Parents had hired private investigator to document son's 'mental erratic behavior' just days before he killed them
Dedicated Mormon Camden Nicholson, 27, fatally shot his 64-year-old father Rick Nicholson, 61-year-old mother Kim Nicholson, and their 57-year-old housekeeper Maria Morse
A couple in California had reportedly hired a private investigator to make note of their son's "mental erratic behavior" only days before he allegedly killed them in a homicide incident earlier this month. 27-year-old dedicated Mormon Camden Nicholson was charged on February 22 with three homicides.
The authorities said that he shot his 64-year-old father Rick Nicholson, 61-year-old mother Kim Nicholson, and their 57-year-old housekeeper Maria Morse in the $3.4 million mansion located in an exclusive gated community in Newport Beach.
The bodies were found inside the home on February 13. Private investigator Michael Youssef told ABC 7 that he had been hired by the parents on February 8 to watch Camden. He said: "I was shocked. It was just unbelievable. Out of my 27 years of experience, I never had anything like this."
Youssef, who is from Blue Systems International, said that he never thought Camden was capable of committing a triple murder. He told the station: "One of my main goals was to surveillance him, and to document his mental erratic behavior." According to the PI, Camden's parents told him that "he was smoking lots of weed and getting steroids from online on the internet". The killer also reportedly charged almost $15,000 on his father's credit card and was also reported to have contacted escorts.
Kim reportedly told the PI in a letter that her son had always been kind and easygoing until he returned from a missionary trip with the Mormon church in 2010. The concerned mother had said, according to ABC, that Camden was depressed, suicidal, and angry. Youssef said: "There was nothing from the parents that said be careful, he's going to be dangerous."
One of Richard's friends told the Daily Mail that the businessman was supposed to be at a board of directors meeting on February 20 morning but did not show up. The father had been on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Coastkeeper, which is a non-profit clean water organization. Garry Brown, Executive Director and CEO of the OCG, told the publication that Richard was a "family man".
He said: "We had a meeting Wednesday from 10.30 to 2 where Rick had confirmed he would show up and he didn't and we didn't hear from him. We're going through a strategic planning process for our organization. It was unlike him not to show. Rick has been on our board of directors for a number of years. He's a very community orientated, a successful businessman, very personable, athletic and a family man."
Brown also said that Richard was a married man who had two sons, Cavin and Camden, and said that they were a "really nice family". Kim, the mother, was running a clothing company called Panache by Kim Nicholson. The couple's eldest son, 33-year-old Cavin, is the CEO of lifestyle gear and apparel company Boundary, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.