Benjamin Walsh, 24, is suspected of stabbing to death his girlfriend, 20-year-old Olivia Bergstrom, in Needham, Massachusetts
Bergstrom suffered 20 knife wounds, 13 of them in the back
Walsh then allegedly headed to a restaurant in Mills and plunged the same knife into his mother’s stomach during a family celebration and wounded his father
Witnesses reported hearing Walsh scream out: ‘I want to kill you! I’m going to kill everyone!’
Laura Walsh was hospitalized in serious condition; Mike Walsh was treated and released
Suspect’s father said his son has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues, and seemed ‘out of his mind’ during the attack
A 24-year-old man from Massachusetts has pleaded not guilty after police say he fatally stabbed his girlfriend 20 times and then knifed both his parents during a family celebration at an Italian restaurant.
Benjamin Walsh was arraigned on Monday in a hospital room, where he was taken for a psychological examination and treatment of a hand injury. Walsh, who appeared tied to his hospital bed, was ordered to be held without bail.
The man is suspected of killing 20-year-old Olivia Bergstrom in the apartment they shared in Needham before attacking members of his family.
Police responded to the Primavera Restaurant in the Boston suburb of Mills at around 7pm on Saturday following reports of a stabbing.
According to investigators, Walsh plunged a knife into his mother’s stomach and also wounded his father in his midsection before he was restrained by other relatives at the table.
Domestic drama: Benjamin Walsh (left), 24, is suspected of stabbing to death his girlfriend, 20-year-old Olivia Bergstrom, in Massachusetts
Walsh is arraigned in his Milford Hospital intensive care unit room on Monday
The bedside arraignment was presided by Wrentham District Court Judge Steven Thomas (left) in the presence of Walsh’s defense attorney, Randall Power (center)
Walsh and Bergstrom had been dating for two years and moved in together in August
Laura Walsh was transported to the hospital in serious condition but is expected to recover.
Her husband Michael Walsh was treated and released.
As they were investigating the incident at the restaurant, police got a call from Benjamin’s brother asking to perform a welfare check on the man’s girlfriend, Bergstrom.
Officers found the college student dead from 20 stab wounds, 13 of them in the back, reported The Boston Globe. Police said the suspect used the same kitchen knife in both attacks.
Michael Walsh told The Globe his son has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues, and called the situation a ‘nightmare.’
Speaking to Fox 25 Boston, the elder Walsh that it seemed like his son was ‘out of his mind’ during the attack on his family, which took place as one of the guests at the birthday celebration on Saturday had gotten up to say a few words.
Bergstrom was a graduate of Holliston High School and was studying interior design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston
Second crime scene: After allegedly killing his girlfriend, Benjamin armed with a kitchen knife headed to Primavera Restaurant in Mills, where his parents were attending a party
Attempted matricide: Benjamin allegedly plunged the knife used in the Bergstrom killing into his mother Laura Walsh’s stomach
Parents: Mike Walsh (left) was also stabbed but was later released home; his wife (right) was hospitalized in serious condition
‘I know that when Ben realizes what he did last night he will be devastated,’ Mike Walsh added.
Primavera’s owner Jerry Gaita, who was among the people who helped restrain Benjamin after the stabbing until police arrived, said it seemed like he came to the restaurant ‘on one mission.’
Witnesses reported hearing Walsh scream out: ‘I want to kill you! I’m going to kill everyone!’ according to CBS Boston.
Slaughtered: Bergstrom suffered 20 knife wounds, 13 of them to the back
Mike Walsh did not learn about Olivia Bergstrom’s death until he saw a TV news report on the fatal stabbing in Needham on the television news while in the emergency room.
The couple had been dating for two years and moved in together last summer. In a social media post dated August 2017, Bergstrom wrote: ‘Here’s to signing on our new apartment. Can’t wait to spend many more sunsets with you.’
Bergstrom was a graduate of Holliston High School and was studying interior design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Benjamin described himself on Instagram as a ‘Hardcore kid’, writing: ‘we are already dead. Waging a war on egotism through the promotion of existential aesthetics and boundless love.’