Nicolas Holzer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Nicolas Holzer Goleta Murder


Nicolas Etienne Holzer stabbed his two young sons and his parents to death inside their shared home in Goleta, California, reports The Santa Maria Times. The bodies were found in the home on the night of August 11 by Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies. The weapons used in the attack were a pair of kitchen knives.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Nicolas Holzer Told Cops He ‘Had to Fulfill His Destiny’

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Brown told the media during a press conference that Holzer’s reason for committing the heinous act was so that he could “fulfill his destiny.” Holzer was arrested at the scene “without incident.” According to a press release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Holzer dialed 911 himself to report the murders. The statement added that he was “calm and matter of fact” when he made the call.

2. Holzer’s Young Children Were Killed While They Slept

It’s reported that Holzer killed his father, William, 74, then his two sons, ages 13 and 10, while they slept. He then went on to kill his mother, Shiela. William Holzer body was found dead in the family’s den, his wife was found close to the room. The family’s Australian Shepard-type dog was dead in a hallway in the home, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff. The sheriff’s office added that Holzer and his wife divorced “8 or 9” years ago and he was awarded full custody of the children.

3. He Lived in the Home With His Kids & Parents

Walnut Park Lane Murders

The Holzer family lived here together along this quiet Santa Barbara suburban neighborhood. (Google Street View)

The home at 635 Walnut Park Lane is owned by the Holzer Family Trust, according to City Data. Claire Anderson a reporter with KCOY tweeted that Holzer had lived in the home with his grandparents and sons for seven years.

4. Holzer’s Father Was a Well-Known Scientist

The Santa Maria Times reports that William Holzer was a “well-known-scientist.” According to his LinkedIn page, William Holzer is an “Independent Defense & Space Professional.”

5. Prior to this Incident, Holzer Had No Priors

Holzer is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of four counts of murder with no bail. Prior to this incident, Holzer had no criminal record.



David Allen Cordero

Fact #2 is wrong!! You need to change the first line. Brown did not kill anyone!

David Allen Cordero

BTW Interesting fact! I went to High School with Nicolas Holzer and my 11 yr old son went to school with the younger son. My heart and prayers go out to this family. How devastating and tragic. And that might be an understatement!! :(


I’m wondering if Nicolas Holtzer was employed or did he live off his parents? It must be scary for the kids at their schools to realize that a Dad could snap at anytime and kill them.

Unknown dilbert

Did he go to high school in ridgecrest? Cause i knew Nick when he was 7 years old living there. I winder where his brother Scott is


He may not have gone to high school in Ridgecrest but he did live in Ridgecrest earlier. The Holzers lived down the street on Randall St. from our house.


The photo ifs the wrong house. Way to google dudes. Try reading the address in the image.


That is the right house. Do your research before you talk. how embarassing.

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