. And yes, you will probably always feel some anger over the situation. But accept that the anger doesn’t help, won’t make things better.

    For Ashley’s family, there is only one person that really deserves your anger. And Bobby isn’t posting here.

    For Bobby’s family, ignoring who caused this situation is like ignoring an elephant in the bedroom- it just can’t be done. You can be angry at the situation and still love Bobby. You would have before this happened.

    For both sides, what happened in the past cannot be changed. What can be changed is the future. Accept that it hurts. Accept that time will eventually help some of that. Resolve that you will not allow the anger to rule your life.

  53. marvin said,

    August 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    home sweet home you are interested in comment #46 it in reference to to why I feel the way I do about the Howley family comment #31. I tried to protect Justin from Christa and she went on the attack after I expressed my sympathy and empathy for what she is going through. My brother died 7 years ago and it doesn’t matter how he died but it was from a drug overdose so I first hand have had to deal with the loss of a sibling and I tried to offer comfort to Christa and she responded with anger and hate directed at the wrong people.

    Bobby’s family did not ignore the whole situation. I don’t understnad why no one gets this. It’s not the elephant in the the bedroom. Some people live multiple lifestyles and the Bobby I know isn’t a monster but my fun loving cousin.

    Just as I doubt that Ashley was proud to her family to be working as stripper, and I doubt Barb and Greg were proud to their families about the drugs and drinking. As the family you don’t always see the whole picture of the life a person is living. When my brother died from drugs he hid his drug problem from the family.

    I can not answer for Bobby and will not speculate. HSH you’re right he won’t be posting on here.

    No matter how many people hate Bobby I will always love him.

  54. August 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Marvin, I can see where you are coming from. You knew him not as the guy who you read about in the paper, but you remember the times you had with him. I get that, and I really do understand that. And there is nothing wrong with that. Everyone needs to be loved. And yes, I understand that Bobby’s family is in shock over how things turned out, that they have also lost loved ones and that they are hurting too.

    But bringing a statement from another blog to here was just a way to continue and increase an argument. Almost stalking, definately over the line.And yes, I do object to that.

    Now, I don’t want you to respond to this on blog. And I do not want anyone else to respond to this. But I want you to think… What if someone else had killed Barb and Greg? What if someone had actually killed Bobby and you had seen it written about here? Would you have spoken angrily about the person who murdered them? Would you have objected to that person’s family defending him?

    What if their remains had not been found for 4 years? Would you have been suspicious of anyone who might defend that person? Would you have wondered if the defender knew where your loved one had been left? I am not implying that you or anyone else knew anything. But I am wanting you to think about how you might have felt. Perhaps you might understand a little bit of the anger and suspicion that the Howley family is living through. And perhaps you might gain a little understanding that though you may love Bobby, they will not.

    I have not been in the Howely family’s shoes thank God, but I am guessing that the Howely’s are beyond being angry at Bobby. What they feel at this time is probably immeasurable. Being told that they cannot or should not be angry at him just makes their anger greater. Just as you have the right to love him, they have the right to their feelings about him.

  55. May said,

    August 5, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    We have many different players in this scenario. None of them are what you would call “innocent”. THEY ALL made their own choices and ended up in the situations that they are in. It’s sad that it ended up this way. Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. Maybe WE should have interfered in their lives, to make a difference???? We shouldn’t be bashing each other. We need to take a good hard look at ourselves. I’m Greg’s EX.(for those of you that “knew” Greg, you’d know my name) Maybe if I would have tried harder to steer him in the right direction, he’d still be alive. I’m sure his parents are thinking the same thing. Not to mention the families of Barb, Ashley, Garrett, the un-named girlfriend, and Bobby. There are a whole lot of “what if’s” for everyone involved. Nobody should be throwing stones. We need to grieve our losses and learn. Hindsight is 20/20. We all know the right thing to do. But will we do it??? I’ve had tooo many losses this year. To sit on my rear and not do ANYTHING, wouldn’t be right. We all know what we should be doing. Go out and make a POSITIVE difference in someone’s life. Anger and Revenge will only hurt yourself and those around you. There are plenty of people that need help. Do what you can. No matter how little you may think it may be….It may be a major help to someone else!!!! We should all realize that life is too short to dwell on the negative.

  56. Sam said,

    August 6, 2008 at 2:02 am


    Well said. I’m very sorry for your loss. I’m one of Barb’s sisters.

  57. May said,

    August 7, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Dear Sam,

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! I know what it’s like to lose a sister… way before their time (less than 30 days ago). Always remember the good times!! And the “bad”, my sister tricked me into eating dog biscuits. Imagine that! That’s what sisters are for. I’m sure Barb is watching in on you like my sister is watching me.

  58. LOL said,

    August 8, 2008 at 3:06 am

    You know can see Bobby on

  59. gggg said,

    August 8, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Lock the animal in his cage and throw the key away!

  60. angel said,

    August 9, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    LOL, why would we want to see him. He has his life sentence and I hope he can someday feel remorse for what he did. He has a long time to dwell on it. I don’t think he feels the pain that we the victims’ relatives feel. While I agree only a monster could do what he did I don’t think he is psychologically well. I remember a little boy who once loved his mother and I hope he remembers that boy sometime in the future.

  61. RTR said,

    September 9, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Please let me extend all of my sympathies to those that have touched by this string of tragic events. I cannot imagine the pain and grief.

    I knew Bobby and Justin up until 2000 and never had a bit of trouble with them. Barb was always extremely kind to me, and I had a great deal of respect for her. I am sure she is missed by many, including myself.

    Bobby’s Father was a very good friend of mine and helped me out in so many ways, probably even saving my life at one point. I love, miss and respect Bob Sr.

    If anyone can assist me in getting in contact with Bob Sr. and where to write to Bobby, I would appreciate their help.

    Be well.

  62. Hes an Animal said,

    September 14, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Why would you want to write that monster for? But when you do ask him WHY? WHY HE KILLED 3 PEOPLE WHO LOVED AND TURSTED HIM. THEY ALL JUST WANTED THE BEST FOR HIM AND HE BEAT THEM ALL TO DEATH. That takes a lot of hate and anger.

  63. prison penpals said,

    October 4, 2008 at 2:55 am

    RTR if you want to write Bobby I can get you an address just email me at His has written me and i think it would be good for him to hear from friends.

  64. angel said,

    October 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    He seriously does not deserve friends at this point. He has killed three people. What part of this don’t you get?

  65. prison penpals said,

    November 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    angel you don’t deserve friends

  66. angel said,

    November 13, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Hey prisonpenpall, what a loser!!! Anyone who communicates with this degenerate subhuman murderer should be locked up with him. He killed three innocent people and won’t even admit as to why he did it.

  67. angel said,

    November 13, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    PPP – you must not have many friends yourself if you have to resort to prisons to find them.

  68. J in PA. said,

    May 26, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Hey everyone… i am sorry for all of your losses.. I am just finding out today (memorial day 2009) about what happened last year. I met ashley one summer in the early 2000s in philadelphia while Barb was visiting. I think Bobby may have been incancerated at this time but she was a sweet heart and as mentioned above my family joined her in wildwood for the summer. (from what i remeber). Also, after they say ashley was killed bobby and the guy garret were in wildwood with our family again. It is crazy to think all of this happened last year and because we were unable to keep in touch this came and past already. I will miss you barb. and your case of bud cans. Poor Bobby. I always felt as though he was troubled but he loved his mother very much. and my condolences to ashley and her friends and family as well as Justin. I hope your still playing guitar justin, and i also hope to see you. As you will always be a close friend and familiar face.

    Shocked… i know my whole family is. jf

  69. Linda said,

    May 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I only found out about this horrific incident today. I knew Barb since I was 19 years old… today I am 50. I spent time with Barb and Greg in NY a few years back and haven’t spoken to them since. Their lifestyle and mine were different and it was best that way. I never knew the severity of Bobby’s problems.. I knew he had scrapes with the law, but dear God I never imagined he was this troubled.
    I regret that I didn’t share my feelings with Barb when we spent those few days in Sag Harbor. I was concerned about her lifestyle, but never said a word… God Bless barb and God Bless her family. I pray that Justin is doing well…..

  70. Kathy Heller said,

    May 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I also am another lifetime friend of Barbara, Bob, before chlldren, Bobby and Justin. I was her maid of honor when she and Bob married. We all cried when they left us for Ohio. Needless to say, as the last two comments, I am, WE ALL ARE shocked. Don’t know what to say. Numb. hurt, sad. The articles. all of those articles, blogs, newspaper articles, etc. I and our other girlfriends are the ones whom she vacationed with every summer in New Jersey. One week with the girlfriends and kids, and then off to her wonderful family. Barb loved the shore and made sure she returned every summer with kids in tow, with Bob and then without Bob. Years have passed. We were kids when we met.18 years old, friends forever!
    I also was with her as mentioned above and vacationed with her in the Hampton’s that week. Old friends got together and met up there. That’s when we met Greg. As Linda above said: Their lifestyle. No need to say more. Sadly, I also never spoke to Barbara again. As for Greg – they were not good for each other. We all saw it up the Hamptons. We had no idea of what would come….

    I also had the pleasure of meeting Ashley, vacationed with her down Wildwood. My youngest son took her to seee the Atlantic for the first time in her life. A summer we will never forget now… And then the next summer… turned fateful. Bobby and some friend “Garrett.” what a pair. What a wild week with them. Owners never let me rent from them again. I do remember Barb getting a call from Bob re: Ashley’s disappearance and Barb’s assurence that all was ok. I had a one on one with Bobby late one night. We talked about Barb. I assured him that I knew what he was feeling about Mom. I’ve known Bobby since birth. He was a good kid, but troubled. Barb always had his back. Since birth til the end. She loved him and he loved her. I love them both. Always and forever.

    To think… the horror that occured the week before….. Horror. To think what happened and we were all together. Ashley. I will miss her and I send my condolences to her family. She was a beautiful good hearted girl. I’m happy that we got to vacation with her and to think – her first time seeing and jumping in the Atlantic! What sight for her. She loved it! I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. May she rest in peace.

    I cannot believe that we just found this out. I’m sick, we’re all sick and so very shocked. Now I must go see Mrs. Rush……

    Justin, please call when in Philadelphia or with Aunt Sheila or Aunt Rosemary. Please, we’d love to hear that guitar!! J and Steven are still playing. Tom’s off to the Navy in July.

    Bob, please call me when you can. I did leave you a vm message. Debbie, Freddie and family, please find me. Bobby, i’ll always love you. I will keep u and Mom in my prayers as well as Ashley and Greg. Sometimes but more than ever – Life deals us lousy cards….we just have to play the right hand to get through.

    So with this, I will say Barb, I’ll miss you and the beach and those Budweisers. The tans, the talks, the kids, our weddings, birthdays, divorces, remarrying. All those vacations from East to West, visiting Linda. The Bahama’s for your birthday! Just us and the husbands. We didn’t even have kids then! My God, what a tragedy. Our entire lives have passed. Until we meet again girlfriend!! Love you, Miss you!

    Always and forever,


  71. Linda said,

    June 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Well said… you captured everything in a beautiful way. I can’t believe that Barb is gone. It really breaks my heart. She must have been worried sick about Bobby. To think she had nobody she could turn to, hurts even more.

    I hope that you are well. Nothing is worth shutting people out. Know that I will always care about you and the boys. I wish you the best, I really do. I hope that your visit with Mrs. Rush went well. I just can’t imagine the pain she must be living, her daughter gone at the hands of her grandson. Be well, Linda

  72. Kathy H. said,

    June 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Linda. So glad to actually hear ur voice. Even though thru words. So hurt. Thank you for ur kind response compared to all the garbage I’ve read here and everywhere. It took me all week to unfreeze myself to post a comment. Joey’s was the first then u, which gave me more strengh to write what I did. Want u to know that I just got off the phone a Bob. I think about u and Haley everday that passes and ur so rite. Life is too short. My email address is Please write. I would love to talk to u about this terrible tragedy.

    Love Always,

    your friend


  73. Sheila said,

    June 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Kathy and Linda, thank you so much for your kind words and memories of our Barbara. She is missed so much. It’s hard to believe she is really gone. This is the time of year she would be making her plans to return home to go to the shore and her usual stops at Picas and Cawleys. Barb always danced to the beat of her drum. She lived her life on her own terms and somehow I feel she is safe now.

    I have only slipped away into the next room,
    I am I and you are you;
    Whatever we were to each other, That we still are.
    Call me by my old familiar name,
    Speak to me in the easy way which you always used,
    Put no difference in your tone,
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we shared together.
    Let my name ever be the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it.
    Life means all that it ever meant,
    It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
    All is well.

    Henry Scott Holland, Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

  74. Kathy H. said,

    June 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful Sheila! I am putting that in writing…

    Thank you!



  75. Franny Ward said,

    October 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I knew both Bob and Barbara rush. In fact, I was at thier wedding. i also was in Wildwood NJ with Barbara and her son at my Sisters rental a week after he murdered his girlfriend. The kid is sick in the head. Thats what i think.

  76. linzo said,

    April 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    First of all greg did have a house in westerville that he did rent out , 2 of my very good friends did rent from him . no one strong armed him to do anything . Greg sold and used cocaine alot he sold to the ppl at the bar down the street . also no one needs to bad mouth garrett he was a great friend who just got mixed up with the wrong ppl garrett and bobby were best friends for a very long time ,god bless garrett who is not with us anymore . i new barb she was a great woman.she loved her boys very much. i will miss barb, greg and Garrett there will be justice for all of them !!!

  77. Brian W. said,

    June 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I’m at a loss of words as I just found out today that this happened. I moved away from Columbus in 2007 and was best friends with Greg Bartee and knew Barb for a long time as well. I saw Barb and Greg in November of 07′ and tried to contact them around the first of the year of 08′. I continued calling their Cell phones and/or old numbers they had for over 8 months before getting back up there to visit and finding no one home obviously. I knew they had talked about moving away from Columbus and starting over in another city and figured they did that. I just had hoped that one day we would run into each other again.

    Greg and Barb were the greatest. They were very nice to who ever came to their house and despite the problems with all the drugs I knew they were better than that and would one day beat it. It’s flat out horrible and inconceivable that someone let alone her son do this. They did not deserve this. I am so glad to see the “animal” get life and only wished he would have recieved the Death penalty. This happened 2 1/2 years ago and I’m just now finding out is as crushing for me as if it happened yesterday.

    I worked with Greg for 8 years and have spent many many nights running around together. He loved Barb as he told me so many times. She will be missed dearly as will my Best friend in Columbus, Ohio has been missed since the last time I saw him. I see it’s been almost a year since someone has posted in this blog. I will never forget my friends and hope this stays on the net forever.

    I loved you both so much Greg and Barb. If someone could post where they were buried or cremated so that I can one day pay my respects I would appreciate it.

  78. the kid said,

    February 2, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Amazing. This is the first time ive seen theese blogs. Guess i havnt been looking for a reason. Garret and i were like brothers for years half the time i dint leave his house. Bobby was also a friend who had a mom and a dad that treated me great when i was around. I always knew bob had something different in his eyes. Sicko i guess. Garret was a great guy good looks smart athletic just involved with the wrong people. And when its time tp grow up and you dont bad things happen. Wish garret would have took my advice and accepted my help when i was there for him. Drugs are a bitch. But i do thank him for introducing me to my wife who ive been with for 10 years married 5. We have 2 kids and life is good. Man up to the rest of the crew whos not in prison or dead. Thanks G and all the dirt you did was wrong but i miss ya. The old you.

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