Clipped from US, California, Oxnard, Oxnard Press Courier, December 20, 1968

Mass Killer HadHomicidal TendencyNAPA (AP) — “I don’t know for his wife with a rifle. Police what kind of monster would do said he had “homicidal and sui-this thing.” cidal tendencies.”Dist. Atty. James D. Boitano The mill worker got to his 1inspected the carnage — six feet and walked through his five- I children dead by the hand of room wood frame house. Bray vtheir father, a suicide. found six of his seven children \Charles Bray, 40, brooded asleep. He shot each of themaway the early morning hours in the back of the head of Thursday. He drank heavily Bray slashed gasoline aroundHe thought about his wife’s new the house. He touched it off. plans for divorce. I The time w as about 6:45 a.m.He thought about his 72-hour commitment at Napa State Hospital, completed on Dec. 2, after police found him waitingNext door, Cleo Van Amber was having breakfast.“I saw smoke coming out of the Bray house. When I went out I found Bray staggering around. He appeared to be drunk.” Van Amber said.“I tried to talk to him, but all he would say was, ‘What have I done now?* I didn't see any rifle on him then.”Van Amber’s wife looked out the window as her husband ran across the lawn to call the fire. department. She saw Bray stoop . over. He picked up a gun. ,“He’s got a gun — call the police,” Mrs. Van Amber 1 screamed. Neither of the Van Amber’s heard shots. Bray was on the ground, mortally wounded.Sylvia Bray. 36. the estranged ' wife, was spending the night with a woman friend. The only V surviving Bray child, (ieorge,1 18. was summoned — about an 1 hour before the killings — to I the house w here Mrs. Bray w as I.staying. He told police his fath-;|er had been drinking heavily.It was one of the worst mass murders in California history. The dead w ere Charles, 16 Raymond. 12, Debbie, 15, Shirley,14. Stanely, 7. and Charlene.5.Coroner Walter Ladnier said thev all apparently died instantly-’lciSiolwa:IHalft