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Spree Killer: John Joseph Delling killed 3 men – 2 in Idaho, 1 in Arizona; Sentenced to life in prison



Jacob Thompson, 23 [3/20/2007 Tucson, AZ] (no picture)
David Robert Boss, 21 [3/31/2007 Boise, ID]
Bradley Morse, 25 [4/2/2007 Meridan, ID]

Bradley Morse obituary
Find-A-Grave: Bradley Winter “Brad” Morse
David Boss obituary
Funeral services held for murder victims
John Delling’s Soul Loss (a very good post on the crimes – I highly recommend reading this post AND his blog)
John Delling: Time Bomb? (another post by Steve Huff – I recommend this)
Suspect in Tucson shooting, Idaho slaying extradited
Two murders, one suspect: Piecing together a puzzle
Classmate Slaying Suspect Called Erratic
Double-homicide suspect linked to Arizona shooting
Classmate slaying suspect called erratic
Man Accused in Shootings Extradited
Third victim, a Timberline High graduate, identified in Delling murder case
Man admits to killing former classmate in Moscow
Delling sentenced to life in Idaho road-trip murders
State of Idaho v John Joseph Delling 2011
High court won’t review Delling case, Idaho’s lack of insanity defense stands





One Response

  1. Kelli Lewis wrote: This is a copy of a comment I posted on the True Crime Magazine website regarding John Delling and our brush with insanity.
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Hi all, I am the mother of the boy that John terrorized in June of 2005 with his motorcycle.
    For several weeks my three sons had trouble with John following them around town and harrassing them. He on his motorcycle and them on their skateboards (they were all under the age of 18 at the time).
    On that day they were innocently walking back home from uptown with some of their friends. They had seen John on the main road so decided to cut through by Ivywild pool and come home that way hoping to avoid him. Needless to say he caught up with them and continued harrassing the boys. There were 7 of them all together ranging in ages from 13-17. He was alone on his motorcycle, most people in their right minds would not go up against a group of people (he was obviously not in his right mind then or now) He jumped the curb and headed straight for my youngest son–then 13. He was knocked to the ground and practically run over with the motorcycle (he had tire tracks running up the back of his shorts).
    My boys are true redneck boys from the East–mess with one and you get the whole enchilada, my oldest punched John in the face and tried pulling him off the bike. The middle one hit him a couple of times as well, and my youngest not wanting to be left out hit him over the head with his skateboard. We usually do not condone violence trust me, but my boys knew that one was in trouble and John was trying to leave the scene, so they were trying to do anything they could to keep him there.
    The cops were called and John was picked up at the Winco were he was checked over by the paramedics (aww poor baby) sorry .
    Well my husband and I were very naive and let the courts talk us into plea bargaining and letting John off with taking anger management classes and a small amount of probation.
    As god is my witness I told my mom and the victim services lady in court that day–”mark my words, he went from stalking, to battery in such a short time. It’s only a matter of time before he ends up killing someone because the courts keep letting him off.”

    I dealt with some major guilt issues over that. If only we had pushed it further maybe he would have spent time in jail and those poor boys and their families would not be suffering so much today. However, I’m not the only one who holds some blame here–the courts failed miserbly. They should have seen the pattern was escalating and only going to get worse. They are the professionals and should have had the training to recognize the signs.
    I just thank god that he hadn’t quite gone over the edge when he went after my sons, otherwise things may have turned out very differently for us.
    I wish I could tell the families of those boys how sorry I am for all they have gone through and are still going through. I sincerely wish I had been stronger and fought more for my own sons, then maybe their sons would still be there with them.
    If anyone knows any of them please pass this on to them.
    Thanks so much

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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