A Tennessee man allegedly killed his 76-year-old mother this weekend and asked his colleagues to take pictures of him while working to help set up an alibi, police said.
John Ralph, 51, attempted to flee the country on Saturday when US Customs and Border Patrol agents and the US Marshals Service docked him at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, less than 300 miles from the house in Tennessee He shared his house with his mother.
He was charged with murder in the first degree of death by Edith Betty Ralph, who, as he repeatedly said, "drove him mad."
"Ralph lived with his mother and had already made numerous statements to friends and family that his mother drove him crazy," the Sheriff Office in Clayton County said in a statement.
Police discovered the woman's body on Saturday in their home in northeastern Tennessee. She died of serious head injuries and multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
John Ralph had previously asked colleagues to photograph him at work in case "something happened to his mother".
"On the night of Mrs. Ralph's murder, John asked colleagues to take photos of him at work, saying that if anything happened to his mother, he needed an alibi," the sheriff's office said , John Ralph was arrested on Saturday, April 6, 2019, for the murder of his mother in Tennessee. “/> (Clayton County Sheriff's Office) John Ralph was arrested on Saturday, April 6, 2019, for murdering his mother in Tennessee.
The police in Carter County, Tennessee, where the Ralphs lived, said they were proud of the authorities' speedy work in arresting the suspect.
"We quickly found evidence that led us to suspect John Ralph." said the local news agency Johnson City Press. "We have learned that he has bought a plane ticket for Amsterdam, which departed in the evening at 10:20 in Atlanta, I do not even know if we have an extradition to Amsterdam."
John Ralph is being held in Georgia with a $ 1 million bond and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee. It is not clear if he has received a lawyer.