Woman fatally stabbed in neck by son with violent history

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WHITE CENTER, Wash. - A man called 911 on Tuesday night and stated that he had stabbed his mother in the neck and killed her.

 

According to King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West, medics arrived at an apartment in the 1300 block of Southwest 100th Street in White Center shortly after 5:30 p.m. They found a 69-year-old woman who had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck.

 

Medics administered CPR but the woman, Margaret "Peggy" Ryan, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

Police found the woman's son, 42-year-old Brodie Lamb, in the apartment unit.  According to West, he apologized to deputies, stating repeatedly, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."

 

Lamb was taken into custody.

 

According to probable cause documents, Lamb became angry with his mother when she refused to let him into her apartment.

 

Documents said he kicked in the front door, got a knife from the kitchen, and stabbed Ryan in the neck multiple times.

 

Lamb's aunt told reporter Amy Clancy that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 17 and gets violent when he doesn't take his medication.

 

Neighbors and police said that the owner of the building had ordered Lamb to stay away. However, he trespassed there frequently.

 

""He was running around back and forth. He would lay on the grass in the summertime," one neighbor said.  "If she wasn't home, bang on the door."

 

Lamb's criminal history of violence and mental illness is well documented. 

 

He was committed to Western State Hospital after assaulting his 75-year-old landlady at an Seattle apartment building in 2009.  He beat her and tried to throw her off a balcony.  "Someone that insane needs to be kept away," the woman said on Wednesday, adding  that she feels "lucky he didn't have a knife when he attacked [her]."

 

Lamb also assaulted his mother in 2009 and a jail officer in 2010.  

 

He was being monitored by the Department of Corrections until this past March, when all supervision requirements expired.

 

Ryan's employer,  South King Media founder Scott Schaefer, released the following statement on Wednesday.

 

"Margaret Ryan worked as a Reporter and Sales Rep for South King Media (White Center and B-Town Blogs) since the spring of 2011. We all enjoyed working with her, because she really loved White Center, its businesses, arts, people, politics and character. 

"She was sassy, spunky, acted much younger than her age, and she wasn't afraid to speak her mind either.

"Her murder is a senseless tragedy and we're all still in shock.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and the entire community of White Center, of which she was becoming more involved in."

 

Lamb waived his right to appear at a bail hearing Wednesday where a  judge found probable cause to hold him in jail for investigation of second-degree murder.  His bail was set  at $1 million.