• Man kills mother on Christmas, claims she was ‘a demon'

    By: Shelby Miller, KIRO7.com

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    HOODSPORT, Wash. -

    A 25-year-old man is accused of stabbing and beating his mother to death, allegedly telling relatives that the woman was “a demon,” authorities said.

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    Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies said William Foster, 25, stabbed and beat his mother, Claudia Foster, 62, to death. 


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    “Claudia was a beautiful person. Nobody deserves this, whether they’re a beautiful person or not. (It’s a) tragedy,” Jim Johnson said. 

    William Foster appeared in court Wednesday. The judge addressed him through a TV monitor. 

    According to court documents, William Foster showed up at a family member’s home Christmas evening in his underwear and covered in blood. Deputies said he told them he thought his mother was a demon.

    He admitted to stabbing her in the head and beating her with a baseball bat. 

    Johnson lives next door in a home Claudia Foster owned and said the two were friends. He said he cannot believe she is dead. 

    “She’s a real nice lady, just like you or me. She cared about people,” Johnson said. “This isn’t something she deserved, obviously. It’s just a big tragedy.”

    William Foster is being held on a $500,000 bond. 

    Officials said he also has pending charges in Clark County for attempting to elude a police officer. 

    William Foster will be back in a Mason County courtroom on Jan. 7. 2019.

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