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Could red flags have stopped Wulf from killing parents and self?

Authorities have identified three people killed at a home in northwest Las Vegas this week as a troubled son who killed his parents before killing himself.

The Clark County coroner on Friday said the deaths of 69-year-old Arthur Wulf and 66-year-old Jan Morgan-Wulf were homicides, and the shooting death of 36-year-old Aaron Wulf was a suicide.

Police reported finding the three dead Wednesday at a home in a gated community in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas.

Wulf sent a suicide note in the form of a 585-page manifesto to 8 News NOW before he committed the crimes. Wulf said he reached out for help, but no one would listen.

"Some things deep inside that I've been trying for 35 years; I have been trying to have someone take seriously," Wulf said on a voice recording.

But here's the question: Could warning signs have stopped Wulf from killing his parents?

8 News NOW Reporter Mauricio Marin spoke with a counselor for the answer.

The counselor, Ron Lawrence, said someone in distress will almost always leave clues pleading for help before turning violent.

Lawrence with the community counseling center of Southern Nevada says the note and 2-hour plus audio recording left behind by Wulf is perplexing.

"Why no one would listen to me I don't know," Wulf said.

Lawrence has worked as a couneslor for nearly 30 years. He says it appears wulf became obsessed with allegedly being physically abused as a child.

"What happens when we are traumatized is that if it goes untended and untreated, the trauma tends to take a life of its own," Lawrence said.

Wulf says he even tried reaching out for help by sending text messages to family members. He says they dismissed his pain, and that ultimately led to the double murder-suicide.

"Well at some point you say to yourself well he didn't do it so why would he do it today," Lawrence said. "The fine points of when it crosses the boundary into intense seriousness are sometimes invisible."

In his manifesto, Wulf described another form of dispair when he talked about losing his fiance to cancer earlier in the year. It may have pushed Wulf over the edge.

"I begged her to come back," Wulf said. "I begged for things to be different. It's been the same way my whole life -- I begged for things to be different."

Lawrence says it's important to look out for people's well-being who don't feel like they have anything to keep them around.

"It's about not having hope for the future," Lawrence said. "It's about feeling that one can't continue. When people start talking like that --then it becomes the red flag, and it becomes the danger point."

8 News NOW reached out to the Wulf family. They sent a statement.

"We haven't reviewed everything, but everything we've seen is absolutely false and devastating during this time of tragedy in our family."

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