12-08-2006, 05:24 PM #1
WA - Richard, 47, & Terri Kim, 46, murdered, Mount Spokane, 5 Dec 2006
I haven't been online much in the last couple days and have only heard bits and pieces of this story in the news out of Spokane, WA.
Krem.com has lots of video on this story.
Bryan Kim is facing two charges of 2nd degree Murder in the death of his parents, Teresa and Richard Kim. I have been hearing in the news that Bryan is Bi-Polar, as if that's the reason that he (allegedly) murdered his parents. From what I understand from reading here at websleuths in the past, being bi-polar would not cause one to commit murder.
According to the autopsy, Bryan's father was stabbed to death and his mother was strangled.
From news reports I've seen, Bryan's mother was always talking about Bryan, just as any caring and loving mother does about their child.
If he indeed did it, I wonder what made this teenager murder his parents!?
Here is Bryan's MySpace page.
12-08-2006, 05:56 PM #2
Spokane Public School says one of the victims, Teresa Kim, didn't show up to work as a math teacher at Rogers High School in Spokane on Wednesday.
Deputy Mark Smoldt was called to make a welfare check on the rural home in the 18500 block of East Eagle Ridge Lane .
Smoldt found a bloody cell phone in the driveway of the Kim's home and blood on the home's floors that was visible from outside.
He went into the house and nearby shed and found the bodies believed to be those of Teresa Kim and her husband Richard Kim. Detectives had not confirmed those identities as of 7:30 p.m Wednesday.
Deputies picked up Bryan Kim at Mount Spokane High School Wednesday for questioning and later arrested him. Kim is a senior at Mt. Spokane High School.
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ETA: Snippets from today's Fox News story, Wash. Son Arrested After Mom and Dad Found Stabbed to Death, which gives a little insight into *why* this double murder may have occured.
SPOKANE, Wash.*—* An 18-year-old boy who had been ordered to move out of his family's home is accused of killing his parents, dumping their bodies into a scoop loader, then heading off to school, according to court documents.
That ultimatum and an argument over Internet usage preceded the slayings Tuesday night or early Wednesday, according to court papers.
"Go on with what you're gonna do. Book me," Bryan Kim reportedly told deputies when he was arrested. "I'm gonna cry myself to sleep later. Let's get this going."
Detectives told Spokane County District Judge Richard White that Bryan Kim had prior arrests for assault, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment dating to 2002. His parents were listed as the victims in each of the cases, according to records.
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12-09-2006, 12:23 AM #3Former Member
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12-09-2006, 01:57 AM #5
Hi Dark_Shadows! You're so welcome.
And Kat, thanks for the link!
12-09-2006, 03:20 AM #6
Bryan seems to have had severe problems since at least first grade. There's got to be more wrong than mental illness because I thought all mental illness could be controlled with the proper medication.
12-09-2006, 08:54 AM #7Originally Posted by txsvicki
I don't believe that they've found a way to control ALL mental illness.
I've got a very dear friend who is bipolar, and every once in a while--twice in the 15 years I've known her, the meds. she takes become suddenly ineffective. Then a long search is on while she tries different meds. to find one that will control her symptoms. One time they had her on a cocktail of medications which caused her to have fantasies about using the knives in her kitchen against her family members. Thank God she still had enough control to pick up the phone and call her doctor!
As some of you who read in the Jury Room section may know, I am experiencing mental illness up close and personal with my 15 year old son. He IS controlled right now, to a certain degree, with medications. (Not sure how long the control will last because we've been here before and lost it.) Just a couple of weeks ago, he set his shoes on fire while wearing them because he did not want to live anymore. He has cut himself and burned himself and has experienced more confusion, anger and depression than I would wish on my worst enemy. Even now, when I tell you his illness is "controlled" he is not like you and me. He cannot think completely rationally yet. IF my boy were to do something harmful to someone else, I'd be so sad if he was treated the same as someone who had perfect mental health.
This poor little family. I feel so sorry for all of them, even the boy.
12-09-2006, 09:23 AM #8Former Member
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This young man has had criminal offences in the past. His parents were the victims of those offences, assault, kidnapping, unlawful inprisonment.
They had ordered him to move out of the home. So he killed them. Left for school, picked up his girlfriend, took 1K out of his Dad's bank account.
Then he was arrested at school.
On Tuesday or Wednesday, the parents and son had an "argument" over internet usage. That argument and the ultimatum was before the killings.
So somehow I tend to believe that this was done in reaction to the events and revenge against his parents. Bi-polar does not make one kill ones parents.
12-09-2006, 09:47 AM #9Former Member
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12-09-2006, 01:58 PM #10Originally Posted by misterallgood"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving isn't for you!"
The above post is my opinion and my opinion only. Please do not copy and past to other forums.
12-09-2006, 02:43 PM #11Originally Posted by misterallgood
While I don't believe that mental illness is an "excuse" or "get out of jail free" card, I now understand that a person with an uncontrolled mental illness is as incapable of rational thought patterns as a two day old child is of hiking the Appalachian Trail on its own two feet.
It is important to remember, too, that there are degrees of mental illness. Some people are only slightly effected, others have their lives devastated. My friend's mania leads her to spend money. My SIL's are more week long rages. My son"s illness causes him to cut himself and set himself on fire, to burn himself with redhot sticks, etc. Each person's illness may lead them in a different direction, but I would no sooner punish my son for his mental illness than I would punish him if he caught chicken pox.
We ARE the sum total of our brain chemicals. Those chemicals determine so much of how we understand the world and interact with it. Brain health determines WHO we are, HOW we are, WHAT we do......
12-09-2006, 05:22 PM #12Registered User
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trueOriginally Posted by kgeaux
I understand that people often feel that mental illness is used as an excuse to get out of facing consequences in trials and I believe there are evil people that will, and do, try just that thing but that does not mean that mental illness is not a huge factor in some crimes and if we ignore it because we are afraid of allowing the guilty to get by with something then we fail ourselves by not learning to be proactive in treating mental illnesses more effectively before they become the root cause for horrific crimes.
As long as treatment for certain dangerous conditions is not monitored and is left up to the ill individual to decide to discontinue treatment and still stay free we will see more and more of these crimes.
In my opinion we have to find a better way to balance personal freedoms with good proactive treatment of dangerously mentally ill individuals. I know we can't always spot the dangerous ones easily (and I know that most mentally ill are not dangerous) but there are many times when people have violent records already and spotting and treating those could be done.
12-10-2006, 05:51 AM #13Former Member
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FTR, I'm bipolar too. I was a rapid cycler as a teen, I am not now. I think he still had *some* choice in what he did, but his illness and age exacerbated things, and maybe he didn't see that he had a choice. I hope that he will get the counseling he needs, and that maybe he can go on to be a contributor to society.
It's the teenage years that are hell for manic depressives especially. If they can make it through the teenage/young adult phase they can get strong enough to choose wisely. Whether they ever go on to do so is a matter of several factors, having a good support system, good counseling/medicinal therapy, and personal fortitude/integrity can tilt the scales in their favor. There are some who just don't manage to grow though, despite having support and excellent medical care. (I am thinking of the spouse of my husband's best friend in this case. This person *won't* grow up and take personal responsiblity. They are using their illness as an excuse to sit and rot. They only lift a finger to give the appearance of progress when made to by Government action. They are malingering, willfully. They don't want to put the work into getting better, and have said as much.)
12-10-2006, 11:29 PM #14
so a little off topIc, but does that kid really spell that horribly? His my space page is full of major misspellings. I wonder if he had a bit of a learning disorder?Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.
12-11-2006, 03:21 AM #15
Kgeaux, I'm so sorry that your son is going through this and you too. Seems like all the lay people hear is about medication and if only people would take it they would get better. We don't hear much about the people who are trying but have so much trouble getting better. I guess some of the teens who murder could be psychopaths, but I always feel sorry for them because they are just kids.
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