James Harrison, Kills 5 Children and Himself in Graham, Washington after Learning Wife Leaving for Another Man


Five innocent children gunned down by father who then takes the cowards way out and kills himself.

A father has done the unthinkable in Washington state. James Harrison has shot to death 5 of his children ranging in ages from 7 to 16 and has killed himself in Graham, WA. It is believed that James Harrison murdered his five children in their mobile home and killed himself after he found out his wife was leaving him for another man. Police found the father’s body in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. They would later find his five deceased children in their mobile home at the Deer Run mobile home park.

A father apparently shot to death five of his children, ages 7 to 16, at their mobile home and then killed himself near a casino miles away, police said Saturday.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, called it a domestic violence situation and a murder-suicide.

“We believe they all died of gunshot wounds,” Troyer said.

Police found the father’s body early Saturday in his still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle. He had apparently killed himself with a rifle, although no note was left in the car, Auburn Police Sgt. Scott Near said.


Harrison and his 16 year old daughter had found his wife with another man at a store in Auburn, WA on Friday night. Harrison and his wife had gotten into an argument Friday night. His wife left and Harrison followed her and tried to get her to return. This is when she reported said, “she was not going home and that she was leaving him for the man with her at the store”. After learning that his wife was leaving for another man it is believed that James Harrison killed his children at their home. According to the police, four of the children were shot in their beds and the fifth was shot in the bathroom. Harrison’s wife was not among his victims.

UPDATE I: Father who killed 5 children was found to have physically abused one of his children in 2007

A father who is believed to have killed his five children before committing suicide this weekend was found to have physically abused one of his children in 2007, according to Washington Department of Social and Human Services records.

State records released Sunday show the child was abused in February 2007 but was not removed from the family’s home located in a mobile-home park in Graham, said Sherry Hill, a spokeswoman for Children’s Administration in DSHS.


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  • Comments

    15 Responses to “James Harrison, Kills 5 Children and Himself in Graham, Washington after Learning Wife Leaving for Another Man”

    1. Scared Monkeys on April 5th, 2009 8:41 pm

      Wow, he couldn’t just let her leave.

      What is surprising is that he did not make his wife the ultimate target. Instead he took away all that she loved.



    2. mMm on April 5th, 2009 10:39 pm

      As horrible as this is, I can’t help but point out that by taking away everything that she loved is the ultimate punishment. This woman will be tormented forever.

    3. ANewGirl on April 5th, 2009 10:40 pm

      Beyond sick, it’s completely twisted! (Not to mention, depressing!

      What a shame.

    4. St Stephen on April 5th, 2009 10:50 pm

      Also shows that people of that sick mindset in the truest of realities have absolutely no love for the children they bring into the world, none.

      Their love of themselves is even more important than a love of God(if he even believed in God).

      The moronic husband should have just only killed himself and left the world a better place.

    5. Scared Monkeys on April 6th, 2009 12:25 am

      #4 Cowards never just do the right thing.

      In this case it almost seems as if since his wife was leaving him, he was going to make sure that he took something precious from her, the children.

      If he really wanted to go after his wife for leaving him, he could have done so.

      He targeted the children purposely.

    6. Brenda in Virginia on April 6th, 2009 7:41 am

      Read on Fox that the man’s body was found in his car nearby the store where he and his daughter had first encountered the wife/mother with her boyfriend. LE believes he did go back trying to track her back down and kill her (and possibly BF too) before killing himself.

      Yes, this man was a beast and had forgotten his humanity. BUT…WHY did this mother, if she truly loved these children more than herself, leave them with this violent man who HAD been found guilty of abusing at least one of the kids and social services enrolled him in some parenting class??? SHE chose to leave for a better life as well as leaving those children behind knowing damn well he was furious. When confronted in the store…why didn’t she get police involved to get those kids out too? It is because she was more concerned with herself…and now she’s paid the ultimate price and 5 innocent kids are dead because of it.

      I do believe this man should have let her go and not done this…yet I cannot help but question why no one else can see her part in this? He was abusive and she stayed until there were 5 kids. THEN leaves those kids too? Something doesn’t smell right to me.

    7. Jackson on April 6th, 2009 8:04 am

      I blame the Obama admisnistration because all that is evil and anything that goes wrong is their fault.

    8. Michelle Smith on April 6th, 2009 12:22 pm

      What a depressing story. I agree with Brenda, I’m wondering about the mother of those 5 children and why she would leave them with that monster and why continue to have children with this man. Unbelievable! How a mother could leave her kids, I can’t fathom.

    9. Michelle Smith on April 6th, 2009 12:24 pm

      #7 I was going to say it’s Bush’s fault but well he can’t be blamed for everything now, he’s no longer President. So I guess you’re right, it’s Obama’s fault.

    10. Leigh on April 6th, 2009 7:10 pm

      I hope #7′s comment was meant to be sarcastic, cause if not your just as sick as the man who killed his kids. Your a weirdo!

    11. ANewGirl on April 7th, 2009 7:51 am

      @#7- Jackson- Seriously, someone is off their Meds today. Loser.

    12. Angela Harrison Says that Husband James Harrison shot Their 5 Children to Punish Her … Punish her for What? | Scared Monkeys on April 7th, 2009 8:20 am

      [...] innocent children pay for the sins of their parents. James Harrison killed his five children this past weekend at their home at the Seer Run mobile home park in Washington state and then later took his own life. [...]

    13. mommadog1 on April 8th, 2009 4:48 am

      The mother didn’t have a boyfriend.. people really need to get off that! even if she did, that does not make it her fault.. the mand was abusive controlling and she finally got the nerve to leave.

      The most dangerous time for an abused woman is when she leaves! in this case, it included the kids.

      They are gone, he is burning in hell..and the mother is alone…i personally could not live without my child, so if she can get through this (I cannot see how)..she will be one strong lady!
      SM: Once again I will reiterate the point. If she new it was dangerous to leave and it was a seminal moment … it would be paramount that she take the kids out of the situations as well.

      As you have previously states, abusive & controlling people hurt the one’s you love the most. Wouldn’t that have been her children?

      She was not the only one being abused according to the wife. If one is going to make that final leap out of such a bad abusive environment, they have to take the children as well.

      What happened when the husband went mental could have been foreseen.

    14. Me on April 13th, 2009 4:51 pm

      Something about this whole thing just reeks of something NOT being told. She’s not exactly someone who turns heads and she’s just as much to blame if she left those kids there while she met her “lover”. I hope they invesitgate instead of taking this at face value because I think she is the one that did the shooting. Kids gone. hubby gone. move on with boyfriend. stinks just STINKS that those babies had to pay for her ignorance!

    15. pat on May 3rd, 2009 1:07 am

      this is soooo bad… this is party the wifes fault tho…
      if she was going to leave then she should of taken the kids…
      it is bad parenting to leave your kids with a ,an who has abused some and obvisly treats her like crap…

      i would have gone with the kids to a safe place then moved away and started a new life

      he is a richouse pig who i hope IS burning in hell…

      now she will live with the guiltyness and the concionse of leaving them with him

      i feel for family whio have no part in this but are antaganized to..


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