A man took drugs and said he had “two devils living inside him.” Hours later, his mom and grandmother were stabbed and shot to death.
The killer will now head to prison for decades.
Recently, a judge in South Carolina sentenced Bradley Aldrich to 40 years in prison, according to the 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Around 1 a.m. on May 6, 2018, Aldrich shot Shane Massey several times in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun, according to prosecutors. The two were acquaintances because of their drug use.
Witnesses said Aldrich was using drugs and “spoke of two devils living inside him,” according to prosecutors. Aldrich fled the scene and Massey was treated for his injuries.
Hours later, Aldrich’s mother and grandmother were found dead in an Anderson County home.
Aldrich lived in a tent behind the home and his cousin found the victims in a bedroom. Theresa Wright, 50, was beaten, stabbed, strangled and shot, prosecutors noted. Judith Calvert, 79, was stabbed and shot.
Both victims had meth in their system at the time of their deaths.
Police initially arrested Aldrich for the attempted murder of Massey and he was questioned about the murders. At first, Aldrich blamed Massey, which is why he said he shot his friend, according to prosecutors.
Aldrich told police he was “looking for Lucifer” after using meth and coke and found his relatives dead.
Investigators found Aldrich’s DNA on both victims and his jeans had the DNA of his mother and grandmother, according to prosecutors.
"Drug use is the genesis of so many crimes of violence in the Upstate and in our Country. I hope that drug users in Anderson County will see the lessons in this tragic matter and change their behavior before it is too late for them, and they too wind up hurting or killing someone they love,” Solicitor David Wagner said. “This is a pattern we are seeing all too often. I am grateful for the hard work done by Sgt. Jeff Finley with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and by my Deputy Solicitor Catherine Huey, who secured these convictions and sentence.”