Christopher Balcer escaped with his life but lost his whole family in the early morning hours of Halloween 2015, when his parents were murdered in cold blood by his 17-year-old brother — a brother he says is dead to him now.
Balcer, now 25, has broken his silence about the horrific murders of his parents in the family’s Winthrop, Maine, home this October. Andrew Balcer, then 17 and a high school junior, stabbed his parents, Alice “Ali” Balcer and Antonio “Tony” Balcer, to death for reasons that are still not understood by his brother, despite having been close with him.
“I had no idea this was coming,” the elder Balcer told the Kennebec Journal, adding that he wanted to share his story in part because he has noticed commenters on news stories about the murder share concern about his well-being.
“I’m fine. I have been safe this entire time,” Balcer told the newspaper. “At no point, after being picked up by my grandparents, did I ever feel unsafe. I was always cared for. I was clothed. I was fed. I was under a roof. People have been incredibly generous. People have been helping me with all manners of things.”
But at 1:30 in the morning on October 31, nothing was fine in the Balcer’s previously happy home. After being startled by a strange noise late at night, Christoper climbed upstairs from the basement bedroom to find his father lying in a pool of his own blood, as his brother, Andrew, stood over him. Christopher rushed back downstairs to call the police, bu had trouble placing the call. His brother followed behind with a knife and their father’s guns in his hands, asking Christopher if he wanted to live. Christopher begged for his life, and Andrew spared him. He eventually ran out of the home and banged on neighbors doors begging for help.
According to the Kennebec Journal, it was Andrew who ultimately called 911. Emergency responders found Mr. Balcer in the kitchen with 13 stab wounds, and Mrs. Balcer was reportedly found face-down in her bedroom with a stab wound in her back.
Police have not identified a motive in the double murder, and Balcer declined to speculate on why his brother might have done this. He also told the newspaper that he has no interest in being in contact with Andrew.
“As far as I’m concerned, he died that night to me,” Balcer said. “‘Hatred’ is a strong word, but it’s also an accurate one. That’s all that’s left.”
Photo: Facebook/Andrew and Alison Balcer