Morbidology the Podcast – 159: The Stay Family

Podcast released on: 4th July 2022

It was summer of 2014, when there was a knock at the front door of a family’s home in Spring, Texas. A teenage girl opened up the door to see a FedEx delivery driver. She informed him her parents weren’t home and to call back later. He returned sometime later, but this time, he kicked…


It was summer of 2014, when there was a knock at the front door of a family’s home in Spring, Texas. A teenage girl opened up the door to see a FedEx delivery driver. She informed him her parents weren’t home and to call back later. He returned sometime later, but this time, he kicked the front door in and barged into the family’s home.  The actions of that man inside that home would poignantly illustrate the widespread impact of family violence.

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Audio Sources:

“‘Only God can help you now:’ Cassidy Stay’s speaks directly to Ronald Haskell after sentencing”

“Closing arguments in punishment phase for family killer”

“This Teen Survived Family Shooting by Playing Dead”

“Sole survivor in Texas massacre: Family is “in a much better place”

Sources:

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 9 July, 2014 – “Texas Gunman Searching for Ex-Wife”

Agence France-Presse, 10 July, 2014 – “Texas Killer Had History of Domestic Violence”

Associated Press, 10 July, 2014 – “Gunman Demanded to Know Ex-Wife’s Whereabouts”

CBS – 11 KHOU, 10 July, 2014 – “Teen Hailed as Hero for Saving Grandparents from Family Massacre”

CBS – 5 KENS, 10 July, 2014 – “Suspect Tied up 7 Family Members, Shot Them Execution Style”

CBS – 5 KENS, 10 July, 2014 – “Four Children, Two Adults Shot Dead in Houston Suburb”

Standard-Examiner, 10 July, 2014 – “Divorce Documents Hints at Troubled Haskell”

ABC – 2 WSB, 11 July, 2014 – “Survivor Played Dead in Alleged Texas Family Execution”

Associated Press, 11 July, 2014 – “Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court”

Associated Press, 11 July, 2014 – “Texas Slaying Suspect was High School Prom King”

Associated Press, 11 July, 2014 – “Accused Killer’s Mom, Sister, Tell of Attacks”

Associated Press, 11 July, 2014 – “Suburban Houston Shooting Survivor out of Hospital”                                                                                                                 

Houston Chronicle, 11 July, 2014 – “Unspeakable Tragedy”

Associated Press, 12 July, 2014 – “Girl Whose 6 Family Members Were Killed Recovering”

CBS – 11 KHOU, 12 July, 2014 – “Survivor of Deadly Spring Shooting”

The San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July, 2014 – “Mom, Sister Attacked”

Associated Press, 15 July, 2014 – “Funerals Set  for Family Members in Texas Shooting”

Associated Press, 16 July, 2014 – “Funeral Held for 6 Slain Family Members in Texas”

Houston Chronicle, 17 July, 2014 – “Mourners Seek the Good out of Senseless Tragedy”

The San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July, 2014 – “Friends Hold Memorial for Couple, 4 Kids Slain in Texas”

Associated Press, 11 August, 2014 – “Shootings Victims’ Families Want Donations Diverted”

Oklahoma Watch, 31 August, 2014 – “In Homes of Rage, Guns Take a Devastating Toll”

Associated Press, 11 October, 2014 – “Homecoming Honour for Teen Survivor of Mass Slaying”

Houston Chronicle, 12 January, 2015 – “Friendship Survives Through Unfathomable Grief”

Associated Press, 26 August, 2019 – “Man Accused of Killing 6 Fuelled by Vengeance”

Houston Chronicle, 26 August, 2019 – “Trial to Start for Man Charged in 2014 Spring Family Massacre”

Associated Press, 27 August, 2019 – “Teen Told Uncle ‘Please Don’t Hurt Us” Before Texas Shooting”

Associated Press, 16 September, 2019 – “Man Accused of Killing 6 Controlled by Voices”

CBS – 11 KHOU, 27 August, 2019 – “I Didn’t Think Someone Would Hurt Kids”

Houston Chronicle, 27 August, 2019 – “Lone Survivor of Stay Family Murders Testifies”

Houston Chronicle, 28 August, 2019 – “Deputies Reveal Details of Standoff with Ronald Haskell”

CBS – 11 KHOU, 29 August, 2019 – “Prosecutors Show Jury the Gun Ronald Haskell Used to Kill Spring Couple”

Houston Chronicle, 6 September, 2019 – “Shell Casings at Stay Family Murders Linked to Ronald Haskell’s Gun”

CBS – 11 KHOU, 9 September, 2019 – “Ronald Haskell Trial”

Houston Chronicle, 9 September, 2019 – “Lead Investigator Testifies in Ronald Haskell’s Capital Murder Trial”

Houston Chronicle, 11 September, 2019 – “Mom Says She Knew Haskell’s Life was Crumbling”

Houston Chronicle, 12 September, 2019 – “Ronald Haskell Hated Ex-Sister-In-Law”

Houston Chronicle, 17 September, 2019 – “Prosecution Expert Counters Defense Claims”

Houston Chronicle, 24 September, 2019 – “Haskell Made Threats”

Houston Chronicle, 24 September, 2019 – “Haskell Referenced Insanity Defense”

ABC – 8 WFAA, 25 September, 2019 – “Ronald Haskell Found Guilty in Mass Murder”

Associated Press, 25 September, 2019 – “Man Claiming Insanity Knew Killing 6 Was Wrong”

Houston Chronicle, 4 October, 2019 – “I Don’t Feel Guilty Yet”

Houston Chronicle, 4 October, 2019 – “Family Paid a High Price for Freedom”

ABC – 8 WFAA, 11 October, 2019 – “Only God Can Help You Now”

Associated Press, 11 October, 2019 – “Man Sentenced to Death”

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