Anger Management

     Stockton, California, an agricultural city of 290,000 ninety minutes east of San Francisco, has fallen on hard times. The real estate collapse and fiscal mismanagement has bankrupted the city. The mayor, in order to pay for governme…

     Stockton, California, an agricultural city of 290,000 ninety minutes east of San Francisco, has fallen on hard times. The real estate collapse and fiscal mismanagement has bankrupted the city. The mayor, in order to pay for government pensions and the interest on the municipal debt, has laid-off police officers, fire fighters, and other city workers.

     Besides high unemployment, Stockton, with 59 criminal homicides so far in 2012, has one of the  highest per capita murder rates in the country. (In 2011, 58 people were murdered in the city.) On October 22, 2012, a 45-year-old resident of the city named Colin McGrattan made a significant contribution to Stockton's outrageous murder statistics.

     McGrattan grew up in Ledyard, Connecticut, a town of 15,000 in the southeast corner of the state. The University of Connecticut graduate's mother, Mary McGrattan, served two terms as the town's mayor, and five terms as a representative in the State House. She currently sits on Ledyard's town council.

     In Stockton, before Colin McGrattan and his 57-year-old wife Jackie Arata were divorced, she inherited an orchard and a house in Linden, California worth between $500,000 and $1 million. When it came time to divide the marital assets, Colin, a marriage counselor who specialized in "anger management and family issues," argued that half of his wife's inherited real estate should go to him. The divorce judge didn't agree, finding that Jackie Arata did not have to give up half of this inheritance. Colin McGrattan failed to take this ruling in stride, and didn't follow his own advice on how to control one's anger.

     On Monday afternoon, October 22, 2012, McGrattan shot Jackie Arata to death with a .38-caliber revolver. He wrapped her corpse in a tarp, placed it into the back of his minivan, and drove himself and his murdered ex-wife to her sister's house in Stockton. McGrattan entered the house and shot 64-year-old Kathleen Arata to death. McGrattan got back into his silver minivan and drove to an upscale retirement home in Stockton called O'Connor Woods Senior Living. It was there he murdered his ex-wife's aunt, 88-year-old Chizuko Kenishi.

     Colin McGratton ended his killing spree at the retirement home by putting the revolver to his head and pulling the trigger. 

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/