Victims' family wants 'death' for Blanchard murderer

Jurors in McClain County heard emotional statements from those closest to a Dibble mother and her two children as they began the process of deciding the fate of convicted triple-murderer Shaun Michael Bosse.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 31, 2012
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Jurors in McClain County heard emotional statements from those closest to a Dibble mother and her two children as they began the process of deciding the fate convicted triple-murderer Shaun Michael Bosse.

The jury found Bosse guilty Monday of killing 25-year-old Katrina Griffin and her two young children. Their bodies were found July 23, 2010, in their badly burned mobile home after a neighbor noticed smoke billowing out of it that morning.

Katrina Griffin and her son, 8-year-old Christian Griffin, died in a knife attack. The youngest, 6-year-old Chasity Hammer, died of smoke inhalation after Bosse locked her in a closet shortly before he set the mobile home on fire, prosecutors say.

Katrina Griffin's parents addressed the nine women and three men sitting on the jury late Tuesday afternoon. When they were finished, most of the jurors were left wiping their eyes.

Johnny Griffin, who bought Katrina Griffin a mobile home on his property so she and her young family would have a place to live, said the murders have all but destroyed his life. Some days, he says, “I don't want to go home at all.”

“For my wife and I … it's left us empty and alone,” Johnny Griffin said. “Our home will never be home again, like it was. We will miss them 'til the day we die.”

Rebecca Allen talked about her grandson, Christian, who “always thought of himself as the man of the house.”

Johnny Griffin described both of his grandchildren as “daredevils,” and said Chasity “could dance like you wouldn't believe.”

“They loved each other very much,” he said of the children.

Ginger Griffin, Katrina's stepmother, said the murders wiped away the hopes and aspirations of the grandparents. She said it's especially hard to walk outside and see the area where the young family's mobile home once stood.

“Every time I walk out the door and look over there … I'm just hoping it's a nightmare,” she said. “Our dreams for them are gone, and now we only have nightmares.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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