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34-Year-Old Man Allegedly Killed His Parents Who Told Him to Move Out. He Lived With Their Bodies for Days

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Police believe a Washington man lived with his parents’ corpses for nearly five days before killing himself as deputies were attempting a welfare check at the family’s home.

As KIRO7 reports, investigators believe Matthew Ficken, 34, shot his mother and father in the head on the evening of January 10 or the morning of January 11.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said:

Detectives believe a possible motive for the murders occurred when Matthew was told his mother was moving out of state and he would have to find his own place. His mother gave Matthew more than enough money to pay for his first and last month deposit on an apartment and additional expenses.”

People reports deputies approached the Ficken’s home on January 15, after receiving calls from relatives who were worried about the family after being unable to contact them for days.

When deputies entered the home they discovered Matthew’s body, as well as the bodies of Lorraine Ficken, 68, and Robert Ficken, 72.

As People reports, Lorraine, a realtor, and Robert, an author, had been divorced for nearly a decade but continued to live together along with their son Matthew.

Further, Lorraine’s employer Coldwell Banker Bain in Issaquah released a statement confirming her plans to retire and move to a new state.

Marilyn Green, the office’s principal managing broker, said:

We’re still in shock and our hearts and thoughts go out to Lorraine’s family and real estate team during this horrible time. Lorraine was one of the nicest people we’ve ever known – so kind and warm-hearted. She was one of our top producers, and served her clients without fault. We have been hearing from so many clients who are in tears over this tragedy. It is a huge loss for so many and Lorraine will be greatly missed…Lorraine was starting to look toward retirement next year and had recently purchased a home in Oregon near her family. She was so excited… we are simply heartsick over the loss.”

Officials are unsure if an actual argument occurred between Matthew and his parents prior to their murder.

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  1. Sad situation. This is what happens with leftists young adults demand that others keep paying their way, and when the payer finally tries to cut them off, they become violent and may even try to kill you. This is what President Trump faces everyday.

  2. This comment is whats wrong in our country today. This man obviously has mental and emotional issues this has nothing to do with politics. Stop trying to make everything political there are disturbed people in every political party,religion,race,field of employment.

  3. Another tragic ending….We need a solid mental health plan to help people with bona Fide illness. If you don’t have insurance and are admitted to a psychiatric facility you are kept for very little time that your head will spin and then you are discharged sometimes with nothing in place. There is no longer state hospitals for long term mental health care. People with insurance can barely afford seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist on a regular basis and some do not have the funds to pay for medicine that is prescribed.

  4. Gimger you are a complete idiot. You know NOTHING about this family. I hope for your sake you never suffer such a loss and then are taunted for it. Get some therapy please.

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