Suspected Serial Killer Killed 11-Year-Old to Get Back at His Boss

serial killer doctorDr. Anthony Joseph Garcia of Indiana is accused of being a serial killer after he allegedly broke into the home of his former boss Dr. Roger Brumback in May and shot him and also stabbed his wife to death. Back in 2008, he allegedly went to the home of his other former boss and attacked and murdered his 11-year-old son as well as Shirlee Sherman, the family housekeeper.

He had been fired from his position as a pathology resident at Creighton University after displaying "erratic" behavior. But the firing took place in 2001-- seven years before the first murders.

Though police believe Garcia didn't intend to kill the child, he must have somehow gotten in the way or been the only one home with the housekeeper when the alleged killer broke into the home. It's a terrifying thought.

There are so many disturbing elements to this story, but perhaps most bothersome is the fact that he waited for seven years before striking out. It could be that he saw this as a way to not arise suspicion. It could also be that he sat, festering in anger, until he finally blew his top. We might never know what the real motivation was for this wait, but it does make a person nervous about ever firing anyone.

Typically, when you fire a person, you might worry about that day (that's why security often escorts fired people out of the building) or even that week. But generally, you assume that everyone moves on eventually and the wounds of being fired heal.

Sure, it makes sense to be angry and hurt and even think about hurting your boss in return (though murder seems like more than most people would imagine). Being fired is horrible. But clearly, the doctors here were in the right. They clearly knew this man wasn't the kind of doctor they wanted in their practice and around them, whether he was treating patients or just doing research.

Sadly it seems they paid for that foresight with everything they loved. It's hard to even offer up advice in a tragedy like this. Never fire anyone? That seems impossible. Crazy people do manage to get jobs and they need to be let go if they seem like a danger to themselves or others.

This is probably not a scenario most of us will ever encounter, so maybe there is no lesson to be learned. The sad reality is these poor men just happened to cross paths with someone who is accused of being far sicker than they ever could have imagined.

My heart goes out to the families and hopefully this arrest will bring them some peace.

Why do you think he would wait seven years?


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nonmember avatar Crystal

You should probably check the facts of your story again. The Brumback's murders were in 2013. The original murders of the 11 year old and the nanny were in 2008. There were two separate break ins and murders in this case that were 5 years apart. Please correct your story to show the actual facts!

Jayde Bachman

The facts are right....He murdered the 11 year and the housekeeper in 2008 but he's being accused of killing his former boss and his wife in May of this year.  Thus him being a serial killer

nonmember avatar crystal

Thank you for updating the story to the correct dates!

Laura Berry

so wait if this man allegedly killed the boy and the was he free to come back and murder the mother? Unless I'm reading this wrong...Wth? And if how I think I read this, is true..Just...I dont even know what to say......I dont even know....

Bj TheEnigma Fish

I would hardly call him a serial killer...

nonmember avatar someonewhoknows

I'm not sure you have any idea what classifies someone as a serial killer. This guy isn't one.

Juanita Horn

serial killer or not so many lives lost for no reason ,,,prayers for the past and present


Rachel Abraham

A serial killer is someone that that kills more than 3 victims in a relatively short amount of time.


April Jones

He does fit the criteria of a serial killer. He committed the murders alone, he took a break in between, there were more than 2 or 3 victims, and there was a common factor linking all of the victims. This might help:

Apparently the first pair of murders occurred after he was denied entry into residency or a job at another hospital in another state because of his work history including the termination in 2001. So he may have been enraged over not getting that position which led to obsessing over the incidents surrounding his old job and decided to seek revenge. I think there was a similar situation that provoked him again this year which led to the second set of murders.

If the victims hadn't been white and living in a wealthy neighborhood, he probably would've gotten away with it.

katyd... katydidsmom

This occurred in Omaha, Nebraska

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