Jacob Shaffer of Fayetteville, TN was a quiet man who obviously snapped as he was upset with his wife. Was the pressure of his separation too much for Shaffer to handle. As police have stated, the main target of Shaffer’s killing spree was his wife. One only needs to take a look at his Myspace to see that something was not right with the 30 year old man. Jacob missing his family? His mood was going crazy? I guess we now know that to be certainly true.
We would later learn shortly after the murders that Jacob Shaffer and his wife Traci Shaffer were having marital problems and were no longer living together.
Neighbors told WAFF 48 News that Tracie and Jacob Shaffer had argued on Friday. WAFF 48 News was told that the two were no longer living together but had not yet filed papers.
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In his deadly wake lay 6 murdered victims,five in Tennessee and one in Alabama.. The first victim was 50 year old Sidney Wade Dempsey who was killed late Friday or early Saturday at the Hall Cultured Marble Granite in Huntsville, AL. Jacob Shaffer then headed to Fayetteville, TN where in two separate homes he killed 5 more individuals including his estranged wife who he repeatedly stabbed to death.
Pictures of the victims can be seen HERE, may they Rest in Peace.
Shaffer, 30, has been charged with five counts of homicide in Tennessee and another in Alabama. In one house in Fayetteville Saturday, authorities found Traci Shaffer, 38; her son from a previous marriage, Devin Brooks, 16; and neighbor Robert Berber. Traci Shaffer’s brother, Chris Hall, 34, and father, Billy Hall, 57, were killed in a home across the road.
Dr. Amy McMaster of the Tennessee medical examiner’s office said Monday that she didn’t know what weapon was used to stab the victims. She would not say whether there had been a struggle. Shaffer was sitting on the porch of one of the homes when authorities arrived Saturday.
Tennessee investigators say Jacob Shaffer finished his two-state killing spree with his wife.
30 year old Jacob Shaffer was arraigned via video conference in Lincoln County, Tennessee.