In 1991, Gregory Green stabbed his pregnant wife to death inside their Detroit home, then called police to come arrest him.
On Wednesday, a morbidly similar, but even more deadly, scenario played itself out in Dearborn Heights, where a man called 911 and reported he had killed his family. He was waiting on the front porch of the home on Hipp Street when police arrived.
Inside, Dearborn Heights police said, officers found two teenagers bound and shot to death in the basement and their mother shot and stabbed, but still alive. Upstairs in a bedroom, police say they found two younger children dead in their beds of what is believed to be asphyxiation.
The man who was waiting on the porch Wednesday was Gregory Green, who had been released from prison in 2008 after serving about 15 years for the murder of his first wife, according to sources and a review of public records by the Free Press.
Police quickly handcuffed him and entered the house, where they found Green's two stepchildren, ages 17 and 19, dead in the basement. Their mother, believed to be about 40, was alive but suffering from what police said were gunshot wounds and slash marks across her face and throat.
Upstairs in a bedroom, officers came upon yet another grisly scene: Two little girls in their beds, with no obvious wounds, but they, too, were dead.
Police said their father asphyxiated the 4-year-old and 5-year-old in a car at the home, then put them back in their beds.
The tragedy unfolded in what neighbors and police described as a well-kept home in the 4400 block of Hipp Street, near Annapolis, where the family had just celebrated the birthday of the youngest victim two weeks ago. Decorations still hung from the awning of the home's covered driveway as the medical examiner's officer wheeled the bodies from the home Wednesday morning.
Dearborn Heights Police Lt. Michael Krause told the Free Press the father called 911 about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday to report the carnage.
The mother was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn in stable condition. Police said her injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
"She had gunshot wounds and slashing wounds from a knife to her face and throat area," Krause said.
Krause said it appeared the 4- and 5-year-old girls had died of "intentional carbon monoxide asphyxiation."
"They were asphyxiated in a car with a makeshift tailpipe hose that was redirected into the vehicle," Krause said. "And then they were taken from the car and back into their bedroom."
Krause said officers tried to revive the two young children. They were taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and pronounced dead.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office identified the girls as 4-year-old Kaliegh Green and 5-year-old Koi Green, whose age conflicts with information previously given by police.
Both of the children's deaths were ruled as homicides, but the cause of death is pending, according to the medical examiner's office.
Police said the two teens are the woman's children from a previous relationship, but the young girls were Green's biological children.
According to court records, Green's wife had filed for divorce in August and had also filed for personal protection orders against him.
In 1991, Green had stabbed his pregnant wife to death, then called police to the Detroit home, according to the Department of Corrections.
"After he did so, he called police, told them what he had done and waited for them to arrive and let them in," according to an e-mail from Chris Gautz, spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
Green pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in 1992 and was sentenced to 15-25 years in prison.
"He was denied parole four times for various reasons, but they all centered around the main idea that he had not shown remorse for his crime, had not gained adequate insight, and had a lack of empathy ... he completed several cognitive-based programs and was paroled in 2008," Gautz said.
Green was discharged from parole in April 2010. While in prison, Green had one fighting ticket in 2002, "when he and another prisoner got into a fist fight over a TV," Gautz said.
After his parole, Green apparently stayed out of trouble with the law, until Wednesday. On Sept. 1, he was issued a learner’s permit for a commercial driver’s license in Michigan, according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office.
At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Deaborn Police Capt. Michael Petri declined to share any information about the suspect. He said police are pulling together a warrant package to submit to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and the suspect will likely be arraigned within a day or so.
Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, said a warrant request has been submitted, but a charging decision has yet to be announced.
"I don't think anybody could prepare themselves for this," Petri said at the news conference. "In my 30 years in law enforcement, I can't recall a crime of this magnitude happening in the city of Dearborn Heights. Obviously, it's not a crime that we can police on a regular basis. These are family situations that happen in the best of families and in the worst of families. Obviously, this incident has had extremely tragic results."
Mayor Dan Paletko, speaking near the home, called the killings “a tragedy in every sense of the word.”
"I've been affiliated with the city for 45 years and I can't remember another instance of this magnitude," he said. "This is a very rare occurrence, and it's just difficult to understand the motivation. I don't understand what happened in this household, but it's a tragedy that we just can't understand."
Multiple investigators at the home could be seen removing several items. The bodies of the teens were wheeled out of the home by police and the medical examiner's office as neighbors watched in shock. Police described the neighborhood as a nice residential block in the south end of the city, with well-kept homes.
Neighbor Karen Radtke said she was "horrified and in shock" by the killings.
"This is a quiet neighborhood," Radtke said. "This is a very extremely sad situation. I just don't know what provoked him. I woke up and saw police cars and flashing lights everywhere. I came outside and that's when I found out what happened. I'm just in total shock."
Radtke said she regularly saw the children playing outside with the family's dog. She said she recalls seeing the mother as well, but said the father worked long hours and was rarely home. Radtke said she last saw the father Tuesday cutting the grass.
"I'd see her out there once in awhile," she said. "But those kids, they were just normal kids. Just all playing. They had a little dog. ... It's just a shame this happened. How could he do something like this? To kill four kids who were just beginning their lives?"
Radtke and other neighbors said the family just had a birthday celebration last week for one of the youngest children, with balloons and ornaments decorating the house.
"A lot of of their friends and family were here," Radtke recalled. "Her family has to be so devastated. Let's hope she makes it. It's just so sad."
A neighbor, who would only identify himself as Jeff, said his wife watched the scene unfold as the father came outside and stood on his porch after apparently killing his family.
"That guy wasn't right," the man said, adding he had a tense disagreement with him six months ago. "My wife woke me up and said that the police were outside. She saw him on the porch and she saw them take him away. I just can't believe it all happened. It had to be premeditated or something. To kill your own kids, I just cannot relate."
Neighbor Ronnie Jones said he found out what happened when another neighbor, who lives across the street, called him around 2 a.m., asking why so many police cars were outside.
"I went outside and someone told me, 'It's your neighbor. He just killed his whole family,' " Jones said. "I'm shocked. This never happens on this block. I'm shocked because they honestly just seemed like a regular family. They would have parties and they just had two or three picnic things this summer. I've lived here a long time and never saw anything like this."
Joe Kohn, director of public relations for the Archdiocese of Detroit, confirmed that the two youngest children, Kaliegh and Koi Green, attended St. Sebastian Catholic School in Dearborn Heights. Kohn said the school community was devastated by the loss of the children and have asked the public for privacy. Kohn said Kaliegh was in preschool and Koi had just begun first grade.
"We have had school grief counselors there all day helping explain to the children that two of their fellow students had died and we made counseling available to them," Kohn said. "The school has also been in close communication with the students' families about this terrible, terrible situation."
Counseling has also been made available for students and staff at nearby schools, and donations are being collected to help the family with funeral arrangements.
“It’s very somber today,” said Dan Scott, assistant superintendent at Dearborn Heights School District No. 7. “Such senseless things as someone shooting their family has not been something that we’ve encountered before.”
He said three of the siblings had attended schools in the district as recently as last year, but none were currently enrolled.
An article written in the student newspaper the Southfield Times at the Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology identified the 17-year-old victim as Kara Allen and her 19-year-old brother as Chadney Allen, a 2015 graduate of Southfield High School.
"(Kara) Allen was a member of the school news staff, a varsity football cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society and manager of the varsity football team," the paper said. "Allen dreamed of attending Salem College in North Carolina and becoming an obstetrician, according to one of her best friends, fellow senior Alicia Buford."
“It doesn’t make sense,” Allen’s former English teacher Virna Hobbs-Calhoun told the paper. “She was a bright student; it was a waste of talent.”
Tributes slowly began to pour in on the paper's website, including one from a person identified as Officer Williams.
"As I watched this story unfold I began to pray for the family and all those involved only to find out a few hours later that it was one of ours, I prayed some more and cried, I just saw Kara yesterday standing by her locker she looked at me and smiled and I smiled back at her. ... ," the individual wrote. "You are safe in God's arms now."
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