GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.
Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of Nicolas Holzer’s mother and father, and his sons, ages 10 and 13, in the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, late Monday.
They were summoned by Holzer, 46, who told a police dispatcher in a calm, matter-of-fact voice that he had killed his relatives, authorities said.
Holzer said committing the killings had been his destiny, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. The sheriff did not elaborate.
Holzer, who had lived in his parents’ home with his children for seven years, was being held without bail. No information on a pending court appearance or whether he has an attorney was immediately available.
Brown said investigators believe Holzer killed his father first, then entered his sons’ bedroom and stabbed them both repeatedly while they were sleeping. Holzer then repeatedly stabbed his mother and his dog, Brown said.
The sheriff said the body of Holzer’s father was found in the home’s den, and his mother’s body was in a hallway near the children’s bedroom.
Deputies who searched the home found two large kitchen knives they believe were used in the killings.
Holzer, who was divorced, had full custody of his children, Brown said. There was no history of criminal activity or any other trouble reported at the home during the seven years Holzer and his children lived there.
The killings happened in Goleta, a city of 30,000 people about 10 miles northwest of Santa Barbara.