Teen kills mom, brothers in Emory, Texas

Not sure many of you know about this case in Emory, Tx., but it’s particularly interesting to me because I grew up in Sulphur Springs, located about 10-15 miles away.
Emory was a stone’s throw from where I lived. Heck, I hit my first home run in high school baseball against Emory. I covered this town as a sports reporter for the Sulphur Springs News Telegram. As for Alba (mentioned in the last paragraph), I know this town well too.
Strange stuff.

Records: TX Attack Was Plotted for Month

EMORY, Texas (AP) — A high school couple forced to break up spent a month plotting to kill the girl’s parents before her mother and two younger brothers were fatally shot and stabbed in a weekend ambush, according to records released Monday.
Charlie James Wilkinson, who had been dating Penny and Terry Caffey’s 16-year-old daughter, told police his girlfriend wanted her parents dead because they forbade their relationship, according to Rains County Sheriff Department investigators.
“Wilkinson stated that he and (the girl) were in love and the only way they could be together is to kill the parents,” the arrest affidavit stated.
The daughter, Wilkinson and two others are charged with three counts of capital murder each in the massacre before dawn Saturday at the Caffeys’ secluded home. The girl has not been identified because of her age.
The statements depict a bloody spree that began just around 4 a.m., when Wilkinson and a friend broke into the house and are accused of firing shots at the parents while they slept. Wilkinson and Charles Allen Waid are then accused of going upstairs and fatally shooting 13-year-old Mathew Caffey before stabbing 8-year-old Tyler Caffey with a sword.
Wilkinson and Waid then set fire to furniture and laundry before leaving with the Caffeys’ daughter and Bobbi Gale Johnson, who were waiting in a car parked down the road, according to the affidavit.
The lone survivor was Terry Caffey, the father. He was shot five times and dragged his bloodied body 300 yards to a neighbor’s home. Tommy Gaston, the neighbor, said Monday that Terry Caffey was improving and should recover.
The killings stunned this town of 1,500 in rural East Texas, where the Caffeys were known as deeply religious and kindhearted.
The Caffeys’ daughter is being held on $1.5 million bond. Facing the same charges and bond are Wilkinson, 19, Waid, 20, and Johnson, 18.
Waid, Johnson and Wilkinson are being held in the Rains County jail. The Caffeys’ daughter is being held in neighboring Hunt County’s juvenile detention center. It remained unclear early Monday whether they had attorneys.
The Caffeys’ home was just outside Emory in Alba, about 60 miles northeast of Dallas.

14 comments

  1. I live in Emory and had just gotten acquainted with Penny Caffey. She was the prettiest petite blond, when she walked into a room and you saw her, you just felt better. She was an angel that was called home, I guess. I have never hated or loved anyone enough to consider what these kids did. All I can say is this whole town is broken hearted. I’m just so sorry.

  2. I grew up in Sulphur Springs as well, but I did not know about this. I do know that several of my classmates have died in awful ways. It seems the teens in small towns should have more people to turn before committing suicide, murder, etc. My heart goes out to the small town communities.

    1. Mr. Litzman you really have to start letting your anger go! You now have 5 websites bashing Emory, filled with lies. You really need to get a new hobby! Put a for sale sign on your house and do the entire town a favor.

  3. This cold hearted and cold blooded girl must now live with the reality of helping kill her mom and brothers.
    She will never have any peace from now on and she did not accomplish a thing but murder.
    The Word of God says thou shall not kill and she must pay for her sins.
    Whatever she thought the reason was does not matter in the least.
    Her life is over before it started.

  4. Children acting out these types of crimes against authority figures,parents,teachers,and otherwise people that makes up their common every day lives,with such disreguard for others,and themselves,makes one stop and wonder when someone with a backbone will speak up and just say what needs to be said.I for one have a strong opinion about right and wrong,and what I feel should be done within the law to all involved,on this case.These selfish,self-absorbed,dangerous human beings,have given me not one reason to believe that upon ageing,or a long term prison sentance would somehow CHANGE them or the end results of death for their victims.I mourn for family lost,and rebel against the stupidity of the crime.These victims cant speak for themselves,each one of these criminals will pay dearly,hopefully soon,for the bloodshed they are responsiable for,man has laws to rule the wrongness,God will be the final judge.

  5. Shackel and handcuff all the accused,march them to the nearest large mourge,proceed with the full autopsys,of lets say ten or twenty bodies,dont give them any vics for the smell,nor let them miss a single procedure,dont let them bath for a week,keep the scent near and dear to them,then lets see if death becomes real enough to them.To bad this wasnt an option before they committed murder.

  6. We live in a disposable world,or thats how some people look at human life.No reguarde or respect for themselves or others.We have laws that should searve and protect us,from unfit,misfits,who would murder because its an idea,born out of lust,and hate.Love does not kill people.Hate does.

  7. I met Erin once or twice. In fact, my dad married Mary Caffey. And my sister dated Charlie. Weird how stuff happens.
    Texas sucks

    1. Texas sucks because of this one incident? You should go visit Mr. Litzman on 241 Rs CR 3345 in Emory. He DESPISES Texas and will never leave because he lives his life for bashing it and making every person that comes in contact with him miserable! You are allowed to leave Texas ya know. There are no locks on our boarders .. go via oklahoma, louisiana, arkansas etc. Don’t let the door hitcha on the way out!

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