Elderly Washington Couple Attacked with Crossbow and Hatchet
Elderly Humptulips couple attacked with crossbow, hatchet
An 83-year woman waited nearly 18 hours for help after a man attacked her with a hatchet. That same man is accused of killing the woman’s 88-year-old husband with a crossbow. view full article
Prosecutors say 31-year-old John Chase was walking down the highway when he saw Ralph Aldrich, 88, in his back yard. Detectives say Chase shot and killed Aldrich with a crossbow and then went inside the home and repeatedly hit 83-year-old June Aldrich with a hatchet.
He then stole their truck and drove to a friend’s house.
“He told his friend he was trying to get away, that demons were after him, he’d been living in the woods for several days, that he had just killed two demons and stole their truck,” said Undersheriff Rick Scott.
The friend learned the truck was owned by a couple in Humptulips. When he drove the truck out there he found Ralph dead in the yard.
When police arrived there later, they found June still alive in the house, approximately 18 hours after the attack.
“They were subjected to the most graphic and horrific violence we’ve dealt with in a long time … and there’s absolutely no reason for it,” said Scott..
Chase is charged with 2nd degree murder. He could face another murder charge if June Aldrich dies. She is in critical condition at Harborview’s Intensive Care Unit.
Sure, we should have due process: give this guy a quick and speedy trial. And then take him outside and hang him from the nearest tree. No need to try to figure out why he did this, or what role his sad childhood might have played, or wait for him to challenge his “ineffective counsel” on appeals for decades to come.
Just take him out back and end him.