GUILTY OR - Pamela Wolosz, 52, killed, daughter injured, 12yo son charged, 10 Jan 2017

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I will never understand these crimes as long as I live. Sadly, kids murdering family members is a daily occurrence anymore. Sigh.
 

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The police chief speaks.

“This is a real tragedy,” Chief Tighe O’Meara of the Ashland Police Department says, “and it’s going to affect a lot of people in a really profoundly negative way.”

“To watch this unfold and see a 12-year-old taken into custody for murdering his mother,” Chief O’Meara says, “it’s been a rough day and it’s gonna be a rough patch for the community to work through.”

“This is especially tragic,” O’Meara adds.

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https://kobi5.com/news/ashland-police-investigating-a-major-incident-44205/
 

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A search of online records shows Wolosz was a retired U.S. Air Force officer with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and master's in engineering management and is listed as a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was listed as a volunteer with the Ashland Independent Film Festival this year. Her Facebook page says she studied at Purdue University and went to Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

http://www.mailtribune.com/news/201...boy-accused-of-killing-mother-injuring-sister
 

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Googling Pamela last night I ran across a YouTube account in her name. It was filled with gaming and other videos more in line with a 12 year old than a 52 year old woman. Many were violent and disturbing based on their titles. One in particular caught my attention and I watched part of it. It included a knife attack. I forwarded the account link and video link to Chief O'Meara, who replied that he would pass it along to detectives. I'm not linking them here because of their nature and because the account is easily found.

As I told the chief, I know there is disagreement about the effect of violent video games on impressionable minds, but this information may or may not partly explain the unthinkable. I doubt or would hope that Pamela did not know about this account or how it was being used.

According to this article, investigators will be talking to the friends of the boy and his sister. Police don't yet know what his state of mind was or what prompted the attacks.

http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20...boy-accused-of-killing-mother-injuring-sister
 

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This is an array of stories within the past 24 hours, ranging from legal aspects and community reaction to how the local students and first responders are being helped.

The DA speaks...
https://kobi5.com/news/12-year-old-among-the-youngest-in-jackson-co-to-face-murder-charge-44321/

Help for students...
https://kobi5.com/news/ashland-high-school-rallies-support-for-students-to-cope-44340/

Community reaction and comment about family...they are considered "exemplary."
http://ktvl.com/news/local/next-steps-for-ashland-stabbing-community-reacts-with-shock-and-sadness

http://www.kdrv.com/story/34240830/community-reacts-to-ashland-stabbing

Help for first responders.
http://www.kdrv.com/story/34241064/helping-first-responders-during-traumatic-events
 

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Thank you for being so proactive Lilibet!

I don't know what to say. This is shocking. I feel so sad for the whole family. What went wrong? When? Where? Why the rage? I hope they find answers and are able to heal in time.
 

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I am very familiar with this town, but I do not know not this family. My heart breaks for all, including (of course) the family, also the first responders and the small community who will likely struggle to make sense of all that occurred. IMO a tragedy all around.
 

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I am very familiar with this town, but I do not know not this family. My heart breaks for all, including (of course) the family, also the first responders and the small community who will likely struggle to make sense of all that occurred. IMO a tragedy all around.

Welcome to WS hotsytotsy and thank you so much for posting.
 

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As the mother of teenagers, cases like this terrify me

I'm happy his sister will survive...although she will have to live with the memories...poor girl, i hope she gets major therapy to help her

I read dads statement on facebook, and although he is obviously devastated and in shock...it sounded like he was saying she loved her job and pets more than her family...just the way it was worded sounds odd to me :dunno:
 

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As the mother of teenagers, cases like this terrify me

I'm happy his sister will survive...although she will have to live with the memories...poor girl, i hope she gets major therapy to help her

I read dads statement on facebook, and although he is obviously devastated and in shock...it sounded like he was saying she loved her job and pets more than her family...just the way it was worded sounds odd to me :dunno:

I agree with you. If anything it may just indicate some strain. Whether it directly contributed to this is hard to say right now.

I can't really begin to speculate what happened here or why, but I do find it odd none of the MSM reports clarify how it was determined the son did this, as LE statements seem to leave no doubt he did. Did he confess? Was he covered in blood and still holding the weapon? Did grandma witness it? It will be interesting to see how things unfold.

There are a lot of reasons a kid will lash out at the family - prior abuses, learned behavior, feelings of isolation or neglect, bullying from an older sibling, anger at discipline or restrictions being set (like being told no to stay home from school), feeling abandoned (say he had expressed a problem he was having but felt no one was listening or helping him),and then, of course, there are mental disorders that can lead to violent rages. I don't believe video games or music or books make kids violent - the problems and tendencies already exist and it is the child that goes looking for ways to manifest those feelings in violent and dark things. JMO.

I read through all the news reports and found some additional details:

http://www.mailtribune.com/news/201...boy-accused-of-killing-mother-injuring-sister

"To my knowledge we don't have any indication that this young man has had a troubled past," O'Meara said.

Jim Holmes... has a blog in which he describes himself as a "work at home" father.


http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20170112/boy-12-pleads-not-guilty-to-murder

O'Meara on Wednesday confirmed that Jim Holmes was "out of the state" during the attack.

When asked about Holmes' demeanor when officers arrived, O'Meara said, "That's another piece that I'm not going to want to get into, because that strays into the area that the district attorney's going to be getting into very heavily, his state of mind at the time, and I don't want to stray into the (DA's) area."

O'Meara added that APD received two 9-1-1 calls from family members but declined to say who made the calls. "And I'm not being any more specific than that on purpose," he said.


I wonder if the attack was directed at mom and sister just got in the way or was it directed at both of them? Why was grandma spared?
 

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As the mother of teenagers, cases like this terrify me

I'm happy his sister will survive...although she will have to live with the memories...poor girl, i hope she gets major therapy to help her

I read dads statement on facebook, and although he is obviously devastated and in shock...it sounded like he was saying she loved her job and pets more than her family...just the way it was worded sounds odd to me :dunno:
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Yes, that jumped out at me too...like it was kind of a dig. But having poured over SM, I can also see it as possibly just a slightly sarcastic (and inappropriate) comment reflective of a quirky personality, rather than the reality of the relationships. I'm walking a fine line here since we don't report on sleuthing victims, but I'm hoping to shed a little more insightful light on it, if that makes sense. That said, I could be wrong.
JMO
 
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