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Mother, son found dead on Mt. Diablo in suspected murder-suicide

Investigators say Walnut Creek woman left note, put dog to sleep earlier in day and took cats to a shelter

A Walnut Creek woman and her teenage son were found fatally shot Friday night on top of Mount Diablo in a case that appears to be a murder-suicide, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Wednesday.

A park ranger discovered the bodies of Judith Williams, 51, and her 16-year-old son Adam Williams at Lookout Point on top of Mount Diablo at about 10 p.m. Friday, sheriff's Capt. Daniel Terry said.

Investigators believe Judith Williams and her son had driven up the mountain earlier in the day and then hiked up the last stretch to Lookout Point.

They were there for several hours before Judith Williams apparently shot her son in the chest and the head and then shot herself in the head, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators found a suicide note in Judith Williams' home, and the gun used in the shooting was registered to her, Terry said.

Earlier that day, Judith Williams had a dog put to sleep and had taken some cats to a shelter, Terry said.

"She had obviously thought about this for a while," Terry said.

Investigators were still trying to determine when Judith Williams bought the gun used in the shooting, but believe she may have bought it recently with the murder-suicide in mind, Terry said.

Judith Williams appeared to have been having some financial problems and was upset about issues in a relationship between her ex-husband, Adam's father, and his new wife, Terry said.

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Posted by Shocked and Disturbed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I can't imagine what kind of mother would do such a terrible thing to her child, regardless of the circumstance.
So so sad.....

God be with you Adam






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Posted by Actually
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

... while not a mother and not on *the rich side of the tracks*, there is this sad, tragic story from just about two years ago. Even though it wasn't "over here", it's nonetheless so very sad and equally punishing of the children, who were NEVER involved in the problem:
Web Link


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Posted by Jon
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

This is a tragedy! I pray for the son and family... very sad indeed!


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Posted by LG
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:35 am


We need more guns so that kids can defend themselves at school, church and at home.


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Posted by bo
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

this is why we need gun control...


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Posted by Deb
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 23, 2009 at 9:23 am

Why didn't she take Adam to a shelter. She must have blamed him. To treat animals better than people is disgusting.


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Posted by Jon
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

You will be in our prayers.


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Posted by J
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

It is really heartbreaking that the mother in this story thought this was a solution to her problems-perhaps she had noone to turn to. I do wonder where the father of her son was? Why did she not send the boy to his father rather then take his life?


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Posted by kolohe
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

cholo,

my heart goes out to you...along with prayers for you and the mother and son. like you said, time to move on, but sometimes you have to take time to greive...it can happen to anyone... god be with you....


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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Posted by Alee
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Gun Control? What!? This woman was obviously sick and had planned this out for awhile. I have a feeling this woman would have made this happen no matter what. This is a tragedy no matter what the means was for carrying it out.

I always think gun control people are a little bit loony because they don't seem to realize that the most dangerous weapon all of us use is parked right in the driveway.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:02 pm

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Posted by AD
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

Are they sure it was suicide? Could be someone else......(X).... making it look like suicide? Hopefully, they will look into that and not just assume.


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Posted by Susan Graver
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

To the Pleasanton Weekly. I think you should ban "Cholo" from Livermore from leaving comments on this site. He is rude and insensitive. Not to mention he seems to be uneducated. To the family of this woman and son, I am truly sorry for your loss. This woman must have been in great pain. She must answer to God now. Let's find it in our hearts to try and understand why this happened. More gun control will not keep this from happening again.


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Posted by Paula
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Depression is a deep, dark hole that is uncontrollable to manage at times. Even the most intelligent and thoughtful can suffer from this horrible disease. This is a tragic situation. Not one of us should judge. May God watch over BOTH mother & son.


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Posted by 2ME4U
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

I judge that her actions where wrong, no matter the cause or situation, or gods actions after the fact. So sad and evil to take your family along with you when you are done with this world.


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Posted by allyn
a resident of another community
on Sep 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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