News

Mother says son was 'trying to protect me'

Son is charged with killing his mother's friend

Electra van Bragt, whose son allegedly stabbed and killed her gentleman friend last Friday night, said today that her son drove to Palo Alto from Auburn last week because "he had a dream that Bob was trying to kill me. He was trying to protect me."

This story contains 724 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Comments

Like this comment
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Why aren't we reading stories where local Realtors provide the market value of the house on Waverley - I seem to recall stories like that when the Fitzhugh (sp?) murder happened back in 2000. Have the standards for our local papers actually improved?


Like this comment
Posted by Fact checker
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Citizen

There are several local papers -- which one are you referring to?

I read quite a few stories about the Southgate murder and don't remember the insensitivity you're referring to.


Like this comment
Posted by janet
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 13, 2008 at 6:46 am

How incredibly paternalistic and patronizing on the part of the police to act as below. Mrs. van Bragt is an adult woman, not a child. I wonder how many of us would like to be kept in the dark about the condition of a loved one, and then denied the right to spend a few minutes with the body. Mrs. van Bragt is perhaps in her sixties at least, but seems totally competent from the article. Is this discrimination against senior citizens?

Police weren't sure how she would react to the news and were trying to be respectful, Brown said.

"It was sad," Brown said.

When van Bragt was informed, she immediately asked to see Haggquist, something the police could not allow because of the state of his body, Brown said.

"It just wasn't healthy for her. It wouldn't have been good for her," Brown said.


Like this comment
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 20, 2008 at 9:05 am

Greate story for Calif.


Like this comment
Posted by Shandra
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 12, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Electra vanBragt is 78 years old


Like this comment
Posted by Maria
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2008 at 10:09 am

Sorry this is me again I Just find out about this, (Palo Alto on line links) last Friday night.I am really SAD about what my boyfriend is going through. Today is Sunday the 13,and while rereading all this information about what my boyfriend is going through,and after read that ,he crashed his car in September 27/08,yes he did,and I am sure he where trying to commit suicide.Before all that happens Herman where seen his Dad dieing little by little every day before his decease,Herman start get in to a worse depression about his bipolar disease.He where not taking medicines Sharon where the one who took him down there,plus she saw him acting funky a Day before and hours before too.She sure'nt go out to dinner with Herman Mom and live my boyfriend along with Bob,they didn't get along well
Maria


Like this comment
Posted by Maria
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

I am sorry about my boyfriend car crash it was on September 27/2007


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Mountain View's Liquid Menu is reborn as The Phoenix
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 1,691 views

Some Impacts of Driverless Cars
By Steve Levy | 17 comments | 1,614 views

Abruzzo for Work, Amelia for Family, Rome for Love
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,315 views

How are Exotic Animal Training and Learning in Marriage Related?
By Chandrama Anderson | 3 comments | 1,204 views

A Modest Proposal for Paying a Living Wage
By Max Greenberg | 2 comments | 208 views