Dallas couple call son before they commit suicide

Last week a prominent Dallas couple committed suicide after talking to their son. Rufus and Lynn Flint Shaw called their son, a college student at Roanoke College in Virginia, and told him they were going to kill themselves.

Dallas Couple Warned Son of Suicide Plans by Phone

Rufus and Lynn Flint Shaw Called Their Son, Then Killed Themselves

March 13, 2008

Moments before a prominent Dallas couple died in an apparent murder-suicide pact, they called their son miles away at college to let him know of their plans, police told ABC News.

Dallas police said there was a gap of nearly four hours between when Lynn Flint Shaw, 53, and her husband, Rufus Shaw, 56, contacted their son, Ian Nicholas Shaw, and when paramedics entered their home to find them dead from gunshot wounds.

“They called their son and another friend at 6 p.m. Monday evening. The son spent the next few hours calling relatives and trying to reach his parents,” Dallas Police Department homicide supervisor Lt. Craig Miller said.

“He kept calling them, but there was no response,” Miller said. “It was rare for them to let the phone ring and go unanswered. The son called family members, who live in several states, and ultimately a relative came to the house. When they got to the location, they saw food on the table but no movement and that’s when they called police.”

When no one answered the door, the family member called 911 about 9:45 p.m. Paramedics arrived minutes later to find the couple dead in their bedroom at the back of the home.

This is so sad. Now this young man has lost both parents. Apparently the mother was in trouble after allegations of fraud and forgery.

Lynn Flint Shaw resigned her chairmanship of the rapid transit system in January after being accused of forging stationery from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to avoid paying a $7,500 debt. She had been free on bond on charges of tampering with a governmental record.

Her husband wrote a regular political column on Dallasblog.com, where he recently blamed his wife’s legal troubles on “the politics of destruction” and said he had “earned the hatred of a great many black political players” through his writing, The Associated Press reported.

Here’s the last column Rufus Shaw wrote before his death: The Dream Ticket Will Not Work

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