To what extent can a person convicted of a horrific crime be redeemed? Are there some limits to rehabilitation? These are questions some people are asking after having discovered one man’s horrific past:
It was a hot summer night just outside of Austin, Texas, when 15-year-old James Wolcott shot his mother, father, and young sister to death, for no reason at all. Almost five decades later, James (now St. James) enjoys the status and respect of a longtime college professor.
The murders of the Wolcott family were the kind of shocking event that embeds itself into the conscience of a community. The father, Dr. Gordon Wolcott, was the head of the biology department at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. The mother, Elizabeth Wolcott, was active in the local church circle. Sister Libby was 17-years-old that summer in 1967. James and Libby had gone to a show in Austin on the night of August 4th. When they came home, Libby and mother went to bed, while father sat reading. James sniffed some glue, picked up a .22 caliber rifle, went to the living room where his father sat, aimed, and shot him twice. He found his next target in her bedroom, fired one shot into his sister’s chest, then another into her face. When he was done, he found his mother and shot her twice in the face, then once more in the chest.