A transgender teen from Winthrop, Maine has plead guilty to fatally stabbing her mother and father on Halloween in 2016 because they refused to accept the teen wanting to transition.
Andrea Balcer, who in court documents is referred to as Andrew Balcer sobbed in court as the prosecutor went into detail describing how the teen stabbed Alice and Antonio Balcer, both 47-years-old to death on October 31, 2016..
The teen also fatally stabbed the family’s chihuahua but spared his brother’s life, according to Daily Mail UK.
A disturbing 911 call played during a court hearing last year where Balcer could be heard laughing while describing what he had just done to his parents.
During the 911 call, Balcer told police that his mother had been hugging him in his bedroom trying to comfort him when he plunged a knife into her back and continued stabbing her as she fell from the bed and onto the floor. The father woke up after hearing his wife’s screams and came running into the bedroom where Balcer attacked him with the same knife, struggling from the bedroom to the kitchen where Antonio Balcer died, face-up on the floor.
“I took my Ka-Bar (knife) and drove it straight into my mother’s back,” Balcer told the dispatcher after murdering her parents October 31, 2016.
“My father came up because he heard her screams and I stabbed the f**k out of him.'”
Balcer said the words that the teen’s mother whispered chilled the teen and caused him to “snap”.
The teen said after his mother came home from school and his father was attending a function for one of the motorcycle clubs he belonged to that the mother became too affectionate with the teen.
“My mother got home from work, and she just kind of started with a hug and a kiss and she took it too far, you know,” Balcer said, adding that sexual molestation continued until he was about 16, and she told no one about it.
“She hugged me,” Balcer said in the jail interview, “and she whispered in my ear, ‘Do you want me to make everything better?’ And I think that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I must have been having a nightmare of all the things that had happened to me up till then.”
Balcer will be tried under the birth name Andrew and said he “snapped” due to the lack of support shown by his parents after telling them he was transgendered at the age of three or four.
In an interview at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta last Friday, Balcer told reporters, “Only a monster would not feel remorse at that kind of thing. I’m not happy that all of this happened. It just traded one hell for another.”
Balcer is now raising new allegations of sexual molestation at the hands of the teen’s mother and both mental and physical abuse by the father-in assumption that this is a preview of different arguments the defendant plans to make in court when seeking leniency for a prison sentence.
The teen’s older brother, Christopher, strongly rebutted all of the new allegations of abuse in a separate phone interview last Friday, according to pressherald.com.
“No. No. No. No. No. That is the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life. The man never would have laid a hand on either of us,” Christopher said.
Balcer says he wrote a letter to Christopher from jail saying, “I was sorry for everything. I love him very much and I would change everything if I could.”
Christopher responded with a letter of his own-in it he writes:
“If you truly had a single shred of kindness or compassion for other human beings, as you proclaim to have for me, you would not have brutally murdered both of our parents.
“I still hear our dearest mother’s screams, every night as I fall asleep. Every morning as I awaken, they echo in my head. Her screams as she was stabbed by the son she doted on so much, the son she only wanted the world for, and would accept nothing less. I remember the foul things you accused her of, and the looks of horror upon the family’s faces as they heard about them. You are an inhuman creature and the fact that you continue to pretend otherwise sickens me.”
Chief forensic psychologist with the State Forensic Service, Debra Baeder, who evaluated Balcer several times, testified that Balcer had gender identity issues and “did not believe his parents would be supportive.”
Although Balcer has not attempted suicide in the adult prison, the teen tried on two separate occasions at Long Creek.
“That seemed like the only way out at the time,” Balcer said.
Now, “I’m resigned to what’s coming.”
“It’s like a thunderstorm on the horizon. You know what’s coming and there’s not a thing you can do about it.”
Balcer said he has no illusions about what will happen once he is sentenced, saying that although he’d like to be set free, he is expecting the sentence of some 55 plus years in prison.
Balcer previously pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging intentional and knowing murders of Antonio and Alice Balcer and to aggravated cruelty to animals for the stabbing of the family dog.
Walter McKee, Balcer’s attorney said via email he was unaware his client had been interviewed by the Kennebec Journal at the jail.
McKee said via email that Balcer “will be entering guilty pleas to all charges. Sentencing will be in October, I expect.”
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