Skip to comments.Frisco (Texas): Alleged interest in serial killers worries DA's office, neighbors
Posted on 04/18/2007 7:08:08 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
08:24 AM CDT on By PAUL MEYER / The Dallas Morning News email@example.com
A Frisco teenager who police said was fascinated with serial killers before he shot a 14-year-old boy in the chest last summer has been released on bail, sparking concern from the district attorney's office and homeowners in the teen's neighborhood.
Edward Ji, 17, was released into his parents' custody Monday while he awaits trial in the random July shooting of Bryan Chevalier, who survived. Days before that shooting, Mr. Ji had shot at and missed a man walking his dog in a gated Frisco community, police said.
"The kid said his ambition is to be a serial killer," said Ron Leighton, president of the neighborhood homeowners association where Mr. Ji lives with his family.
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Here we have a teenager who was released on bond late afternoon Monday, while awaiting trial for 2 counts of attempted capital murder just north of Dallas. This teen has stated to police that his goal in life is to become a serial killer.
Years ago, school counselors spoke to Edward's parents about their concerns, and the end resulted in a family move out of their old neighborhood to a different city. Edward is described by fellow classmates as withdrawn, anti-social and angry. They say that Edward filed his nails into pointy daggers. Police found books about serial killers along with a stolen gun Edward had hidden in his bedroom last summer when he was arrested.
Edward's parents say that their son needs help, yet they have chosen to spring their son by posting his 100 k dollars bond and bringing him back into their home.
Given all that has been seen and learned over the past 48 hours in the Virginia Tech massacre re: identifying warning signs of a potential killer, this story is tucked away to simmer.
What do you think? How can FReepers help us to get this teen back behind bars?
I will post some other items about this kid and this case shortly. I wanted to get this posted and on the discussion table first. Thanks FRiends.
Watch the video on the right. Notice how the teen takes hold of his mother’s hand and pushes it away.
As per the D.A.’s office —
(The D.A.’s office number is: 972-548-4323)
This Thursday at 9 am.
McKinney Courthouse 417th Court — 5th Floor
Hearing to have 1st bond relinquished & new bond set at higher amount
Ummm...what’s with these Asian kids?
"Chevalier said her family will lock the doors and check the windows daily as the memory of what happened last year is still fresh."
I recommend they do more than that. They should upgrade the home's security system and the residents' weapon training. No one in this family should go outside or open an exterior door unarmed.
2 cases indicates a trend?
No, but serial killers are usually WM. The last Asian mass killer I remember was the Hmong.
The father said “his son would not let him drive him to work at a Kroger grocery. Even on 100-degree days, the youth made the mile-long trek to work rather than be seen with his father.”
I remember seeing reports on the local news that said that Edward was embarrassed that his parents were from China and that they spoke broken English.
Our inept criminal justice system continues to frustrate and perplex. There is no question that this monster is guilty of attempted murder, is a psychopath, and is a danger to society. There should be no bail IMO.
Hopefully he will spend the rest of his life in a secure mental facility in a prison setting. If it were up to me however he would just be put to sleep.
Apparently the Frisco Police feel the same way since people living near the Ji home have reported marked and unmarked police cars parked outside his home since yesterday morning.
But that’s the thing...why would a judge permit this kid to get out? Are there not enough signs and others feeling like this kid is a danger to others? This kid chose two victims at random last year.
This was on the local news last night:
C’mon FReepers, I’d really like your suggestions for some effective means of fighting this kid’s release and having him put back behind bars. The County District Attorney has filed to have a judge hear his plea for a bond revocation or an increased bond scheduled for tomorrow morning. What can citizens do to be of help?
The parents should have been charged as well. They should be held responsible for anything their child does. Parents who raise monsters must be put on notice that they will pay. When faced with the prospect of personal and financial ruin, many parents of delinquents would opt for surrendering their offspring to state institutions (or private orphanages). The threat of such a fate would turn some children around.
Is it too late for a late-term abortion?
If there really is a risk, why can’t the boy be institutionalized?
A very good news update:
Show up at the hearing, so the elected jusge knows that the voting public cares what she does.
>...rather than be seen with his father”.<
Sounds like Cho and Edward both had overblown and unresolved Oedipal complexes.
>The parents should have been charged as well.<
Not if the child has bi-polar disease, or is paranoid-schizophrenic. Those are genetic, not learned diseases. Of course, side effects often compound the problem, but they are often caused by the child’s relationship with other children.
Well, apparently the courtroom will be closed to the public since it will be a Grand Jury hearing. The DA is taking our emails and phone messages with him to court tomorrow.
Both of them seem to be/have been mad at the world.
I live in Frisco, and followed this for the safety of my family. This kid just walked up to the door of a home and shot whoever opened the door, apparently a random act, last August.
The decision to let him walk was crazy, but even with the hearing tomorrow, depending on how much money his parents has, he may again walk if thy can make bail. The Frisco police have their hands tied, they will be accused of harassment if they are too obvious in staking out his house. And they also have to patrol other areas after the serial rapist attack last week.
This is another tragedy waiting to happen. The evidence and signs are clear, he is a menace to society and we should be protected by our legal system. Surely they cannot cede that responsibility to the parents who have already failed to control their son.
I just hope that the judge and grand jury think seriously about this, and get the kid the help he needs.
I don’t believe the police have done anything wrong or over the line. They were just as scared as the neighborhood was with this teen’s release. Patrol cars, marked and unmarked were positioned throughout the neighborhood, convering all sides should the teen decide to try and leave his home. These folks sat in their vehicles with lights and motor off throughout the rainy night. One would pull away only after another drove up as a relief.
I just hope for the safety of Frisco residents, that this Judge orders him held without bond.
A bond hearing isn't a grand jury proceeding. It has been my experience that the criminal courts in McKinney don't like the public to see what is going on.
Interesting. If you have more to add to assist me here, please feel free to FReepmail me.
Juvenile hearings would be closed to the public, but this guy has been certified as an adult: “when he was certified on April 10 to stand trial as an adult.”
Grand jury proceedings would be closed, but the judge wouldn’t be there.
A motion to increase or revoke bond should be public.
Rec’d this from the court:
The Court has ordered the Defendant, Edward Ji, incarcerated without bail. Therefore, no hearing is required on Thursday, April 19, 2007. Thank you for your input.
417th District Court Staff
I’m confused as to what today is all about. I thought he was already indicted, but I guess not formally as an adult? Is this a Grand Jury case because of the capital murder charges? And so bond could then be set or denied at a later time and date? And for now, Mr. Ji is being held without bond until after the jury decides?
Frisco teen’s bail revoked after neighbors protest
Frisco: Boy with reported serial killer fixation rejailed in shooting
05:21 AM CDT on Thursday, April 19, 2007
By TIARA M. ELLIS and LAUREN D’AVOLIO / The Dallas Morning News
The phone calls and e-mails bombarded Frisco police all day Tuesday. Residents were outraged that a teenager accused in a random shooting one with an admitted fascination with serial killing had been released on bail.
“We fielded calls all day,” said Frisco police Sgt. Gina McFarlin. “Some were coming to me, some to the captains; they were getting transferred to some of the detectives. We all took calls on it.”
Frisco’s mayor and Collin County’s district attorney each got more than a dozen e-mails. Neighbors worked phone trees.
The next day, 17-year-old Edward Ji was back in custody, his bail revoked by the same judge who set it.
State District Judge Cynthia Wheless set Mr. Ji’s bail at $100,000 on April 10 when he was certified to stand trial as an adult. When she revoked it Wednesday, she called it “insufficient.” She declined through her court coordinator to comment.
A Collin County grand jury is expected to decide today whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. If Mr. Ji is indicted, a different judge probably will be assigned the case.
The grand jury proceeding would be needed after he was certified as an adult. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the bail - that would be handled by the judge.
My guess, without knowing any facts to back it up in this case, would be that the defense attorney and the DA agreed for the bail revocation and the judge entered an order without a hearing. There are several other possible scenerios, but given the wording that you quoted, this seems the most likely.
In any event, at least he is off the street for now.
I would anticipate an insanity defense.
I wish I had studied law.
>Both of them seem to be/have been mad at the world.<
Cho, like radical Islam, claimed to have hated Christians, Jews....similar to Hitler. Who knows what evil influence rap, and back-taped recordings have on impressionable youth today? I did’t like seeing my grandson, with his i-pod in his ear, sitting across from me at Easter dinner. He was completely isolated from the family - and what was he listening to?
Islam hates the entire free world. There were clearly signs of Islam thinking in Cho’s writing.
>Parents who cannot handle an unruly or mentally disturbed child should have the child institutionalized<
I certainly agree with that statement.
>failure to do so means that the parents are responsible for any criminal acts committed by the child.<
That logicallly follows, however, there may be extenuating circumstances. In Cho’s case, he was an adult. He had been institutionalized, but was released.
In Edward’s case, we are talking about a minor, so the parents are still in control, ie: responsible. He was arrested, then released by the state. In my view, the parents should not have bailed him out. Therefore any harm the boy incurs, his parents should answer to.
I finally got around to reading the DMN tonight. It was pretty much like we thought. The defense attorney didn’t contest the motion to revoke, and the judge granted it. The grand jury meeting today on the matter was just a matter of coincidence.
It appears from the story that the mother put up the $10K for the bail bond. It sounds like the father has pretty much given up.
I know the folks in Frisco are sleeping better tonight.
Will the mother lose the 10k? I sure hope not, but I think I read or heard somewhere that she was afraid she’d not get that money back.
From the paper, it sounded like she had used a bail bondsman. In that case, she’s probably out the $10K for the fee. If she put up the money directly, she would get it back.
I don’t see where we disagree, do you?
Perhaps this is an instance of when somebody’s library records should be available to law enforcement.
ping, all surrounding schools on lockdown because of this kid.
I would agree with that. The choice to bond him out makes them entirely responsible. Fortunately the courts have acted responsibly and had him incarcerated without bail.
As to the parents decision to bond him out - the origins of these kinds of issues are hard to pin point but someone else has already stated this could be purely biological. Unfortunately a solid understanding of how the brain works to impact people’s psychological and emotional states is just now permeating pop culture and it has a long way to go. ADD for example - many people still believe it’s a bunch of hogwash but it’s not. People want to form moral evaluations and judgements about the individual and write them off without understanding the actual factors at play in circumstances.
it’s too easy to sit back and judge and unfortunately while such judgements may be expedient for the limitation of the damage done by specific individuals in the immediate future it does little to help society understand, face and appropriately deal those who will come along in the future. Ignorance is not bliss - it’s a gaurantee that UTVA will happen again.
Unfortunately, freedom of speech precludes the regulation of hatefilled, filthy and anti-family, anti-American RAP music! Cho’s language is reminiscent of RAP. Does your child have an i-pod? Do you know what he, and thousands of other impressionable youths, are listening to?
Islam teaches their youth to hate anyone not muslim from birth. The music business which features RAP, is teaching hate to our young. It is up to parents to know what their children are doing, what they are exposed to on a daily basis, even in schools, to have the wisdom and the strength to counteract these EVIL influences. It is the lack of parenting which is causing problems like Columbine, and VT.
Not wanting to be seen with one's parents is normal teenage behavior.
When my older son was in high school we were once going to drive him to the school for some sort of performance. He told us: "Drop me off a block away from the school and when you come inside, pretend that you don't know me."
Have you seen the video of Edward walking out of jail with his mother? Look at his body language. His mother is about the only person supporting him, and watch how he responds.