Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Julia King's Despair on MySpace, Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Shot Multiple Times

Jane Velez-Mitchell is on CNN Headline News screaming her outrage at the latest detail from the Jennifer Hudson case, that an autopsy reveals 7-year-old Julian King died from multiple gunshot wounds. In addition, she's asking how can a woman marry a man like William Balfour as she reads from what they say is Julia King's MySpace page. Jane screams like Nancy Grace.

And Grace comes up next screaming she wants justice for Julian King and Hudson's mother and brother. She has an interview scheduled with William Balfour's mother, Michelle Davis Balfour. Grace and her panel guests (see video below) are outraged that Balfour wasn't in jail because he had already violated parole and should not have been on the street at all, they think. They mentioned his attempted murder charges related to a separate incident. However, Balfour has not been charged with the Hudson murders. Furthermore, police speculate that more than one person may have been involved.

Julia King used caps, as you can see below, to talk about the loss of her son.
It appears to be her MySpace page because it links from Jennifer Hudson's official MySpace page. In the passage, King, the mother of Julian and wife of William Balfour, despairs over her lifestyle choices, the loss of her mother, brother, and little Julian. The young mother seems to think her choice to love William is related to her losing her son, Julian (or she could mean that her choice to reject William and see other men led to her losing her family). The Nancy Grace show reported that Balfour's girlfriend has recanted her alibi and that may strengthen belief that William Balfour is connected to the murders. Also, the multiple gunshot wounds indicate a personal rage against the child or the child's parents:
LETS SEE IM 29 YEARS OLD I HAVE ONE CHILD AND I'M ALWAYS BORED, I LOVE TO HAVE FUN EVEN START A LITTLE S*** HERE AND THEIR i HAVE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS MY SISTER IS JENNIFER HUDSON YES THE JENNIFER HUDSON AND MY BROTHER IS JASON,I GUESS IT'S TIME TO UPDATE THIS WHEN I STARTED MY MYSPACE ALL OF THE ABOVE WAS TRUE , NOW BECAUSE I CHOSE TO DO WHAT WAS NATURAL TO ME AND LOVE SOMEONE , IT COST ME MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY MY WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL LOVING SUPPORTING MOTHER DARNELL, MY TRUE BLUE BABY BROTHER JASON , I LOVE U BIG BABY ... AND LAST BUT NEVER NOT LEAST MY ONLY SON JULIAN , MY INNOCENT BABY ONE THAT WAS SHELTERED FROM ALL THE EVIL OIN THE WORLD BECAUSE WE LOVED HIM SO MUCH... BUT THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVING SUPPORT, I KNOW SOME OF YAL HAVE YOUR OPINIONS AND YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THAT , LIKE WHY IS SHE LOGGING ON TO MYSPACE AT A TIME LIKE THIS , LET ME TELL YOU WHY I WAS HOPING THAT , THAT WAS A WAY TO MAYBE HELP ME GET MY SON, MY BABY THE ONE I CARRIED UNDER MY HEART FOR 8 1/2 MONTHS THE SON IT TOOK ME 21 HOURS OF LABOR TO BRING HERE THE SON I GREW TO KNOW AND LOVE FOR JUST A FEW MONTHS OVER 7 YEARS THATS WHY ... AND NOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ACTUALLY CARED THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT , THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS , THANK YOU FOR POSTING HIS PICTURE ON YOUR PAGES AS YOUR DEFAULT PICTURE THANK YOU... BUT HIS LIL SOUL IS AT EASE, I TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT JULIAN IS WITH MY MOTHER AND MY BROTHER AND MOST OF ALL THE LORD AND NOW HE'S MY ANGEL HE'S PROTECTING ME... (Julia King)
Another woman was on with Jane. I didn't catch names because I'm sitting with my 81-year-old mother at the hospital, but the woman, a blonde, made sure to say that it's not Julia King's fault. That if a woman makes a bad decision to stay with a man (or the decision to leave one) and then that man commits an act of violence, that's on him.

My heart goes out to Julia King. Sometimes we women do stupid things because we're too insecure to stand alone without a man, any man, in our lives. At BlogHer, I've recently posted Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy in Domestic Violence Awareness Month in which I said the following:
Love is blind and sometimes deadly, and often we don't know the difference between a man loving us and a man being obsessed with us. Romantic obsession is poison. It's the darkest side of not letting go, and the control freak's cancer. (my post at BlogHer)
I wrote about the murders from the perspective of a domestic violence issue because of Julia's husband, William Balfour, and his reported history of violence and threats. However, the police have not declared him a suspect in the case. He is classified as a person of interest.

Jane Velez-Mitchell also said it's been reported that Balfour told King that he'd kill her if he found out she was seeing another man even though he himself was seeing other women. That's a classic abuser stunt. But who knows what's true and not with all the screaming.

Later, Grace interviewed Balfour's mother via telephone and as expected, the mother believes her son is misunderstood and could not have committed the murders. Grace asked her about William's carjacking charges, and Mrs. Balfour said it was only ruled a carjacking because the car's owner jumped on top of the car while William was trying to steal it. She also said that William's never had a gun and is nonviolent. Further, she says that her son turned himself in and was not arrested as the media reports, and that Jason Hudson, Jennifer's brother was selling drugs out of the house. Later she seemed to suggest that her son's cocaine arrest was invalid because the cocaine was in his car and "not on his person."

Balfour's mother sounds like an enabler. I felt sorry for this mother. Whether her son is guilty or not, I feel her sorrow.

One key point, if true, could mess up this case. Balfour's mother said her son was denied his right to an attorney.

Here's more information on the case from The Chicago Tribune, which reports that police are trying to figure how whether only one person could have shot the mother and brother, and took Julian, killed him, and disposed of the car. They think more than one person may be involved. They also have video of the SUV on Friday, the day of the murders, but can't identify the driver.

Updated 10/29 with video: Here's video of Michelle Davis Balfour talking to Nancy Grace and defending her son, William Balfour, the person of interest:




Nancy Grace with her panel of experts discusses murders, motive, and takes calls.


I know people love Nancy Grace, but I find her reporting/commentary style annoying. If you can't view video, you can read quotes from Balfour's mother at this link.

Click here to see all Jennifer Hudson posts.

13 comments:

Funcontessa said...

she walked into her mother's house and saw a woman on the floor and walked out backwards and then called for help. Don't any of you see anything wrong with that picture????

I f you walked into your mother's house and saw a woman down on the floor, wouldn't you assume it was your mother and run in and try to help her and then call for help??? Wouldn't you run like crazy through the house looking for your child knowing that's where you had left him last???

Then she spends her time on myspace--WTF???

Sorry people but I smell a rat and I think she is very involved. I bet the cops will nail her, too.

Janis said...

I think it is horrible. It is a family torn apart by death. People tend to state things if a person would have not done this then maybe the results would have been different but that is never true. Life throws us curve balls but I believe in a God who promise to never put more on us than we can bear. I believe that J. Hudson and Julia King was blessed with a mother who gave them supersize strength. I know what it is like to lose a person you love and so I can only imagine the hurt one goes through when its many people you love and at a very evil way. I too feel sorry for the person of interest's mother however this is not about her or him. It is about a family who have to piece a broken mirror back together, look at the reflection for eternity, and begin to move forward. However, to the family be of great courage. I hope you know that you are blessed people because you have people around the world who are supporting you. So when ever you feel weak and Ms. Julia you ever feel you need to blog, write, talk, vent, and/or pray please do.. B/c God is listening, we are listening, praying, blogging, setting up focus groups, rallying for the ending of violence, too....
God Bless Your family and may his grace be suffient...

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you for leaving comments. Funcontessa, I'm curious. Where did you get additional information saying Julian found the bodies. The news media says it was "a relative of Jennifer Hudson" but doesn't say who. Other sources say it was a cousin, but I haven't heard that Julia King found the bodies herself.

Nevertheless, her MySpace page, if in fact that's her writing, makes her seem a little off. It sounds like she was in a very dysfunctional relationship. So, yeah, that should get a "WTF?" You never know how a person will handle grief.

Janis, thank you also for commenting. They need all the prayers they can get.

Believe said...

To quote funcontessa, this was my first question, also: "Wouldn't you run like crazy through the house looking for your child knowing that's where you had left him last?" A mother's instinct would lead her to scramble to find her child, no matter how disturbing the scene was. A mother would jump over dead bodies if she had to. And she's already on Myspace laying the foundation for her defense? Disgusting.

Meggie451 said...

why, with all her money, did jennifer hudson continue to allow her family to live in a neighborhood where gunshots are common?

Vérité Parlant said...

Julia King did not find the bodies. Someone else in the family did. So the assumption that she may be involved for that reason is on shaky ground. As I wrote earlier, her MySpace page hurts her credibility, but liking to party, does not make one a murderer. What would she have to gain by being involved with the murder of her mother, brother, and child?

But if anyone has a legitimate news source reporting that Julia King found the bodies, please give me the link? That would be important information, and if you read that somewhere, I see your point.

Thank you, Believe. It's a valid suspicion if it's true Julia found the bodies.

I know that this situation angers us because of the loss of a brother, mother, and the horrible killing of a child.

Why didn't Jennifer get her family out of that neighborhood? I've wondered the same thing. Her mother may not have wanted to move. My father still wants to go back to his house in a part of New Orleans that would not be good for him due to lack of services. The house has been broken into since its post-Katrina renovation and he still wants to back.

Thank you, Meggie.

Andrea said...

Whatever your thoughts are: they lost loved ones to senseless violence. It doesn't matter where she lived, this was not deserved. Pray for the family like you would want someone to pray for yours.

Vérité Parlant said...

So true, Andrea. Whether it was due to random violence or domestic violence, and who failed to see what ahead of time doesn't matter. The loss of a mother, brother and child is beyond measure. Even Balfour's mother is in pain, and we need to show compassion.

And what if it turns out he didn't do it. He's sitting in jail mourning the loss of his stepson and estranged wife while being accused of murder.

Nobody wins in this kind of situation ever. And none of us should be arrogant enough to believe it could never happen to us.

Thank you for your comment.

I also direct readers to a post at BlogHer which has links to resources about seeing the signs of domestic violence and links to taking action on violence against women of color and all women, but family violence hurts us all, both male and female.

Believe said...

From the article entitled, "Mother: My son not involved in Hudson killings" on cnn.com:

". . . Davis-Balfour said that her son is separated from Julia Hudson, Jennifer Hudson's sister. It was Julia Hudson who first discovered her mother's body, police said. Authorities were then notified, and they arrived at the home and found Jason Hudson's body . . . "

kh said...

Does anyone know who owned the vehicle that Julian's body was discovered in?

char said...

To Virite Parlant>It was Julia Hudson who first discovered her mother's body, police said. Authorities were then notified, and they arrived at the home and found Jason Hudson's body.
This has been on CNN.com in almost all the stories relating to this. It is now in the current one.http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/29/hudson.shootings/index.html

Vérité Parlant said...

Thank you, Char and Believe. CNN has updated that information since they first started posting the news of the murders. In fact, in the earlier stories they called Julia by Balfour's name, "Julia Balfour," and in stories from other sources she's called "Julia King" and now she's being called "Julia Hudson."

Anyway, here's the quote from the earlier CNN stories that I remembered.

"Deputy Police Chief Joseph Patterson said the bodies were found about 3 p.m. Friday (4 p.m. ET), when a relative arrived and found the body of a woman on the living room floor. The relative backed out of the house and called police, Patterson said. Authorities found a man shot to death in a bedroom." ... CNN from the story " Jennifer Hudson's sister begs for missing son's return."

So, at some point they updated to saying Julia found the bodies and I missed it.

Thank you for giving the source, Believe and Char. If they said it on Nancy Grace's show, then I missed because she screams information and I find that very distracting. Plus I was sitting with my own mother at the hospital.

KH, I've read it was Jason Hudson's SUV. Here's a link to ABC that said that.

Thank you to everyone for commenting and keeping me updated with facts and opinions on this heartbreaking story.

Dennis Uwemedimo said...

To all concerned can I first, say that before we start making assumptions on how, we would personally react in such a shocking situation. We can only truly comment unless you have personally been there yourself.

Who knows how any of us would react to such a sight. Its very easy to say, what we would do or not do, but just pray, it never happens to any of you.

Secondly, with the point about jennifer, moving her family away from the neighbourhood.
Again, you cannot easily make such assumptions unless you are in her shoes. We don't know if jennifer has made a lot of money to be able to just move her entire family to the hamptons, were its nice and safe.
I just find people that make these comments to be so ignorant, and full of opinions, without the facts to back it up.

Just send your love and prayers and condolences and leave your ignorant comments and what you would do or not do to yourself.

Unless you have all lost a mother, brother and a son in an entire weekend, you really have no right to voice your views about Julia or Jennifer Hudson