548 users online (56 members and 492 guests)  


Websleuths News


Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,020

    ME - Derrick Thompson, 19, & Alivia Welch, 18, murdered, Biddeford, 29 Dec 2012

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read....org%3E&ps=915

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 74-year-old Maine man was charged in the shooting deaths of two tenants inside an apartment he rented out at his home, and detectives are investigating whether the violence is connected to a landlord-tenant dispute, state police said Sunday.

    James Pak was arrested at about 10 p.m. Saturday following a standoff at his suburban neighborhood home in Biddeford, about 15 miles south of Portland, police said. He is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Derrick Thompson, 19, and Thompson's girlfriend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch.........................more at link..........


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    1,258
    SMH...I will never understand how anyone can just think they will take a life...

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,020
    Maine landlord to appear in court on murder charges in shooting deaths of apartment tenants

    PORTLAND, Maine – Authorities say a 74-year-old Maine man will appear in court this week to face charges in the shooting deaths of two of his tenants inside their apartment after a possible dispute over where they parked their cars during a snowstorm.


    This <mod snip> also shot Thompson's mother and she had a 6 year old son there.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/31...#ixzz2GctLRpU9
    Last edited by fran; 12-31-2012 at 04:10 PM. Reason: no name calling please


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    DofC
    Posts
    22,011
    Aside from his prominence as a businessman, Pak was well known for his life story.

    He was separated from his parents and five siblings at age 6 when the North Korean Army invaded his home in South Korea.

    Wandering alone in an apocalyptic landscape, Pak happened upon some lost American solders. He helped them find their way to an air base and was rewarded for his kindness by a commander who took him under his wing.

    After the death of the commander who took him in, Pak moved to Vermont. He overcame taunts and harassment during his early years in the states by learning English, completing school and going on to work at everything from dairy farming to a job at General Electric.

    In 1999, Pak and a longtime friend managed to track down two of his sisters and his mother, who were still living in South Korea.
    http://www.pressherald.com/news/Paks...012-12-30.html

    Not making excuses so don't think that.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    32,579
    James Pak Due In Court For Alleged Shooting Deaths Of Derrick Thompson And Alivia Welch

    Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes said James Pak did not enter a plea during a brief court appearance Monday afternoon in York County Superior Court in Alfred. He is being held without bail.

    full article at link ................ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2387911.html




    The article in the previous post has all his friends and business acquaintances who gave glowing reports of what a wonderful guy Mr. Pak (alleged shooter) is. I guess he has a Jekyl/Hyde personality. At the link here, one of his neighbors has something just the opposite to say of Mr. Pak. jmho, fran


    "Andrew Lemelin, 19, who lives across the street from Pak, told the newspaper that he'd done some work for Pak earlier this year, but Pak wasn't satisfied with his performance. He said Pak wrote to his father asking for his wages back, but his father declined. Lemelin said Pak left a message on the family's answering machine that he described as disturbing and threatening.

    Lemelin said his family gave the message to Biddeford police but nothing came of it."

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,020
    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    James Pak Due In Court For Alleged Shooting Deaths Of Derrick Thompson And Alivia Welch

    Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes said James Pak did not enter a plea during a brief court appearance Monday afternoon in York County Superior Court in Alfred. He is being held without bail.

    full article at link ................ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2387911.html




    The article in the previous post has all his friends and business acquaintances who gave glowing reports of what a wonderful guy Mr. Pak (alleged shooter) is. I guess he has a Jekyl/Hyde personality. At the link here, one of his neighbors has something just the opposite to say of Mr. Pak. jmho, fran


    "Andrew Lemelin, 19, who lives across the street from Pak, told the newspaper that he'd done some work for Pak earlier this year, but Pak wasn't satisfied with his performance. He said Pak wrote to his father asking for his wages back, but his father declined. Lemelin said Pak left a message on the family's answering machine that he described as disturbing and threatening.

    Lemelin said his family gave the message to Biddeford police but nothing came of it."
    Maybe the the shooter doesn't like young people for some reason? The victims were 19 and 18, and this boy is 19 also...


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,020

    New article.....

    Police: Maine man threatened, then killed tenants

    http://centurylink.net/news/read.php...&cps=0&lang=en

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 74-year-old Maine man killed two teenage tenants inside their apartment after arguing with them about late rent, snow shoveling and parking, according to a police affidavit released Monday.

    James Pak, of Biddeford, walked into the apartment attached to his home and told the tenants he was going to shoot them before following through on his threat, police wrote. A third tenant survived by playing dead and hiding behind a Christmas tree. Pak allegedly told police he spared the life of a 6-year-old boy who lived in the apartment but thought he killed three adults.................

    Biddeford police had been at Pak's home minutes before the shootings. ............

    Police left after Thompson told the officers he didn't fear Pak, only to have Johnson call 911 three minutes later reporting the shootings.............

    Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre told The Portland Press Herald that one of his officers had to use a stun gun on Pak because the suspect refused to take his hands out of his pockets when he exited the house.

    Pak had alcohol on his breath and told police he was suicidal and wanted to die, the affidavit reads....................

    More at link......

    Seems this is another case where mental health intervention would have helped prevent a tragedy.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    In NEUTRAL
    Posts
    778
    Quote Originally Posted by popsicle View Post
    http://www.pressherald.com/news/Paks...012-12-30.html

    Not making excuses so don't think that.
    From the link above....
    He was separated from his parents and five siblings at age 6 when the North Korean Army invaded his home in South Korea.

    Wandering alone in an apocalyptic landscape, Pak happened upon some lost American solders. He helped them find their way to an air base and was rewarded for his kindness by a commander who took him under his wing.
    At the least I think we can agree that this man suffered horrific emotional trauma as a 6-year-old child. Of course that does not excuse his terrible crime, but certainly helps shed light on possible psychological instabilty. It is a tragedy from all sides.
    One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.
    John F. Kennedy

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    21,431
    https://bangordailynews.com/2016/01/...d-to-portland/

    The trial of a Biddeford landlord charged with killing two teenagers and injuring an adult in 2012 has been moved from Alfred to Portland.

    The trial of 77-year-old James Pak... was recently rescheduled for Feb. 17 and moved to Cumberland County Superior Court. Two weeks have been set aside for the trial.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    6,104
    February 2016:

    James Pak pleads guilty to murdering two teenagers in Biddeford apartment he owned

    http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/0...young-tenants/

    Biddeford landlord James Pak pleaded guilty Wednesday in York County Superior Court to murdering two teenage tenants in 2012 after a dispute over parking spaces.

    The mother of one, who also was shot but survived the attack, said she is routinely haunted by the experience and doubts she will ever get over it.

    Pak, 77, shot and killed Derrick Thompson, 19, and his girlfriend, Alivia Welch, 18, in the apartment they and Thompson’s mother, Susan Johnson, rented from Pak at 17 Sokokis Road.

    Pak also pleaded guilty to trying to murder Johnson, now 47. Johnson lay under their Christmas tree, pretending to be dead as Pak used a .357 Magnum to kill the two teenagers on Dec. 29, 2012.
    Families lament young lives lost as Biddeford man gets life in prison for killing 2 teenagers

    http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/1...two-teenagers/

    A Biddeford landlord who pleaded guilty last week to murdering two teenagers in 2012 after an argument over snow removal was given two life sentences Thursday, one for each victim.

    Susan Johnson, Thompson’s mother, said she’ll never get to see her son grow or raise children of his own. His sister, Kari Henderson, said her own children don’t understand why their uncle is gone, only that they “miss him so much.”

    Dan Welch, Alivia’s father, called her the “perfect daughter” who lit up every room and whose best days were ahead of her. Her mother, Jocelyne Welch, said some days her heart hurts “so much … it feels like I’m having a heart attack, like I could die of a broken heart.”

    After the two-hour hearing in York County Superior Court, family members said they were satisfied with the sentence.

    “It’s the best we could have hoped for,” Johnson said outside the courthouse.




Similar Threads

  1. KY KY - Retha Welch, 54, Newport, 13 April 1987
    By PastTense in forum Cold Cases
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-07-2017, 02:43 AM
  2. Replies: 52
    Last Post: 06-06-2017, 10:57 AM
  3. GUILTY MO - Jamie, 30, & Derrick Orman, 15, murdered, Cape Girardeau, 27 Oct 2009
    By lajr56 in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 11-10-2015, 12:16 PM

Tags for this Thread