NICHOLS HILLS — A doctor who has battled mental issues for years said his son was the devil as he stabbed the boy to death Monday morning at their home, according to a police affidavit and a 911 recording. Stephen Paul Wolf, 51, is in the Oklahoma County jail on a murder complaint. His son, Tommy, was 9. Wolf was seeing a psychiatrist this year before the attack and was on medication, The Oklahoman has learned. His mental issues date back to his first year of medical school in 1984 when he was hospitalized for major depression, his medical records show. He repeatedly told the police officer who broke up the attack on his son, "He’s got the devil in him and you know it,” according to the police arrest affidavit. His wife, Mary Wolf, was making a 911 call during the attack. Police officer Michael Puckett can be heard on the recording telling the doctor, "Put your hands behind your ------- back now!” The doctor can be heard saying, "Mary, he’s the devil.” Mary Wolf replies, "He’s not the devil.” She then says, "Tommy.” The doctor tried to stab his son again when the boy began convulsing, even though the officer had his gun drawn, police reported. The officer pulled the doctor away and then had to kick and strike the doctor in the head to keep the doctor from getting a knife again. The doctor attacked his son in the kitchen of their $500,000 house at 1715 Elmhurst Ave., police reported. Wolf — covered in blood — was on top of his son when the officer arrived shortly before 4 a.m. Monday, police reported. The victim had "a knife lodged in the left upper section of his head and a knife stuck in the upper right part of the chest,” police reported. The boy died at the home. Mary Wolf was treated for cuts on her hands and face. A neighbor, Douglas Woodson, told police the doctor "was under review at his hospital for anger issues,” police reported in the affidavit. The neighbor also told police the doctor "was supposed to go to a rehab facility for the anger plus drug and alcohol abuse.” Tommy was in the third grade at Christ the King Catholic School. His funeral is tentatively planned for Friday.
History of depressionThe doctor specialized in internal medicine. St. Anthony Hospital said arrangements have been made with other doctors to provide medical care to his patients. The doctor’s attorney, Mack Martin, declined comment. The doctor in 1991 told the medical licensure board that he began psychotherapy when he was hospitalized for depression during his first year of medical school at the University of Oklahoma. He said he took a year off from medical school. "Through continuing psychotherapy unresolved conflicts from my early childhood and adolescence were discovered,” he wrote in 1991. "I grieved for my father for the first time. He died in an airplane crash three weeks before my third birthday in 1961. I experienced the pain and loss of failed relationships in high school. I felt anger toward my mother and stepfather because of problems in our relationship.” He wrote he continued psychotherapy until his graduation from medical school in June 1988. He told the board in 1996 that he was hospitalized again for three days in 1995 for acute depression. "I suffered this as a result of all of the stress in my busy practice of internal medicine and all the demands in making the final arrangements for my marriage,” Wolf wrote in a letter to the board. "I returned to work after my hospitalization on adjusted dosages of antidepressants.”
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What the affidavit states ...
Here is a description from a police affidavit of events Monday morning when police officer Michael Puckett arrived at Dr. Stephen P. Wolf’s Nichols Hills home: The officer was dispatched at 3:52 a.m. Monday to the house of a neighbor who called police after Mary Wolf banged on the neighbor’s front door. The officer heard screaming from Wolf’s house and met Mary Wolf at the open front door. She told the officer, "He’s killing my son. He’s killing my son.” The officer drew his gun and went through the house, finding the doctor on his knees "wrestling with something up against a cabinet door and a dishwasher.” The officer ordered Wolf to put his hands up. "At that time Mr. Wolf raised his hands to about head level and looked back at Officer Puckett and said, ‘He’s got the devil in him and you know it’ several times.” The officer ordered Wolf, who was covered in blood, to get on his stomach. Wolf complied. The officer then saw the victim, Tommy, with a knife in his head and a knife in his chest. "Mr. Wolf again started saying, ‘You know he’s got the devil in him’ several times over.” The boy then began to convulse and "Mr. Wolf leapt up off the floor and said, ‘He’s not dead’ and tried (to) grab a knife from the body to continue the assault.” The police officer pulled Wolf by the neck and shirt and Wolf fell and dropped a knife. The officer kicked Wolf in the head as Wolf tried to reach for the knife and punched him in the jaw when Wolf tried to reach for the knife again. The officer then was able to toss the knife away. Another officer arrived and handcuffed the doctor.
Slain boy remembered
Tommy Wolf, 9, was remembered Tuesday as a sweet boy. "He was always creative and feisty,” said Kristin Moyer, 26, of Oklahoma City, who was a counselor at an after-school program at Casady School when Tommy was a student in 2006. "He was a little feisty kid, but he wasn’t bad. Just a typical boy. He loved having fun with the rest of his friends,” she said. "He was a real sweet kid. He did have his share of timeouts, just like the rest of them. But I really enjoyed him.” Others who knew the boy made similar comments online at NewsOK.com. "I knew Tommy through Cub Scouts,” wrote Cheldrea Mollett of Oklahoma City. "He was a lovely, sweet and wonderful boy. God has him now, and he is at peace.”