Final order signed in Humptulips murders case


The final order was officially signed Monday in the case of the Aberdeen man who killed an elderly couple in Humptulips last year.

As reported in Saturday’s Daily World, John F. Chase, 32, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in first- and second-degree murder charges. On Nov. 4, 2011, Chase killed Ralph Aldrich, 88, with a crossbow, and hit his wife, June Aldrich, 83, with a hatchet. She died a week later.

Chase is also charged with first-degree burglary for entering their home and theft of a motor vehicle for taking their truck and driving to his friend’s home after the murders.

Court documents state Chase shot Ralph Aldrich with a crossbow in the yard of his Humptulips home because Chase believed the man was a demon. Afterward, thinking he heard other demons, Chase entered the home and hit June Aldrich in the head with the hatchet.

He admitted to all the acts as charged Friday, and could spend the rest of his life in a mental hospital as a result of the ruling.