Man Who Murdered Entire Family as Teenager Now a College Professor

Screen-Shot-2013-08-01-at-2.51.22-PM-2To 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:

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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.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Quote: “In 1980, St. James obtained a master’s degree in psychology. Six years later, he was hired at Millikin, and in 1988, St. James received his doctorate from the University of Illinois.”

    Norty,norty, hiding the punchline like that from us.

    So now there is the typical community uproar demanding this guy’s scalp, no doubt coming, as you’d expect, from some jerk off just as mentally damaged as St. James was, but without the cajones to actually do anything about it.

    That’s what this is really about, you know; not failure to meet some illusory notion of an ‘objective’ standard of mental health, but a nation of mediocre bedwetters jealous of anyone who might be able to overcome such a traumatic past.

    What they are saying, in essence, is: ‘The rest of us are all cowardly sh*theads afraid of our own shadows. NO WAY are you gonna get away with showing us up by being brave enough to move on!’

  • Town Destroyer

    This guy is pretty much the embodiment of the american dream.

  • rtb61

    Or did he just never get caught again?

  • Richard Glen Smith

    I was in Georgetown at Southwestern University at the time of this murder and saw many people suffer the shock of this event. I had heard Dr. Wolcott’s lectures and my wife had him as a teacher. Dr. Wolcott and his family had their own dreams too. I believe in the need for people to rebuild their lives. The Millikin environment seems too much like the environment at Southwestern University of his father’s for me to be comfortable with this story. The above story fits my memory of the Georgetown account of the event at the time.

    • rellim

      I was raised 20 miles from Georgetown and return several times a year to visit family and frequently go to Georgetown while I am in Texas. For the last seven years, I have resided outside of Decatur, IL. When I learned of this last week, I too was struck by how similar Southwestern University is to Milliken University, both of which I have visited and am very familiar with. He pursued academia, became a professor and head of a department at a small, quaint private university. The written account of the story and how it impacted the town of 5,000 and Central Texas in general in 1967 seems right on target.

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  • Dane Ladwig

    How can an individual “reform” in a mere 72 months from such a heinous act of murdering his family execution style in cold blood? We have become such a tolerant society that we are wiling to accept even the worst of offenses to ease our consciences for fear of offending political correctness. Are we worried we might hurt his feelings? This man murdered his loved ones, his closest living family and served a 6 year sentence in rehabilitation. What has our culture become if we excuse the worst of criminals because they give the outward appearance of “reformation.” Give me a break! Does nobody see that this man hid his past when he obtained his teaching credentials? State mandated laws require a prospective teacher to disclose aliases, prior arrest records, and felonies. Should he be allowed to teach impressionable young adults as he clearly continued to deceive those who placed him in a position of power? And what of his past? He would still be hiding it if not for the diligence of an enterprising journalist. Should the authorities pat him on the back, or should they begin considering the option of revisiting open unsolved crime cases in Decatur and the surrounding area? An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure!

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