LAKE WALES — Christopher Whaley told detectives he sat in his bedroom Saturday night and planned out everything.
An argument he had with family members during a trip to Daytona Beach that day left him enraged. He wanted to stay. They wanted to go. When he arrived home at the Enchanted Grove Mobile Home and RV Park, detectives said, Whaley decided to kill his grandmother, Barbara Denmark, in the home they shared, then walk to his aunt's home in the same park and slay more relatives.
Whaley, 23, grabbed two knives and found Denmark bathing in her tub, detectives said. With a blade in each hand, he slashed and stabbed at the 69-year-old woman, detectives said, leaving her with at least 25 wounds.
The last words she said persuaded him not to follow through with the plan, Whaley told detectives. "I love you," she said.
"That shows the love of a grandmother," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "Certainly those wouldn't have been my last words."
Whaley dialed 911 after the attack. He was charged with first-degree murder.