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James Harrison Was Jealous

April 7, 2009 at 5:48 am by  

…so he killed his children and himself.

Samantha, Jayme, James, Heather, and Maxine Harrison

Samantha, Jayme, James, Heather, and Maxine Harrison

Graham, WashingtonMaxine, 16, was just learning to drive and hoped to someday become a cosmetologist. Jayme, 14, was a shy and quiet girl who loved video games. Samantha, 12, wanted to be a veterinarian. Heather, 8, loved being outside. James Jr., 7, was an energetic child with dreams of joining the Navy when he grew up. Those hopes and dreams will never be realized. Enraged over his wife’s supposed infidelities, their father, James Harrison, killed each and every one of them.

Relatives portray James Harrison as a strict parent and a jealous, controlling husband. In 2007, James was accused of abusing one of the children and DHS got involved. The complaint was checked out, James was put on a parenting plan, and the case was closed. The child in question remained in the home because the abuse ‘apparently was not considered serious enough at the time.’ They couldn’t possibly have known what the future held for the Harrison children.

James thought his wife was having an affair. And Friday evening, he and Maxine went in search of his wife, Angela. Maxine was able to track Angela through a GPS feature in her mother’s cell phone. They found Angela at a convenience store…with another man. Both father and daughter left the store distraught after Angela told them she wasn’t coming home; she was leaving him for the man she was with at the store. After returning home, Maxine sent a text to a friend, telling him that her parents got in a fight and her mother was leaving. The last text she sent said, ‘I’m tired of crying. I’m going to bed.’

At some point that evening, after the children were asleep, James shot each of them, in the head, multiple times at close-range. All of the children, save one, died in their beds. One child was found in the bathroom, amid obvious signs of a struggle. He then left the home in search of his wife.

On Saturday afternoon, a relative came by the Harrison’s mobile home to check on the family. No one answered the door. The relative noticed one of the children lying motionless on a bed.

Investigators believe James returned to the area near the convenience store, looking for his wife. James’ idling car was found not far from the store. He was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There was no note.

Angela Harrison denies having an affair. She said ‘she had a friend who showed her that she was not being treated properly.’ She told interviewers she finally got the courage to leave James on Friday morning and was going to come back for her kids so that they could all live together. She believes James killed the children to punish her. ‘Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would hurt my children. I did think he would hurt me. I know he would have hurt me, but not my children,’ said Angela. ‘They were my life and they were taken from me. He was real selfish, what he did.’

I think Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said it best: ‘This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder. This appears to be the terrible work of the biological father. If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what does.’

Sad that we have two murder-suicide cases involving guns on the front page today. Want to put in your two cents on gun laws? You can join the conversation here.

Wicked Doll has this one covered in the forums as well.

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  • bahaley4e

    Relatives portray James Harrison as a strict parent and a jealous, controlling husband. In 2007, James was accused of abusing one of the children and DHS got involved. The complaint was checked out, James was put on a parenting plan, and the case was closed. The child in question remained in the home because the abuse ‘apparently was not considered serious enough at the time.’ They couldn’t possibly have known what the future held for the Harrison children.

    This man obvisously had some issues. I blame DHS for knowing that there was a problem and not following up on it. If there was a complaint of child abuse.. the case should have been followed. Far too frequent we hear about this happening.. its like they dont take this shit serisously. Now, as a gun supporter, I will say that IF it was found that he was abusing his children… his right to weapons should have been revoked. At that time he poses as a threat to the people around him. Now, again… its very possible that he owned these weapons illegally and in that case… they would have to search the house and cars to know that he had them and they should have done that! This is a sad story… and I pray for the family. But im afraid that this could have been prevented.

  • RockRGrl

    I think Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said it best: ‘This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder. This appears to be the terrible work of the biological father. If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what does.’

    I agree with the above statement! I will NEVER understand why parents hurt or kill their own children 🙁

  • nadine

    The only thing i can say is:
    Rest in Peace:
    Maxine
    Samantha
    Jamye
    Heather & James Jr.
    May god watch over these children and how very sad

  • AllyCat62683

    The mother spoke on the local news this morning and clarified that she wasn’t even having an affair but that she was simply leaving him and that is why he wanted to take everything she had left by killing their poor innocent kids. Such a sad sad story, and pretty close to home for me since I do not live very far away from where this happened. I just do not understand how taking the lives of these children are in any way a way for this man to get back at his wife for leaving him. They were all his children too!! And it is too bad there were flaws in the system and the children couldn’t be protected before all this happened.

  • buggysmommy

    I kinda feel like FUCK HER TOO. She wasn’t having an affair, yet she was leaving her husband for the man she was with in a convenience store? “He was Selfish” as she says, ya he was-and so were you.

    You fucking tell a volotile man that you are leaving him for another, in front of your 16 yr old kid and not consider the fact that he might lose it and harm your children? Fuck you Angela-you both robbed your children of a future and life in general!

    If you were smart, you would have picked up the balls you grew and moved your kids out quietly while he was not there-and left that way anyone who is looking at the big picture would have left. You put a man before your chlldren too, which in my opinion makes you nop better than him…

  • dammitall

    Sad that we have two murder-suicide cases involving guns on the front page today. Want to put in your two cents on gun laws? You can join the conversation here.

    Andrea Yates didn’t need a gun.

    Neither did Jeffrey Dahmer.

  • MadeaBecBec

    After returning home, Maxine sent a text to a friend, telling him that her parents got in a fight and her mother was leaving. The last text she sent said, ‘I’m tired of crying. I’m going to bed.’

    I wonder why Mom, didn’t explain to Maxine that she was coming for them soon???? Maxine died believing that Mom had chosen the “boyfriend” over her!! That just makes it even more heartbreaking……

    Dad has issues??? Ya don’t say???

    Dad killed his children and then himself, because, this was the last stand of “I am in control of everything” , it’s the omnipotent syndrome!!!

  • buggysmommy

    Andrea Yates didn’t need a gun.

    Neither did Jeffrey Dahmer.

    They also didn’t kill themselves…

  • CassieMomma

    Dad killed his children and then himself, because, this was the last stand of “I am in control of everything” , it’s the omnipotent syndrome!!!

    I agree, it was a control issue, but man how fucked up do you have to be to take it that far. It’s tragic.

  • dammitall

    They also didn’t kill themselves…

    The gun-bearing fucksticks don’t invariably kill themselves, either.

  • She believes James killed the children to punish her. ‘Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would hurt my children. I did think he would hurt me. I know he would have hurt me, but not my children,’ said Angela. ‘They were my life and they were taken from me. He was real selfish, what he did.’

    Well, sadly, she was type selfish for going off and NOT making sure her kids were okay. I don’t care how good my man is, if him and I are fighting, or I am doing something I know I should not be doing, I will NOT, I mean NEVER leave my children alone with him. Biological or not. Especially after getting caught.

    Don’t get me wrong, she left the kids with their dad, and yes that should be a normal and safe thing, but now a days, its just not case. Here on the Dreamin Demon alone there are countless stories of men who abused their child(ren), raped, tormented and have murdered their child(ren). So, with that being said, it should just make mothers more cautious of their actions. She was stupid for not leaving him, talking about it took for her to get sprung off another man in order to realize that she was not in the right environment for her and her children.

    To top it off, they did not have 1 or 2, but 5 children. Stupid ass. It’s a shame what happened to those kids and sad, but I do not feel sorry for her.

  • MadeaBecBec

    I agree, it was a control issue, but man how fucked up do you have to be to take it that far. It’s tragic.

    Pretty much over the top f’d up!!!

    “If Daddy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody else gonna be either, No sirree, I am the great and omnipotent decision maker, you hurt me or piss me off, I’ll show you hurt!!”

    The only consolation Mom may have right now, is knowing Asterpiece will spend his eternity in hell, gnashing and gnawing……..

  • Abroad

    To those of you who are blaming the mother for what happened, why the hell not blame the daughter who used her phone with the GPS feature to assist her controlling father in tracking down the mother? It is about as logical.

    I do not believe the mother was intending to leave that night, but things were said at that convenience store which made the mother fear for her own safety if she went home, so she said she was not coming. She might have been plotting to return to pick up her children and a few possessions while the father was at work the following day; but there was never time for her to put any such plans into motion.

    And before anybody misunderstands the drift of this comment: I blame the father for this and the father only. I think it is a tragedy that he had access to a gun, but I do realise he might have killed them by strangulation or by slitting their thoats, since he was that determined. I believe the older children would have stood a marginally better chance at fighting back if he had had to be a bit more hands-on; but I also realise it might just have prolonged their agony.

    Vile, despicable, repulsive man. The only thing he did right was kill himself, and I do wish he had done that first.

  • this is just heart-wrenchingly awful. i just don’t have the words.. so so so sad…

  • buggysmommy

    The gun-bearing fucksticks don’t invariably kill themselves, either.

    I will agree with that. I think I was maybe trying to point out that Dahmer was severely self serving in his actions and probably never considered taking his own life. His justice was swift and poetic. And Yates was self serving on the looney too train-so she probably thought she was serving God by not killing herself. They both faced their consequences head on, whether they intended to or not. This asshole father killed his children and bailed on the consequences by killing himself. Fucking coward ass pussy in my opinion. Just a thought…

    I do not believe the mother was intending to leave that night, but things were said at that convenience store which made the mother fear for her own safety if she went home, so she said she was not coming. She might have been plotting to return to pick up her children and a few possessions while the father was at work the following day; but there was never time for her to put any such plans into motion.

    I guess this could all be logical, but it feels more like she was relishing in her new found strength and let it loose at the wrong time. She knew he was an angry man-so why didn’t she fear for her children at that point? I don’t know. I realize she will suffer this loss for the rest of her days-and for that I feel for her. I just feel like she sould have been thinking of her children first and foremost – from the get go. Who cares if she cheated or didn’t or was leaving-she had 5 children that were a huge part of that equasion-and I feel like she maybe got lost in her own feelings and forgot about them.

  • Abroad

    Timing. Makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

    I don’t think the mother chose to have the confrontation at the convenience store that night was what I meant. If they hadn’t found her there, she might have been home that night like every night.

    So the father is to blame for coercing his daughter into using her GPS-enabled phone to track her mother. See?! It was the father’s fault all along.

  • Abroad

    And as for “why didn’t she fear for her children”? Because like you and I she couldn’t conceive of anybody killing their own flesh and blood to spite her. She thought him volatile enough to be a danger to her because she’d angered him; but until the police called her that night she never imagined that he could ever hurt his own children.

    Hindsight is always 20-20………

  • Don’t get me wrong, she left the kids with their dad, and yes that should be a normal and safe thing, but now a days, its just not case. Here on the Dreamin Demon alone there are countless stories of men who abused their child(ren), raped, tormented and have murdered their child(ren). So, with that being said, it should just make mothers more cautious of their actions. She was stupid for not leaving him, talking about it took for her to get sprung off another man in order to realize that she was not in the right environment for her and her children.

    Mothers kill their own children at roughly the same rate that fathers do, so, please, save your bigotry.

    While I will agree that the mother in question might have been able to do things a little more rationally, that’s rarely the case during such emotional matters. One thing is for sure, however – no mother should ever be labeled selfish for not assuming their childrens’ biological father might kill them (unless, of course, threats to that end have been made).

  • Abroad

    While I will agree that the mother in question might have been able to do things a little more rationally, that’s rarely the case during such emotional matters. One thing is for sure, however – no mother should ever be labeled selfish for not assuming their childrens’ biological father might kill them (unless, of course, threats to that end have been made).

    Thanks.

  • No, thank YOU. 🙂

    I have a bad habit of getting to a statement I disagree with and commenting on it immediately, only to find out that the same sentiment has already been shared. 😛

  • Special2bme

    I think Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said it best: ‘This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder. This appears to be the terrible work of the biological father. If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what does.’

    I can’t agree more with this statement, and it does break my heart!

    May all the children RIP!

    I wonder why Mom, didn’t explain to Maxine that she was coming for them soon???? Maxine died believing that Mom had chosen the “boyfriend” over her!! That just makes it even more heartbreaking……

    Oh, now that’s a really sad thought to think of, bless her heart! Because maybe mom never planned on taking the kids, who knows what mom was thinking at the time. But I bet she is feeling a lot of guilt at least I would hope she is feeling some.

  • mominAZ

    Gosh…that last text Maxine sent…it made me cry. Just the eeriness of it all…she’s tired of crying and going to bed. Never to wake up again. Wow.

    RIP, all 5 of you beautiful angels!!
    As for your “father”…rot in hell you pathetic piece of dog shit!

  • Chrissey

    These people were my neighbors. My daughter rode the school bus with them and knew the kids. It’s one thing to read all the stories here and say “how awful” but it’s entirely another to be living it.

    I put 100% of the blame on the “father” that did all this. Their mother was coming back the next day to take the kids out of there and she did fear for her safety. He just basically said “I’ll show you bitch” and did the unthinkable.

    We’re going to be holding another candle-light memorial for the children tonight. Hopefully, this time without all the media.

  • Abroad

    I have a bad habit of getting to a statement I disagree with and commenting on it immediately, only to find out that the same sentiment has already been shared.

    Same sentiment, perhaps; but two different ways of presenting it. Yours sounded less apologetic..

  • Abroad

    So sorry, Chrissey. I cannot imagine how you and your children must be hurting right now.

    I hope you get your wish and the press shows some restraint. You mustn’t count on it, though……..

  • Mothers kill their own children at roughly the same rate that fathers do, so, please, save your bigotry.

    While I understand your frustration to my comment. Do not be so closed minded and think objectively. Don’t be so ignorant! I know mother’s are guilty of the same, but that is not the case here.

    On the other hand, I was not making a statement that a mother should fear that their “baby’s daddy” will kill their child, but, if she knew her husband has a violent streak (plus I know something was said when she got caught) then she should have thought of her children first! Guaranteed that if she thought of her children as any mother would have, in a situation like that, any mother would be stupid to leave their children with their father, after their father catches them in their dirty act. Her children would either be safe, or all of them would have been murdered! And please pay attention to the key word “all”:.

    She only thought of her safety and feared for her own life! Yes, she is selfish for that. I don’t care if she should not have had to think that he would do anything to those children, but it is only logical that he was very upset, a man KNOWN to be violent, and in a situation like hers at that moment, how could she not have thought of her children? How could you allow a man that was distraught, leave with your child and stay with the rest of your children until the following day? Alright, she didn’t have to think that he would kill them, but come on, she had to have felt something. Fuck that, I am a mother It does not matter what anyone says cause I do not feel any sympathy towards that woman. MY son comes first. NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!! My father was abusive to my mother and he loves me with all his heart. Never laid a hand on me. But, when there was a situation such as this that would occur, my mom NEVER thought to leave me and come get me the next day. NO, she took me, or called the police if he didn’t let her take me, or she would call my grandmother. Please excuses are like an asshole. Everyone has one. My mother never jeapordized my safety. NO matter what.

    My son’s father is the best dad in the world. If him and I get into a fight anywhere close to the argument I am pretty sure they had, I would have not even let him leave with my son or stay with my son until I knew it was resolved. Or else, we would have been battling right there and then for him. And it does not even matter what was said. She got caught doing something that was a big no, no. She was completely in the wrong. Whether he deserved it or not is no one’s place to say, but OMFG any mother should be just as outraged as me and I am need to know if anyone understands where I am coming from. I am not saying that I am right. I am not trying to bash the mother like some sort of web commentator that likes attention. But this is the way I feel. She used the wrong judgment and more people need to wake up. Mother or Father.

    I put 100% of the blame on the “father” that did all this. Their mother was coming back the next day to take the kids out of there and she did fear for her safety. He just basically said “I’ll show you bitch” and did the unthinkable.

    Hi, I know you are their neighbor and know the story more than anyone, but you said it right, she feared for HER safety and that is all that mattered at the moment. I do not want to disrespect you in any way, I sympathize with you and your family. This must have been really difficult to deal with.

    But, she was coming for the children the next day, sorry, the next day was too late. This is what I meant when I said that you read countless stories where a father abuses, rapes, murders, etc. to his own biological child. Do you really think that any of these men were ever suspected of doing the stupid shit that gets them posted in the Dreamin Demon.

    So no, I am not saying to ever trust a man with his children. I am saying follow your gut an protect your children from any harm ever, even if it is their own flesh and blood!

  • Lavonna

    My son’s father is the best dad in the world. If him and I get into a fight anywhere close to the argument I am pretty sure they had, I would have not even let him leave with my son or stay with my son until I knew it was resolved.

    So what gives you the right to be the one who have authority over the child? If your husband is a good daddy to him then why wouldn’t you let him leave with him even if you were aruging? If he is your childs daddy then he is half your husband also or was it a finger baby?

    I don’t think it is right for women to keep their children away from good fathers and we as women always think we have the right to the children well they have rights also.

  • granny-g

    Right now………………5 children lie in a cold morgue……………………a mother, family, and friends are devestated and grieving……………….why……………why, because, one person
    decided he had to make the rules and DID NOT have to follow societies rules. One “MAN” made the decision to murder the most precious gift he was ever given.
    No one MADE him choose the actions, no one but himself.
    He, killed the children, he killed himself, he did this awful thing.
    Placing blame on others is asinine.
    I pray they have a special place in HELL for Mr. Harrison. A place for those that feel the need to dominate and destroy what they cannot control.
    Rest in peace children, and know that your “Father” by choosing your deaths as well as his own has guarenteed a lovely spot in hell.

  • Abroad

    Think straight, Thinkstraight. You are either going to blame the mother or you are not. You cannot do both without looking like you don’t know your own mind.