BOLEY — Denver and Martha Holloway never had to smoke methamphetamine to become casualties of the meth epidemic.
The Holloways were shot to death last month in their home near Boley. Their son, Ross Alan Holloway, confessed to shooting his parents in a disoriented state after smoking meth. He hung himself March 29 in his Okfuskee County jail cell shortly after being charged with their murders, a spokesman with the state medical examiner's office said.
The Holloways' deaths illustrate the insidious nature of meth and the collateral damage it has on Oklahoma communities, said Darrell Weaver, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.
“Oftentimes we want to believe that the addict is just hurting themselves,” Weaver said. “But if meth use continues, it will eventually affect someone innocent.”
Hooked on meth
Friends of the Holloways described Ross Holloway, 32, as a good kid who got hooked on meth and let it ruin his life.
He had been living with his parents for two years. According to an affidavit filed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation, Ross Holloway told an agent that on the night of March 8, he drank three beers and smoked meth.
He dozed off on his bed with a Ruger .22 caliber magnum revolver in his lap. He awoke as his bedroom door opened and he heard loud voices yelling at him. He saw people in the doorway and “unloaded” the revolver on them.
When Holloway discovered he had shot his parents, he got in his Jeep and left.
He was arrested about 4:15 a.m. March 9 in Panama, after a Le Flore County sheriff's deputy pulled over the Jeep. The deputy suspected Holloway was under the influence and found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Holloway told the deputy he had smoked meth in the Jeep a few hours earlier.
Officers also found meth in Holloway's bedroom at his parents' home.
‘Salt of the earth'
Denver and Martha Holloway were small-town people. Martha, 53, grew up in Areplar, near McAlester. Denver, 54, managed a ranch and worked as a mechanic and farm manager before that.
“He was a farmer,” friend Keith Grissom said. “He was a very quiet man. When he spoke, you listened.”
Martha was the outgoing one, always laughing and in good spirits.
“Denver and Martha were the salt of the earth people,” Grissom said. “They were very nice, down to earth. The world would be a better place if it were all Denvers and Marthas.”