Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Elderly Humptulips couple attacked with crossbow, hatchet: US

When heading north on Highway 101, the first house you come to in Humptulips is the Aldrich's place.

The manicured yard is a trademark of the family that's been here for decades.

"Just nice, older people," said Karen Willis.

Neighbors are just sick about what happened to Ralph and June Aldrich.

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. more