November 09, 2011

John Chase - Jailed After Shooting Elderly Man To Death With Crossbow, Attacking Woman With Hatchet

Humptulips, Washington (The Weekly Vice) - John Chase, a 31-year-old Washington man was jailed after he brutally attacked an elderly couple with a crossbow and a hatchet because he allegedly believed they were demons.

According to police, Chase was walking down a highway when he reportedly saw 88-year-old Ralph Aldrich in his backyard. Unprovoked and without warning, Chase fatally shot Mr. Aldrich with a crossbow.

He then went inside the victim's residence and attacked his wife,
83-year-old June Aldrich, with a hatchet. Chase struck the elderly woman numerous times in the head with the weapon before fleeing the scene in the victim's truck.

Investigators say Chase fled to a friend's home, where he told witnesses that he had been living in the woods for several days because demons were after him. He stated that he had killed two demons, and then stole their truck.

The friend discovered that the truck belonged to a Humptulips couple and made an attempt to return the truck by driving it back to them. When he arrived at their residence, he found the body of Mr. Aldrich in the backyard and called police.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered Mrs Aldrich severely injured, but still alive. She had survived for 18 hours with severe life threatening injuries before emergency crews were alerted to her condition. She remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Chase was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail and charged with 2nd degree murder and assault. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail. If Mrs Aldrich dies from her injuries, he will face a second murder charge.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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