Remember Tommy Sullivan, the Teen that Killed his Mother with his Boy Scout Knife?

What would make a child want to kill his own mother?

Demonic Possession to Blame. 

On January 8th, 1988 in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, a boy only 14 years of age interested in the occult and heavy-metal music, killed his mother using his Boy Scout knife, stabbing her 12 times then after writing a suicide note full of Satan-like symbols and cult references, set fire to the family's house by igniting the chesterfield, hoping to kill his father and brother while the two slept, then he killed himself, slitting his throat and wrists, with the same knife he killed his mother. 

After killing her, he put all his occult books in a circle around the living-room couch and set them on fire. His father woke and put the fire out before it spread and before he realized what really had happened.

The boy, Thomas Sullivan Jr. was found dead, the next morning on the next door neighbours lawn.

In the boys bedroom investigators discovered several books on the Occult and Satan worship along with the suicide note. He had been arguing with his mother that evening over his obsession with the Devil. After killing her, he put all his occult books in a circle around the living-room couch and set them on fire.

If only the parents would have heeded Thomas's teachers concerns about demonic possession. They reported to his mother that he was acting quite strange prior to killing her. It only took 2 weeks for the boy to turn from toy trains to a satanic killer.  

Thomas's friend, another young boy interested in the occult, told investigators that Thomas wanted to form an occult group at school, he confided in him, saying that the Devil has been visiting him for awhile and is telling him to kill his parents.

About 700 towns people organized at the school, after becoming alarmed an unknown force may be behind Thomas Sullivan Jr.'s actions, associating devil worship with heavy drug use, heavy metal-music and the fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons.  

Years later, similar drawings and graffiti to the ones found in Tommy's bedroom were found in an abandoned resort painted on the walls, including drawings of a half-man, half-goat figure with cloven hooves, a pentagram and the "666" insignia of Satan. A head of a dismembered goat was found at a ritual site in a thickly forested area, near the Jefferson township.

One book found in Tommy's room, The Satanic Bible by Anton Lavey is in heavy demand and usually sold out.

In a way, I'm glad I don't have kids.

Dog Brindle


Anonymous said...

this whole story is bullshit,they should re open this case to find the true murderer of Tommy and his mother,my partner and myself just finished watching a documentary called satanic panic devil worship in the 80s, my partner and i looked at each other in disbelief when the story of Tommy was being told,i my self was no different than Tommy at 14 years i can not believe that Tommy killed his mother and then himself, in the way that detective paul hart describes, Tommy slices his cardioid artery, also the tendons to the point that his hand has snapped back on it self,Tommy should be finished here, he should have lost conciousness within seconds (not minutes)but Tommy still manages to slice his own throat from ear to ear to the point that he almost completely severed off his own head with a three inch pocket knife given to kids in the scouts ?,this is detective paul harts own words, Tommy's suicide note looks to neatly written for a boy who's gonna kill his mother father and brother then himself ? why didnt he kill his brother and father they were asleep in the house ? the writings on Tommy's table look like it was written in a rage,it says die mother father,now if you ask me the real killer(s) wrote this on the table,easily done just hold a pencil in a clamped fist and walla,how did paul hart become a detective this guy is a nuff nuff either way its all to fishy to believed ,look into Tommy's father very suspicious character)i have some theory's but would take to long to state. in peace Tommy..feel free to email ( )

Anonymous said...

Looking,for more info on this as there seems to be very little. Like above poster, I have some serious doubts.

sammerdean said...

As an individual that has worked with several different Medical Examiners...I have seen many murders and suicides (unfortunately). NEVER have I EVER seen where an individual has cut their own neck to the point of going through the arteries, windpipe to the back of the spine "almost severing their own head"...IF THIS 12YR OLD KID DID INDEED DO THIS...he was truly possessed or someone ELSE did it to him. SAD either way...

Anonymous said...

The entire story is fake. A complete fabrication by the media in order to induce the satanic panic. There never was a "Thomas Sullivan Jr." The entire family is now conveniently "dead" including Brian Sullivan the little brother of this "satanic murderer".

The intelligence community in the united states has a vested interest in social engineering. In the 1980s many intelligence operatives were placed in influential christian ministries. This allowed them to travel around the world with very little scrutiny. In the 1980s this was the boogey man given to the dumb american type by news outlets and personalities like Geraldo.

Boy scout knives do not lock. They are folders and you cannot stab with them because the blade will fold causing you to cut yourself. The detective in this case, if he was a detective at all, was a plant. They sold this story of an all american boy who got interested in satanism to a gullible american public that isnt as gullible anymore. The boy scout knife was just a symbolic prop in the story.

Follow the yellow brick road.