Police have arrested 38-year-old Jeremy Ringquist after the bodies of his parents were found stuffed inside a freezer at their home.
According to reports, Ringquist had recently moved from Chicago and into the home of his parents, Randy, 63 and Karen, 65, following a divorce and a disability that prevented him from working.
Neighbors described Karen as sweet, but say Randy was a raging alcoholic who verbally abused both Karen and his son. According to Karen’s cousin, Mark Cestaric, the abuse was worse than verbal.
He said Randy was physically and mentally abusive to Karen and, after he moved back home, so was Jeremy. Cestaric said he talked to Karen by phone every week and that the last time he talked to her, on May 22, she said Jeremy had kicked her.
“Karen and her husband, they didn’t get along, he was abusive to her. And then their son moved in and he was also abusive. He’s a 300-pound kid,” Cestaric said. “Her life was miserable and I tried to tell her to get out. I said, ‘You’ve got to get out of there,’ but she said she had no money and no place to go. There’s no relatives close. I’m probably her closest relative.”
After not hearing from Karen for days, Cestaric contacted local police in mid-June and asked them to conduct a welfare check. Police told him they found a note on the door that said the family was on vacation and would be back June 16.
Cestaric called police back on June 17 asking for them to check again. This time there was a note on the door that said a family emergency had occurred and that Jeremy would be watching the property.
On Monday he called again, and also called his police officer brother-in-law, who contacted Springfield police. The next day, police went back to the home and forced their way inside after Jeremy called 911 and told a dispatcher to send a negotiator.
Once inside, police found Jeremy with a self-inflicted injuries that were not life-threatening. They also found the bodies of Jeremy’s parents stuffed inside a freezer. Jeremy’s fat ass was taken to the hospital, then taken into custody on charges of aggravated murder.
Springfield police Sgt. Rich Charboneau encouraged people to call police if they know of domestic violence occurring in their neighborhoods, adding that three neighbors were aware of verbal abuse going on inside the Ringquist home, but never contacted authorities.
Cestaric, who was aware of both the verbal and physical abuse, said he never called police because Karen told him not to, and because he never actually witnessed any of it.