SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -
The violent and ultimately fatal dispute between Patricia and John Ambrozak has shocked the Spa City. Police say 47 year old John murdered his 75 year old mother Patricia last Monday.
They say he broke several of her bones before stabbing her to death. John Ambrozak then took his own life. Their bodies were found on Friday.
"Very tragic case. And, typically in a domestic violence case like this one, it had been building for a long time," said Saratoga District Attorney Jim Murphy III.
This wasn't the first time John had attacked his mother. He was arrested for assaulting her in 2011.
"We've worked with her before. And, oftentimes, in these kind of cases, the victim usually doesn't go forward. I want to try to resolve things with my son in this case," said Murphy.
Patricia never pressed charges against her son. And, experts say her hesitation is not unusual.
"They'll say I raised this child. What happened? How can this be happening now? So, there is nothing more tragic than a parent being abused by a child," said Maggie Fronk, Executive Director of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County.
Patricia and her son lived close to each other and, they shared a business--the Tropic Hut Restaurant and Bar. Police have not released a motive for the murder. They believe it could have involved conflicting plans for the business. They also say there is more to the story.
"It was a much bigger picture as in most domestic violence cases," said Murphy.
And, older people are victimized more frequently than you may think.
"Actually, one of 10 elders are abused. And, 90% of elders who are abused are abused by a family member," said Fronk.
Patricia's emotional struggle with her son--sadly-- turned deadly. But, Fronk says it doesn't have to end this way.
"If you are both in a relationship that is this damaging, it doesn't help either one of you. So, sometimes getting outside help is the best thing you can do to help that adult child you're worried about."