How does a man who people know as happy and quiet end up killing his entire family? One can only speculate as to the answer to such questions, unless you are the killer himself, Thomas Mortimer, of course. (You can see his picture here.) According to ABC News, authorities now have a Massachusetts man, Thomas Mortimer, in custody for the killing of his mother-in-law, wife, and two children. ABC News reports that the family died by vicious means, and the husband and father of this family, Thomas Mortimer, even left a note on the family table, admitting to the killings and identifying himself as “a coward.” Thomas Mortimer then fled from the crime scene, leaving a brutal mess for family, friends, and authorities to discover, and the discovery did occur when concerned loved ones asked authorities to check on the family.
According to ABC News, a wise man helped authorities apprehend the suspect, Thomas Mortimer, for the murders. ABC News tells that the man stopped to help Thomas Mortimer when he found Mortimer stalled with car trouble on the side of the road. The father had his son write down Mortimer’s license plate, and the man called in the license plate number to authorities once he’d finished helping Mortimer and Mortimer had left the scene. Authorities eventually spotted Mortimer in traffic, but he tried to get away. Luckily, authorities did not lose sight of Mortimer’s vehicle, and authorities were able to take Mortimer into custody. ABC News reports suspected marriage trouble as reasoning behind the family murder, but reports from people who know Mortimer seem shocked at his actions.
Thomas Mortimer’s employer is concerned about him, according to ABC News. The employer also gives good reports on Thomas Mortimer’s work performance, according to ABC News, so all this information circles back to the questions of how a seemingly-happy man, all of a sudden, wipes out his entire family. Even more, how is it that two adults (though women) could not overcome Thomas Mortimer’s attacks. Did the victims try to get out of the house? Did Thomas Mortimer, somehow, lock them inside the home? Did the adults run to help the children and end up losing their lives in the process? All these questions need answers, and these answers will likely come with time. Even so, whatever answers come for these questions, the answers will not bring back the Mortimer family. Will the justice system make Thomas Mortimer suffer like he made his family suffer?