Father in Calgary massacre felt possessed,viciously stabbed all four, then took his life
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
A father under intense pressure, work and family pressure it seems finally snapped, according to police who suspect this reason in the father taking his entire family and a live in tenant with him. Certainly one would think help is out there for those who suffer mental illness, but some prefer not to seek assistance and go about their daily life suffering in silence, until that silence breaks it's silence and a tragic ending results.
Father in Calgary massacre felt possessedSources and police point to dad as prime suspectBy Jason van Rassel, Joel Kom and Kristen Odland, Canwest News ServicePublished: Thursday, May 29, 2008
CALGARY - Hard-working, devoted father Joshua Lall heard voices in his head and believed he was possessed by the devil before the mass killing that claimed his life and four others, sources told the Calgary Herald.
About two weeks ago, Lall began acting strangely and work stresses seemed to be bothering him a great deal, police sources said.
Others familiar with the case were more specific, saying Lall expressed fears he was possessed by the devil.
My initial coverage of this story and updates.
Police say 5 found dead in home died of multiple stab wounds
UPDATED: 2008-05-30 16:37:49 MST
By THE CANADIAN PRESS
ALGARY — Police say five people whose bodies were
found in a Calgary home earlier this week all died of multiple stab
wounds from one knife.
Insp. Guy Slater also confirms the identities
of the dead as Joshua Lall, his wife Alison, their young daughters,
Kristen and Rochelle, and tenant Amber Bowerman.
Slater says it was clear from defensive wounds on Alison Lall that she died trying to protect her children.
He also says evidence indicates Joshua Lall attacked the people in his house Tuesday night.
The tenant died first and appears to have been taken by surprise, as there was no sign of a struggle in her basement suite.