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Ethan Courrau, bipolar boyfriend, reportedly stabs and kills two kids, then himself

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Pics, video below.
A week after Globeville's Mayra Nunez shot her three kids, killing two and severely injuring the third, before committing suicide, a horrifically similar crime has taken place near Colorado Springs. This time, however, the two children who died (ages one and three) were stabbed to death, and the person who appears to have slain them, and then himself, was the troubled boyfriend of their mom.

The person believed to have been behind this awful act is Ethan Courrau, 22. His mom provided a statement to the Colorado Springs Gazette, for which she previously worked as an applications support manager.

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Ryan Willhite.
The statement reads in part:
"It is impossible to wrap our minds around this. There are so many unanswered questions of which we may never know the answers. We loved our son deeply. Ethan struggled with being bipolar I, and as his parents we actively helped him seek medical treatment. We had an open dialogue and regularly discussed the challenges of the disease and the importance of treatment. The details of what transpired...remain unclear and we cannot comment further until the investigation is complete."
The incident took place on the grounds of Remington Ranch Equestrian Stables, at 9550 East Woodmen Road. The business is run by Candi Kane, and it's located on a bucolic setting. Its Facebook page is down at this writing, but here's an image from the surrounding area grabbed by Google Images:

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Also living on the grounds, in a mobile home, was Candi's daughter Katie Kane and her two children: Ryan Willhite, just shy of four years old, and Scarlett Gallagher, nineteen months.

Also living on the property was Courrau, subsequently identified as Katie's boyfriend.

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Scarlett Gallagher.
On Wednesday evening, according to the Gazette, Katie and Candi headed to the store, leaving the kids in Courrau's care. Katie is said to have spoken to him on the phone during their absence, and nothing seemed amiss.

But upon their return, approximately an hour later, the mobile home had been transformed into a crime scene: Both children had been stabbed, and Courrau had what's been described as a self-inflicted wound to his neck.

By the time El Paso County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the property, a bit after 11 p.m. Scarlett was already dead, while Ryan and Courrau were alive. However, both of them died at the hospital.

Now, the exterior of the ranch has been turned into an impromptu shrine, with members of the community struggling to comprehend the violence that erupted there -- an act disturbingly similar to a horror show in Globeville that took place just last week.

Look below to see a 9News report about this tragedy.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Mayra Nunez allegedly kills two of her kids, wounds third, then commits suicide (59-60)."


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60 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Why does American $ociety produce so much Mental Illness ?


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It 'IS, TOO EARLY' .........

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This is so god-damn sad, & the poor father !!!

Girls get knocked up way too young, and when the Jr. High School romance has ran it's course and she's not even drinking age w/ kid(S), they are quick to cling on to ANY guy showing interest & not minding or 'being good w/ kids' .

If our schools weren't so TIGHT-ASSED w/ BIRTH-CONTROL !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

U$ / Repuglikan Mental Health Care Policy = ignore them until AFTER they commit a crime, then apply Prison Therapy if they're still alive.

Reap what ye sow.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If only the kids had been armed, they could have prevented this tragedy.

NRA solution -- Armed Guards in Every Home


JimTom
JimTom

If he had used a gun that is all this story would have been about. Why when the killer uses a gun do we not put any attention on the killer meantal state? It is always "without the gun this wouldn't have happened". Sad situation that further shows the problem with mental health and mental health drugs that have a play in these killings. Has the CDC researched the statistics of deadly violence corelated to the increase in the use of all these meantal health drugs that have been poured into society in the last 20 years?  

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Had he used a gun there would be no talk about mental health.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

We need better mental health care in this country.

Robby Abraham
Robby Abraham

People leave their kids with mentally unstable people all the time. This is a bad idea. You should expect crazy people to do something crazy. Having your child in their care is not a good idea. These deaths are a tragedy and another hard learned lesson in parenthood. The blame is on the crazy person, not the system or society. News is to educate not sugar coat or make a plea for the govn't to do something. The gov't can't do anything to help, so please stop asking them to. Please give me one example of any govn't program that works efficiently and corrupt free? Just one out of the hundreds of thousands of programs. There is no help for crazy unless crazy wants it and they accept the fact they are crazy.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

NO BIGGIE..who cares! I have been bitching for YEARS, about deaths connected to MENTAL HEALTH PILLS that DOCTORS PUSH! Just a few of my friends and neighbors. Alana Steinberg, Pat Palomino, Kelley Blake's 2 kids, Logan and Sheila Lampert just a few! THESE DOCTORS KNOW..ONE HIT OF METH mixed with these MENTAL HEALTH PILLS CAUSES HOMICIDE AND OR SUICIDE! GEE the DOCTORS can mostly tell if a PATIENT is using meth! BUT THEY PUSH THE PILLS ANYWAY..THAT IS B.S.!

Da Ja Fi
Da Ja Fi

why dont you post something about how messed up the medical and psychiatric industry is so that you can HELP solve the problems instead of keep reflecting the negative aspects of the big picture . . . . postin a sad story that has details including mental disorders isnt gonna make your newspaper any more money just make people feel bad vibes, perhaps you could post a article about the underlying issue and the subject at hand not the object. . . what is the purpose of your media outlet?

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

has there been a push to ban knives yet?

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay I'm sure their were plenty of knives in the house to arm oneself with. And knives are used to murder people in America close to 5 TIMES more than ALL rifles, including the popular AR-15. In fact, personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) are used to murder people twice as much as ALL rifles. If saving innocent lives is the issue, we should ban kitchen knives, hammers and hands before we ban AR-15s or their magazines.

JimTom
JimTom

More American knife MADNESS!!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@JimTom  

Your last point I believe is the key one . Parents will believe ANYONE w/ a P.H.D. & the marijuana I've smoked the last 30 yrs isn't shit compared to the lab produced chemicals kids have had shoved down their throats during the same period !

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@JimTom You make some intriguing points, JimTom. We're going to feature them in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Chris Estus   Especially 'RIGHT NOW' !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Estus ... the Second Amendment guarantees the Right of the Mentally Ill to Keep and Bear Arms ... or so claims the Gun-Loon Lobby.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David Kotzebue So true, David. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@David Kotzebue ... the Repuglykkkans, under Ronny Raygun, eliminated meaningful mental health care in favor of the Prison Industrial Complex.

The majority of ignorant selfish myopic Americunts supported that.

Reap what ye sow, suckers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Robby Abraham ... like leaving children with a Pit Bull ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... take your MEDS, psycho.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Russell Lott ... have knives slaughtered 10s of THOUSANDS of Innocent People / Children like GUNS have?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey= typical dishonest gun-nut

Firearms are used in the VAST MAJORITY of ALL Homicides.

Guess why?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom 

Pop Quiz: Would you rather be confronted by a Mad Man armed with a Knife or with a Gun ?

Be specific, and show your work.


JimTom
JimTom

If the liberals weren't all about pretecting the right of mentally ill people the shrinks would be able to report those people so they could be taken off the steets before they kill people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts = vapid inane fluffery


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay No, but people have used knives to kill "10s of thousands of innocent people/children" just like people have used guns, at a rate of around 1800 per year. All rifles, including the ever popular AR-15, is used in LESS than 375 per year. Knives are used to slaughter people 5 TIMES MORE than ALL rifles.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... keep flailing and failing, you gutless gun-coward.


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  Because the anti-gun-loons want to ban AR-15s and their standard magazines, yet knives are the weapon of choice, 5 times more than all rifles, for people who commit homicide. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... why do you dishonestly single out "rifles" or even a specific rifle, from ALL firearm deaths?

Pathetic Gun-Loon Prevarications


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  Not dishonest at all Donkey, you are more likely to be killed with a hammer than an AR-15. And 5 times more likely to be murdered with a body part than a rifle. 

JimTom
JimTom

Sorry I don't do Bibles, I admited to being uneducated not ignorant.

JimTom
JimTom

Sorry didn't want to be indoctrinated by the liberal education system in this country.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom 

Illiterate Imbeciles are as Illiterate Imbeciles do.


JimTom
JimTom

The grammer police attack!!! oh no I feel so inferior.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... where hands?

HipTip: try "their", moron.

JimTom
JimTom

people don't like to get there hands bloody?

JimTom
JimTom

I know it's scary but I live in your world too!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom = Invincible Superhero ... in his own delusional world

JimTom
JimTom

Don't know about him but I will.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom ... because in your delusional gun-loon universe, the "bad guys" with the guns never hit their target -- just like a Hollywood movie --  eh numbnuts?

JimTom
JimTom

Gun, because there won't be any questions about force when I shoot him.

JimTom
JimTom

I would support taking all illegally owned hand guns from all the losers on the streets illegally carrying concealed weapons. But we already have laws against these things thay are just not inforced. This would end the MAJORITY of gun homicides that are commited by currently illegal gun owners.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... so you'd support laws targeting Handguns, as they are the primary type of firearm used in the majority of homicides in the U$A, eh nutter?


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  Yet depraved, insane anti-gun-loons attempt to single out specific rifles, and their magazines, and call them "assault weapons". While knives are used to murder innocent people 5 times more than all rifles. The bills on the table are as impotent as you at reducing homicide, if saving lives is important to you, and banning things make you feel better, why not ban guns, knives, hammers and hands? Rifles and their magazines seem silly when they are rarely used in homicides compared to other guns, knives, hammers and hands. But I guess silly is the common thread in all gun-control measures.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... only the most depraved, insane Gun Loon would attempt to pervert the stats by singling out "rifles" from firearms deaths as a whole ... 

... why not single out "butter knives" from all other knives used in killings?

FACT IS >> Homicides by FIREARMS are the #1 weapon used in the U$A -- FAR exceeding homicides by knives ... or even blunt objects combined.


Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Nice comprehension skills, you should be proud.

Murder Victims  2011

Knives = 1,694

Blunt objects = 496

All Rifles = 323    

Knives, like the ones used in this story, are used to kill 5 times more people than all rifles. Blunt objects are used to murder people more than AR-15s and their magazines. People commit homicide twice as much with no weapon than they do with an AR-15 and its standard magazines. No one would dare say to ban all guns, just the ones that are rarely used in crimes, and their magazines. No wonder you can't comprehend the statistics, or the topic, it doesn't make much sense.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  According to statistics, "assault weapons" are average kitchen knives, not AR-15s or their magazines. I'm sorry the facts don't support your fear of guns.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey ... yet the PRIMARY WEAPON of choice among Homicidal Maniacs is in FACT a FIREARM.

Keep spewing your gutless gun-nut deceptions, your credibility is now zero.


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