Portland, OR–A few months ago, while playing pool in a bar, my friends and I had quite an encounter with 54-year-old Joseph Rockwood. He came into the bar and proceeded to ruin everybody’s buzz…and their pool game. At the time, we thought he was just another drunk asshole out to piss everyone off. I probably would have forgotten about it completely if I hadn’t seen his mug shot on the local news. Joseph stabbed his sister and left her body to rot in his bathroom.
I remember this guy coming into the bar and coming up to our pool table. We were in the middle of a game and he just started taking shots. If he couldn’t hit the ball into the pocket with a cue, he would push it in there with his hand. He did that on every table in the bar. At first we chuckled a bit thinking he was drunk, but then we realized that this guy was a bit ‘off.’ It seemed like he was itching for a fight. He was pissing people off, but something about the look in his eyes prevented anyone from confronting him. He is a big man, weighing in at over 400 pounds, and the smell coming from him was enough to make me steer clear. He eventually tired of his game and left the bar. I forgot all about him and his antics…until last Sunday.
Theresa Ann Rockwood, 52, was becoming increasingly concerned about her brother Joseph. He suffers from schizophrenia and wasn’t taking his medication. He was getting more delusional and had started carrying a bat everywhere he went. He was blowing his money on useless items, bouncing checks all over town, and was facing eviction. She was trying to get him help, trying to get him placed in a secure facility. On October 28th she told a friend, Kari Hillebrecht, that she was going to check on him…that was the last time anyone heard from her.
Hillebrecht urged Theresa not to go. The last visit with her brother ended with Theresa locked in the bathroom and dialing 911 after Joseph started threatening her. When Hillebrecht hadn’t heard from Theresa in a few days, she panicked and drove to the apartment complex. Theresa’s car was in the parking lot. She called the police.
When authorities arrived, they found Joseph Rockwood sitting in his living room, his sister Theresa, dead on his bathroom floor. At the discovery, Joseph blurted out, “Just my dead sister, with the Holy Moses picture on the wall beside her. I didn’t mean to hide anything.” Police found a blood-stained knife with a broken blade on the kitchen counter.
Because of the decayed condition of the body, dental records were needed to confirm the identity. Theresa died from multiple stab wounds. Joseph was arrested and is being held in Multnomah County Jail without bail.
Joseph Rockwood was mentally unbalanced. He would blare 3 TV’s in his apartment to block out the sound of the voices in his head. He refused all treatment. He refused to take his meds. When others tried to help, he put on an act of complete normalcy. He murdered the one person in his life that loved him unconditionally.
UnamusedCat is on this one in the forums. Thanks UCat.Tags: Murder, Oregon, Portland, schizophrenia, stabbed