Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man, 25, Held in Parents" Deaths Suspect Is Mentally Ill; `Evil Person Inside' Did Deed, Brother Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Man, 25, Held in Parents" Deaths Suspect Is Mentally Ill; `Evil Person Inside' Did Deed, Brother Says

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Police say that Matthew J. McBride repeated two words Monday as he stood over his parents' bodies in the bedroom of their home in Glendale:

"I'm done, I'm done."

McBride, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of James S. McBride, 64, and Nancy L. McBride, 63.

McBride has suffered from schizophrenia for the last five years and had harassed his parents before, a brother and sister said.

"The person who killed my parents is really not my brother," said an older brother, Mark McBride of Kirkwood. "It was this other evil person inside" him.

"The whole family lived in fear," said his sister, Lisa Schmidt of Warson Woods, as she and other family members stood outside their parents' red-brick home in the 1300 block of Monier Place.

Mark McBride and Schmidt said that when police called to tell them they were needed at their parents' house, they expected that their brother had attacked their mother and father.

Matthew McBride was the youngest of the couple's four children.

"I remember thinking, I guess he got Mom," Mark McBride said.

Glendale Police Chief Richard Black said the killings were the first homicides in at least 30 years in Glendale, a community of 5,945 residents in west St. Louis County.

He gave the following account:

Matthew McBride got out of a cab about 7:20 a.m. in front of his parents' home on a tree-lined blacktop road that runs south off Manchester Road.

At 7:26 a.m., Nancy McBride called Glendale police and frantically told the 911 dispatcher about a disturbance at her house.

A Glendale officer arrived before 7:30 a.m. and heard the struggle inside. He pushed open the front door, entered the house and found Matthew McBride standing in his parents' bedroom. His parents lay there, both felled with fatal knife wounds.

The officer squirted the suspect with pepper spray to subdue him. That's when McBride said, "I'm done, I'm done."

Black said police had taken several kitchen knives as evidence. The suspect, he said, made some statements implicating himself in the killings.B

Prosecutors charged Matthew McBride with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action. …

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