PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - To many, February 14 is Valentine's Day. But 32 years ago, theHollandsburg murders took place.
In the small Parke County town of Hollandsburg, four young menwere brutally murder.
News reports of what happened that night rocked our community toits core. With shock and dismay, we watched and learned that thiswas a mass murder committed just to see what it was like to killpeople.
We watched in dazed sadness as Walter Cronkite told the rest ofthe nation of the horror.
"The isolated town of Hollandsburg in western Indiana anotherseries of shootings today. Police say four men entered a mobilehome and shot and killed four brothers, ages 14 to 22. The men alsowounded the victims' mother. She played dead and survived. Policesay the four brothers were robbed of $30 and that the killingsquote 'Don't make a whole lot of sense.'"
Back home, friends and neighbors grieved for the family. Goodkids gunned down by mass murderers. The mother, Betty Jane Spencer,who survived went on to lead the nation in forming victims' rightsgroups.
Indiana did not have a death penalty at the time, so they weregiven life without parole.
Over 30 years later, the events of the Valentine's Day are stillhard to image.
UPDATE: Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Terre Haute Police Department responded to the Statesman Inn room 144 at 1407 N 3rd Street. Officers found Randall Norton Jr, 21, with multiple stab wounds to his back and abdomen.
The Washington Police Department responded Friday around 2 a.m. to a complaint of a male subject being shot. The incident happened on Oak Grove Road in Washington near Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. For some people the term family goes beyond their children.
Thursday night’s church fire in Prairie Creek in Vigo County was still smoldering Friday afternoon.
UPDATE: An assault on Friday around 2 p.m. leaves one man seriously injured. Terre Haute Police responded to the 2100 block of Locust Street in Terre Haute after a report of a battery.
The warmer weather is a thing of the past, and it's expected to get worse.