Murder suicide under investigation in McMinn County

Mar 5, 2014 Full story: WATE-TV Knoxville 13

The McMinn County Sheriff's Office is investigating what's believed to be a murder suicide that happened late Tuesday.

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Weldon Brown

Lovington, IL

#1 Mar 9, 2014
Helena Specht was a friend of ours. Would be interested in the results of the investigation of the Murder/Suicide on Mar 4, 2014.
Concerned Friend

Bellevue, WA

#2 Mar 9, 2014
Helena Specht was also a dear friend of mine. I am hoping the investigation is thorough. Did the police see packed suitcases and/or car for the trip planned the next day to Florida where Helena would be joining her other nephew for ongoing care? Why would one kill her and then commit suicide if she was moving the very next day to Florida? How does one not hear a shot occuring in back yard? Helena is not an "early go to bed" person. Interesting she was asleep in bed at 8 PM when this occurred. How can there have been arguments regarding her care between she and her caretaker nephew and wife if she couldn't speak from having suffered a stroke? Too many open issues here that need to be investigated. Although gruesome, what was the angle the bullet hit the chest? Was it straight on? If so, that opens this case wide up.
Weldon Brown

Lovington, IL

#3 Mar 9, 2014
Someone should check Helena's bank account from the time she came to Tennessee. Something just don't add up here on why the Nephew would kill her. I know for a fact she trusted him or would never have came to Tennessee with him. What does her Will say?
Another concerned friend

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Mar 10, 2014
Helena was also a very close friend of mine. She and this nephew had been very close for many years and she trusted him. Helena was only in his home for just over 4 weeks. I have been a care giver for a longer period and it takes more time than 4 weeks to reach the point of murder suicide. There is definitely more to this than what is being said. A person does not just kill an elderly relative and then kill himself without having some serious issues in the background. I also find it interesting that the only person who survived (wife) is quick to point the finger at Helena citing a strained relationship. Being a care giver is not easy and is stressful. However, there are numerous options now available such as respite relief, visiting nurses, hiring someone to assist with care, etc. Since the end was in sight, Helena was leaving the next day to go to Florida, citing strained relationship just does not pass my smell test.
Juli

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Mar 10, 2014
I wish I had more faith in this case getting solved but I don't. Nothing makes any sense. Kenny didn't want her to have visitors to come say goodbye to her either. He was probably afraid that she would tell them she didn't want to go. Find peace in Heaven Helena! Burn in hell Kenny!
Tom King

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Mar 11, 2014
I meet Helena in September 12 2013, I am staying right next to her in my motor home. For the short time we have been here I had helped her with little things, like on her car around the house change lite bulbs. we went out to dinner a few times showed her how to open crab legs. I thought of her as if she was my own GRANDMOTHER!. I think there is a lot of questions that need addressed. There was a lot of people around Mesa that would of took care of her, and that is a bull **** statement about he was forced to step up for her care that was said from his wife.

I know that she is now with Mr Evert, that she always talked about and loved very very much.

Helena GOD will hold every one in the palm of his hands until we meet again God Bless you.
JoAnne Canada

Regina, Canada

#7 Mar 11, 2014
Helena was a distant relative of ours, but more like a close relative, as we spent many good times in Az with Everette and her.
Prior to her stroke, she had indicated that when the time came, she would be moving to an assisted living home in Mesa, AZ and that she didn't want to impose on or live with any relatives. So, after her stroke, her wishes were not considered, her nephew took it upon himself to move her to his home in Tennessee----so the news story that indicated that he had no option but to look after her is "subject" to say the least. And, if the plan was to move her to Florida from Tennessee the following day, why would he have done what he did? Too many unanswered questions!
Christine

Saskatoon, Canada

#8 Mar 12, 2014
You are invited to join in a time of remembrance for Helena Specht on Sunday March 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Sun Life Fun Center
5055 E University Drive
Mesa, Az
Weldon Brown

Lovington, IL

#9 Mar 16, 2014
I keep checking your news but have not seen any more about this incident. What did the autopsies reveal ? Who did the shooting? Did he steal from Helena? Or was it the wife who engineered the whole thing??????
NANCY

Moweaqua, IL

#10 Mar 23, 2014
Helena was such a nice fun giving person...when she lived in Sullivan Il...my friend and I visited with her quite often and helped her pack some of her stuff to go to Arizona to live...she often spoke of this nephew in good regards and told my friend and I he was the ere to her estate...he was to get everything because he would take such good care of her...and he knew this....so why would he kill off the "GOLDEN GOOSE" so to speak and then kill himself?........to many unanswered questions....are they still investigating this case or is it a closed murder suicide....please keep this case open......it's just note right she died like this...makes no sense RIP HELENA....hopefully someday we will know the reasons why....
Weldon Brown

Lovington, IL

#11 Apr 20, 2014
A Memorial Service for Helena will be Sat 11:00 AM Apr 26 at the Baptist Church on Church St. in Louisville, IL.
We still don't know the outcome of the Investigation.
Bummer.
Sorry for your loss

Knoxville, TN

#12 Apr 21, 2014
I hate to say this, but this is McMinn County. They will not investigate anything. The only murders that have been solved were ones where somebody confessed. They rarely do autopsies. Our sheriff's department is inept and lazy. Even if you give them proof positive of a crime, they rarely follow up unless it will somehow allow our sheriff to appear on TV.
Betty

Lincoln, NE

#13 May 20, 2014
Has there been any updates on this case, Please let us, her friends know what has happened.
Thank you

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