Alex Baranyi and David Anderson are responsible for what is now known as the Bellevue Murders.
According to court documents Alex Baranyi and David Anderson lured Kim Wilson to a park in Bellevue Washington where they proceeded to strangle the twenty year old woman to death. The two unfortunately were not done as they went to the Wilson residence and broke in to the home and murdered the father, mother and other sister of Kim Wilson before leaving the residence. The family had been beaten and stabbed to death
The next day two kids playing in the park found the body of Kim Wilson and ran home where their parents would call the police .
When Alex Baranyi was arrested he gave no motive for the four murders although he would admit he was curious what it would feel like to murder someone. Alex Baranyi refused to name his accomplice but before long David Anderson would be arrested.
The two teen killers were initially suppose to be tried together however that soon changed and each were tried separately. They were both convicted and sentenced to four life without parole sentences
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The Bellevue murders, or the Bellevue massacre, occurred on the night of January 3rd, and the early morning of January 4th, 1997, when Alex Baranyi and David Anderson, both 17, lured Kim Wilson, 20, to a Bellevue, Washington park and murdered her. Afterwards, they entered her family home and murdered Bill Wilson, his wife Rose Wilson, and their other daughter, Julia Wilson.  Both Baranyi and Anderson were convicted and sentenced to serve four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Although the motives behind the murders were unclear, the boys exhibited psychological disturbance when they were brought in for questioning. When Alex Baranyi was questioned about his motives, he calmly replied that he wanted to kill someone because he was “in a rut”. Testimonies by Baranyi and Anderson led investigators to suggest that they killed the Wilson family for the sheer experience of killing.
On January 4, 1997, while playing in a park in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, two young boys spotted what they believed to be a pile of clothes in the bushes. Upon their return to the park the next day, they realized that what they had seen the previous day was a human body. They ran home, and one of their mothers reported the finding to the Bellevue Police Department. Bellevue detectives responded to the scene and found the body of a young woman who was later identified as 20-year-old Kimberly Wilson. She appeared to have been involved in a struggle and to have died by strangulation; a cord was found wrapped around her neck.
When detectives arrived at the Wilson residence, interior lights were off, although three cars were parked outside and Christmas lights were still on. Detective Jeff Gomes found that a sliding-glass door was open. He called out to see if anyone inside would respond. When Gomes heard nothing, he drew his gun and stepped inside the house. Gomes crept upstairs to check if the family was asleep. He discovered blood-splattered walls and ceilings. Gomes found the body of Rose Wilson (Kim’s mother), in bed in the master bedroom. She had been stabbed multiple times in the throat, and her head had been crushed by numerous blows from a heavy object. Near the foot of the bed, Gomes found the body of Kim’s father, William “Bill” Wilson, who had similar injuries. The body of Kim’s 17-year-old sister, Julia, was then discovered in the hall; she appeared to have struggled against her attacker. One of her arms had been broken, and both her head and neck had been stabbed multiple times. Bellevue Police and detectives quickly began interviewing neighbors regarding any suspicious activity or noises and for information on any potential enemies of the Wilsons. Co-workers of William said that he was well-liked, with his boss describing him as “very loyal and a good employee.” Co-workers of Rose said that she was “friendly and outgoing.” Classmates of Julia, a senior at Bellevue High School, described her as “a sweet, shy young girl.” Kim had graduated from the same high school that Julia was attending. The high school counselor at Bellevue stated that there was tension between Kim and her parents during her last years in high school. Records show that a year prior to the Wilsons’ deaths in 1996, one of their neighbors had placed a domestic disturbance call reporting an argument between Kim and her parents.
When detectives began interviewing Kim’s friends, they discovered Kim was friends with a gothic group that hung out late at night at the local Denny’s, although Kim did not spend time there herself. Calling it “The Saturday Night Denny’s Club,” the friends discussed role-playing games with themes of eroticism and death. Several members of the group spoke of the club as being a fun way to rebel against moralism and establish their own identities, however, none of them admitted to having ever considered committing murder.
Members told detectives that two of the group, Alex Baranyi and Anderson, spoke about committing murder on a weekly basis. Investigators questioned and interviewed both Baranyi and Anderson at their residences. Both claimed to have been playing video games at Baranyi’s home the night of the murders. Police examined the boys’ shoes to compare them with a distinctive shoe-thread pattern discovered at the crime scene. Alex Baranyi showed the detectives some brown work shoes, claiming they were his only pair. Witnesses and Baranyi’s neighbors disputed the claims that both boys had played video games all night at Baranyi’s house. A close friend of Baranyi told authorities that Alex Baranyi had boots with a similar tread pattern to the ones found at the crime scene. Searching the Wilson household again, detectives discovered two different kinds of bloody footprints, indicating that at least two individuals committed the murders.
Five days after first speaking with detectives, Alex Baranyi admitted to them that he and his accomplice murdered the Wilsons. He told authorities that he killed Kim first, strangling her at the park. After Baranyi realized that Kim might have told her parents where she was going to meet him that night, he decided to kill them as well. Baranyi went into the Wilson house with a baseball bat and a combat knife. He began to beat Rose Wilson with the bat, awakening her sleeping husband Bill Wilson. When Bill came to his wife’s defense, Baranyi beat and stabbed him to death. He then stabbed Rose with the knife and went upstairs to kill her daughter, Julia.
Before returning to his home, Alex Baranyi took a telephone, a CD player, and a VCR from the Wilson house. Baranyi refused to name his accomplice to the detectives, who it was later discovered to be a boy called David Anderson. Following further investigations, David Anderson was brought in for another round of questioning. This time, Anderson claimed that he had lied to detectives when he told them that he had been with Alex Baranyi the night of the murders. He claimed that, on the night of the murders, he had been driving a truck belonging to his girlfriend’s father between the cities of Bellevue and Seattle. Anderson also claimed he knew Baranyi had been planning the Wilsons’ murders for a while. He cited the friendship between Alex Baranyi and Kim Wilson as his only connection to Kim.
Three people who lived near the Baranyi residence contradicted Anderson’s statement; they claimed that they saw the two boys leaving the house together at the same time on the night of the murders. Detectives searched the households of both boys and took items Alex Baranyi had stolen, in addition to bloody shoes and shoelaces matching the shoe-thread pattern at the crime scene. DNA tests on these items traced back to the Wilsons.
Alex Baranyi and David Anderson were charged with murder in the first degree. Prosecutors attempted to try them together when the trial began in October 1998, but the court felt that each needed a separate trial for his individual role in the crimes. Three weeks after the trial began, Baranyi was sentenced to four consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. When asked if he had anything to say, Alex Baranyi replied, “No, I don’t think so.” He began serving his sentence a week later. Anderson hired and fired numerous lawyers in order to escape a sentencing similar to that of Baranyi. However, a month and a half later, Anderson was also sentenced to four consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole. Since that time, the state declared ‘juveniles sentenced to life without being eligible for parole’ had to be reviewed for a chance of parole
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A teenage boy accused of killing a Bellevue family of four offers no motive in a taped confession to police other than to describe the killings as an “opportunity to experience something truly phenomenal.”
A transcript of the confession by Alex Baranyi was made public this week as part of a request by the lawyer for Baranyi’s alleged accomplice in the killings, David Anderson. Attorney Michael Kolker wants Anderson tried separately.
In the confession, portions of which were published Friday by the Eastside Journal in Bellevue, Baranyi initially tells police that he alone strangled Kim Wilson, then beat and stabbed her parents and younger sister late Jan. 3 and early Jan. 4.
When detectives told him they knew more than one person was in the Wilson home, Baranyi acknowledged there was an accomplice, but refused to say who it was.
Baranyi and Anderson, both now 18, were arrested in January and have each pleaded innocent to four counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
If convicted of aggravated murder, Baranyi and Anderson, who have been charged as adults, face life in prison without possibility of parole.
The body of Kim Wilson, 20, was found strangled Jan. 5 in the Woodridge Water Tower Park. That led police to her family’s nearby home, where they found the bodies of her parents, Bill and Rose Wilson, 52 and 46, and her 17-year-old sister, Julia.
Four days after the Wilsons’ deaths were discovered, investigators drew from Alex Baranyi, then 17, an account of the killings.
In the transcript, Baranyi told police he was with Anderson, then 17, when he looked in Anderson’s address book Jan. 3 for Kim Wilson’s pager number. That evening, Baranyi paged Kim Wilson, who called back within a few minutes and agreed to meet him at a Chevron station near the Bellevue Way home where he was living. They drove in her sister’s car to the water tower park in her neighborhood, where they could walk the trails and talk, he said.
Baranyi couldn’t tell the investigators why he started to strangle Kim Wilson with a “run of the mill” 2-foot piece of rope he had in his pocket.
“When I, when I realized I was strangling her, I, I remember seeing her face turn blue and I just, I couldn’t stop,” he is quoted as saying. “I don’t know why. I just, I felt angry, but I don’t know why.”
Later, he acknowledged that an accomplice was with him and helped hide her body in some bushes.
Fearing the girl’s parents would know he had been with her, Baranyi drove the sister’s car to a spot near her house. He told detectives he waited for at least an hour, then pulled into her driveway and walked in through the unlocked front door.
Initially, he said he was armed only with a 5-inch knife and found a bat in the garage. Later he said he brought the bat and also used a kitchen knife.
He said he felt “really scared” when the family dog started barking as he approached the sleeping family.
After Bill Wilson quieted the dog, Baranyi climbed the stairs for a second time and entered the bedroom where Rose and Bill Wilson slept. He said that as the dog started barking again, he slammed the bat into Rose Wilson’s head.
He said he then stabbed Bill Wilson, then turned into the hall, where Julia had turned on the light. He described her terrified fall to the floor, his knife thrust as she wept and his words to her.
“I told her I was sorry,” he told police. “I was sorry that I was killing her.”
Baranyi left after taking Bill Wilson’s wallet and the family’s video recorder, CD player and phone.
He drove to the house where he was staying, hid the VCR and CD player, changed his clothes and returned to the car, he told police. He told officers he threw the murder weapons and clothing into a trash bin, then drove to the Wilsons, left the car and walked home.
There, he went to bed, sleeping until noon or 1 p.m.
Alex Baranyi later told detectives there was no motive for the deaths. Rather, he said, “there is just that opportunity to experience something truly phenomenal.”
Kolker, Baranyi’s attorneys and King County prosecutors are expected to argue their positions on separating the trials in a Sept. 26 hearing before Superior Court Judge Bobbe Bridge.
The trial, initially set for October, is likely to be postponed.