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Local psychiatrist weighs in on matricide case

Posted at: 10/06/2013 3:23 PM
Updated at: 10/07/2013 12:27 PM
By: Dan Bazile



Local psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Ferraioli says that the kind of attack displayed in Monday’s murder/suicide in Saratoga is symbolic of extreme rage building up over time.

47-year-old John Ambrozak and his mother 75 year-old Patricia Ambrozak were found dead in their mobile home in Saratoga Springs. Police say the son beat and stabbed his mother to death and then shot himself several hours later.

“The symbolism of killing one's mother with a beating and then a knife, there's a lot of rage in there,” says the Clifton Park Psychiatrist, Dr. Ferraioli.

He says you can imagine the rage might have been building up for years. Ferraioli says he’s never had any contact with the Ambrozacks so there’s no way to know for sure, but ruling out mental illness, a major psychotic disorder or drugs, this violent incident was emotionally loaded.

“It's actually more dangerous in a situation where there's a close relationship at times. Whereas, there's no relationship, nothing personal,” says the M.D.

Ferraioli says there was probably a lot of anger, hurt and humilities among the Ambrozaks. Police records show a prior domestic issue back in 2011 where Ambrozak was arrested for assaulting his mother.

On Monday September 30th, police say Ambrozak went beyond assault. They say he broke several of her bones and stabbed her to death. Police say Ambrozak then remained in the mobile home with his mother's body for 12 to 14 hours before he took his own life with a single gunshot.

Ferraioli says after snapping from his rage, he probably realized what he had done.

“Then the reality sets in, things like remorse, tremendous guilt, tremendous fear, anxiety and ultimately the conclusion at that point was, I can't live,” he explains.