In 2003 Tammy Anita Cooper packed up her belongings and moved her family from Dallas, Texas, to Lubbock. The 44 year old mother of three had hoped that the move would be a fresh start, but it would end in tragedy.
October 25, 2004
On the morning of October 25, 2004, a friend of Tammy's stopped by her apartment in the Windcrest Estacado Apartment complex to take Tammy's children to school. About 8:00am police received a call from the friend - he had pushed out the slightly ajar front door, only to be greeted by a grisly scene.
Tammy, along with her 11 year old daughter Mahogany and 9 year old twins KaDiece and Kasheim, had been brutally beaten and stabbed to death in several rooms of the apartment, at least one of the murder weapons coming from her own kitchen. The cause and manner of death were officially attributed to blunt force trauma and a sharp instrument, and it appeared that not only had Tammy attempted to protect her children from the attack but that some of them had struggled with and tried to get away from their attacker.
An Unwanted Visitor
The only lead that detectives had to go off of was a brief telephone conversation that Tammy had with a friend the night before the family was found murdered. At about 10:15pm the night before Tammy had been on the phone with a friend when there was a knock at the front door. One of the children answered the door, and the friend heard a man's deep voice speaking to Tammy.
"Get off the phone. We need to talk." the man had told Tammy, her friend saying he had seemed agitated.
It was Tammy's response that seemed concerning. "How did you find me? How did you know I was here?" She had asked him.
This prompted the friend to ask Tammy about the man, but Tammy only stated that he was unknown to the friend, and that he was a black man named Butch who wasn't "from here" before hanging up the phone. About half and hour later another friend attempted to call Tammy, but this call would go straight to Tammy's voicemail
Another Year Gone
This October will mark another anniversary of what has been called Lubbock's most gruesome murders. Did Tammy Cooper move to get away from an abusive relationship, only to be found a year later? Was the notoriously private mother of three involved in something that led to her demise?
Detectives have followed leads to Dallas and California, and in a 2016 article published by Everything Lubbock they stated that they believed they knew who Butch was and now just had to track him down. However a 2017 article published by the same source states that police still don't know Butch's identity, but believe that he may be in the Dallas area. A $20,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Until then the question of Butch's identity and what would have prompted the murder of the family of four remains unsolved.
Unsolved Murder Agency Contacts
Those with additional public information or contacts related to this article please contact us. Persons with information regarding the murder of Tammy Anita Cooper and her children are are urged to contact the Lubbock Police Department or Crime Line at (806) 741-1000 or your local law enforcement agency.
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