|Death: ||Dec., 2004|
Larry brutally murdered his adoptive parents, leaving a void in the family that will never be bridged. Larry's uncle Jerry Sullivan about Larry's mother, Kathryn: "Our lives would certainly be different if she were still around. She was an unusual girl."
On 10/23/05 when Larry's uncle Gerald Sullivan attended his granddaughter Beth Andrews' First Communion at St. Mary's in Annapolis he recognized the woman helping with the first communion and told her after Mass that he recognized her from his sister Kathryn's funeral. She said that she was a good friend of Kathryn's and not a day goes by that she doesn't remember and pray for Kathryn. Gerald said that when Larry's mother Kathryn entered a room it just lighted up, her exuberance and happiness just filling the room.
Larry's cousin, Susan Sullivan, seems to recall that Larry was in a number of foster homes and institutions from the time he was born and that his natural mother had been a prostitute. Larry's adopted brother Michael is serving a life sentence for participating in a murder over a jar of quarters. Larry and Michael were adopted late, at about age 8 each. Kathryn wanted to adopt difficult children who were hard to place.
A made-for-TV movie was produced from a book written about the murders and both treated Larry very sympathetically and treated his adoptive parents very harshly. Kathryn's brother-in-law, Jim Riley, was executor of their estate. A year after burial Kathryn's brother, Gerald Sullivan became aware that the grave had no tombstone, so he ordered one and had it placed on the grave.
Larry, conceived in New Orleans, was an East Indian, his brother Michael was an American Indian and their sister Annie was Korean.
Cape St. Claire killer Larry Swartz dies at age 37
A man whose brutal slaying of his adoptive parents nearly 21 years ago became one of the county's most infamous murders, inspiring a book and a made-for-TV movie, died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack, his former attorney said. Larry Swartz, released in 1993 after serving nine years in prison, had moved to Florida, was married and had an 8-year-old child, said his longtime lawyer, Ronald A. Baradel. He was 37.
"It was like losing a son," Mr. Baradel said. "He and I had developed pretty much of a fondness. We'd been out of contact for a couple of years, but re-established contact a couple of weeks ago." To protect the family's privacy, Mr. Baradel declined to say where in Florida Mr. Swartz was living. On the night of Jan. 16, 1984, 17-year-old Larry Schwarz fatally stabbed his father Robert, a computer technician, in a downstairs clubroom. Kay Swartz, a teacher at Broadneck High School, was stabbed and bludgeoned with a splitting maul after being chased through the community. Her nude body was found next to the family's swimming pool. County police arrested Larry, the oldest of the Swartzes' three adopted children, a week later after determining that his footprints were in the snow near his mother's body and a bloody handprint was his. The police investigation found that Mr. Swartz suffered from a personality disorder and had suppressed his anger against his parents for years. Robert and Kay Swartz were devout Catholics, and their household was described as one of strict discipline. Kay Swartz was unable to have children of her own, and her husband, an anti-abortion activist who picketed Planned Parenthood offices, was eager to adopt unwanted children. Larry's sister Anne was at home during the murders, but his brother Michael had drug and behavior problems that had landed him Crownsville Hospital Center.
In 1990, Michael Swartz helped to murder a man for a jar of quarters. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Larry Swartz finally snapped one night after drinking in his bedroom. He first stabbed his mother, then attacked his father, who tried to stop him. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released Jan. 23, 1993.
The case inspired a book, "Sudden Fury: A True Story of Adoption and Murder" by reporter Leslie Walker. It became a New York Times best-seller. A 1993 television movie based on the murders, "A Family Torn Apart," starred Neil Patrick Harris of "Doogie Howser, M.D." as Larry Swartz. Mr. Swartz died without any warning, Mr. Baradel said. An autopsy was planned and funeral arrangements weren't available.
Mr. Baradel said he was always confident that Mr. Swartz could have a normal life if given the chance. He never thought the murders reflected Mr. Swartz's true character. "It's not the kind of person he was," Mr. Baradel said.
Robert Lee Swartz (1932 - 1984)
Kathryn Ann Sullivan Swartz (1940 - 1984)
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Record added: Jul 14, 2011
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