Son Charged With Beating Parents To Death In Palos Park

UPDATED 09/13/11 4:47 p.m.

PALOS PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Bond has been denied for a 17-year-old high school student, who is charged with beating his parents to death in their home in unincorporated Palos Park.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, a judge denied bond for John Granat Tuesday morning at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

He’s accused a murdering his mother and father sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday inside their home. Investigators believe he used a weapon to brutally beat them and another to stab them.

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His father, also named John Granat, 44, and mother, Maria Granat, 42, were found dead Sunday in their home in the 12700 block of 81st Court in unincorporated Palos Township.

Autopsies on Monday found John Granat died from multiple blunt force injuries from an assault, while Maria Granat died from multiple blunt and sharp-force injuries. Both were ruled homicides, the medical examiner’s office said.

Both of the boy’s parents suffered blunt force trauma to the head, while Maria Granat was also repeatedly stabbed.

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John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found dead in their unincorporated Palos Park home. (CBS)

As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said that, after possibly trying to clean up the crime scene with bleach or ammonia, Granat called 911 around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Granat told police that he had fallen asleep in the basement of the home around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and was home the entire night. He claimed he woke up to find the house ransacked, and his parents dead.

But police say this story was proven to be untrue. It turned out that he had been pulled over by Palos Heights police for a minor traffic offense at 122nd Street and Harlem Avenue at 5:17 a.m. that morning, sheriff’s police said.

Sheriff’s police said several conflicting stories came out of Granat’s mouth, until finally, he told investigators that he had needed money, and let a friend come into the house while he was out. Granat said he fell asleep in his own car and didn’t come in until 7 a.m., when he found his parents dead, according to sheriff’s police.

But sheriff’s police concluded that Granat himself was the killer, and found out from several friends that he had threatened to kill his parents several times before.

Dart said there were “absolutely no signs of forced entry” at the home.

As for a motive, Dart said, “It’s clear that the defendant had a difficult relationship with this parents at times and at different times he made threats. … He made threats to kill them.”

But Granat’s attorney said police have the wrong man.

“There’s no way that that young man could have done that those two human beings,” defense attorney Rick Beuke said.

Some of his classmates at Stagg High School also said they find it hard to believe.

“He was a pretty nice kid and I never would’ve expected that and I feel bad for him,” said senior Nikki Graczyk.

Neighbors said the family had lived in the home for a while, and that John Granat was a local contractor and owned a family home improvement and landscaping business in the area.

Granat is to return to court for a preliminary hearing in one week, on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

  • NWA

    This sicko child was given everything by his parents and he still wacked them. What a jerk!


    • Leroy Goldberg

      He’s not Black either, I’m shocked!

      • Grampa

        A kid has to know the identity and whereabouts of his own father to murder him…

      • onestanding

        … grampa are you saying it was not his father? who cares kill that litle brat! we as people need to stop being sensitive about peoples litle feelings. get back to swift brutal public display of punishment… or pay gaurds to baby sit him pay a shrink to find out why and pay a dentist to tend to his toothache. w/e learn why and watch it happen again…. and again… and again.

    • malcome ecccch

      He’s not Black! WOW!

  • rick

    Sad, how is he going to live with himself? How can anyone kill their parents?

    The dad has a business so this will probably result in a bunch of people losing their jobs. What a selfish little brat!

  • rick

    Sad, how is he going to live with himself? How can anyone do that to their parents?

    The dad has a business so this will probably result in a bunch of people losing their jobs. What a selfish little brat!

  • Jermain Williams

    I am also shocked he isn’t black. Probably his first crime.


      This is the type of crime one would automatically associate with Blacks.

  • Jermain Williams

    I am completely shocked! Thought for sure this would turn out to be a negro.

  • Parent

    The children aren’t learning how to cope like they once were. Many of the schools have eliminated competitive play during recess–so there are no losers, and some parents are doing a poor job of teaching it at home.

  • Jermain Williams

    No way, I’m shocked! Thought for sure this would turn out to be an Afro-American…..

  • Bobs

    really, such a thing could happen in the pleasant little moral town of Chicago? shocking!

  • tina

    CRAZY WHITE KIDS…always trying to kill their parents…he probably wanted a new xbox, or was on PCP

  • je

    He will have lots of fun and excitement when he arrives at prison down the road. The inmates will surely give him a warm reception. He probalbly will enjoy it. Have fun.

  • Bob Hamilton

    This kid sounds like he has some pretty serious issues to deal with, besides being an orphan. Maybe there IS an evil gene.

  • goldie

    Please report all racist comments to CBS News.

    Thank you.

  • Jessica

    I believe most of these “human beings” that make comments about black people just want to get a rise out of people. As you can see, nobody cares what race you think committed this crime. May God have mercy on your soul.

  • Jerald

    That kid killed his parents because they threw out his marijuana plants one week earlier. Kids go psychotic when they smoke pot and it has been proven over and over again. The kid was swaying back & forth as the charges were being read to him! He lied to Police several times!

    • UncleJohn

      You’re an idiot.

  • Pulseczar

    I went to school with a guy who paid a classmate $100 to help him brutally kill his parents. It was in Bartlett in 1993. Around the same age as this kid. Hope it was worth spending the rest of his life in jail.

  • Mike

    IT’s them dang video games. Those stupid Xbox, Playstation, etc., consoles & games. We give our kids their wants, and never have the common sense to address it at the needs level. We try to be their best friend, instead of being a parent. We allow them freewill of having the run of their own lives, instead of good order and discipline. And when we try to step in with authority…WHACK! No wonder more parents don’t get whacked by their kids. We need to take our place as parents and not as a friend.

  • Lakisha

    Like I expressed before about the two yr old little boy who was killed by his dad. I will say this we need to start standing up and making domestic violence relevant. This is not a game nor should it be swept under the rug. We as god people should making these women who are in these types of relationships aware of this ugly thing. If you know someone that you think might be in this type of relationship please give them my web address thank you

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