Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Home Invasions
It was dusk on November 4, 2011, and Ralph Aldrich (pictured sitting), 89, was minding his own business in his backyard in Humptulips, Washington, when John F. Chase (inset), 31, snuck up on him and shot and killed Aldrich from behind with an arrow from a crossbow. Chase entered the Aldrich home and assaulted Ralph's wife June (pictured standing), 83, repeatedly striking her with a hatchet. He then stole the couple's truck and drove it to a friend's house. Undersheriff Rick Scott told reporters that "He told his friend he was trying to get away, that demons were after him, he'd been living in the woods for several days, that he had just killed two demons and stole their truck." The friend called police and had Chase taken into custody for a mental evaluation. Then, concerned about the stolen truck, Chase's friend went to investigate in the morning, about 18 hours after the attack, and found Ralph's body in the carport where Chase had dragged it, and June, still clinging to life, in the house. Chase was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of Ralph Aldrich and held on $750,000 bail. June, who remained in critical condition for a few days, died at the hospital on November 10. Chase was also charged with her murder.

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