Murder-suicide reported in Appling

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 8:21 AM
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The granddaughter and great-grandson of former Columbia County Sheriff Edward Tankersley died early this morning in what authorities say was a murder-suicide in Appling.

Nancy Tankersley Anderson, 56, and Robert Anderson, 24, were pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. by Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison, said Coroner Vernon Collins.

Both bodies were found in a rear bedroom of 6461 Washington Road, Appling, about two miles west of Pollard’s Corner, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Steve Morris. The home is owned by Ms. Anderson’s father, Robert Tankersley, Mr. Collins said. Mr. Tankersley is the son of former Sheriff Tankersley, who died in 1986.

Mr. Tankersley called the sheriff’s office when he was awakened shortly after 3 a.m. after hearing “four or five gunshots” and then finding the bodies of his daughter and grandson in a rear bedroom, Capt. Morris said.

Responding deputies found Mr. Anderson’s body in a bed with what appear to be multiple gunshot wounds to the head, while Mrs. Anderson was dead from what appears to be a single gunshot wound, Mr. Collins said. A .38-caliber Taurus handgun was recovered from the scene, Capt. Morris said.

Both bodies were taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta for autopsies, Mr. Collins said.

Describing a possible motive for the suspected murder-suicide, Mr. Collins said Mrs. Anderson left a two-page letter, dated Wednesday, explaining that she had decided to take her son’s life and her own because of his mounting debts from fines and probation. The letter included detailed plans for their funerals, Mr. Collins added.

“The son had some legal issues and some fines and stuff, and she decided to end his life and hers, too,” Mr. Collins said. “She had this planned just how long I don’t know, but she made closure with it yesterday and final closure this morning.”

Capt. Morris said Mr. Anderson had a criminal history that included drug violations and bad-check charges.

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1beautifulmess1
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1beautifulmess1 09/03/09 - 07:37 am
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This is a tragedy. I'm sure

This is a tragedy. I'm sure she was saddened by her son's troubles but to kill him. Wow. This is unimaginable.

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InChristLove 09/03/09 - 07:49 am
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Sounds like she was in

Sounds like she was in depression and couldn't see any other way out. When people loose hope, this kind of thing happens. Such a sad tragedy.

smbga
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smbga 09/03/09 - 07:50 am
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this is very heartbreaking.

this is very heartbreaking. hurting people.

beachboy
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beachboy 09/03/09 - 07:55 am
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When you're down to nothing,

When you're down to nothing, God is up to something. Take heed.....only one way, turn right and go straight.

WW1949
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WW1949 09/03/09 - 07:57 am
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Sometimes children get is so

Sometimes children get is so much trouble time after time and will not change. yet they bring all the troubles back home to the parents and put so much guilt and stress on them. The courts put such high fines and then the fine to the probation services that the offender can not ever get out of debt. They can't find jobs because of their records. If they commit a crime while employed then the lawyers want to hold the employer responsible because they hired a criminal. Such a round robin that some people cannot handle. It is always the criminals fault because they will not change their ways and the probation system is nothing but a money maker. Still this is sad. I have been there with my brother who kept our family in constant turmoil with his problems but would not change. He is now dead and life is so much easier now for everyone around. I miss him but not his actions.

poolmom
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poolmom 09/03/09 - 08:10 am
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Give me a break WW1949! The

Give me a break WW1949! The court puts such high fines so hopefully the offender will learn a lesson from this. They can get a job and make payments on these fines!

I do have sympathy for the entire family and could not imagine what MS. Anderson was going through.

I will pray for the family.

poolmom
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poolmom 09/03/09 - 08:24 am
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We all have opinions, we can

We all have opinions, we can all agree to disagree!

whyaskwhy
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whyaskwhy 09/03/09 - 08:42 am
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WW1949 - I understand what

WW1949 - I understand what you are saying. Still, it is a very sad outcome. Troubles, troubles, everywhere. God help us.

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 09/03/09 - 08:50 am
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It's best if you keep your

It's best if you keep your opinions to yourself during a time like this. Remember: family members can read all of these comments that are posted and I know for a fact that none of you were there when this occured nor do you know the ENTIRE situation with this family. You have only been made aware of what's listed in this story. Only comments that need to be posted at this time are respectful ones and none that make assumptions. This is a tragedy and we all just need to be praying for the other family members that are having to deal with this.

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BethsArk 09/03/09 - 08:57 am
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Prayingforthisworld, Amen you

Prayingforthisworld,

Amen you hit it right on!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/03/09 - 09:03 am
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Was the younger Anderson a

Was the younger Anderson a HHS or a GBHS grad?

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sugarbutton 09/03/09 - 09:16 am
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My heart hurts for this

My heart hurts for this family....no matter what the tragic circumstances. For the remaining family, please know our prayers are with you every minute right now. No room for anything negative right now from anyone. Please, be considerate of the rest of their families. Amen and Amen to prayingforthisworld. I know positive responses will help the family and friends.

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PositiveThinker 09/03/09 - 09:35 am
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This is an unfortunate

This is an unfortunate tragedy for all involved. I knew Rob personally... and while he has made some poor decisions in life he was really working hard to change his life around and get a job. For all the people who know and love the family and have been touched by this... I want to remind you that GOD is bigger than all of this.

Every one of us is a sinner. It doesn’t matter how many “good” things we do or have done. We have dishonored God by the meagerness of love to God and the shallowness of our trust in God and the inconsistency of our obedience to God. If we don’t find a way for our sins to be forgiven, we will be cut off from God forever, because God is holy and cannot look with favor on sin.

Nor can he sweep sin under the rug as though the dishonoring of his holy name by our sin were of no consequence. It is of infinite consequence. And that’s why God sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world to die for sinners.

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FlyersFan77 09/03/09 - 10:07 am
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Heartbreaking. I wish she

Heartbreaking. I wish she had to turned to someone for help, she appears to have been in serious need. Bless their souls.

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froggy1 09/03/09 - 10:09 am
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susang07 this world has

susang07 this world has freedom of speech wat world r u in!

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jmckee226 09/03/09 - 10:12 am
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RIP Rob Anderson- Your

RIP Rob Anderson-

Your cuz,
Josh

way
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way 09/03/09 - 10:40 am
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SuSang07 - his actions were

SuSang07 - his actions were his fault and he probably did carry guilt- but any parent can tell you that if your child is hurting or causing problems, then the PARENT is HURTING also. I feel sorry for all involved here, but don't say it had nothing to do with the mothers feelings because a PARENT HURTS when a child hurts ! God bless everyone at this time. I am so sorry for the pain and hurt involved in this situation. I dont' know anyone involved but my heart goes out to all !

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cparker 09/03/09 - 10:49 am
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Immorality has no race, no

Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!!

uptheseventhplanet
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uptheseventhplanet 09/03/09 - 10:55 am
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prayingforthisworld @ 9:50

prayingforthisworld @ 9:50 Everybody should keep their opinions to themself except you, is that right?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/03/09 - 11:05 am
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I so agree way! It puts a

I so agree way! It puts a stress usually on the entire family one way or another! My prayers to the family.

ProudMomma
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ProudMomma 09/03/09 - 11:12 am
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God be with the

God be with the Anderson/Tankersley family. RIP Rob..

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2 B JUST ME 09/03/09 - 11:36 am
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Sorry for this bad time for

Sorry for this bad time for the family but wish he had help when needed. Being a divorced/single parent of 2 boys in Col. Co. I had times i would stay up all night and go out looking for them to bring them home and felt like i could do same thing Ms Anderson did. Think goodness my boys never got into trouble, drinking, stealing and drugs just normal mischief and have turned out to be outstanding young adults with family's. What a sad ending of life in this case.

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prayingforthisworld 09/03/09 - 11:44 am
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Up...I didn't share my

Up...I didn't share my opinion on the situation and what I "thought MIGHT" have happend - I just advised people to watch what is being said on here and be considerate of others and their feelings during this VERY difficult time. There's a difference.

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Christann123 09/03/09 - 11:46 am
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Words can't describe the pain

Words can't describe the pain of losing a childhood friend.... Rob was such a GREAT and loving guy. He could make anyone smile or laugh! I have known Rob since Kindergarten.... I hate that this had to happen to him.. He is in a better place and will truly be missed by everyone that knew him! RIP Rob....

Normal in CSRA
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Normal in CSRA 09/03/09 - 12:09 pm
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RIP Rob, you are terribly

RIP Rob, you are terribly missed already. This is so hard.

ColumbiaCountyMom1
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ColumbiaCountyMom1 09/03/09 - 12:55 pm
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The fact of the matter is

The fact of the matter is that no matter what he did in his past, no one has the right to choose to end his life. Not even the one who brought him into it. He is a murder VICTIM, and does not deserve to have his criminal history strewn about the city newspaper like he brought any of this upon himself. And how dare anyone here say they know what his mother was feeling? That is not a normal train of thought and if you feel that way about your children, please seek help! That was part of the equation here. She obviously needed help. The family was troubled.... but none of this is anyones business other than the Anderson family. This is a horrible tragedy that is impossible to understand. You cannot find reason in situation that has none. We can only trust in God and know that there is a plan bigger than any of us can see. Pray for peace for their family, pray for his mothers soul, PRAY that we will not have to read anymore tragedies like this in our local newspaper. There's no justification in her actions, these comments are inappropriate. RIP Rob, and Nancy - May God have mercy on your soul.

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randomaugustan 09/03/09 - 01:19 pm
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Cocountymom............AMEN!

Cocountymom............AMEN! And thank you for saying that. No one has a right to take another's life and no one has a right to take their own, in God's eyes! But no matter what problems he may or may not have had, there are people in this world that loved and cared for him very much. He was a human being and he had real feelings and emotions too. It stung my heart to read some of these comments and how inconsiderate people can be in a public forum. Individually, we are all just somebody to place judgement on, but every single one of us will touch someone's heart at some point in our lives. Think of the hearts that are hurting over these losses today! Think how it would feel if you were the best friend, significant other, or family member of one of these people! Quite simply.....just THINK before you speak. We all have a right to our opinions but we don't have to be intentionally hurtful.

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HHSgrad 09/03/09 - 01:24 pm
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I fully agree with

I fully agree with CoCountymom & randomaugustan. Please respect the family at this time and as I was always taught growing up - If you can't say anything nice about someone - DON"T Say anything at all.

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pommom38 09/03/09 - 02:08 pm
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Thoughts and prayers for

Thoughts and prayers for rob's family and friends, and for speedy healing and quick forgetfullness for ms andersons family. they live on and must live with what she did. am sorry, she was a coward! and had no right to take rob's life. you want to die cause you're overwhelmed with issues? (who the heck isn't anymore) then kill yourself.. don't take others with you.
for those saying, say something nice, comments are inappropriate? whatever..what if she had lived??? then what would be said?? would you be so *ah, poor woman*? i don't think so... ya'll would be calling her for what she was. a murderer.

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tampaa 09/03/09 - 02:11 pm
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Thoughts and prayers for the

Thoughts and prayers for the family. Noone deserves to judge this mothers actions or the sons. God is the only one for that. You never know what circumstances lead to these kind of things.Nevertheless, no human being has the right to take the life of another. God bless this family and the ones left behind.

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