Thursday, October 22, 2009

"...she will be missed. This is a travesty."

Mentally Ill Killer Stabs 93-year-old Woman To Death
By: John Brown's Bones
Suspected Killer James HouseJames House is a 28-year-old man who spent an entire decade in state mental institutions. He was sent to the state run facility for the Attempted Murder of a woman in the same neighborhood that he was arrested Wednesday evening just months after he was released.

The original attack occurred in 1998 when the Roselawn man was 17 years old. After being found criminally insane by Cincinnati courts and serving 10 years in state mental facilities James House was released last year.

House allegedly stabbed Ida Martin to death. She was a 93-year-old woman who was known as a friendly, elderly woman who walked with a cane. She took evening walks from her retirement community in her Roselawn neighborhood and was well liked.

According to police, when Martin and House met, the night of October 20th 2009, they would both become crime statistics. Several people witnessed the struggle but no one intervened to save Ida Martin's life or apprehend House who remained free for almost two days after slaying Martin in front of her home.

Ida Perkins would become the city's newest murder victim and James House would be listed as another mentally ill man, with a serious and violent criminal history, to kill an innocent woman.

In an interview with WCPO reporter Bill Price, Roselawn Community Council leader Michael Watson said that, "Mrs. Martin...was a pillar of the community, a fixture. And she will be missed. This is a travesty."

According to a television report by WKRC report aired October 22nd, James House had stabbed and attempted to kill three women, all strangers, after he told his mother "the tv told him to kill" in 1998. In 2009, he was just as mentally disturbed even after 10 years of therapy and drugs in Summit Behavioral Institute.

The Reverend Michael Watson, also of Roselawn, in speaking with WKRC reporters adds, "- even though you think you've reviewed it well and have considered all the can't really blame the system, all I can be concerned about is the people who saw this and didn't do anything."

WCPO Channel 9, Murder Suspect Had History Of Stabbing Women
WKRC Local 12, Arrest In Stabbing Death
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