Do you remember Jacob Stockdale from the Wife Swap back in 2008? It was a notable episode indeed. And do you remember Jacob Stockdale from the reality TV series? He played Son as self in Season 4, Episode 15.
The American Series aired on the 23rd of April 2008, and it was a success. It has been rated 7.9 out of 10 stars. Being part of such a successful series, you would have thought that Jacob Stockdale is up for a bright future.
We can’t blame you for that estimation. But, we can tell you that things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, he ended up getting a 30-year sentence in prison for murdering his m mother and brother.
Two of his siblings, both of which are brothers, weren’t luckily at home at that time. Jacob Stockdale’s father wasn’t home at the time of the incident as well.
After shooting two of his family members with a shotgun, the young individual went on to try and take his own life. Fortunately, he survived and was brought to trial in 2018 for the murders he committed in 2017.
How Did Jacob Stockdale Kill His Family Members?
Jacobs Stockdale shot and murdered two members of his family. But this is what Calvin Stockdale, Jacob Stockdale’s brother, had to say about Jacobs:
“James, our youngest brother, has always been a catalyst of family fun. He leaves behind many friends and a family that loved him dearly. My brother, Jacob, is still in critical condition, and we are praying for his physical recovery as our family makes funeral plans and begins the healing process.”
However, it is worth keeping in mind that the official motive has not been released regarding the case.
Hence, there is no concrete explanation for why Jacob Stockdale shot two of his family members and killed them. Also, it is hard to explain his attempt to commit suicide because of the absence of an official statement.
Any Possible Explanations As To Why Jacob Stockdale Shot His Mother & Brother?
As we mentioned earlier, a concrete assertion cannot be made in order to explain the occurrence. Due to the absence of an official statement, all we can do is sit back and speculate.
So before we start talking about his surroundings and factors that possibly influenced Jacob Stockdale, let us discuss five institutions discussed in Criminology.
Criminology is a discipline that seeks to explain why crime exists in society, what causes a person to become a criminal, and how can we control the rate of crime in any given society.
So, there is a 5-institution idea in Criminology that highlights five crucial areas that exist in the life of any individual. First is family, secondly, Finance, Education, then Religion, and finally, Politics.
Surprisingly, people tend to be very touchy when it comes to any of these topics. However, Criminology states that disturbance in any of these areas of life increases the chances of a person becoming a criminal.
So, for example, a person may choose a criminal career because of being obsessed with an extremist political ideology. Disturbance in family institutions has also shown to be a strong catalyst for criminal behaviour.
That is what might explain Jacob Stockdale’s bizarre behavior. It is reported that his family was very strict. All of the children – including Jacob Stockdale – were instructed to avoid making any friends, as per Mirror UK.
In addition to that, children had to pay in tokens in order to earn privileges inside the house. And if you think these were some high-end privileges, then you couldn’t be more wrong.
These privileges, for which the children had to pay in tokens, included things like playing the radio. Even more surprising is the fact that these tokens were not something that you could purchase. Instead, boys earned these tokens through hard work.
After Jacob’s mother, however, Laurie Tonkovic took over and soon found a manual left by Jacob Stockdale’s mother, Kathy. The manual had rules regarding the Stockdale’s home.
Laurie was left speechless after taking a glimpse at the rules of the house. Not because they were too systematic, but because they were too strict and rigid. For example, the manual put a limit on the amount of Television that boys could watch.
In fact, playing video games in the Stockdale family was off the charts. There was no room for such modes of entertainment in the house. Looking at these rules in the 21st century seems too off. And to be honest, they don’t even make any sense.
However, here’s something worth noting. None of it has anything to do with Religion. It’s important to note it because their upbringing regarded religious concepts. But, these rules were not crafted on the basis of religious teachings.
It is easy to label anything strict as ‘religious’. But the problem is that it’s not true. Rules such as banning video games and putting a limit on watching Television are not what you would call religious. Such rules are nothing but just strict and just for their sake, apparently.
Details Of Jacob Stockdale Murders – How He Killed His Mother And Brother Before Shooting Himself In The Face
If you are sensitive to such details, we will advise you to skip to the conclusion directly. We are going to highlight the murder details, which may be disturbing to some readers. If you are aware of your extreme reaction to such details, we recommend you skip this part.
If you are still reading this and want to dive into the details of two murders that took place in the Stockdale family, then here we go: Authorities tell us that Jacob Stockdale fired at his mother twice with the 20-gauge shotgun.
After killing his mother, he left the mother’s dead body in the bathroom upstairs. Then he proceeded to shoot his brother James Stockdale near the front door. After killing his brother, he attempted to take his own life.
It is reported that Jacob Stockdale shot himself in the face whilst standing ten feet away from his dead brother’s body. However, he survived and tried to talk to the law enforcement officials when they reached his residence, which was now a crime scene.
But since he shot himself in the face, he couldn’t communicate properly; therefore, the authorities didn’t understand him. Cutting right to the chase, Jacob Stockdale was rushed to the hospital to receive medical attention.
Jacob Stockdale Tried To Escape From The Mental Facility Twice
After he recovered from the self-inflicted wound, Jacob Stockdale found himself facing murder charges. Recovering from such a severe wound shot was a painful journey in and of itself.
Jacob Stockdale was admitted to a mental institution to ensure a full recovery. However, he tried to escape from the mental institution before the murder trials during this recovery phase.
And it might come off as a surprise to you, but Jacob Stockdale tried to deny the murder charges by pleading not guilty by way of insanity. But that wasn’t something worth considering, and he knew what was coming ahead.
Rightfully calculating the legal consequences that awaited him (not too insane of him, is it?), Jacob Stockdale tried to escape the mental facility by joining hands with like-minded individuals who were looking forward to their escape.
It wasn’t the first time that he had tried to escape the mental facility. TMZ states that Jacob Stockdale had attempted to flee from the mental facility not once but twice.
Over To You…
For those who had been following the reports and buzz surrounding the incident, it is clear that something was wrong with the conditions in which all the kids were made to live.
Now you might think that all of them were living in the same conditions, but only one of them turned out to be that way. Well, that is partially true. What if other siblings felt the same way, but only one of them turned out to ACT that way?
Both of those assumptions are radically different in reality. So for those who are criticizing the rules of the house, especially the ones laid down in the manual left behind by Jacob Stockdale’s mother, they are right.
With that, we move on to our next point. There is no doubt about the fact that the conditions of the house made it impossible for any human being to live. Boys were made to work hard to earn tokens.
They would then use these tokens to enjoy privileges like listening to the radio. And if that wasn’t enough (we don’t know why & how), the boys weren’t allowed to make any friends.
In addition to that, children of the Stockdale family were not even allowed to play video games inside of the house. Moreover, boys could spend a very limited time watching Television.
While such conditions possibly suffocated every boy in the family, only one of them decided to hold a shotgun and kill two of his family members.
So the question is worth asking: Why did Jacob Stockdale pick up the gun and shoot his family members?
Do you think that there might be something dark hiding beneath the surface than what is made apparent in this case? And if that is the case, what do you think it could be?