Why Call My Dad? Asks Victim's Daughter in the Kettenpom Murder Case
Taylor Whitney, daughter of Jim Gund the first responder to the double murder in Kettenpom that was himself attacked, describes her father’s dramatic ordeal here (some minor punctuation etc. corrections have been made for ease of reading):
[T]he Trinity Co. sheriff called my dad and asked him to respond to a 911 call that had come from my dad’s neighbor. My father and his wife drove down to the residence of Christine. The man, Tomas, came out and said she was fine. My dad’s wife, Norma asked to go in and see her. [Tomas] was more than happy to allow it.
As she got in the house, [however] he hit her with a tazzer gun. She saw Christine and her friend dead on the floor.
My father had heard [the] commotion. [He] ran to check and through the window saw Tomas slitting Norma’s throat. As my father (Jim) went through the door, he was hit in the face with a tazzer gun, and began to fight for his life. His throat, too, was slashed and he was hit over 20 times with a tazzer gun. Norma managed to escape and drive to the Kettenpom store where she was taken care of by an awesome team of local medics.
As my father continued to fight, he got the knife away from the killer and, it was at that point, that when he looked into his eyes he knew the man had no soul. My father with a huge cut to his throat ran half a mile home, got in his pick up, and went to the store to look for his wife and seek care. In the midst of this, Tomas left in his car, headed out Mina rd., and died in a wreck north of Willits.
My father and Norma were cared for in the Garberville hospital. Jim was transfered to St. Joes and Norma was flown to a Davis hosp. where she had surgery to repair a windpipe that had been cut through. They are both recovering and will be okay…
My question now is “Why the hell the TCSO [Trinity CO. Sheriff’s Office] called my father and his wife to check a 911 call rather than them do it themselves or perhaps call the amazing group of volunteer firemen and medics in Kettenpom? They have a dispatch and everything………makes no sense to me.
(See here for another post about the murders and attempted murders as well as the death of the suspect.)