Ray Platter Family
730 oÂ£ Claim Father for Tragedy tstf m Bodies of Entire Family Found With Single Bullet From .22 Calibre Rifle OGDEK, la. -- (pP) -- An farm family of five persons--Mr. and Mrs. Ray Platter and their three small children--died in a jnurrter-suiciile pact at their farm liome near here, it ivas announced Sunday by Boone county author!ties. author!ties. The five bodies were found early Sunday morning by Joe Mathers Boone. Platter was about 38 old and Mrs. Platter about 33. The three child victims were Bwayne, 14; Joyce, 12, and Kenneth. Kenneth. 10. Mathers had gone with a niece of the Platters to visit them. Sehroeder, county coroner, said a single bullet from a .23 calibre rifle had been fired in tne temple of each child. Schrnedcr said the father appar cntly did the shooting. Bodies of two of the children were found upstairs in separate bedrooms, the other in a downstairs bedroom. Those of the parents were in another bedroom downstairs, clasped in each other's arms. Mrs. Platter was shot in the and Platter in the temple with .32 calibre revolver. Schroedcr blamed Platter for murder-suicide pact because of poor health. Platter, an ex-service man, recently had been engaged cemetery the chicken business. The coroner said the shootings probably occurred late Friday night or early Saturday. Two were found. One was written by Jtrs. Platter to her mother at ser. la. The other was penned Platter to Leonard Goode, Ogden j ljnn ,| fer- ., ., , ! The messages said the Â· couple liad decided to kill themselves the children. They said they could not bear the thought of leaving the three youngsters.