MARENGO – The stabbing deaths of an 83-year-old Marengo man and his 81-year-old wife were part of a random act of violence by a suspect with a history of mental health issues, police said.
The suspect was killed by the couple's son, who also was stabbed as he tried to defend his family.
"I know it doesn't make a lot of sense for people to be home and have someone enter without any particular motive and attempt to kill everybody in the house," McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said.
John G. "Jack" Feldkamp was found stabbed to death, leaning against the locked front door of his home shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday. His wife, Audrey Feldkamp, was found in a nearby hallway, stabbed 14 times. She was flown to St. Anthony's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Their son, Scott Feldkamp, who was visiting from Florida and tried to stop the intruder, also was stabbed multiple times in the torso. He was listed in critical condition at Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries including a punctured lung.
The suspect, Doran W. Bloom, 27, died on the scene. Bloom had rented an apartment in Woodstock, but within the past week or so had moved back into his parents' home at 7757 Somerset Drive, about a quarter mile from the Feldkamps' home.
Nygren said that Scott Feldkamp saw his father fighting with someone near the front door, and thought his dad was being punched. He tried to help, but also was stabbed with a folding knife that had a 4-inch blade.
Scott Feldkamp then broke free from the fight and ran to an upstairs bedroom to get a 9 mm pistol, but Bloom began stabbing Audrey Feldkamp in the meantime, Nygren said.
Leaning over an upstairs banister, Scott Feldkamp was able to shoot Bloom multiple times.
"We can find no motive for this," Nygren said. "It appears to be a random incident of violence."
Bloom's father, Cliff Bloom, said his son was diagnosed with schizophenia and said the family had been dealing with his mental health issues for 10 years.
He said he did not know of any issues between Doran and the Feldkamps.
"The Feldkamps were our neighbors and our friends and I feel just as bad for them as I do for the loss of my son," he said.
John Feldkamp is former assessor and planning commissioner of Coral Township and the owner of Harmony Real Estate in Marengo.
According to court documents, Bloom was sentenced in July 2009 to conditional discharge for stealing a bottle of Jack Daniel's from a convenience store. He pleaded guilty to that offense, but records show that in January 2009, the court ordered an evaluation after his public defender raised doubt about his psychological competence. About three months later, Bloom was found fit to stand trial.
George Maher, a broker who has worked at Harmony Real Estate for about five years, said that although Jack Feldkamp was in his 80s, he still came to the office every day. Maher said the Feldkamps would be missed.
"He and his wife were just great people," Maher said. "It is a horrible a comment on our society that these things happen."
Maher said that Feldkamp has been selling real estate in the area for more than 30 years.
"He moved out here and bought this one room school house and has run it for about 35 years," Maher said.
Feldkamp grew up on the south side of Chicago, according to Maher, and was trained as an engineer. As a young man, Feldkamp worked for a steel company and also served in the military during World War II, Maher said.
He met his wife in Chicago after the war.
Mr. Feldkamp worked hard at his real estate career, Maher added.
"He was here every day always trying to put one more deal together," Maher said. "I'm looking at the plat maps he drew up. You know, the wheels were always turning for him.
"He was passionate about real estate. Every piece of land that you talked about, he knew where it was, who owned it – all about it."
Maher said Feldkamp developed the small subdivision in which he and his wife lived.
Audrey worked in banks in Marengo for years, Maher added.
The Feldkamps leave behind several children, including a daughter in Michigan, a son who lives in Florida, and two other children, Maher believed. The son who was injured in the attack was the one from Florida. He was in Marengo visiting, Maher said.
The couple's home is next to Coral Woods off Route 20, south of Marengo.
• Northwest Herald Reporters Sarah Sutschek and Katie Anderson contributed to this report.