published Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Man kills wife, son and himself in Bradley County

Employees of the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office remove a body from 325 Baker Bridge Road in Cleveland on Friday afternoon. A triple homicide was reported to have taken place at the home just before 7 a.m.
Employees of the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office remove a body from 325 Baker Bridge Road in Cleveland on Friday afternoon. A triple homicide was reported to have taken place at the home just before 7 a.m.
Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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    Ryan and Darren Boling (left to right) look toward their father's home at 325 Baker Bridge Road in Cleveland, Tenn., on Friday. A triple homicide was reported at the residence around 7 a.m. The brothers along with another family member returned to the scene in the midafternoon to retrieve Charles Boling Jr.'s dog.
    Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Ann Matthews awoke Friday to the whup-whup-whup of a helicopter flying near her home and the ringing of her phone. Her son was on the other line, asking what was going on around the corner.

Out on her front porch, Matthews heard a woman’s wail pierce the air from a few houses away. The woman had been told that her father, mother and brother were dead.

Police said Charles Boling Jr., 47, a lifelong resident of the area, and his parents, Charles and Gail, were found dead in Boling Jr.’s home at 325 Baker Bridge Road.

Boling Jr.’s friend Kenneth Kilgore was in the house with several gunshot wounds, still alive. He was airlifted to Erlanger hospital, where he was in critical condition in an intensive care unit Friday night, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Gault said.

On Facebook, Boling Jr. and Kilgore are listed as being in a “domestic partnership,” and county property records show they are joint owners of the house in a rural northeastern corner of Bradley County.

Sheriff’s investigators spent all day Friday at the home, trying to unravel what led to the deadly shootings.

Police now believe Boling Sr., 67, had argued the night before with his 65-year-old wife and she had gone to stay with her son. But sometime before 7 a.m. Friday, Boling Sr. drove to the house and shot his wife, his son and Kilgore before killing himself, Gault said.

Investigators found several weapons in Boling Jr.’s home, but Gault declined to give any more details.

The neighborhood was somber Friday morning as family members gathered at the home of Boling Jr.’s sister on Chilcutt Road NE, about a quarter-mile from the crime scene. Boling Jr.’s son Ryan, who was at his aunt’s home, said the family didn’t want to talk.

Ryan is one of Boling Jr.’s two sons from a previous marriage, friends and neighbors said.

Drivers slowed as they passed the yellow crime-scene tape around Boling Jr.’s home, which is near the Polk County line about halfway between Charleston and Benton. Several people stopped in front of the home to cry and embrace.

Neighbors said Charles and Gail Boling lived at the house before giving it to their son nearly 20 years ago when they moved to Ooltewah. The elder Bolings, who had two daughters and a son, were well known in the area, and many neighbors had fond memories of them.

“I loved Gail and her husband,” said Mary Lawson, Boling Jr.’s next-door neighbor.

When told that Boling Sr. was the one police believe pulled the trigger, Lawson expressed shock, saying, “They were real nice people.”

Lawson said she used to baby-sit Boling Jr. and his older sisters when he was only 2 years old.

“He’s a good boy,” she said.

Boling Jr. had been living with Kilgore for several years, but they were private people, said Kathy Maupin, daughter of Ann Matthews.

Boling Jr.’s nieces and nephews were always at the house and loved to spend time with their uncle on the porch, Maupin said.

“It’s where all the kids wanted to hang out,” she said.

Boling Jr. used to work for Olin Chemical in Charleston, but left unexpectedly several years ago, said Eddie Evans, Matthews’ brother-in-law who worked with Boling Jr. at the plant.

“Everybody liked him; he was a joker,” Evans said.

The last time he saw Boling Jr., Evans said, was when a large tree fell across Boling’s house during an April 27 tornado. The house had been repaired since then.

“They stayed to themselves,” he said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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Tax_Payer said...

Recently, there was a story about same-sex couples growing in the area. Now same-sex couples are killing each other and family members. What is so good about same-sex couples?

October 1, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
dabigorange said...

Um...reread the was the dad who showed up and killed his wife and his son...

October 1, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
sunnydelight said...

Not sure abou t same sex marriage but illiteracy is growing by leaps and bounds. Tax_Payer just proved that .

October 1, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
chris13 said...

@taxpayer.... Wow, your lack of reading comprehension is astounding!!!!!

I'll break it down for you...

Dad and Mom got in a fight. Mom goes to her adult son's house to get away from Dad. Mom stays the night. Dad goes to son's house around 7 am (that would be right around the time the big bright ball in the sky shows up magically, like every other day). Dad shoots and kills Mom and Son. He also shoots his son's significant other.

So, nowhere in this story, are same-sex couples killing each other and their families. It was a heterosexual man who shot and killed his family... Either you should read a story twice (or 3 times, maybe) before commenting or you should just be honest and say you hate gays and want to blame them for everything that is wrong in this world. The same-sex couple were nice, private people and liked by their neighbors.

October 1, 2011 at 11:55 a.m.
esaletnik said...

As of the posting of this story one person is not dead yet. That would make the headline wrong. It is a double homicide and suicide.

October 1, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
ganurse130 said...

I just love it when people like tax_payer show their stupidity. This article has NOTHING to do with same sex couples, it is about 3 lives that tragically ended. The TFP really didn't need to include the paragraph about the "domestic partnership" of two of the victims.

(Hey, Mr. TFP editor, next time you go to print ask yourself, "does this really have anything to do with the story?" and if it does not them omit it.)

October 1, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.
trmartin1103 said...

Strong Folks, people and their backwoods stupidy will always be around. They are just scared of what they do not understand and upsset because they have no love in their hearts or lives. I agree the editor needs to revisit the wording. Being in a domestic partnership myself, you learn to deal with the hate and bigotry of people. I am praying for Mr. Kilgore and for the family of the ones who have lost their loved ones. I also pray for the people who judge others for who they love.

October 1, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
realtruth101 said...

At least you KNOW they wasnt Black folk! Of all the crap Yall put out about how Black people are with crimes,This is ONE way Blacks NEVER go. Itsawhitethang,wewillneverunderstand!!!

October 1, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
meganrael said...

Has there been any updates on Mr. Kilgore's status? I hope he is getting better.

October 1, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
NoMyth said...

So many fools, so many guns. Bad combo.

October 1, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
trmartin1103 said...

My "folks" term was for everyone. I am southern and country...So hopefully the black comments were not at me. BTW my first domestic partnership was a beautiful african american woman..... This is a time when ALL need to pull together and pray for all of those involved.....NO HATE

October 1, 2011 at 3:28 p.m.
rolando said...

tnVol, you are spot-on accurate.

I missed that relationship first time around and wondered what the parents could have argued about so serious as to commit murder.

Now I know...just another form of class warfare taken to extremes. He was anti-, she was pro- and he couldn't take it.

October 1, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
01centare said...

Did I miss something? Where in the story does it factually state this tragedy was because the son was in a same sex relationship with someone? The argument was between the man and the wife. The wife left the home and went to her son and his partner's house. Nothing in the story specifically states the murder/suicide was because the son being in a romantic relationship with a man.

October 1, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
GAIntrigue said...

Apparently Fox News isn't the only one who won't let the facts get in the way of a good story based on these comments. What bothers and saddens me the most is human life now has such little value, at least with the readers here, that the loss of 3 lives has become the secondary story in the comments.

October 1, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
rolando said...

As had been said on this forum over and over again, literally everything here is opinion, speculation, or wild-hair guesses -- other than the reporter's write-up [hopefully].

Many times these comments are based on empirical evidence...sometimes on legal evidence.

I haven't heard anybody else's guess about what set him off, although a number of folks here evidently dislike anyone actually thinking and speculating on his own without huffpo guidance/marching orders.

October 1, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.
rolando said...

01cent -- Why do you suppose the wife went to that particular son's home? Evidently she had other family in the why that one? Perhaps because he was the subject of the argument and she needed support? Or perhaps not.

See how speculation works? Any idea how many crimes are solved in just that "but what if..." manner? Not that that matters in this particular case, but it may solve something else downstream.

Getting an inkling why knowing these kinds of facts are important? Yes, important even to us.

October 1, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.
01centare said...

Getting an inkling why knowing these kinds of facts are important?

roland, you have a very vivid imagination. I'll bet you were still playing with your imaginary friend_ at age 30, and haven't stopped since. ;->

October 1, 2011 at 9:40 p.m.
rolando said...

Actually, 01cent, I "played" with the real thing -- for 25 years or so until I retired. I am like an old war horse out to pasture but still turning toward the sounds of battle; head high, ears pricked, nostrils flared.

Old habits just don't die, nor does an inquisitive nature.

Thank you re: my "very vivid imagination". It held me in good stead all those years as a federal agent.

So. Is your curiosity completely dead? Do you maybe have an idea or two about this case?

October 1, 2011 at 10:41 p.m.
willstrotheide said...

I have been following this all day as I just found out about this happening this morning. My mother was a very close friend of Gale's and have had to witness her pain all day.

So I've been using the internet to try and find out what the police had to say after the search warrant was made, only to see some of the disturbing comments people have been making.

Charles and Gale both were well aware of their son's sexual orientation for many years now so I want to make it clear to folks that this was NOT a homosexual hate crime. So please, get your information straight before stating such comments.

My family has not been able to get the details of what Gale and Charles had fought about but we do know and have witnessed Charles' violent behavior and his tendency towards being a control freak. It seems she left to their son's house to get away from Charles when he came in the morning and committed the murder/suicide.

October 1, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.
Anonforareason said...

I have looked through these comments and figured I would put down some of the speculation here. I am very close to the family and the survivor, you can believe that if you want, or not, either way I don't really care.

This crime had absolutely nothing to do with the son's sexual preference. Behind closed doors, the mother was in an abusive relationship with the father for most of her life. In their later years, again very privately, he became worse and much more abusive. After an altercation that night, and when the father was asleep, the mother went to her son's house to seek refuge from him for good, and the son provided her that refuge.

The father woke up early in the morning, found her missing, loaded his gun, and placed his 'will' on a table. He then drove straight to his son's house, knowing that it was one of a very few places she could/would have gone to, and saw her car parked outside.

He simply pulled into the driveway, opened the front door, and shot the mother who was standing on the other side, killing her instantly. The son, shocked at what he just saw happen in front of him, approached the father. The father then shot the son, killing him instantly. The son's partner, having seen all of this, turned around and ran for cover, while being shot twice himself in his flee, he survived and called 911 while bleeding profusely.

The father did not pursue him and immediately turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger. The whole series of events from when he entered the home, to the final shot which was the suicide, lasted about 10-15 seconds.

His son had been in his 'partnership' for 10 years and he and his partner visited the father and mother quite often, as they had accepted the relationship. The father had been married 50 years to the mother, it is obvious he wasn't going to live the rest of his life without her and wanted to take her with him so to speak. It is believed he shot the son and his partner for simply harboring the mother, in spite of his warnings to her, but no one will ever really know what was going on in his head that morning.

Now, I kindly ask that you show the family some respect by not suggesting it was over a sexual preference of any of the parties involved in this massacre. I know that is a lot to ask coming from a stranger, but hey, pretend it was your family. Those two boys pictured in the article lost both their grandparents and father overnight. It's now a nightmare from which they can never wake up from.

October 1, 2011 at 11:14 p.m.
freind said...

Ok Anonforareason has it all correct. I have known this family for many years. Charles Jr was the one who helped his mom the most of the three children. He was a good man,son, father and grand-father. This has nothing to do with his life style. This was going on many years before that. I am not sure why Charles Boling Sr would kill his son or wife. Neither one of them have ever done anything bad to him. He had a anger problem and took it out on his wife most of the time. Charles Jr did nothing but take care of his entire family when no one else could financially, emotionally, and physically. Mrs. Boling was a sweet little lady who loved her son and knew her son would help her. He had his feet on the ground if you know what I mean. Mr Kilgore is a nice man too. He helped all the extended family members on a regular basis. So all this spectulation about the relationship of Charles Jr and Mr Kilgore is B.S. They were loved by all family members and friends... Rest in Peace Charles Jr and Gail...You left this earth way too soon.

October 2, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.
Momus said...

I don't know who to believe, family friends or Rolando (who is never wrong).

October 2, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.
freind said...

Rolando is wrong this time. He is looking at this from a professional point of view and I am telling you from a personal level, cause I know. Trust me on this one I KNOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 2, 2011 at 9:33 p.m.
thevolsfn said...

you people are the most redneck and stupid people i have ever had the pleasure not to meet. this is a story of a tragic death and how bad it will affect peoples lives in that family and that community. If you have nothing better to do than bash people for their sexuality you people need a life. The son of the man who was shot is a real good friend of mine. their family's have just been destroyed and you people are the most hannis most uncaring people i have ever seen. just take on minute of your pathetic lives gay or not a reflect on what it would feel like to have something that awful happen to you. the fact that he was homosexual and in a domestic relationships does not have anything to do what happen to those people. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 3, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
randolph1 said...

I grew up a couple of homes away from the Boling family. Though I no longer live there; my mother does. I am saddened by the death of all three people. It seems to me that this was more a case of spousal abuse than anything else. I suspect that no matter where the mother went; the father was going to kill her. Instead of focusing on the homosexual aspect of this; why are people not addressing the issue of the abuse. Many abused women are in more danger when they do leave their partners. This really was something that was probably going to happen as soon as she left and the son and his partner were just in the way.

October 3, 2011 at 5:39 p.m.
freind said...

Amen randolph1 Guess we were neighbors at one time. :-)

October 3, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
loveeli123 said...

This is the granddaughter/niece in the family and I just want to know one thing, who anonforareason is!!! You have no right posting something like that. You are ridiculous and full of crap. Plz let me know who you are.

October 4, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
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