Updates: WS murder-suicide couple IDs; jail site list trimmed

*We first told you yesterday morning about the deaths of a couple in a 2nd/Roxbury home. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms it was a case of murder-suicide; 48-year-old Traci Creamer, the first person murdered in West Seattle in 2008, died of head injuries and suspected strangulation blamed on her 44-year-old husband Jeffrey Creamer, whose death from wrist wounds was ruled a suicide. As we reported yesterday, police say they had a long history of domestic violence. Online court records we checked appear to bear that out.

*The city’s list of more than 30 potential jail sites for misdemeanor offenders is down to four, and two are on the eastern edge of West Seattle: Highland Park Way/W. Marginal Way (map) and 9501 Myers Way (map). According to Delridge Neighborhood Services Center Coordinator Ron Angeles, community meetings are expected this summer.

16 Replies to "Updates: WS murder-suicide couple IDs; jail site list trimmed"

  • RickB May 6, 2008 (8:03 pm)

    This might sound kind of weird, but even though I live in White Center, I don’t really care if a jail ends up at either of these sites, as long as traffic isn’t adversely impacted…

    The new face of NIMBY: NIMBR (Not In My Back Road)!


  • Kat May 6, 2008 (8:06 pm)

    A jail at the foot of Highland Park? What an idea! Here’s a definition of “misdemeanor” on Wikipedia:

    Depending on the jurisdiction, examples of misdemeanors may include: petty theft, prostitution, public intoxication, simple assault, disorderly conduct, trespass, vandalism, and other similar crimes.

    Let’s put thieves, prostitutes, drunks, thugs, and vandals 1000 ft. from Riverview Park playground, Pee-Wee fields, and homes!

    OK, nothing to worry about while they’re there but where will they go when they make bail…

    How do we protest this?

  • WSB May 6, 2008 (8:36 pm)

    City Council likely has the final say. We’ll be following up on this one too.

  • d May 6, 2008 (9:43 pm)

    Kat –

    The Highland Park Action Committee has a link on the side bar. Their next meeting is May 19 at the Highland Park Improvement Club.

    Folks who are concerned or have an interest should attend that meeting. They might want to contact, via email, one of the officers of that Committee. Also Ron Angeles, the Delridge Neighborhood Coordinator for the City was at the last Highland Park Action Committee. Folks might want to inquire whether he will be at the May 19 meeting.

    Also, The Riverview Neighborhood committee is, from what I understand, not currently organized. Also, the Highland Park Action Committee does not currently have leadership at the helm – there is no chair. And has been nearly inactive, if one is to judge from their website, for many months. No meeting minutes, no agendas, etc. Except for the last meeting they held on April 28, which happened to be the first that I attended. The minutes from that meeting, such as they are, were posted to the website.

    I think both the Riverview Committee and the Highland Park Action Committee should consider reactivating immediately and get some leadership to deal with this.

  • Kat May 6, 2008 (9:53 pm)

    Wonderful ideas. I will definitely be active on this. I went to the HPAC website but didn’t see the May 19th mtg listed. Are the meetings always at 7pm? Thank you for your wonderful suggestions. My first instinct is to always freak out. Now it’s time to get to work! I will be encouraging all of my neighbors to get involved with this as well. Thanks again!

  • d May 6, 2008 (10:02 pm)

    I’m 85% sure it’s 7:00 pm.

    Tell Riverview & Highland Park peeps!!! Both Committees need serious amounts of fresh energy, follow-through and friggin’ leadership!!!

    The usual meeting schedule, I believe, would have had the meeting the next week, but that’s the Holiday, so it was moved to May 19 instead.

    If you REALLY want to freak out, you could pass out fliers with the date and time of the meeting. ;) Of course, WSB helps by the publication of these notices, but I think LOTS of Highland Park and Riverview people might miss the connection between the proposal and our neighborhoods, scanning through The Blogs headlines. :(

    I will probably see you there. Look forward to meeting you!


  • westseattledood May 7, 2008 (7:53 am)

    WSB just posted notice of the Southwest District Council Meeting happening tonight – Wednesday May 7. This is the next level-up meeting from the neighborhood associations and since there is such a void currently in Highland Park and Riverviews groups, this might be worth attending.

    As WSB has just informed us, City Councilman Rasmussen will be present at tonight’s meeting, so perhaps folks might want to attend this meeting as well, if they have interest in the Highland Park jail site.

    I sure have no idea if the issue can or would be addressed. I don’t know what is on the agenda because I can’t find a link for the Southwest District Council, which I find to be exceedingly odd.

  • baba nulu May 7, 2008 (8:27 am)

    Great news for the Westside. Maybe we can put the skate park in the jail.

  • jennifer g May 9, 2008 (12:54 am)

    out of respect for the family, when you print my fathers name would you please add the W. for Jeffrey W. Creamer. it is uncomfortable to have him confused with my brother.

  • jennifer g May 9, 2008 (12:59 am)

    one more thing, i don’t see the connection between their deaths and the site of a new jail?? would that have changed the terrible thing that happend that night? i really don’t think so. just my opinion.

  • kelly May 9, 2008 (12:24 pm)

    Jennifer G.I’m sorry you lost your father. Traci is my step sister. We all hurt from this horrible event and wish we could have prevented the abuse from the start. Traci was beaten over and over but still went back to him. You can have all the jails in the world and still not change the fact that the abused keep going back to the abuser and eventually it ends up with someone dead and in this case we lost them both. I hope that possibly something good can come out of this, maybe a treatment plan for the abused to change the way they view themselves as well as their abuser. Women! – Stop going back to the men beat you! stop it! stop it! stop it! Your children are watching.

  • jennifer g May 16, 2008 (11:38 pm)

    i didn’t know she had a step sister… did you when i was born she was the first person to hold me? she was my mothers best friend a long time before she married my father, i really liked her, she had a good heart.

  • kelly May 17, 2008 (5:41 pm)

    Jennifer G, I have lost many family members these past few years,like my father(Traci’s stepfather)to cancer, my uncle to cancer,Larry(Traci’s ex-husband)to suicide and now Traci and Jeff to murder/suicide. I like to think they are all together with peace and love no matter the circumstances of their death. Jennifer G.-It’s very important that you not hold on to anger for to long, we all go to the same “mountain”, some just get there a little earlier than us.
    Best of luck
    Tell your mom “hello” from me

  • kelly May 17, 2008 (5:59 pm)

    sorry, for the dup. did’t think it went though.

  • jennifer g May 23, 2008 (1:46 am)

    i will tell her, thank you.

  • angela May 27, 2008 (6:49 am)

    I want everyone to know that my father was a great man. I know it’s hard to believe when you read all this but he was. Tracy never deserved this but when you keep drinking the way they did then something is eventually going to happen. I was angery when I read the newspaper aout then bartender talking about my father. Then I thought of course he is going to say that he only saw my father drunk…Rest in peace tracy and dad…I love you both

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