January 9, 2018
Downers Grove, Illinois
Patricia James (pictured) is fatally stabbed in her home
On the afternoon of January 9, neighbors called police upon seeing a man — later identified as Patricia’s son Kevin (23) — wandering in the street near Patricia’s home. Police responding to the scene found Kevin covered in blood in front of his mother’s door and Patricia inside lying on the floor. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead from multiple stab wounds.
Kevin was questioned and told police he had stabbed Patricia because he wanted to send her to Heaven, and had intended to kill himself as well. He also reportedly stated he saw “green devil dinosaurs” before he stabbed his mother.
The family of the Patricia and Kevin started a GoFundMe page to help pay for Patricia’s final expenses, and explained about the situation, “Our brother is struggling with mental illness that our family was unaware of. Our family was shocked by this horrific tragedy. While our brother was taken into custody and hospitalized, we pray for him.”
Kevin has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, with his next court date is scheduled for January 27, 2020.
Update: As of January 8, 2021, I can find no further information on Kevin’s trial. The most I can verify is that he is not listed as an inmate within the Illinois justice system.
If you or someone you know is having difficulties with mental illness, please text NAMI to 741-741 (within the United States). For a list of global mental health crisis resources, please refer to this list: https://checkpointorg.com/global/. If you believe you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please contact your country’s emergency services (911, 999, 000, 112, etc).
18th Judicial Circuit Court Clerk. Case number 2018CF000071. Accessed: January 9, 2020. https://epay.18thjudicial.org/Clerk/caseNumberSearch.do
“James Family, Tragic loss of Mother.” GoFundMe. Accessed: January 9, 2020. https://www.gofundme.com/f/james-family-tragic-loss-of-mother
Rakow, Bob. “Slain Downers Grove woman’s family raises funds to pay for funeral, relocation expenses.” My Suburban Life. April 18, 2018. Accessed: January 9, 2020. https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2018/04/16/slain-downers-grove-womans-family-raises-funds-to-pay-for-funeral-relocation-expenses/au5x7c4/ (image source)
Ward, Clifford. “Arraignment delayed for west suburban man accused of stabbing mom to death.” Chicago Tribune. February 16, 2018
Espana, Melissa. “Man charged in stabbing death of mother said he saw ‘green devil dinosaurs,’ prosecutors say.” WGN. January 11, 2018. Accessed: January 9, 2020. https://wgntv.com/2018/01/11/man-charged-with-murder-in-stabbing-death-of-mother-in-downers-grove/