Man who killed Mom (& White Center Blogger) Margaret Ryan pleads ‘Guilty’


Margaret Ryan

Brodie Lamb, 44, plead ‘Guilty’ to second-degree murder on Friday (Jan. 23), for the stabbing death of his mother Margaret Ryan – who worked for The White Center Blog as a Writer/Salesperson.

Lamb stabbed his mom 18 times in the neck after breaking down her door while intoxicated in Nov. 2012 (read our previous coverage here).

This was a tragic murder that shattered the entire White Center community, including Margaret’s former co-workers at this blog. Margaret was also very active in the community, and was well known.

Her son Brodie, diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as substance-abuse issues, was originally charged with first-degree murder in her death of his 69-year old mother. That charge was changed to second-degree murder on Friday, court records show.

Lamb will also be charged with a deadly weapon enhancement that will add two years to her jail term – which could range from 14-22 years. The defense apparently will ask for a sentence  of 14 years, while the state will likely seek 22 years, court records say.

Lamb will be sentenced on Feb. 20.

As we previously reported, Lamb attacked his mother at her White Center apartment around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2012, after she refused to let him into the home they shared. He became enraged, kicked down the door, grabbed a large kitchen knife and stabbed her 18 times in the neck, killing her.

According to a statement of guilt written by his defense lawyer, Lamb claims he was off his prescribe psychotropic medications, as well as under the influence of alcohol when he committed the fatal crime against his own mother.

As we wrote when we learned of Margaret’s death:

Margaret had been a freelance Writer, Reporter and Sales Rep for us since the spring of 2011. She had originally reached out to us, inquiring whether we needed any help in White Center. I met her for coffee and off she went, doing human interest stories, selling Ads to local Mom and Pop businesses, and always pitching great ideas for the blogs. She even learned how to take photos with one of our cameras.

We all liked her, because she really loved White Center, its businesses, arts, people, politics and character. She was sassy, spunky, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind either. Many who knew Margaret will attest to her frankness, which we found refreshing in this day of oftentimes over-the-top, carefully-worded political correctness. If Margaret didn’t like something – or if she loved something – you would know!

A plaque commemorating Margaret is at the corner of 15th SW and SW Roxbury.

Everyone at South King Media sends their best to all those who knew Margaret, and hope we can all gain some closure about this tragedy.

Read some of Margaret’s stories she did for us here.


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