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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randomaugustan
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randomaugustan 09/03/09 - 03:22 pm
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It's not about not having

It's not about not having your own opinion about who you think someone is.....it's about considering the fact that no matter who they were, someone still here loved them. Don't hurt those people with your words, anymore than they are already hurting over the loss and reality of what has happened.

ColumbiaCountyMom1
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ColumbiaCountyMom1 09/03/09 - 03:24 pm
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I am just ashamed right now

I am just ashamed right now to say that people from OUR community have made remarks that insinuate that a human being who made HUMAN errors brought anything to this extent upon themselves or think that his past actions are even relevant in a situation like this. I don't want to be part of a community that would rather see their opinions, right or wrong, published in writing, than rally around one another in our times of need. Everyone does have a right to free speech, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use your brain before you exercise that right. Wrap your heart around this family. If you know them, reach out to them. If you don't, ask God to. But whatever you do, don't come into an open forum to pass judgment in front of friends and family members who need compassion from their neighbors more than your comparison of your deceased brother who made everything "easier" on everyone when they passed away. COMPLETELY. INAPPROPRIATE.

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prayingforthisworld 09/03/09 - 03:31 pm
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Pommom38 - I pray you are NOT

Pommom38 - I pray you are NOT a mother! If so, we all need to do some major praying for you and your family to say such a thing. As I've stated and some others that actually have respect for the family during this tragic time, we all of opinions and can call names or blame whoever, but NOT ON HERE WHERE EVERYONE CAN READ IT! If you haven't noticed, family and close friends have been on here and you heartless comment/opinion during this time is uncalled for! Also, you can't live life on "what if's." The point here is two people are gone now (no matter how) they are gone and they have loved ones here they will NEVER forget! This women has another son who has now lost his mother, his brother - which was his best friend and this whole families life has been ripped apart. How dare you get on here calling someone names during a time like this! And you say your prayers are with the family - it really sounds like it!

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 09/03/09 - 03:32 pm
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Very well said ColCountyMom -

Very well said ColCountyMom - now that's a mother speaking!

astheworldturns
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astheworldturns 09/03/09 - 03:52 pm
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God Bless the family!And

God Bless the family!And Sugarbutton,you always try to act like you are sooooo concerned.Stay in city hall and shut up

NorthColumbia EleChessMom
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NorthColumbia EleChessMom 09/03/09 - 03:56 pm
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I have known Rob and his

I have known Rob and his family since he was in elementary. He always seemed to be a sweet courteous young man. He played chess and rec ball with both of my sons. I would have never dreamed that his life would end so tragically. No one will ever know why a young man who had so much going for him would turn to drugs. His family was very close knit and supported him in everything he did. Nancy was not a monster, only a Mom who saw her son hurting and she was hurting also. Until any of us walk in her shoes, we have no right to judge what she did,however shocking it might be. My heart breaks for her family, how awful to bury a child, grandchild and for her surviving son, his Mom as well as his brother. Gossip and enuendos wont change what happened. As for me, I am thankful that my sons dont do drugs and that I never had to walk even one step in Nancy's shoes. To all of Rob's friends who are users, dont be fooled this can happen to u-drugs can control and ruin not only your life, but the lives of your loved ones. Drugs is not a respector of race or social status. Let this tragedy be a wake up call .To the Tankersley/Anderson family, God help u to bear this cross.

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marien 09/03/09 - 03:59 pm
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This is all true, but I have

This is all true, but I have seen folks on this blog tear folks apart when things happen to a family member. They go on and on non stop, blaming everyone. So this should be said for every person that has some tragic event in their life no matter who they are.

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1trugent 09/03/09 - 04:06 pm
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This is indeed a very tragic

This is indeed a very tragic and sad situation.

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pommom38 09/03/09 - 04:36 pm
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praying, i don't need you

praying, i don't need you praying for me or anyone else. ya'll continue pacifying and feeling sorry for the mother. i cringe typing that. everyone's entitled to there thoughts, mine happen to air on the side of who she was before death. and the rest of you can sit in your little bubble saying what you will, if situation was reversed you know what you'd be saying right now.
i do feel for rob's friends and family left behind, my animosity is towards ms coward. and god help them for having to live with and try to understand how anyone could take there own childs life. ya'll have a good nights sleep with all your justifying pyscho babble about not judging her. haha

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ColumbiaCountyMom1 09/03/09 - 04:56 pm
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pommom - You would have to be

pommom - You would have to be totally ignorant to turn down prayers! I happen to be a firm believer that EVERYONE, no matter how blessed they may be, needs all the prayer that they can get! Have you ever heard the phrase, better to keep your mouth closed and look like a fool, than open it and prove it? You haven't read my comments all the way through if you were talking about what I said about inappropriate comments. What I think has been inappropriate in this forum is the fact that people come on here defaming Rob's character by making comparison's that they have no right to make. In fact, if you would read things all the way through I think you would see that Praying and I are not supporters of a murderer, we're supporters of this FAMILY and we have more respect and GRACE than to come onto an open forum where family and friends are coming to display condolences and point fingers and call names. Do you have no respect at all? We have said numerous times that everyone in this forum is allowed to have opinions, but that doesn't mean they need to be displayed.

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ColumbiaCountyMom1 09/03/09 - 05:03 pm
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About our "psycho babble"

About our "psycho babble" about not judging - READ THE BIBLE! "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.".... Are you perfect? Have you never sinned in your life? If your answer is yes then by all means throw all your judgmental comments wherever you please, but if not why don't you try doing what the Lord would want you to do and keep your comments to yourself. No one is in a bubble but you. People have a right to feel sadness, and anger, or whatever it is that they want to feel. All we asked was that people have respect. You aren't supposed to understand what she did... if you did, something would be wrong with you! I don't know if you do or don't know Rob, but what I do know, is his family is going to have to find forgiveness in their hearts if they want to ever be able to move on with their lives. Forgive and ye shall be forgiven. Don't feed the fire with hurtful, angry words.

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Lexxiey 09/03/09 - 06:19 pm
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Do none of you with your

Do none of you with your Negative comments have NO HEART! YOu dont know these people like i do! Nor do you EVEN know the situation- Rob was an awesome person! And i am not the only one who thought so! I personally dont think that the Augusta Chronicle did this family any justice by releaseing this information trying to make it sound like Rob was the bad guy. So folks watch what you say and do, b/c it could be you in the same situation. I dont think you would want the same things said about you or deceased family members. Judge Ye Not be Judged. PommPomm38 keep your sick comments to yourself- your a twisted individual and i am ashamed to know you live in my hometown.

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happythoughts 09/03/09 - 06:28 pm
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Tired of reading this

Tired of reading this lecturing crap. Leave her alone. you are not god.

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murphy44 09/03/09 - 06:31 pm
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This is shocking, tragic, and

This is shocking, tragic, and very sad to all involved. I am very upset at the writer of this article. Many things in the article are not relevant and only defame Rob's character. Does the writer actually believe his debts were the reason he was murdered. Everyone has debts and you can always repay them. And if any parent thinks their kids haven't used drugs or been around them, then you are SO NAIVE! He was not a drug addict. He was in the process of rebuilding his life, when it was senselessly cut short. Rob was a seemingly happy young man that would ALWAYS put a smile on your face. He was loved and will be missed dearly. If you don't believe me, go to his funeral. You will see how many people he touched. I can't believe some of the people on here are judging without knowing Rob or his mother. Keep your insensitive comments to yourself. I know if you said this face to face that you would get your dumb [filtered word] kicked. All we can do is pray for the family and appreciate the time we did have with them. Love the people around you, for they might not be here tomorrow.... this is awful.

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jeffslz 09/03/09 - 06:47 pm
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Let the first person without

Let the first person without sin cast the first stone. No one is without sin. No one is perfect, yet we live amongst people who think they are. We need to be praying for this hurting family, not spreading rumors. Adults look back at your childhood, did you make the best decisions? We are not the Judge or the Jury. Let God judge them just as He will judge us one day. May the peace of God be with the Anderson's and the Tankersley's.

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well I think 09/03/09 - 06:57 pm
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If I'm not mistaken, this is

If I'm not mistaken, this is the forum for opinion. Display your condolences in the Guestbook on the obituary page. If there was such a tragedy in my family or among my friends, this would be the last place I'd come for compassion.

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happythoughts 09/03/09 - 07:16 pm
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This forum is for expressing

This forum is for expressing opinions. If you are hurt by what you read then please read no more. Take your crap to a well suited environment so you can mingle and bore yourself to death.

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apositivesoul 09/03/09 - 07:47 pm
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At some point in life

At some point in life everyone need's compassion and understanding......for many different reasons. I hope that when 'well I think' and 'happythoughts' needs a dose of compassion that other's will find it in the hearts to dig deep and give them something that they don't deserve based on their "opinions" here.

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TakeAstand 09/03/09 - 07:52 pm
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Murphy, reading comprehension

Murphy, reading comprehension is a good thing. What do you mean does the writer think his debts had something to do with it.... uhmmm yeah. The coroner was the one who stated the possible motive according to the suicide note and the reporter reported it. "fines and probation" means he did criminal things. The AC only reported what those crimes were and what the motive was. They did their job, they reported a story for petes sake. If you only want to be remembered for the good in your life, don't do bad, simple as that. It's not as if they posted it trying to speak ill of the deceased or it when it had nothing to do with the incident, obviously his criminal actions did. They usually catch crap for not reporting details and when they do, they catch crap anyway!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/03/09 - 08:00 pm
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I am sorry for your loss

I am sorry for your loss murphy, maybe I was a lil hard on you, I didn't read the whole post because I thought the beginning was ridiculous and the AC did nothing wrong. But I can image in a time of such sorrow one is not thinking coherently. Again, sorry for your loss. My prayers still to the family and friends.

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Fiat_Lux 09/03/09 - 08:14 pm
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I hope this family, like so

I hope this family, like so many others who've had the tragic details of their lives laid out for everyone, don't bother to read the comments attached to this article. It would not do any of them the least bit of good. If you want to express your condolences, use the online visitation book available from the funeral home or linked to the obit. This forum is simply awful.

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Rose 09/03/09 - 08:27 pm
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Some mother she was, killing

Some mother she was, killing her son. No matter what my sons did, I would never take their lives. Of course there are those who take up for her, but at least tax payers won't be paying for her upkeep in jail.

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apositivesoul 09/03/09 - 08:43 pm
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I amend my previous comment

I amend my previous comment to include 'Rose'.

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CANUSEE 09/03/09 - 09:13 pm
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My prayers are with the

My prayers are with the family. I can really really understand the stress this type of debt can have on parents. You never really know unless you are in this person's situation.

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sassygirl12 09/03/09 - 09:36 pm
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what gave this stupid mother

what gave this stupid mother the right to take her sons life? if she was so depressed then she should have killed herself and left the inocent man alone..thats what wrong with these stupid idiots they want to kill themselves and take other people with them..i guess it suppose to make them feel better.my prayers go out to the family and friends

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Rebelbuyer 09/03/09 - 09:39 pm
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WW1949-I think you explained
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WW1949-I think you explained the situation pefectly. It is obvious that you've been there. So many families are struggling with all of the problems you mentioned above. The despair must've been overwhelming. We never truly know the burdens our neighbors bear behind closed doors.

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prayingforthoseinvolved 09/03/09 - 10:31 pm
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Why is it when a victim is

Why is it when a victim is murdered, and he didn't live such a "perfect" life, people still judge and disrespect him for his mistakes? Its not like he was the one that held the weapon, or asked for this to happen to himself... He was the victim! And it should remain that way! Don't judge a person, because of his own demons.... especially when he was the victim, and by his own protector. Have some respect people!
It is horrible... So much negativity.. and hatred! If Rob was 3, and his mother decided to end his life at 3, because you know kids are EXPENSIVE ((totally being sarcastic at this moment))- he would be the victim... But because he was 24, and had a somewhat troubled past... he isn't the victim.. that is horrible! I don't care what he did! He was still the victim!

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eachoneteachone 09/04/09 - 12:30 am
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Their was a Tankersley

Their was a Tankersley suiside back around 90 ...anywhy the young man used cyanide from his fathers' jewlery store if I am remembering correctly. Does anyone else remember this?

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paladin5 09/04/09 - 01:11 am
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Mr. and Mrs. Tankersley, My

Mr. and Mrs. Tankersley, My Thoughts and Prayers continue for you and your family as this tragic and sad moment shadows your life.
This was long and sorrowful night for all of us who were there, the family, friends, officers and officials who had to experience this sad time.
I pray that God will provide you and your family comfort and peace as we all seek to understand this tragedy. I pray that love and serenity will endure in the coming days and that Tomorrow will overshadow the pain of the past. God Bless You All.

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murphy44 09/04/09 - 01:25 am
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takeastand, maybe you should

takeastand, maybe you should read the whole story before you go off on a rant. You are still wrong about this journalist. Wouldn't the story been just as effective without that last little Fuh Q to a dead person. Go read wjbf.com's report on this story. You will see how real journalists write. They stated the facts without defaming anyone's character. Barry Paschal was told to report on a murder-suicide. Not Rob's past. Blaming a murder VICTIM for past mistakes is nonsense and unprofessional. By your reasoning if a girl gets raped, her past arrest for writing bad checks is to blame. Give me a break. Everyone has been young and made mistakes. Next time get the whole story before you start judging. Idiot!

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