Community struggles to understand why "good kid" would kill his father
By Melissa Hipolit
What compelled 18-year-old Greeneville High School student Ethan Self to kill his own father leaves the Greeneville community in shock and confusion.
Investigators say Self admitted to killing his father, Roger Self, as he slept on Wednesday. Roger Self was a 14-year veteran of the Greeneville Police Department.
"I never saw anything out of the ordinary, no arguments, nothing," said neighbor Sharon Miser, who lives across the street from the Self home. She did not know Ethan or his father well, but said they always spoke when they saw each other.
"He was always out in the yard, helping daddy with the yard, mowing," said Miser. She described him as a "good kid...just going in and out doing his normal day to day things," and cannot understand why the young man, just months from his high school graduation, would kill his father.
"You still want to know [why] a perfectly quiet nice kid...just out of the blue...doesn't make any sense," said Miser.
People who know Self, but did not want to be interviewed, said he is an excellent student, used to be on the wrestling team, and belonged to Saint James Episcopal Church in Greeneville.
Self's Facebook page says he is in a relationship and he went prom dress shopping with his girl this past weekend.
His mother, Anne Self, died in December of 2007 while working as a nursing supervisor at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.
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