Father breaks down after son, 23, slashed throats of his mother and grandma before dumping bodies
The father of a 23-year-old man accused of slashing his mother’s and grandmother’s throats and dumping their bodies at a school called his son evil.
Joseph E. Wright, from Boston, is due in court today to face murder charges in the brutal killing of his mother Donna Breau, 54, and grandmother Melba Trahant, 83.
He has a history of violence towards family members as well as a number of other charges including destruction of property and theft.
In 2011 he was charged with assault after menacing his dad with ‘balled fists’ and kicking a family computer when told to help with the dishes, according to the Boston Herald.
His father Joseph, 52, told the paper yesterday: ‘What my son did was evil.’
The 23-year-old was arrested on Monday night trying to escape to Canada. He was detained by customs agents in his grandmother’s Toyota Corolla.
He then ditched the car and ran into the woods but was captured about a mile from the Maine border crossing.
Canadian Police reported finding blood smears on the car’s windows and fender and on Wright’s ‘undershorts’. He admitted the grisly slayings to police.
Wright lived in a second-floor apartment in a three-level building with his mother. His grandmother lived on the first floor.
Jeff Pickering, a lawyer who represented Wright at yesterday’s Maine court hearing, said, ‘He appeared to be very calm, surprisingly calm for the situation.’
His sister Melody Woehler, 25, told the Herald she was still in shock and horrified at what her brother had done.
She said: I’ve lost my best friend, my grandmother and my brother all in one day. ‘I don’t know why he did this to Mom and Mimi. He must have just snapped.’