Angela Harrison Says that Husband James Harrison shot Their 5 Children to Punish Her … Punish her for What?


Once again innocent children pay for the sins of adults … Who’s looking out after the children?

Angela Harrison, the mother of the 5 murdered children at the hands of their father, Child_abuseJames Harrison, stated that she was not having an affair but believed that her husband did this in order to punish her.  One would ask the obvious question then, punish her for what? If it was not an affair or something, why would she feel that her husband was trying to punish her? The sad reality is that if this was an abusive relationship, she should have left and taken her children out of harms way.

The mother of five children killed in the family’s mobile home denied that she was having an affair Monday, but said she believes her husband killed her kids to punish her.

Angela Harrison told Seattle television station KCPQ that she tried many times to leave her 34-year-old husband and he tried to control her for years.

Pierce County sheriff’s officers said the woman had told her husband she was leaving him for another man.

Sadly, 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. It was suspected at the time in comments made in a previous post that James Harrison did such a heinous act to target his wife in taking things that she loved away.

At this point of this tragic story it probably does not matter what the situation was regarding the woman’s affair or whether she had planned to go back home and get her children. It is too late. It is just another case of an abusive relationship where one spouse refuses to get the backbone and leave

But the 30-year-old mother told the TV station that she didn’t have an affair and had planned to go back home to get her kids.

“They were my life and they were taken from me. He was real selfish, what he did,” she told KCPQ.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told the Associated Press on Monday that investigators’ theory about what happened hasn’t changed.

At some point the adult has to act like an adult and do the right thing for their children no matter what their children say or think. Angela Harrison stated that “for the longest time, I’ve tried and tried and tried to leave,” but stayed because her children begged her and that they wanted to remain a family. Did anyone think that the situation was going to get better? I expect children not to know any better; however, an adult should.

Sadly, in the end not only did the Harrison family not remain a family … five innocent children were gunned down and murdered by a father who took his own life. If Angela Harrison had decided that her marriage was over and knew that her husband was abusive and controlling, she had an obligation to get her children out of harms way before she took her self.

There are only 5 victims in this case … the innocent five children who wanted nothing more than to be a part of  a family. May God be with them and they rest and be finally in eternal peace.

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  • Comments

    25 Responses to “Angela Harrison Says that Husband James Harrison shot Their 5 Children to Punish Her … Punish her for What?”

    1. ANewGirl on April 7th, 2009 9:33 am

      So true,so true. Like the caption says,

      “It shouldn’t have to hurt to be a child”.

      Very sad…As a Mother, stories like this actually bring tears to my eyes and leave a lump in my throat.


    2. Brenda in Virginia on April 7th, 2009 10:41 am

      As I said previously, something doesn’t smell right about the mother at all. The kids wanted to remain a family and for SOME REASON wanted to stay rather than leave? Tells me the problem was mom as well as dad…equally. Just sadly dad exploded and this is what the world has come to…reading about people who have lost their humanity and the children in their lives suffer for it.

    3. tragic on April 7th, 2009 11:21 am


    4. buster on April 7th, 2009 3:24 pm

      I am sure she did something to him mentally NO father just shoots five of his kids then himself ??? Poor kids so sad that someone so young had to die to hurt another. This place is getting so crazy I wish it was the 70′s again.

    5. HOPE on April 7th, 2009 3:44 pm


      You are such an idiot.


      Now you can smell a bad guy?

      Maybe it’s you, you smell…

    6. mMm on April 7th, 2009 9:39 pm

      Hope, that was uncalled for. How did what Brenda stated make her an idiot? Shouldn’t we be adult enough not to resort to namecalling, even if we disagree with someone’s opinion? Grow up.

    7. HOPE on April 7th, 2009 10:35 pm

      Yeah, mMm:

      But, you get the point. I have had it up to here, with people like Ginny and Susan that blame the victim. Who could, ever, imagine that this poor woman would have left her house, much less her children, if there was any indication that her husband would do such a thing… and then, to act as if it was because of something SHE did?!?!!!

      Women have to go through this stuff all the time because of the power and control their husbands and boyfriends try to exercise over them. IMO there is nothing ANYONE can do to deserve such suffering. If YOU are not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem…

    8. HOPE on April 7th, 2009 10:43 pm


      I would have left his sorry ass a long time ago.

    9. mommadog1 on April 8th, 2009 4:54 am

      Leaving is not so easy for women in an abusive relationship..please do not judge until you wank in her shoes, and I pray you never do!

      Her comment about her husband punishing her by killing the children was due to the fact she left him, it was his “payback”, to hurt HER.. not because she did something “bad”..

      The evil man made a choice, with no love in his heart by murdering his own kids just to hurt his wife. The worst pain you can cause another human is to hurt or kill what they love most!
      SM: This is not a matter of judging … it is a matter of doing the right thing and protecting one’s children.

      However, it seems as though she was leaving. Her problem was she did not take her children out of the situation at the same time.

      Parents have responsibilities in life. Their #1 responsibility is to their children. Anything other than that is selfish. If mom thought enough to finally get out, she should have taken the children.

      This has nothing to do with judging ,,, it has to do with being an adult and doing right by your children to protect them.

    10. Carpe on April 8th, 2009 6:59 am

      “Parents have responsibilities in life. Their #1 responsibility is to their children. Anything other than that is selfish.”

      I think if we could put that on a big sign
      and post it above every freeway in the nation,
      that would be a good thing.

      Many of our problems are due to parents that
      don’t get it, never got it, or the absolute
      worst kind — get it, but could care less.

    11. ANewGirl on April 8th, 2009 8:38 am

      Absolutely, this is about putting children FIRST as a Parent (Mother or Father)!

      Why do innocent children continually have to pay for the mistakes of others? I would never ever judge any parent in any given family situation since there are so many different scenarios…but the bottom line is: When it comes to your own flesh & blood—why, Dear Lord would ANYONE hurt their own CHILDREN….ever???????? I just don’t get it, I never, ever will.

      Let’s take Susan Smith, in Texas–drowned her 5 children. Now, she—I actually felt sorry for since she was mentally ill. This poor woman cried out for and needed help. To No Avail. Even her own Doctors did not pay enough attention or give her the proper care she needed. Those poor children paid with their lives. Yes, she deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison, sad but true.

      Back to the point again of parents taking responsibility for their own….Why didn’t Susan Smith’s HUSBAND take more action? The poor man was out trying to earn a living for his family and knew she was struggling…but IMO, he could have done more and paid more attention to her Severe Post-Partum Depression and additional Mental Illness. This woman didn’t just snap…she had been like this for awhile and was under Medical Care. Susan Smith was overwhelmed and not medicated properly. She even gave verbal warnings to others that she was so afraid she was going to do something to those children. Why didn’t anyone listen to her??? Why didn’t anyone care enough??

      Children should always be protected, no matter what. If they are in danger or have no parents to care for them—-a responsible Adult or role Model should still provide enough care or concern to see their best interests are met.

      Unfortunately, life as we know it— is not always this way and that is the hard, cold reality of it all. My mind always screams in the end when we learn about these tragedies….



    12. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2009 10:13 am

      Hope…it takes an idiot to know one. If you are married…no doubt your husband is purely miserable. I find your posts to be the most self-indulgent I’ve ever read on this site past 4 yrs or so.

      Many women can see other women who are simply bitches and have husbands/kids who have no clue how to deal with their selfishness. Same in the opposite situation for men who act childish or beastly and their wives kids bear the brunt. Since you cannot understand this, no reason to attempt any further enlightening your direction.

    13. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2009 10:14 am

      Hope….Uhhhh…speaking of idiot…you need to show me where I blamed any of the children for this since THEY are the ultimate victims.

    14. Brenda in Virginia on April 8th, 2009 10:18 am

      ANew Girl…God Bless You! You DO get it “real good” :>)

      I too blame Susan Smith’s husband. He is equally responsible as she (I followed this one) had been diagnosed with post partem depression after like the THIRD child and they were told after the 4th that was “enough” by her doctors. Yet…hubby didn’t mind impregnating her a 5th time….as if he didn’t know what caused that or make any attempt to prevent it.

      She is in mental institute for life and that’s the sentence she should have received, but the husband walked away scott free and that was not right in my eyes.

      Same with this mother. She knew damn well exactly what her husband was like and that he would react. Certainly no idea he’d go to the lengths he did, but she should not have taken any chances if he was so terrible.

    15. St Stephen on April 8th, 2009 11:00 am

      The problem is you have no idea who will snap under certain conditions. I am taking it for granted that the woman thought the father of the children loved them, of course she was mistaken.

      I guess the moral is, ANYBODY who feels the need to leave because of abusive circumstances should clear out the children, just in case the partner snaps. On this SM has a good point.

    16. HOPE on April 8th, 2009 3:52 pm

      I agree with St Stephen…



      The children’s suffering is over.

      The intended victim was the mother.

      One can only guess how long

      he waited for her return.

    17. HOPE on April 8th, 2009 3:57 pm


      Do the math:

      The oldest child was 16, the mother is 30…

      What does that tell you?

    18. HOPE on April 8th, 2009 4:00 pm

      Not to make excuses, but GEESH…

      Not everyone is lucky enough to be an ex- dispatcher!

    19. HOPE on April 8th, 2009 6:01 pm

      Don’t be so harsh on your fellow man…

    20. ANewGirl on April 9th, 2009 5:38 am

      #14- Brenda in VA- & God Bless You, too!

      P.S. You, Go Girl…..Since it’s a free world…we all have to put up with “HOPE” if you are a regular blogger here @ SM. She can be very opinionated and annoying, so “Kudos” to you for putting her in her place. IMO, her heart appears to be in the right place on some things…but, Damn, that woman needs to take her Meds! I apologize if that wasn’t very nice…Just sayin’……….Sheesh!

      =) Gail from Boston

    21. Brenda in Virginia on April 9th, 2009 7:54 am

      My brother lives in Ipswich. He and my sister all grew up in Tampa, but he lives in Mass, me in Virginia, and sister still Florida with mom now. Kinda nice cuz when anyone travels back and forth between Mass and Fla…they always stay at our place and rest a day in VA. I haven’t been to Mass in years. Went to Bicentennial celebration when I was 13 in Boston. Was really amazing. Dad wanted us to be up there for that event since his ancestors fought for independence in Revolutionary War.

    22. ANewGirl on April 11th, 2009 4:59 am

      Hi, Brenda:

      Ipswich is nice….I live North of Boston, but it’s all good. If you ever get some free time while in Mass, check out the Freedom Trail in Lexington, MA. Lexington has a deep history, with a special emphasis on the town’s important role in the beginning of the American Revolution. Pretty cool.

      Happy Easter =)

    23. mary28 on April 14th, 2009 6:46 pm

      It was Andrea Yates that drowned her 5 children. Not to be confused with Susan Smith that killed her two children because she was leaving her husband for a man that did not want kids. Big difference.

    24. christian on April 17th, 2009 4:39 am

      Hold on…so Brenda, you honestly think it’s equally the fault of the husband and wife that the kids are dead? …What? Even if the wife were leaving him for real, which she wasn’t, she has every right to dump him for someone else. Last time I checked, there was a little thing called “divorce” in this country. But maybe you are so blinded my your timid evangelical Christian values that you don’t believe in it. I don’t know. Let me spell this out for you as best I can. How many innocent children did the husband kill? Answer:5. How many people did the wife kill:0.
      Question number 2. Which is morally worse: ending a marraige or killing your kids? I’m going to say “killing your kids” on this one. Why don’t you stop throwing around conspiracy theories that the wife “tormented” her husband in some terrible way, and why don’t you simply look at the facts in front of you. Also, I thought your criticisms of HOPE were totally unfair. Nothing that she said in her posts was self-indulgent. Maybe you just don’t know the definition of self-indulgent, and you meant to say something else. Even so, your ideas regarding being a faithful and loving wife are sooo conservative and socially backwards, they make me think that you are from Afghanistan. The Afghani government just passed a law legalizing marital rape. You should check it out because you would probably agree with the law, considering your implicit beliefs that women ought to sheepishly serve their husbands.

      The fact that you could lay any measure of blame upon the woman in this situation is disgusting, and I think that you ought to seriously rethink your views on domestic violence and…um…child murder. You should be ashamed

    25. Eve on April 29th, 2009 7:57 am

      Your statements against Angela Harrison are terribly out of line and reflect a sheltered, judgemental Christian existence that should put all Christians to shame. This woman is as much a victim of James Harrison’s selfishness and abusive dispositions as her deceased children. DOMESTIC ABUSE occurs as a cycle, and it is a hard and scary cycle to escape from, with abused spouses more-than-often leaving with black eyes, broken bones, low self-esteem and if they’re lucky, their lives. Point in case, James murdered his children, not Angela’s actions or lack thereof… Who is to say that by Angela returning to him and being “the good wife and mother” to protect or take her children (as you suggest) her life was not at equal risk? I’m willing to bet the return of Jesus Christ that if she had returned he would have killed her, and then there would be 7 names to the this horrible tragedy. But then, if that had been the case, this case would not be unique and would not have made it to the front pages: the truth of the matter is that abusive partners kill their spouses on a regular basis, and you should do well to remember this the next time you rush to judge a woman’s STRENGTH to remain in an abusive relationship when her children are caught in the middle. On that note, how dare you question Angel’s judgement to leave her children with a controlling freak?? His problem was an issue of POWER and CONTROL, and any of Angela’s actions that contradicted this would have set him off to commit such a desperate crime. Now I will express some compassion for you: On the day of judgement, I have no doubt you will be reminded of the lack of compassion for, and unwillingness to understand Angela Harrison’s story. I pray you have a heaven-worthy answer to explain your very Un-Christian sentiments. So far it is you who lives their life in a lie: claiming to be a christian but lacking Christ’s #1 defining characteristics of compassion, ESPECIALLY toward women.

      We know exactly what domestic abuse is all about. The person who has blame and is responsible for the heinous act is the husband, PERIOD!

      It was is cowardice act that murdered his children. Knock off the religious BS. Do not pretend to know who is a Christian and preach.

      Being a Chistain also means being responsible. It is a sad state of affairs that once this woman made the decision to leave that she did not take her children out pf a dangerous situation, that she knew to be dangerous. Those children were dependent upon her.

      Adults need to take responsibility for their children and do right by them … there are words to live by!


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