MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - It's safe to say there are few people in Muskegon, if any,mourning the death of Seth Privacky -- the mass murderer shot and killedduring a prison break in the Upper Peninsula.
"I think had Michigan had the death penalty, he certainlywould have been a candidate and I believe, because of the brutalityof the crime, killing five people execution-style, certainly Ithink justice is served by him no longer being with us," Muskegon County Prosecutor Tony Tague told 24 HourNews 8 on Thursday.
Tague prosecuted the case in 1998 -- one of the worst, if notthe worst, he's dealt with.
Privacky murdered his parents, his grandfather, a brother andhis brother's girlfriend -- at the family's home near Michigan'sAdventure in northern Muskegon County.
"When you walk through a household and see five familymembers killed in various areas in the house, it's something thatnever leaves your mind," Tague said. "I have vivid memories of itto this day."
"It certainly left a long-term effect on everybody involvedin this case, certainly the family, the community, even theinvestigating officers," Edwards said.
He and Tague are both struck by the irony of his death --shot in the head, just like his family.
"You think of irony, karma. What you sow, so shall you reap,"Edwards said.
But the death leaves unanswered questions -- why he killedhis family.
"I think that's the one baffling part of this case -- that tothis day we can't understand why he committed this mass murder,"Tague said.
Privacky gave some indications when he confessed to Edwardsin 1998 -- that he was mad at his father.
"He wanted to purchase a car, and his father wouldn't lethim," Edwards said.
But he gave no reason why he killed all five. In court forhis sentencing, he offered only an apology.
"I'm sorry for what I did, but that's hardly enough," he toldthe judge.
This, Tague said, is enough.
"Certainly I was just relieved -- because I view him as anextremely dangerous man -- that the Department of Corrections tookthe necessary steps to ensure he didn't escape."
Justice, Tague said, has been served.
"I guess this is the last chapter in this horrific crime inMuskegon."
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