- 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,
- "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
- "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
- Elvaker drove the four northeast toward Tulsa on
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
- 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
- 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,
- Brian Roach's death ends a piece of Minco's civic
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
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
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
- "It's amazing how the grandmother was able to let
this Ouija board consume her life."
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