A man has been arrested and charged with fatally stabbing his father and critically injuring his sister.
On August 8 2014 43 year old Jerome Marlowe Jr. of northwest Baltimore confessed to detectives that he was arguing with his 31 year old sister about making noise and leaving the lights on in the house. Jerome told the detectives that after his sister threw a vase at him, he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and went to his sister's room. Jerome's father 73 year old Jerome Marlowe Sr. stood in front of him and his son stabbed him. Then Jerome turned on his sister and stabbed her. He then ran out the house while chasing his sister to a neighbor's house before returning back to the family home in the 4100 block of Chatham Road a short while later.
When Baltimore City Police arrived on the scene, they found Jerome Sr. lying unresponsive on the living room steps with stab wounds. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.
His sister was rushed into surgery, listed in critical condition.
Jerome confessed that he stabbed his father in self-defense after his father threatened to kill him if he didn't stop arguing with his sister.
Held without bail at Baltimore Central Booking Intake Center, Jerome is charged with first and second degree murder, attempted murder, assault, and use of a dangerous weapon.
He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 3 2014.
Maryland is no stranger when it comes to patricide or the killing of one's father or matricide, the killing of one's mother. Some of Maryland's past well publicized cases of patricide or matricide are examined below:
ROSS HAKIM TELP
Imagine having sudden rage so intense you not only attack your own mom but you report her missing, stringing along family and friends with hope of a safe return. Although he only had a few minor drug convictions on his record, 18 year old Ross Telp from the 4300 block of Park Heights Avenue suddenly kirked out on his mom, 52 year old Margo Baker in April of 2005 and stabbed her 40 times with a steak knife. The cause of the argument? He borrowed her Suzuki SUV and scratched the hubcaps on it. When she asked him about it, he went off, hacking her in the head, neck, and torso. After slashing his 4 feet 11 inch, 135 pound mother, he wrapped her body in a sheet, got help from a friend, drove her body to Leakin Park, and dumped her remains behind Cahil Recreation Center. Then he had the audacity to report her missing to the police. He helped family and friends put up flyers begging for her safe return and even went on camera with the media, ironically, not showing his face.
"I still believe that she'll come. She said she was leaving with a friend and she said she'd be back. I was upstairs changing my clothes and I hadn't seen her since." he told the camera.
However, he bragged to his friends another story and one of them snitched with an anonymous 911 call to police. When investigators brought him back in for questioning 11 days after the murder, he finally confessed after they promised him he could go home if he showed them where her body was. When he did, they arrested him instead. He pled guilty to second degree murder and got a thirty three year prison sentence. At sentencing, Judge Glynn summed up his feelings by telling him, "You are a truly depraved individual....probably beyond redemption."
LEWIN CARLTON POWELL lll
By all accounts 16 year old Lewin Powell was an exceptionally bright teen. An honor student at the $20,000 a year private McDonough School in Owings Mills, he took courses in school that included advance placement classes and was a member of the school's jazz band. Teachers, neighbors, friends, relatives, everybody all gave glowing reports on the teen so the horrific events that occurred on the afternoon of May 14 2008 had every parent asking just when is too much too much? After an argument with his mom over his grades got out of control, Lewin morphed into a human pressure cooker and exploded on his mom. Beating her at first with his fists until she was dazed, he then grabbed an aluminum baseball bat, swinging and chasing his mom throughout the house a rage filled frenzy. Beating her down as she reached for the back door, Lewin ended 39 year old Donna Rose Marie Campbell-Powell's life. Then he placed a plastic bag over her head so she wouldn't bleed all over the place and hid her body in the garage. Sleeping with the bat by his side, when his father came home around midnight, he was totally unaware of the horror that had taken place and fell asleep on the couch. He awoke the next morning to his son cracking the bat upside his head. Fracturing his skull in 2 places, his father managed to escape to the back yard while trying his best to convince his son to let him live.
"I think the devil got into him that night. That morning when he attacked me, I can see in his eyes that it's not him. I can hear it in his voice." his father later told officials.
Charged as an adult for the first degree murder of his mom and the attempted murder of his father, Lewin showed no emotion or remorse as he confessed to police that he attacked his parents because they put him under too much pressure to be perfect and he just couldn't take it anymore. Despite the tremendous support from his family and all the glowing reviews from teachers, neighbors, and friends, the judge sentenced him to life, suspending all but 20 years. With good behavior he could be eligible for parole after serving 12.
JASON AUSTIN BLEVINS
When 51 year old Mary Ella Ginger of Edgewater allowed her 24 year old heroin addicted son Jason Austin Blevins to move in with her, she had no idea that just two years later he would be charged with killing her. After she found out he was forging her signature on her checks and using her credit cards without her permission to fuel his ferocious drug habit, she had enough and kicked him out of her home. He checked into a hotel in Glen Burnie then decided to confront his mom about kicking him out. His mom, who ran a day care center out of her house on Steuart Lane for 15 years, had taken a part time job at a Subway Sub shop in Annapolis to help pay for upcoming Christmas presents and was working alone around 11pm on December 12 2003 when he showed up. After they argued, he stabbed her more than a dozen times. Then he stuffed her body in the shop's walk in freezer where cops found her the next morning. So bent on getting high, he cashed a forged check for $500 that still had his mom's blood on it at an area M&T bank the next morning. Eventually confessing to her brutal slaying, he pled guilty and got a twenty year prison sentence at Patuxent.
SOMMER LOREN BROOKS
Killing your parents because you just snapped is one thing but some cases just baffles the mind completely. Take the twisted but sad case of 22 year old Sommer Loren Brooks of Randallstown. On the evening of January 28 2003 neighbors of the 4200 block of Holbrook Road were outside grilling enjoying the Superbowl when suddenly they heard a woman screaming, "Help me! Help me!" The screams were coming from behind a wooded area in the back of their home where area houses sit on 2 or more acres. At first they thought they were hearing things or it was just kids playing but when they heard the screaming 45 minutes later, they went looking armed with flashlights. Unable to find anything, they called cops to investigate. Cops did show up but instead of knocking on doors to investigate anything, they sat in their car, windows rolled down, waiting to hear someone screaming. After 20 minutes of waiting they did not hear anything and left. Sommer, a former student at the private Garrison Forest School and a graduate of the University of Maryland was busy inside 4204 Holbrook bludgeoning and torturing her mom to death with an ax and a maul after a heated argument over household chores. After savagely beating her mom, 52 year old Linda Carol Brooks, Sommer went out to dinner at T.G.I.F. with a male friend she just met a week before the murder. Her friend later told police that other than a few scratches on her, she talked and laughed normally while enjoying dinner. After dinner they went to her house talking and watching a video in the basement where just a few feet away her mom lay in a bloodied heap on the bathroom floor. She didn't break down until just when he was about to leave, crying, she told him in gory detail how she fought with her mother. After she struck her mom, her mom slapped her back. She chased her mother outside where they wrestled in the snow. When she overpowered her, she tied her up, keeping her bound all night.
"When she was good, I gave her a snack or a drink. I even let her go to the bathroom." she told him.
She told him her mom eventually just asked to be killed quickly and told her daughter to give her 20 sleeping pills to do the trick. Sommer gave her the pills and when they didn't work, she had enough and bludgeoned her mother to death. Sommer who had no criminal record, was charged as an adult with first degree murder and found competent to stand trial after months of evaluation at Clifton T. Perkins mental hospital. Despite at least 2 suicide attempts and several stays in the county detention psych ward, Sommer was placed alone in a private cell on protective custody. There, 2 months before she was scheduled to go to trial, she successful ended her life by hanging herself from a cell bar with a trash bag over her head and a bed sheet around her neck.