JW Father Kills Self and 12-year-old Son

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  • fjtoth

    The following story appears this morning in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel at:

    Fort Lauderdale police suspect father killed son, then self in home shooting By Jonathon King
    Staff Writer
    Posted August 26 2003

    He was a working man with 15 years at the same job, a religious man who took Bible study into his own home, a family man who went on his very first cruise with his wife and son just five months ago. But something drove Carl Dennis Mackey to turn against all that.

    An apparent murder-suicide carried out early Monday morning left Mackey, 41, and his 12-year-old son dead in their Fort Lauderdale home, and grieving family and friends asking why.

    "It's a terrible, terrible thing," said a woman outside the Mackey home who identified herself as a family member, but declined to give her name. "It's a mystery to all of us. Why would he do such a thing?"

    According to police, a confrontation between Mackey and his wife, Lora Mackey, spilled out into the street in front of their home about 12:40 a.m. in the 2700 block of Southwest Eighth Street.

    A Fort Lauderdale Police car was nearby answering an unrelated call when Lora Mackey ran outside to them and told the officers her husband had threatened to kill her.

    "She saw the officers on the street and ran out to get them, and that's when she heard two shots," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Jack DiCristofalo. "Apparently, that's when he shot his son and himself."

    The department's SWAT team took up position around the house, in the neighborhood of single and multi-family homes just off Riverland Road, and tried for several hours to reach Mackey inside by phone and with a loudspeaker. At 5 a.m. the SWAT team tossed a gas canister into the home and, when no one emerged, they entered, said DiCristofalo.

    "All they knew at the time was that someone was armed and there had been two rounds fired," DiCristofalo said. "They used all their options and then went in."

    Inside they found Mackey and his son, Brian Mackey, each dead of gunshot wounds. A small-caliber, semi-automatic handgun was on the floor near Dennis Mackey's body.

    Carl Mackey's co-workers, at the city of Plantation's public works department where he had worked since 1988, were stunned by the news.

    "We're totally shocked. Carl was always a gentleman, a religious and family man type of guy," said Mike Scott, Mackey's supervisor. "He was always upbeat and smiling. On Friday he was joking around about the Dolphins, and I told him to have a great weekend."

    Police and co-workers said Mackey was a religious man, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses who held Bible study meetings on Tuesday and Thursday nights in his home.

    "He had his beliefs and felt strongly about them. But he didn't try to press them on you. He wasn't a Bible thumper," Scott said. "He was the kind of man who if someone was telling a dirty joke, he'd just get up and leave the room."

    Plantation Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong said the Mackey family has long been associated with the city, and Carl Mackey "practically grew up with us here."

    "I remember him as a 9-year-old coming to work with his father, Gus, and planting trees in the medians. Eventually he came to work with us and started with the landscape crew and worked his way up to supervisor.

    "We are all shocked and saddened by what has happened."

    Scott said Mackey took his wife and son on a four-day cruise last April "and he said they had a great time."

    Lora Mackey works as an office manager with the Widdon-Rogers Education Center, an alternative school in Fort Lauderdale. Both Armstrong and Scott said Mackey often brought Brian to family day celebrations in the city and bring-your-child-to-work days.

    "He was a pleasant young man, very polite, and sometimes I would see him following his grandfather," Armstrong said.

    Today would have been Brian Mackey's first day of school at Driftwood Middle in Hollywood. Two women outside the Mackey home, who said they were relatives, said the 12-year-old was a gifted student who was "very smart" and "very well-behaved."

    "I can't believe he took that boy," said one before breaking into tears.


    Not too long ago, I just got word of my former bible study conductor's wife's parents in BC., something similarly happened: murder - suicide. (not sure when, but one/both of the bible study conductor's wife's parents were JWs).


    That it would happen within the JW realm, should not surprise any ONE of us.

    And here we go again.....another one.

  • fjtoth

    The following appears on the Miami NBC TV website at:

    Father, Son Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide

    Shootings Under Investigation

    NBC 6 News Team

    POSTED: 4:23 p.m. EDT August 25, 2003 UPDATED: 6:43 p.m. EDT August 25, 2003

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Fort Lauderdale police are calling the shooting deaths of a father and son, who were found dead when a SWAT team entered their house early Monday morning, an apparent murder-suicide.

    Police said Dennis Mackey, 41, shot his 12-year-old son and then himself, after a domestic incident.

    Laura Mackey allegedly told the officers she last saw her husband heading towards their son's room and that she heard two shots fired.

    "She said she'd heard two shots fired. She said they'd been having domestic problems," DiCristofalo said.

    Police negotiators made phone calls to the house and to the family's cell phones for the next few hours, DiCristofalo said, but hostage negotiators were never able to make contact, and officers heard no further shots fired.

    At about 5 a.m., a SWAT team entered the house and found the bodies, as well as a small caliber semiautomatic handgun on the floor beside Mackey.

    Neighbors of the couple were expressing shock at the incident on Monday, describing Dennis Mackey as a quiet, church-going man who often held Bible study classes at his home.

    Mackie worked for the City of Plantation Department of Public Works for 15 years, and his supervisor at the department described him as a "terrific employee."

    Neighbors said Laura Mackey had complained of domestic problems, but indicated that nothing violent had occurred. She was with family Monday, DiCristofalo said.

    Police were not releasing the son's name on Monday, but he would have started seventh grade at Driftwood Middle School on Monday.

    Copyright 2003 by NBC6.net The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • fjtoth

    The following appears in the Miami Herald at:

    Posted on Tue, Aug. 26, 2003
    Family man kills son, self, police say
    Friends: No warning signs for shootings
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    The one thing that friends and co-workers agree on about Carl Dennis Mackey: he lived for his wife and 12-year-old son.

    He socialized little with co-workers, didn't have much time for neighbors and held Bible classes in his living room.

    What family and friends cannot understand is what happened in his southwest Fort Lauderdale home early Monday morning.

    When police entered the home, they found the body of his son Brian -- a bright student who would have been headed to Driftwood Middle School Monday -- in his bedroom. Police found Mackey's body crumpled nearby.

    Both had been shot with a small-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

    Police are calling it a murder-suicide.

    News of the shooting stunned and saddened friends, family and colleagues. Dozens of family members gathered outside the Mackey home at 2732 SW Eighth St.

    ''He should have been in school today,'' sobbed one of the youngster's aunts. ``That little boy was so smart and good. He was a good boy.''

    Family members described Brian as a quiet boy who loved playing Pokémon on his Nintendo GameBoy. He didn't play much with the children in the neighborhood, preferring the company of his parents.

    He was in the gifted program at Virginia Schuman Young Elementary School.

    He and his father were very close, said Mike Scott, assistant director of Plantation's Public Works Department, where Mackey worked for 15 years.

    He had just received his 15-year pin in May.

    Mackey encouraged his youngest son to play the piano. When Brian played well, the father and son would celebrate together.

    But for the past few months, problems brewed in the home.

    ''Mrs. Mackey said the marriage had been troubled,'' Fort Lauderdale Detective Jack DiCristofalo said. ``But there was no indication that this would happen. I don't think anyone will really know why he did it.''

    The tragedy unfolded around 12:40 a.m. when a neighbor across from the Mackeys called police on an unrelated matter. While police were handling that call, Lora Mackey ran across the street screaming that her husband was threatening her with a gun. She said she saw her husband heading toward Brian's room, then heard two shots.

    After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reach Mackey, Fort Lauderdale SWAT team members entered the home. They found the bodies of the father and son.

    ''It makes no sense whatsoever,'' said Tony Dacosta, a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, where Mackey attended services. ``It's ironic, because this is the kind of person you can go to and be counseled about relationships. It just seems so out of character, it's mind-boggling.''

    Michael Scott, Plantation's assistant director of public works, expressed shock upon learning of the shooting: ''He wasn't that kind of person, as a supervisor he could be strict or stern, but was always understanding and fair,'' Scott said. ``He loved that little boy and took him everywhere.''

    Mackey's religious beliefs strengthened in the past few years, his son Tim Mackey said. He held biweekly Bible classes at home with members of the Kingdom Hall.

    ''There were no clues,'' said Dacosta, who knew Carl Mackey for seven years. ``He's a strong, spiritual person. He's a dependable, loving father.''

    Mackey, 41, joined the city of Plantation as a maintainence worker in May 1988. He moved up the ranks, earning two promotions before becoming a maintainence supervisor.

    Tim Mackey, 22, followed in his father's footsteps two years ago and got a job in Plantation city maintenance.

    On Monday, a dazed Tim Mackey sat in front of his grandmother's Fort Lauderdale home and reflected on his dad: ``He was a tough guy. A church guy. By tough, he preached morals, hard work.''

    Plantation's Public Works Department is accepting donations for the Mackey family. Send to Plantation Public Works, 750 NW 91st Ave., Plantation, FL 33324 or call 954-452-2535.

  • fjtoth

    The following is from the Miami - Fort Lauderdale Fox TV station at:

    Tuesday, August 26, 2003
    Local News
    Distrubing Discovery
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    FT. LAUDERDALE -- Police called out to a domestic disturbance, and when they got there, they found two dead bodies - a father and son.

    It all started around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, when a woman ran out of her front door, telling police her husband was trying to kill her.

    The police then called the SWAT team out, but it was too late because when the SWAT members entered the house, they found 41 year-old Dennis Mackey and his 12 year-old son dead.

    Residents at this Ft. Lauderdale neighborhood woke up to the unthinkable.

    Artel, a neighbor recalls, "I don't know what's wrong with him…never been a problem here before. This is the first time I see something like this."

    Ft. Lauderdale Police confirmed Dennis Mackey shot his son, and then took his own life.

    Mackey, a man who neighbors describe as a good Christian, a man who held church services out of his home twice a week.

    Mackey's wife called police a little after midnight telling them her husband was threatening to kill her. She made it out of the house okay.

    Her twelve year-old son, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide.

    "During that time we tried to make contact inside the house, but no contact was made, and eventually the SWAT team made entry to the house, and found the husband and son deceased," states Jack Discristofalo, of Ft. Lauderdale Police.

    Police also say the couple had been arguing for months.

    As per a family friend, Mackey was an employee of the City of Plantation.

  • fjtoth

    This is from the Miami ABC-TV station website at:

    Father, Son Found Dead By SWAT Team

    POSTED: 11:53 AM EDT August 25, 2003 UPDATED: 5:31 PM EDT August 25, 2003

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A father and son were found dead when a SWAT team entered their house early Monday morning.

    altMackey, 41, and his 12-year-old son Brian were fatally shot. Fort Lauderdale police think Dennis killed his son, then shot himself.

    Neighbor Natasha Jean said she heard Laura Mackey, Dennis' wife, run out of the house early Monday morning, screaming about her husband and son.

    Detective Jack DiCristofalo said officers had been called for a separate incident across the street from the house shortly before 1 a.m.

    He said Laura told the officers that her husband was trying to kill her.

    "She said she'd heard two shots fired. She said they'd been having domestic problems," DiCristofalo said.

    Officials made phone calls to the house and to the family's cell phones for the next few hours. Hostage negotiators were never able to make contact, and officers heard no further shots fired, DiCristofalo said.

    At about 5 a.m., a SWAT team entered the house and found the bodies.

    DiCristofalo said Laura Mackey was with family Monday.

    Dennis Mackey was a director of landscaping for the city of Plantation. Police say Laura Mackey told them her husband recently accused her of having an affair.

    Copyright 2003 by Click10.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • fjtoth

    This is the Associated Press story at http://ap.tbo.com/ap/florida/MGAHXJB7TJD.html:

    Fort Lauderdale Father and Son Found Dead by SWAT Team
    The Associated Press
    Published: Aug 25, 2003

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A man fatally shot himself and his 12-year-old son early Monday after arguing with the boy's mother, police said.

    Carl Dennis Mackey, 41, and his son Brian, were found fatally shot when a SWAT team entered the house about 5 a.m.

    The boy's mother, Laura Mackey, ran out of the house shortly after midnight and told officers that her husband was trying to kill her, Detective Jack DiCristofalo said. The officers had been responding to a separate incident across the street.

    "She said she'd heard two shots fired. She said they'd been having domestic problems," DiCristofalo said.

    Officials made phone calls to the house and to the family's cell phones for the next few hours. Hostage negotiators were never able to make contact, and officers heard no further shots fired, DiCristofalo said.

    At about 5 a.m., a SWAT team entered the house and found the bodies. A small-caliber, semiautomatic handgun was on the floor near Dennis Mackey's body, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

    "We're totally shocked. Carl was always a gentleman, a religious and family man type of guy," said Mike Scott, Mackey's supervisor at the City of Plantation's public works department. "He was always upbeat and smiling."

    DiCristofalo said Laura Mackey was with family Monday.

  • fjtoth

    The story, as it appears in the El Nuevo Herald Spanish language newspaper at:

    Posted on Tue, Aug. 26, 2003
    Tragedia familiar deja dos muertos
    Especial para El Nuevo Herald

    Cuando el equipo SWAT entró a la casa de los Mackey ayer en la madrugada, ya era demasiado tarde.

    Dennis Mackey, de 41 años, y su hijo, Brian, de 12, yacían muertos dentro de la casa del 2732 SW 8 Street, en Ft. Lauderdale, informaron las autoridades. Junto a los cuerpos había una pistola de pequeño calibre.

    La tragedia se originó alrededor de las 12:30 a.m. con una riña entre Mackey y su esposa, Laura, explicó ayer el detective de la Policía de Ft. Lauderdale Jack DiCristofalo.

    Casi a la misma hora, dos patrullas de la policía y una ambulancia respondían otra llamada también en la 8 Street, pero a la altura del 2700.

    ''Cuando llegaron las patrullas para atender el otro incidente, una mujer salió corriendo de su casa y gritó que su esposo quería matarla y que acababa de escuchar dos tiros'', relató el detective. El equipo SWAT llegó minutos más tarde. Los negociadores de rehenes, infructuosamente, trataron de comunicarse con Mackey por teléfono y por altoparlante. ''Pasadas las 5 a.m. el equipo SWAT irrumpió en la vivienda y encontró los cuerpos de padre e hijo'', agregó.

    La policía de Ft. Lauderdale confirmó que Mackey, director de planificación de Plantation, mató a su hijo y luego se suicidó. Según la policía, Laura Mackey señaló que su esposo la había acusado de tener una relación extraconyugal.

  • Tinkerbell4125

    The article asked why did this happens. I'll tell you why. It's because people are suffering from depression and their not getting treated for it. Depression is a disease, like cancer or any other illness, and untreated, it is deadly. Untreated depression is what caused my father to complete suicide.

    People better start taking this seriously. I wish I had. Unless you've lived this nightmare, you just don't even have a clue to how it effects you the rest of your life. Needless to say, you are changed forever, never the same again. It's been 7 years since my dad took his life. I've done the therapy thing, counceling thing, anti-depressant thing, group thing, even a internet suicide support group, this is something that no amount of threrapy will cure you off. You have to learn to live with the fact that a loved one took their life and in some way, you could have had a play in it, or could have stopped it, the worst guilt trip a person could ever be on.

    To this day, I still have nightmares about that night. My heart goes out to their families. I know the hell that they are living now.

  • Elsewhere

    What is sad is that most health insurance does not cover mental health treatments. And if you have ever been treated, there are additional premiums (penalties) one must pay toward the cost of the insurance for five years.

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