Courts & Crime

Displaced rage drove Tacoma child killer

Terapon Adhahn was angry the night of July 4, 2007.

He’d hoped to pick up his son for a little one-on-one time that evening, but the child and the boy’s mother weren’t home when he stopped by unannounced.

Adhahn, then 42, flew into a rage, even though it wasn’t his night to have his son.

“I wanted to destroy a human, cause pain,” he told two FBI agents during a Sept. 8, 2008, interview at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, according to recently filed court documents.

He still was “seeing red” a few hours later when he spotted 12-year-old Zina Linnik pedaling her bicycle on Tacoma’s Hilltop.

Within five minutes, the girl was in his van, bound with plastic ties and praying aloud, Adhahn told the agents. Not long after that, she was dead.

Tacoma police detective Lindsey Wade documented Adhahn’s comments in a report she filed in June 2009. Wade and fellow detective Bradley Graham observed Adhahn’s interview with the FBI.

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