Ouija Board Played Role In
Murder Of Former Mayor
By Bob Doucette
Staff Writer - The Oklahoman

MINCO - A woman suspected of fatally stabbing her son-in-law was convinced that a Ouija board told her to do it, investigators said Monday.
Carol Sue Elvaker, 53, was arrested Sunday in Lincoln County, hours after the death of her son-in-law, Brian Roach, 34. She was charged Monday with first-degree murder, said Brett Burns, Grady County assistant district attorney.
Police found Roach dead at his home Sunday from one stab wound to his chest, said Kym Koch, a spokeswoman with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Although initially viewed as a domestic violence episode, police learned details that suggested something else.
Burns said Elvaker, her daughter Tammy Sue Roach, and Tammy Roach's two daughters, ages 15 and 10, were playing with a Ouija board while Brian Roach was asleep. Elvaker then attacked Brian Roach, authorities said.
"This is basically the grandmother (Elvaker) saying that Brian Roach needed to die," Burns said.
Elvaker also is suspected of trying to kill the man's 10-year-old daughter.
"She thought the 10-year-old was evil and thought the father was evil," Burns said.
Tammy Roach, 34, took the knife away from Elvaker and hid it in the house. She then left the house with Elvaker and the two children, Koch said.
Elvaker drove the four northeast toward Tulsa on Interstate 44, authorities said. She eventually crashed the car into a road sign in an attempt to kill all of them, Burns said.
Elvaker suffered two broken ankles in the wreck. The others were injured slightly. After getting out of the car, Elvaker tried unsuccessfully to push the 15-year-old daughter into traffic, authorities said.
Despite her injuries, Elvaker ran from the scene, shed all her clothes, jumped over the highway median barrier and ran into a wooded area north of the interstate, Koch said.
Police found her hiding in the woods. She was taken to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for treatment, Koch said.
Tammy Roach was arrested Monday on a complaint of being an accessory to murder.
Burns said Brian Roach begged for help, but was allowed to bleed to death. Tammy Roach also hid the knife, supplied the getaway vehicle and didn't try to get away from Elvaker when she had the chance, Burns said.
Brian Roach's death ends a piece of Minco's civic history. In 1986, Roach ran for mayor and won by eight votes. He was only 19 years old at the time.
He unsuccessfully crusaded for more police officers during his first year as mayor. He finished his public office career in 1991 as the town's Ward 2 councilman.
The slaying follows an interstate kidnapping and sexual assault case last week. The crimes are "out of character for the city of 1,400" Mayor Joe Gilbert said.
"Something like this, it's unbelievable. I guess it's everywhere," he said.
Relatives told police that Elvaker does not have a history of mental illness or odd behavior, Koch said.
There were no signs of alcohol or drug use. Authorities are unaware of any history of domestic strife in the Roach household, Burns said.
"It's amazing how the grandmother was able to let this Ouija board consume her life."
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