Thursday, December 31, 2009

Slasher Expected To Live

"GREENWICH, CT — A 20-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday night in her backcountry home in what police are calling an attempted murder-suicide.

"The woman’s father was found at the scene with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds to his body. He was taken to Stamford Hospital and is expected to recover, according to Lt. Richard Cochran, who classified the incident as a domestic violence homicide.

"The victim is 2007 Greenwich High School graduate Amanda Dobrzanski, according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Farmington. A spokeswoman said an autopsy would be performed Thursday afternoon. Police said the woman’s throat was slashed.

"Cochran said officers were requested to check on the two parties during a welfare call and given a code to get in the home at 100 Sterling Road.

"They found two bedroom doors locked and forced their entry into the rooms, police said.

"`They found one victim, the father, laying on the bed with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds all over his body,` Cochran said. `He mentioned something about his daughter and they searched the rest of residence, which was quite large, and located the victim in the bedroom. She had been stabbed and the wounds were fatal.`

"Police did not release the names of the victim or suspect."

From The Advocate...

Unhappy New Year In Finland

"HELSINKI, Finland — A gunman clad in black went on a shooting rampage Thursday, killing his ex-girlfriend then slaying four workers at a suburban shopping mall near Helsinki before apparently turning his gun on himself, police said.

"Finnish police said one woman and three men were shot dead Thursday morning at the Sello shopping mall in Espoo, six miles (10 kilometers) west of Helsinki.

"The gunman was identified as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an immigrant who had been living for several years in Finland. Police said he killed his ex-girlfriend in a nearby apartment before heading to the mall

"The ex-girlfriend, a Finnish woman born in 1967, also worked at the mall and had taken out a restraining order against Shkupolli, police said.

"Witnesses said panic erupted at the mall, one of the Nordic region's largest, when the shots rang out. Hundreds of mall workers were evacuated to a nearby library and firehouse, trains were halted and helicopters brought in as police launched a manhunt for the heavily armed killer.

"After several hours, a body was found in Shkupolli's home, which police believed to be the killer himself. Police refused to confirm the exact identity immediately, but said the cause of the death appeared to be suicide.

"Police refused to discuss Shkupolli's nationality, but Finnish media reported he was an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo.

"At a news conference, police officials refused to say whether the four killed at the mall had been targeted by Shkupolli.

"The midmorning slayings shocked hundreds of people who had gone shopping early on New Year's Eve. One witness told the state broadcaster YLE that a gunman dressed in black began randomly shooting at people on the second floor of the mall.

"`There were loads of people who were crying, and many vendors who were completely panicked,` the unnamed witness said.

"Another female witness told YLE radio news she saw the suspect carrying a long-barrelled pistol and rushing past the cashier line at Sello's Prisma supermarket, where the slayings took place.

"Finland, a nation of 5.3 million, has 1.6 million firearms in private hands, a long tradition of hunting and ranks among the top five nations in the world in civilian gun ownership."

From CTV News...

Investigators Admit Cluelessness

"PERALTA, NM - New Mexico State Police aren't sure what sparked a shooting in Peralta Tuesday but say the deaths of a teenage boy and a young man were likely a murder and suicide.

"Family members found Timothy Ponce Jr., 16, and José Navarro, 22, dead inside Navarro's home about 10 a.m. Tuesday

"While investigators are still awaiting the results of the autopsies, they said it appeared both had been shot in the head.

"Police said they found a gun near one of the bodies.

"According to investigators Navarro was dating Ponce's sister and that the two hung out on a regular basis.

"Ponce had been at Navarro's house since Sunday afternoon, neighbors said.

"Investigators said they're still trying to figure out what led to the killings."


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mystery Truck Sought By Police

"WILSON, NC - Police say two men and one woman were shot to death today in a possible murder-suicide.

"The three were found at about 8:58 a.m. in the Palomino Estates area north of Wilson.

"The bodies of a man and woman were found shot to death outside one mobile home. Both were Hispanic and in their 20s. Another Hispanic male was found in a separate mobile home, about 50 feet away.

"Their names are not being released, pending notification of family.

"Sherriff Wayne Gay said it appears to be a murder-suicide.

"He said the woman and suspect had a history of domestic violence, and had been separated for three to four months. She was dating the other man found dead.

"Witnesses reported hearing a truck speeding away. Deputies are looking for that truck. They believe it is either a 1997 or 1998 Chevy or a 2008 or 2009 royal blue Dodge. The plate number is YSN 6247."


Tragic Welfare Check

"LITTLE BLACK, WI - A welfare check of a Taylor County woman ends in tragedy.

"The Taylor County Sheriffs Department said it was contacted about the whereabouts of a 48-year old woman who lived in the town of Little Black.

"Deputies say, the person who called said they were concerned the person had not reported for work, and said it was not like her.

"Deputies say when they went to the woman's house to check on her, they found the woman's body and the body of her ex husband, who had been living with her.

"Investigators say the woman died from blunt force trauma, believed to have been inflicted by the man. He died from a self inflicted gun shot wound.

"Names are not being released at this time, the incident is being investigated."


Robot Spots Bodies

"SAN DIEGO, CA - An employee fired last month from the gaming commission that runs the Barona Casino in eastern San Diego County stormed into the commission's office Tuesday morning and killed an employee before committing suicide, officials said.

"The gunman was identified as Donell Roberts, 38, of El Cajon, who was fired in November as an investigator for the commission. The victim was not identified, pending notification of his family.

"Roberts, armed with a shotgun, barged into the office of the commission manager about 10 a.m. and ordered three secretaries to flee. Three gunshots were heard.

"Within hours, San Diego County Sheriff's Department SWAT officers had surrounded the commission building. After attempts to contact Roberts failed, a remote-controlled robot was sent to peer into the office. Two bodies were spotted.

"The commission runs the casino in rural Lakeside, east of San Diego. Casino operations were briefly curtailed as patrons were blocked from using one entrance. The casino and the commission building are in separate areas of the sprawling reservation."

From the Los Angeles Times...

Police Not Releasing Details

"GLENDALE, AZ - After discovering two adult bodies in a Glendale residence Monday, detectives are investigating the crime as a murder-suicide.

"A concerned family member called police to the residence near 67th Avenue and Mountain View Road after being unable to reach the couple and finding their car in the driveway, said Sgt. Jim Cunningham, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department.

"Police entered the home and found the bodies of a man and woman.

"Police have identified the deceased as Maria Louisa Isla, 54, and Chris Trujillo, 48. Cunningham could not disclose either person's cause of death or which was the suspected killer.

"Trujillo and Isla lived together in a long-standing relationship and had no history of domestic violence, Cunningham said.

"Family members are now being interviewed to determine what might have motivated the violence.

"Police have not released any additional details about the investigation."


Monday, December 28, 2009

Boston Police Suspect Murder/Suicide

"BOSTON, MA - Boston police believe the deaths of a man and a woman, whose bodies were found inside a Mattapan apartment this morning, may be the result of a murder-suicide.

"Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey said the investigation into the deaths remains ongoing. But he said detectives believe the killer is one of the two deceased people.

"`At this point time we believe there was a domestic incident,` he said. `We are not looking for any suspects.`

"Police said one of the victims had stab wounds, but they said a cause of death won't be established until autopsies are performed by the state medical examiner's office.

"The identities of the man and the woman were not released, pending notification of next of kin, police said.

"A relative discovered the bodies inside the fourth floor apartment in the Fairlawn Apartments complex around 8:20 a.m. Police were notified soon afterward."

From The Boston Globe...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Double Murder/Suicide In Ohio

"CANTON, OH - Police are investigating an apparent double murder-suicide Sunday.

"Dead are Brandy L. Schneider, 32, of 6686 Ravenwood Ave. NW and her ex-husband, Matthew A. Schneider, 30, of 805 Applegrove St. NW, North Canton. Derrick W. Busto, 29, of 1257 Bellflower Ave. SW, Canton, also died.

"Police found the three bodies around 7:58 a.m. in the Ravenwood duplex, just south of Portage Street NW, in Spenbrock allotments. A relative of Matthew Schneider’s found the bodies and called 911, Chief Harley Neftzer said.

"All three died as the result of gunshot wounds.

"Neftzer said preliminary information indicates Matthew Schneider went to his ex-wife’s residence and shot her and Busto. He then killed himself. Two handguns — both were used — were recovered at the scene, Neftzer said.

"`We believe its a double murder-suicide,` confirmed Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County Coroner’s Office.

"Neftzer would not confirm if a suicide note was left behind.

"Neftzer said the case remains under investigation pending a comprehensive coroner’s review, processing of evidence collected at the scene and completion of the criminal investigation."


Elderly Pair Found Dead

"OGDEN, UT — An Ogden woman apparently shot her terminally ill husband to death before turning the gun on herself Friday.

"Ogden police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after a family member stopped by their home twice and got no response at the door on Christmas Day.

"The family member called police, who went into the home and found the two people.

"Robert Stom, 65, had terminal health problems and died of multiple gunshot wounds, said Ogden Police Lt. Marcy Korgenski. His wife, Patricia Stom, 70, also appeared to have died of a gunshot wound.

"Autopsies were performed Saturday and detectives are in the process of investigating, Korgenski said."

From the Salt Lake Tribune...

Friday, December 25, 2009

"Mutual Combat" Leads To Xmas Eve Murder/Suicide

"HARRIS COUNTY, TX - A 24-year-old man fatally shot his younger sister, called his mother and told her she'd been shot and then killed himself in north Harris County early Thursday, officials said.

"Jordan Williamson fatally shot his 22-year-old sister, Jessica Williamson, while in the living room of their family's home in the 22700 block of Earlmist around 4:15 a.m., Harris County Sheriff's homicide sergeant Greg Pinkins said. The two were the only ones in the house, investigators said.

"He then left the home, with several weapons that were recovered later, and after briefly eluding law enforcement pulled over and shot himself in the head with a rifle, the detective said.

"`We don't know why it happened yet,` Pinkins said. `There have been some problems between them.`

"Pinkins said investigators cannot rule out that the young man used the same weapon in both shootings.

"Some time before the shooting, deputies from Harris County Precinct 4 responded to a call at the home in which the siblings had argued, pushed and shoved one another and thrown household items.

"`It was a mutual combat thing,` said Pinkins, who emphasized neither of them sustained notable injuries.

"Pinkins was unsure what the two were arguing about, but investigators are looking into whether the young woman had a history of emotional or mental health issues that might have contributed to the disagreement escalating into violence.

"After the argument, Jordan Williamson left the home. Investigators do not know where he went.

"At some point, however, he returned to the house and shot his sister, Pinkins said. The young man then called their mother.

"`He told Mom she was dead,` Pinkins said. The mother called 911.

"After briefly failing to stop his vehicle for law enforcement, Jordan Williamson pulled over in the 22600 block of Aldine Westfield and shot himself in the head, Pinkins said.

"He later died at an area hospital.

"`Christmas is a time of memories,` Pinkins said. `This is going to be devastating for (the mother) to remember this every Christmas. She lost two children.`"

From the Houston Chronicle...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Couple Found Dead In RV Park

"DONNA, TX - A husband and wife in their 80s were found dead at a recreational vehicle park Monday, in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide.

"The couple – whose names have not yet been released – both died of gunshot wounds, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Investigators believe the man’s to be self-inflicted.

"A property manager at the Palm Shadows RV park along Val Verde Road found the couple earlier today while checking in on their welfare, deputies said.

"Nearby residents said they did not know the couple well but believed the man had some type of terminal illness."

From The Monitor...

Couple Pronounced Dead At The Scene

"HAMPTON, VA - Police are calling the deaths of a man and woman inside a home in the 100 block of Michigan Drive an apparent murder-suicide.

"Officers who were called to the home at 12:05 a.m. today found the man and woman suffering gunshot wounds, police wrote in a news release. Paramedics pronounced them dead in the home.

"Their identities were being withheld until police could contact their relatives. The man was 34 and the woman was 28, according to police."


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Murder/Suicide Disrupts Football Party

"BATON ROUGE, LA - A man and woman are both dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Geismar, according to Ascension Parish Sheriff's Spokesman Tony Bacala.

"A man apparently showed up at a house at 37346 Anderson Road around 9 p.m. where about 15-20 people were watching the Saints vs. Cowboy football game. The man asked for the woman to go outside with him, and he apparently shot her and then himself, Bacala said.

"Bacala says deputies found the bodies outside the house.

"Bacala also said the shooter is from Thibodaux and the victim is said to be from St. Gabriel.

"Ascension sheriff's deputies say they received a call about 26 minutes prior to the shooting from a caller who said they knew the man was going to shoot the woman and then take his own life."


Man Shoots Wife, Dog Before Killing Himself

"CENTER TWP, PA — The deaths Thursday of a Center Township couple were a murder-suicide, Center police Chief Barry Kramer said Saturday.

"Kramer said police were called to 744 Bunker Hill Road around 12:40 p.m. Thursday, after a co-worker of Lucy Manning went to check on her because she hadn’t shown up for work.

"Looking through a window, the co-worker saw a foot, Kramer said, and called police. When police entered the home, Kramer said, they found Manning dead in her living room of a rifle slug wound to the head, along with her pit bull.

"Police then went into a bedroom in the house, and found Manning’s husband, William M. Moore, also dead of a rifle slug wound to the head.

"Kramer said family members said that the couple, in their mid-30s, apparently had been having problems recently, Kramer said.

"He said Moore had left a note in which he apologized for the killings.

"Kramer said there was no sign of a struggle in the couple’s home, which they had been renting, and it appeared that Manning had been killed first.

"Kramer said the couple did not have family in the area."

Source: Beaver County Times...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Love Triangle Ends In Walmart Parking Lot

"IDAHO FALLS, ID - A husband murders his wife's boyfriend at this Walmart parking lot after learning of an affair.

"Keith Matthias was a math teacher at Idaho Falls High School.

"`Dispatch received a call from Jennifer Matthias, that her husband had just killed someone in the parking lot,` said Sgt. Phil Grimes.

"Around 7pm Jennifer was having dinner with her husband. She told him about an ongoing affair with Jack Purcell, but after she left the restaurant, her husband followed her. She called her boyfriend for help, and parked at Walmart.

"Within minutes, her boyfriend arrived, and had a heated argument with her husband. But then, her husband got out of his car, and shot her boyfriend multiple times in the head with a revolving handgun. The husband then got back in his car, circled the truck, got back out, and fired one last bullet into Jack's skull.

"The husband then drove away, but was followed by Eyewitnesses who gave police his location.

"`He refused to stop... So officers performed a pit maneuver,` said Grimes.

"Once stopped by Hawthorne Elementary, Matthias didn't take long to make his final decision.

"`The car stops. Keith gets out of the vehicle with the handgun down to his side. One officer fires a tazer which has no affect. Keith is pacing around puts the gun to his head, and fires, that's all within about 20 seconds,` said Grimes.

"Matthias does not have a previous criminal record in Idaho."


Doemstic Violence Leaves Two Dead In Colorado

"ALAMOSA, CO - Police responding to a call about an injured woman found two people dead at an Alamosa apartment complex Thursday afternoon.

"A resident of the apartments at 2303 Vigil Way called the Alamosa Police Department at approximately 3:20 p.m., saying that a woman had been injured and was in the office doorway bleeding. Officers and an ambulance arrived on the scene at about 3:25. Emergency medical technicians advised the officers that both of the people were dead.

"The coroner was called in and police secured the scene.

"A spokesman for the APD said the deaths appeared to be the result of domestic violence. He said the two were husband and wife, but they had been separated for a while. He said they died from gunshot wounds.

"The spokesman said the couple's adult children had been notified, but names of the deceased were being withheld until other relatives could be contacted."

From Alamosa News...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Four Found Dead During Welfare Check

"WEST JORDAN, UT - West Jordan police say four people are dead following what looks like a murder-suicide. Their bodies were found during a welfare check Thursday night.

"The incident happened at the Willow Cove apartments near 9300 South and Redwood Road.

"West Jordan police Sgt. Drew Sanders said the bodies found were those of two adults and two children, but he could not confirm if all four victims lived in the apartment complex.

"`I'm not sure what the relationship is. We're still trying to investigate even that,` Sanders said.

"Sanders said officers who initially responded to the apartment were able to determine the victims were deceased, and then back out of the apartment. Now police are awaiting a search warrant to go inside and investigate.

"`We need a warrant to get inside the home,` Sanders said. `Just because there's dead bodies in there doesn't overcome the constitutional need to get a warrant.`

"Police planned to work through the night to obtain the warrant and then investigate the crime scene."

From KSL TV5...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

1 Brother Dead, 1 Injured In PA Murder/Suicide

"UNION TOWNSHIP, PA - One brother is dead and another hospitalized in what Porter County Sheriff's Police are calling an attempted homicide and suicide.

"Wednesday morning, officers found Lawrence Hull, 56, dead in the kitchen of the home he shared with his brother. A .22-gauge rifle was found next to him, Porter County Sheriff's Police Sgt. Erik Wiseman said.

"They also found brother Ronald Hull, 69, on the couch in the living room, still alive but suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck.

"Police suspect that Lawrence shot Ronald, then himself.

"The home is at 196 N. County Road 750W, near the Lake County border.

"Ronald was taken to Porter hospital and was in intensive care as of Wednesday afternoon, Wiseman said.

"A female relative and neighbor called 911 about 8:42 a.m., telling dispatchers that there'd been a shooting between the brothers.

"Wiseman said relatives told police investigating the scene at the old white farmhouse that Lawrence hadn't been taking his medicine and hadn't been acting like himself.

"Police are still investigating the shootings, but Wiseman didn't expect charges to be filed from the incident."

From the Post-Tribune...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Firefighters Find Bodies

"JACKSONVILLE, FL - Firefighters confirm that three people are dead in what appears to be a murder suicide in the 12700 block of Del Rio Drive.

"Jacksonville Fire-Rescue personnel called to a home about 1 p.m. Wednesday found three victims in the home unresponsive. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is on the scene but has not released any information about the age of the victims or how they were killed.

"A person identifying himself as a friend of the family said they victims were a man in his 30s, his mother and his stepfather."


People Of Walmart

"WINTER HAVEN, FL - Winter Haven police found a woman dead inside a car outside a Walmart and say it's part of a murder-suicide attempt.

"An officer said he discovered the car with its driver's side window broken out in the 300 block of Cypress Gardens Boulevard just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Upon further inspection, he noticed the woman had been fatally shot in the head.

"Detectives have identified the victim as Gloria Elvira, 19. They said a 5-year-old boy was with Elvira when she was shot, but he was no longer at the scene when they arrived.

"The child is safe and staying with relatives, according to a news release.

"The suspect, whose name has not been released, was found with a self-inflicted gun shot wound during a traffic stop in Lake Wales.

"Police said he was flown to Lakeland Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition.

"The shootings are still under investigation."

From myFOX Tampa Bay...

Murder Becomes Murder/Suicide After Police Standoff

"CLYMER, PA — A Clymer woman apparently was killed by her former boyfriend at her residence Tuesday, authorities said.

"The ex-boyfriend then took his own life at his residence in Dixonville, about 31/2 miles away.

"State police identified the two as Kimberly Ann Romagna, 40, and Rodney Jay Wagner, 38.

"Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said Romagna was pronounced dead at the scene at 1 p.m. of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

"Wagner was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Baker said.

"The pair reportedly had been in a relationship but Romagna ended it a short time ago, the coroner said.

"Trooper John R. Matchik Jr., public information officer for the state police at Indiana, said it is believed Wagner went to the Clymer residence in mid- to late morning. It appears that Romagna was shot by Wagner in the living room area while other family members were upstairs sleeping, he said.

"Wagner fled after the shooting, Matchik said.

"Clymer Borough police responded to the residence after the Indiana County 911 Center received a call from the residence at 12:07 p.m., Baker said.

"According to people at the scene, the victim’s mother, who does not live at the residence, had received a call from Wagner just before noon saying that he had killed Romagna and was about to end his own life, Baker said.

"State police found Wagner’s body in an upstairs bedroom of his residence after a standoff that lasted for hours.

"Wagner had been dead for several hours before he was discovered, Baker said."

From the Tribune-Democrat...

Couple Found Dead After Relatives Hear Gunshots

"SANFORD, FL - The bodies of a husband and wife were found inside a Seminole County home Tuesday morning.

"The couple was found shot to death inside a home in the 2800 block of Grove Drive in Sanford, near the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

"Police were called after others inside the home heard gunshots and went into the room and found the couple dead.

"Police say they found 63-year-old Harry Harper and 64-year-old Jeanette Harper dead from gunshot wounds.

"A total of seven people were in the home at the time.

"Police say this appears to be a murder-suicide."


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Four Dead In Upscale Slaughter

"SAN CLEMENTE, CA - Two young sisters, their mother and another women - all of them related - were killed in an upscale gated community in San Clemente as a result of a murder-suicide stemming from a custody dispute, authorities said Tuesday.

"The victims of Monday's slayings were 2- and 4-year-old sisters, their 37-year-old mother and another woman whose status in the family was being withheld pending family notification, said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

"He said the killer was one of the four dead.

"Their names were not released.

"Amormino said the girls' father was in another Orange County community when the tragedy occurred.

"He said the motive behind the murder-suicide appears to have been a child-custody dispute between the girls' mother and father, exacerbated by a custody hearing prior to the deaths.

"The four dead were discovered inside the rented home on Calle Sonador in the exclusive Careyes community just before 2 p.m. Monday, Amormino said, adding that no one else was on the property at the time.

"`It started out as a domestic disturbance about 1:30 p.m. (Monday),` Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Tom Slayton said Monday.

"The disturbance was reported by the man who owns the home and who heard noises, Amormino said. `He knew something was wrong,` he said.

"The Careyes community is `a private, gated enclave of only 42 luxury executive residences overlooking the Talega golf course,` according to a Talega Community Web site. Four- to six-bedroom homes in the neighborhood sell for more than $1 million."

From the Contra Costa Times...

UPDATE: "It's something out of Greek tragedy."

Elderly Pennsylvania Couple Found Dead

"FAIRVIEW, PA - Fairview Township Police were on the scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide Tuesday morning.

"Township Police Chief Bernard Dugan said police received a call about 7 a.m. to respond to a home in the 500 block of Pleasant View Road. There, they found an 80-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman dead of gunshot wounds.

"`Preliminarily, it seems the male may have shot the female and then killed himself,` Dugan said. He said it is believed the victims are husband and wife.

"Dugan said the woman was found inside the home and the man was found outside, behind the home. A double-barrelled shotgun was found near him.

"`We’re fairly sure of how it occurred,` Dugan said, but he said police were still taking photographs to document the scene.

"Dugan said police were alerted to the deaths by a family member of the couple, who lives close by. That family member found a note on his or her porch that the family has described as a suicide note, Dugan said.

"The York County Coroner’s office was on the way to the scene shortly after 8 a.m. Dugan said it appears the deaths happened fairly recently."


Death In The Garage

"RICHMOND, KY - Authorities in the bluegrass region say a father and his teenage daughter have died in an apparent murder-suicide.

"The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the bodies of 43-year-old Richard Moore and his 13-year-old daughter Kelsey Moore were found in a garage at their home in Madison County.

"Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell said officers were called to the home shortly after noon Sunday. The sheriff said the girl had physical disabilities and Richard Moore was divorced from the girl's mother.

"Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said there was a strong indication of carbon monoxide in the house and garage. He estimated the time of the deaths at 1 a.m. Sunday. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsies.

"O'Donnell said there is no indication of further foul play."

From WAVE 3...

EDITOR'S NOTE: I was tempted to let this story slide. In my opinion, death by carbon monoxide usually indicates a suicide pact. But given that one of the victims here couldn't defend herself due to her disability, murder was obviously on the mind of the perpetrator. -tsc

"No Known Domestic Violence History"

"BECKLEY, WV - Two elderly people died from gunshot wounds Monday morning, and Beckley Police say their deaths were possibly a murder/suicide.

"The shooting in the 100 block of Tolley Drive (???) was reported around 10:30 a.m. Monday, said Capt. Jeff Shumate, chief of detectives. The victims were a man and a woman. One was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a local hospital, where he/she was pronounced dead on arrival. Their names are being withheld because of pending family notifications.

"One person contacted a neighbor, Shumate said. The neighbor then called for emergency medical service workers, who then contacted police.

"The victims have no known domestic violence history, Shumate said."

From The Register-Herald...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baton Rouge Pair Found Dead

"BATON ROUGE, LA - A man and a woman are dead after a shooting at Greenwell Plaza Apartments early Sunday morning.

"Police responded to reports of a possible murder-suicide at 8235 Greenwell Springs Road. When officers arrived they found a man lying dead outside of the apartment complex. They were then informed that the shooter was inside of an apartment. After searching the apartment, officers found a woman inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"City Police are still investigating the shooting."


Rude Awakening

"MONTREAL, QC - A 20-year-old man woke up to gun shots Saturday about 5 a.m. and discovered his parents dead with a hunting rifle lying by their sides in their home on Locas St. in St. Constant, just south of Montreal. Cécile Leduc, 51, and Marc Massey, 48, were declared dead on the scene.

"Roussillon police Saturday night were not able to conclude whether the deaths were a murder-suicide. Neighbours say the family was quiet, and didn’t have a history of problems with the police. The couple’s eldest son died in a car accident in 2002.

"Leduc was an employee of the French-language television network TVA for about 30 years. She was an assistant in the production of the shows Le Banquier and Salut Bonjour."

Source: The Gazette...

Neighbors "Saddened, But Not Surprised"

"NAPLES MANOR, FL - Two people were dead. Then it was only one.

"On Saturday afternoon, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two people were dead in a murder-suicide following a shooting at a home on Holland Street in Naples Manor. But a few hours later, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said that the incident had suddenly switched to a murder and attempted suicide investigation.

"However, Natalie Felber could not release other details, citing an ongoing death investigation. She did confirm that the second person involved was not dead as originally believed.

"Felber also said that arrests have not been made yet and that deputies were still at the scene.

"Hours prior to the agency’s confusion over whether two people were dead or one, police scanner traffic indicated that deputies had been told that a man was going to kill a woman.

"Yellow crime scene tape stretched across a white stucco fence in front of the circular drive at the corner of Holland Street and Georgia Avenue. The address on the mailbox was 5249 Holland Street.

"The Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team surrounded the home after a call came in around 3:30 Saturday afternoon of shots fired.

"According to police scanner traffic, a neighbor called in after hearing five shots and a woman screaming.

"Officers were heard to be staging their operations at Georgia Avenue and Holland Street before they moved to Georgia Avenue and Warren Street, according to the scanner.

"Dominic Heiston and his grandmother Diane Heiston had been riding their bikes through the community when they came across the scene at about 4:30.

"They watched it unfold well into the evening and said about two hours passed before law enforcement went into the house. They watched as a woman was taken from the home on a stretcher.

"Having heard that there appeared to have been a murder-suicide, the two were saddened but not surprised.

"`The Manor already has a bad name,` said Dominic Heiston, a 14-year-old Lely High School student. `I don’t think it even makes a difference on the image of this place. But my dad said it’s gotten better and then something like this happens. … It’s crazy. It really is.`"


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cops Find Bodies After Domestic Violence Call

"MARIANNA, FL - The Jackson County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the late-Friday death of a local couple, but preliminary indications point to a murder-suicide.

"According to a release from Sheriff Louis Roberts, deputies received a call in reference to domestic violence at 314 Highway 73 South in Marianna at 11:38 p.m. While en route to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office received a second call at 11:47 p.m., stating that two people were dead at the residence. Deputies arrived at 11:56 p.m. and discovered the bodies of a male and female inside the home.

"The Sheriff’s Office has not released the names of the deceased.

"`The investigation at this time indicates the male subject shot the female subject and then took his own life,` Roberts said.

"The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Mobile Scene Crime Unit."

From the DOTHAN EAGLE...

Man Kills Grandfather In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"CHEVERLY, MD - Prince George's County police are investigating a Thursday morning homicide in Landover in which a man allegedly shot and killed his grandfather and then pulled the trigger on himself. The 23-year-old grandson remains critically injured at a local hospital.

"The shooting occurred just outside of the Cheverly town limits and is being handled by the county police, according to Cheverly Police.

"Police responded to a call to check on a home in the 6300 block of Kilmer Street because of concerns about what was happening inside, said Officer Evan Baxter, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department. He could not immediately confirm details of the call.

"He said police arrived about 11:14 a.m. to find James Laurence Bowen, 78, of the same address dead from an upper-body gunshot wound and Bowen's grandson suffering from a self-inflicted upper-body gunshot wound, according to county police.

"The grandson, who remains unidentified by police, is still in critical condition, Baxter said. They were both living together at the Kilmer Street address but it is unknown if anyone else lived there, he said.

"There is no information yet about what may have led to the shooting, Baxter said. Police are waiting to see how he recovers before filing charges and releasing his identity, he said.

"A call to the Bowen residence Friday afternoon yielded a busy signal."


Fire Concealed Murder/Suicide

"WARRENTON, OR - The Wednesday morning fire at a home in Warrenton was not what caused the death of the couple who lived there.

"Autopsy results determined that Karen DeWilde, 69, died from loss of blood from a knife wound to her throat, according to Clatsop County Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown. He said she was stabbed by her husband, Joseph DeWilde, 73, who started the house on fire and then committed suicide. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Autopsies were conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland. The results were released today.

"The fire reported at 4:21 a.m. Wednesday, when a passerby spotted smoke coming from the one story wood fram house at 242 N.W. First Ave. Warrenton firefighters discovered the bodies after they put out the blaze.

"Warrenton Police Officer Len Mossman was the lead investigator for the case, which was considered a possible crime scene until the cause of the victims' deaths and the cause of the fire could be determined. The Clatsop County Major Crime Team was called in to assist Warrenton police because the small department has limited resources. No motive has been made public, but court records show Karen DeWilde filed for divorce last month.

"Warrenton Chief of Police Mathew Workman said today he had not yet heard the results of the fire investigation."

Source: the Daily Astorian...

Shots Fired During 911 Call

"Graham, NC - Two people are dead after what appears to be a murder-suicide in Alamance County.

"Randy Jones with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home on Rogers Road around 12:30 Friday afternoon.

"As officers were responding to the call, 911 dispatchers could [hear] what they believed to be gun shots. When officers arrived, they found Janey McPherson dead in the living room. Her husband, Stephen McPherson, was found in the bathroom suffering from what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital were he died.

"The intial investigation revealed the couple was estranged. A 50-B domestic violence protective order was previously issued. Later another 50-B order was issued including a mutual consent clause allowing contact between the couple.

"The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has been requested to assist and is assuming the primary investigation."


Pit Bull Is Third Victim Of Murder/Suicide

"SAN LEON, TX - An estranged common-law husband used a shotgun to kill a 23-year-old San Leon woman and wound her dog before shooting himself in the head, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

"Sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies of Luvena Hunt and her husband, Brett Priddy, 23, of Newark, in Hunt's San Leon home in the 800 block of 18th Street, sheriff's spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo said.

"Tuttoilmondo said a sheriff's 911 operator received a call from Hunt at 4:17 p.m. Thursday saying that Priddy was threatening to shoot himself. Sheriff's deputies arrived and found Hunt with more than a dozen wounds.

"Priddy had a single gunshot wound to the head, Tuttoilmondo said. A 9 mm pistol was found near his body.

"Hunt's pit bull terrier was severely wounded by a shotgun blast. Officials euthanized the dog because of the severity of its injuries. Detectives believe the dog was trying to protect Hunt."

From the Houston Chronicle...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Botched Murder/Suicide Sends Man To Hospital

"TUCSON, AZ - A 56-year-old woman was killed by her husband early Thursday in what police say was intended to be a murder-suicide.

"Police received a 911 call at 4:43 a.m. from a 51-year-old man who said he had just killed his wife and then had taken pills in an attempt to take his own life, said Sgt. Fabian Pacheco, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

"When officers arrived at the home in the 4500 block of East Malvern Street, near South Swan Road and East 22nd Street, they found Mary D. Garfinkel dead and her husband, Sanford I. Garfinkel, suffering the effects of having taken an unknown quantity of pills, Pacheco said.

"Garfinkel told police his wife, who would have turned turn 57 on Saturday, was terminally ill, Pacheco said. Garfinkel said he had then consumed pills in an attempt to overdose, Pacheco said.

"Police have not been able to confirm if Mary Garfinkel was terminally ill, but neighbors said the woman had been sick and wasn't getting better, Pacheco said. Her cause of death was not divulged pending an autopsy.

"Sanford Garfinkel was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment. He is expected to be booked on suspicion of first-degree murder after being treated, Pacheco said."


Man And Woman Found Dead

"INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department investigated what investigators called a murder-suicide Thursday night on the Far Southside.

"A man and a woman were found dead, possibly by gunshot, around 10:30 p.m. in the John Mar Apartments, in the 2800 block of East County Line Road. The area is near Madison Avenue and the Johnson-Marion county line.

"Police said residents of a neighboring apartment reported the deaths.

"The names of the people who died were not immediately released. It was not immediately clear how the deaths happened."


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Argument Leads To Attempted Murder/Suicide

"TAMPA, FL - Tampa Police are investigating a double shooting near Temple Terrace. The shooting happened at around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"One man is dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Police say before Kenneth Mock, 61, took his own life, he shot Jeremy Olmstead, 27, three times.

"Late Wednesday, Olmstead was in serious, but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.

"Detectives spent several hours at the home in the 4800 block of River Hills Drive. They say the initial call they received was that there was a fight.

"Soon after, police received word of gunfire.

"Investigators said Olmstead found his estranged wife at her home with another man. It's unclear what the relationship is between the wife and the other man. Police say there was an argument, then shots were fired.

"`The husband shot the victim three times: once in the arm, once in the leg, and once in the abdomen. After doing so, he turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head... he's deceased,` Lt David Goodman said.

"The woman was not hurt. She recently moved to the neighborhood."

From Fox 13 News WTVT...

Few Details In Kentucky Murder/Suicide

"LOUISA, KY - Two men are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Louisa, Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson said.

"Stephen Robertson, 52, and Phillip Moore, 55, of Louisa lived together, Wilson said, and got into a fight. Robertson appeared to have killed Moore and then shot himself, Wilson said.

"The coroner wouldn’t say how Moore died. Both bodies were to be taken to the state medical examiner’s office."


Murder/Suicide Suspected In Triple Shooting

"WILLIAMSTON, SC - Anderson County deputies are investigating a triple shooting in the Williamston area in which one of the victims was a young child.

"A woman and her young child were shot mutliple times Wednesday evening. A man was also found shot to death in the home. Anderson sheriff's investigators were trying to determine if his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

"Deputies responded to a call in the 400 block of Foster Road at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. They determined that the dead man was the husband of the injured woman and the father of the wounded child.

"Another child who was in the home at the time of the shooting was not hurt.

"The conditions of the woman and child were not released as of late Wednesday night.

"Neighbor Duane Smith talked to News 4 and described the neighborhood as `very quiet.` He said he's shocked by the shooting, describing the family as `sweet people.`"


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Killer Of Four Commits Suicide

"MADISON, WI — Police on Monday found the body of a man wanted in two double homicides in Wisconsin in the car of one of his victims, a coroner said.

"Tyrone Adair, 38, died of a gunshot wound, Dane County Coroner Raymond Wosepka said. He would not say whether Adair had shot himself. Madison Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police were not looking for Adair's killer.

"Adair was charged Friday with killing 33-year-old Tracy Judd and 23-month-old Deja Adair, Judd and Adair's daughter. He also was wanted in the deaths of 25-year-old Amber Weigel and 2-year-old Naveah Weigel-Adair. The bodies were found Thursday.

"The four-day search set the Madison area on edge. Police also warned other women he knew."

From the Chicago Tribune...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fire Concealed Murder/Suicide

"GREENVILLE, SC - Greenville County Coroner Mike Ellis says a couple who were found dead Saturday after fire in their home died as a result of a homicide/suicide. Ellis says the woman has been positively identified as 46 year old Lisa Rae Creta. The coroner’s office believes she died around 3 a.m on Saturday. The coroner says she died of multiple gun shot wounds to the head. Her last known employer was the U.S. Justice Department of Federal Bureau of Prisons.

"Ellis says the man has been tentatively identified as 48 year old Robert Frank Creta Jr. The coroner’s office estimates the death happened around 5 a.m Saturday. Ellis says he died due to a gun shot wound to the head and the injury was consistent with being self inflicted. Creta’s last known employer was the ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms).

"Ellis says the couple had been married 20 years.

"Investigators also found a 4 year old pitbull/lab mix who died of multiple gun shot wounds."


Love Triangle Suspected In Attempted Murder/Suicide

"FOSTORIA, OH - A Fostoria man was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he attempted to shoot another male on West Eagle Street early Monday morning.

"Jordan Hacker, 21, was found face down in the 100 block of West Eagle Street after police were called to a residence for the report of a shooting.

"`It appears to be a suicide,` Fostoria Police Chief John McGuire said Monday afternoon.

"McGuire said Hacker had gone to 120 W. Eagle St. around 5:43 a.m. When the man's mother answered the door, Hacker said he needed to speak with the man because a family member was in the hospital.

"When the man, 31, came to the door, Hacker produced a gun and shot at him, McGuire said. The man ducked and slammed the door, avoiding the bullet. Hacker then fled on foot.

"McGuire said police found Hacker a short distance away in a backyard at the southwest corner of South Main and Eagle streets. He was face down with a gunshot wound to the face, and the gun was in his hand, McGuire said. A spent shell casing was found near his body.

"`He meant to do harm to the 31-year-old male and take his own life,` he said.

"Police believe the only connection between Hacker and the man he tried to shoot is Hacker's girlfriend, McGuire said.

"The woman, who police had not talked to as of Monday afternoon, once dated the 31-year-old man, but had been separated from him for more than five years.

"McGuire said police also located a suicide note at Hacker's residence on West North Street.

"Police are withholding the name of the 31-year-old male pending investigation, McGuire said."

From the Advertiser-Tribune...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Viet Nam Vet Takes Out Wife, Self

"TULLAHOMA, TN - Despite a quick response to a Thursday domestic violence call, Moore County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrived to hear gunshots followed by two deaths in what they deem is a husband and wife murder/suicide.

"Deputies arrived at a Gass Lane residence, off Highway 55, three minutes after receiving a domestic violence call, and they were met with the sound of gunshots. Once inside the residence Sheriff Mark Logan and his deputies found Joe Gass, 67, and Deborah Gass, 59, dead from gunshot wounds.

"According to Logan, officers received the call from a woman, who was later determined to be the shooting victim. The caller advised that the `man was sitting on the couch` armed and waiting for anybody to enter.

"`Shortly after we arrived we heard two gunshots,` Sheriff Logan said Friday.

"Before entering the residence the sheriff and deputies then made several attempts to make contact with anyone inside the house but were unable to do so.

"Logan and members of the sheriff’s Department then entered the house where they found the couple dead. They each died of a single gunshot wounds to the head from a .38 caliber pistol.

"Sheriff Logan said his department has responded to domestic violence calls at the address in the past.

"The sheriff said that Joe Gass suffered from posttraumatic stress syndrome related to his military service in the Vietnam War."

From The Tullahoma News...

Two Dead In Cincinatti

"CINCINNATI, OH - Cincinnati police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Northside and praising a piece of protective gear that did its job Sunday night.

"Officers said Kaniesha Dangerfield, 22, was found dead in a car at the Ashtree Apartments on Sunday afternoon.

"Police Chief Tom Streicher said a man who was with Dangerfield saw Leetae Williams with a gun looking for the woman. Streicher said Williams approached, demanded that Dangerfield get out of the car, and when she didn't, Williams shot her through the car window.

"The man with Dangerfield, a concealed weapons permit holder, pulled his gun and fired one shot at Williams before his gun jammed, then ran to find help.

"Police cornered Williams, 28, in an apartment later Sunday evening.

"As a SWAT unit entered the apartment, Streicher said Williams fired two shots blindly through a curtain, both shots hitting the right side of an officer's helmet.

"Williams then retreated to a back room, where he shot and killed himself a short time later, police said.

"The officer was not injured. He is on administrative leave, Streicher said."


Couple Found Dead In Separate Crime Scenes

"NEW ORLEANS, LA - Members of the New Orleans Police Department are investigating the deaths of a 49-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife whose bodies were found this weekend.

"The New Orleans Fire Department said the man -- identified as Hai Cao -- was found dead after a fire at a home that was under construction in the New Orleans East area early Sunday. The woman's body was found in a nearby house. She was identified as Lan Than.

"Police said they were treating the finds a homicide and suicide.

"Rescue crews responded to reports of the fire at 11110 Parkwood Ct., just before 7 a.m.

"Upon arrival, NOFD personnel found a house with smoke and fire coming from the garage area in the front, left side of the dwelling. Fire crews forced entry into the garage of the dwelling, which was under construction and had no utilities servicing the structure.

"Upon extinguishing the fire, firefighters located the body of a man on the floor of the garage near the passenger side of the vehicle parked inside.

"Officer Jonette Williams said detectives later received information that the man's wife had been injured inside a home in the 11300 block of North Parkwood Court.

"`Officers entered that residence and located her inside that home, suffering from apparent stab wounds to the body,` said Williams. `She was pronounced dead on the scene.`

"Detectives said they were looking into whether the deaths may have been related to a domestic dispute between the victims.

"`They had been having some marital difficulties,` said NOPD Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo. `We did find what we believe to be notes that were left by the husband.`

"Relatives were left speechless, and neighbors said they're trying to make sense of what happened.

"`He was a nice person,` said neighbor Andrew Nelson. `I mean, the man, we talked to him, you know, and we told him we'd watch out for him and everything. But until this morning, it just happened. Things happened for a reason.`

"`That's horrible,` neighbor Kevin Joiner said. `That doesn't really happen around here like that all. This is a quiet neighborhood. That's just horrible.`

"Police said they're not sure how the man died, but they think he used an accelerant to ignite the car."


Bodies Found In Cemetary

"BOARDMAN, OH - Boardman police are investigating the shooting deaths of two high school seniors.

"Police say the teens were found shot to death in a Boardman Cemetery just after 7 a.m. Sunday during a routine police patrol.

"Boardman police [said] 17-year-old Jamie Serich and 18-year old Colin Hart were found lying near a car inside the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Market Street.

"Police are now trying to determine if the incident was a murder-suicide or double suicide.

"A gun was found nearby. Investigators say, Serich's parents reported him missing Saturday.

"Boardman police and the Mahoning County Coroner's Office are investigating the deaths.

"The tragedy comes just days after Cardinal Mooney won the Division III State Championship Friday.

"Sister Jane Marie Kudlatz, principal at Cardinal Mooney High School, said the school already was scheduled to be closed today as a result of it winning the State Championship.

"Kudlatz [said] grief counselors are on hand for any student needing someone to talk to about the deaths.

"There will also be a Mass for the two students this afternoon."


EDITOR'S NOTE: Suicide pact or murder-suicide? Time will tell as the investigation continues.

Dead Men Don't Answer When Police Bang On Door

"CLARKSVILLE, TN - A man and his adult son were found shot to death Sunday night in an apartment on Tiny Town Road in what police are now investigating as a murder-suicide.

"Clarksville Police, responding to a 911 call about a possible dead person in an apartment at 621 Tiny Town Road, went to the home at about 8:25 p.m. and could see a man's body through a window, according to Clarksville Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll.

"After banging on the door and getting no response, police entered and found two men inside, both dead, Knoll said.

"Both men had been shot to death. There were no signs of forced entry into the home.

"The men are Emanuel Joseph Bluebird, 22, and his father, Norman Bluebird, 51, Knoll said late this morning.

"The address is listed also as Summertrees Apartments."

From TheLeafChronicle...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"A Real Nice Couple"

"PIERCE COUNTY, WA - An East Pierce County man apparently shot and killed his live-in girlfriend inside the couple’s Summit-area home early Saturday, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

"`We’re still investigating it, but at this point it appears to be a murder-suicide,` Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

"The couple’s 1-year-old son was at his grandparents’ house at the time of the shooting, Troyer said.

"The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not formally released the names of the dead.

"Neighbors described the man, a 26-year-old corrections officer, and the woman, a 29-year-old real estate agent, as friendly and family-oriented.

"`They were a real nice couple,` said neighbor Maria Runnels. `They seemed to get along and were planning to have another kid. At least, they were talking about it.`"

From The News Tribune...

Bodies Found In Georgia Home

"BAINBRIDGE, GA - Three persons are dead after a double murder and suicide on Saturday night. James `Bubba` Reynolds III, 42, shot and killed his live in girlfriend, Tonya Rogers, 31, and their 8 year old son Kameron before killing himself.

"Sheriff's Major Wendell Cofer stated that after not hearing from Reynolds for a period of time, a relative went to his home at 202 County Line Road at about 8 pm Saturday evening.

"With no answer, she entered the residence and discovered the 3 victims. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Major Cofer stated their investigation indicates that they had been dead only a short period of time before being discovered.

"Sheriff's Deputies responded to the call and secured the home. Sheriff's CSI Gale Bowyer processed the scene.

"Tonya Rogers had left Bubba Reynolds earlier in the week and was staying in Thomasville. On Saturday, Reynolds picked up Tonya and their 8 year old son and brought them to his residence, presumably to talk and visit. Tonya's own 2 daughters did not come with them.

"The Decatur County Sheriff's investigation continues."


Friday, December 4, 2009

Man Hangs Himself After Stabbing Wife To Death

"WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Police have identified a Winston-Salem woman found stabbed to death early this morning in an apparent murder-suicide.

"Allison Gaither was found lying in a neighbor's backyard in the 2000 block of Ardmore Village Lane in the southern part of the city.

"Police believe that she was stabbed by her estranged husband, Cory Gaither.

"Cory Gaither's car was spotted in northern Davidson County. The Davidson County Sheriff's office found his body nearby. He had hanged himself, authorities said.

"On Wednesday, Allison Gaither filed a restraining order against Cory Gaither, alleging that he attempted to break into her home on Tuesday. The order also alleges that Cory Gaither assaulted a friend of Allison Gaither and punched a whole in a wall.

"Allison Gaither's death is the 15th homicide in Winston-Salem this year."

From the Winston-Salem Journal...

Three Dead In Ohio

"WESTERVILLE, OH — A father fatally shot his two sleeping daughters before turning the gun on himself at the foot of the bed, according to police.

"Westerville police were called to 813 Westray Dr. Thursday afternoon after 11-year-old Sarah Dobson didn’t show up for school for two days.

"St. Paul Elementary School officials called Sarah’s mother who said she had no idea what was going on or where her child was.

"Sarah’s principal called police because her father, 44-year-old Daniel Dobson, didn’t call her in as absent as he always did.

"Westerville officers arrived at the residence at 12:09 p.m. but were not able to make contact with anyone in the residence.

"Police contacted Daniel’s wife and the girls’ mother. She arrived at the home at 1:03 p.m. and allowed officers into the house.

"Officers found the bodies 15-year-old Nicole Dobson, Sarah and Daniel in an upstairs bedroom.

"Detectives were called to the scene to begin an investigation.

"The investigation revealed both Nicole and Sarah were shot once while they were sleeping in the same bed. Daniel fatally shot himself with a shotgun at the foot of the same bed.

"He left a suicide note, police said. Authorities weren’t releasing information on the suicide note.

"Police said there weren’t any witnesses and no one heard the gunshots.

"Neighbors told police they last saw the Dobson and his daughters around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

"The girls’ father and mother had a shared parenting agreement; they divorced earlier this year.

"The daughters were staying with their father in Westerville. Police weren’t releasing the mother’s identity or her hometown.

"Nicole was a freshman at Westerville Central High School.

"Westerville City Schools Executive Director of Communications Greg Viebrantz said the school would have counselors at the school Friday and an announcement about Nicole’s death would be made over the intercom.

"No more immediate information was available."


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Family Of Four Survives Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MENASHA, WI - Town of Menasha police say a man tried to kill his family in a murder-suicide attempt.

"Police were asked to check on the woman's welfare shortly after 10 o'clock Wednesday night. Officers were told the woman had separated from her husband and went to the address to see her children.

"The woman says her 33-year-old estranged husband battered and strangled her until she was unconscious, and when she came to, she found herself, her four- and six-year-old children, and her estranged husband in a car in a closed garage with the car windows rolled down.

"The woman says she regained consciousness shortly before officers arrived.

"The 30-year-old woman was taken to a hospital for her injuries.

"The Town of Menasha man was jailed on charges including three counts of attempted first-degree homicide, two counts of strangulation, and substantial battery."


Health Care Workers Find Grisly Scene

"Indianapolis, IN - Metro police are investigating at least one homicide on the city's far northeast side.

"Investigators say home health care workers found the bodies of 74-year-old David Cassady and his wife Ruth, around 7:30 Wednesday night, in the 7400 block of Lantern Road.

"Neighbors say David Cassady was a retired director at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. They say he had fallen and broken his shoulder last week.

"Investigators say this was the health care workers' first visit to their home and they found the door unlocked.

"`When they went inside the residence, they found two individuals down. Preliminary indication at least one is a homicide and we're examining the situation with the other individual to see if that is in fact a homicide also,` said IMPD Sgt Paul Thompson.

"Investigators found the husband's body on a bed. His wife's body was discovered not far away.

"`Early indications it's a violent death on the part of both of these individuals,` Thompson said.

"At this point, police say the deaths appear to be the result of a murder-suicide. It appears Ruth Cassady shot her husband as he laid on his bed and then turned the weapon on herself.

"Metro police are hopeful autopsies will give them more information on what transpired Wednesday night in the Cassady home."


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"My Parents Were Shot"

"VANCOUVER, WA - A young girl walked to a neighbor's house for help after she found her parents shot Wednesday in what Vancouver police are calling a murder-suicide.

"Steve Grice told police the child said her parents were on the floor and not moving, investigators said.

"`I was walking to pick up the mail and she said, 'My parents were shot,'` Grice said.

"Officers said the neighbor went to the house and found a man and woman in a pool of blood and called 911 at about 2 p.m. The pair had died of apparent gunshot wounds, investigators said.

"Police arrived at the house, located on SE 30th Way, and called for immediate medical assistance.

"Officers are not commenting on the relationship between the man and woman, but neighbors said they were a couple who had recently separated.

"Investigators said the crime has been ruled a murder-suicide. Officers found what could be the weapon, but are not saying who the shooter was.

"Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday.

"This incident is the sixth murder-suicide in just over a month in the Portland metro area."


Repairman Makes Gruesome Discovery

"QUEBEC, CA - Quebec police are investigating a possible murder-suicide pact that left a Saguenay couple dead Tuesday afternoon.

"A satellite-dish repairman who had been summoned to a residence on a work order called 911 shortly before 4 p.m. after discovering the couple's bodies.

"The couple, a man and a woman in their 40s, were declared dead at a hospital a few hours later.

"Quebec coroner Michel Miron would not say how the couple died given the ongoing police investigation.

"But Quebec police confirm they found weapons inside the house at 2127 du rang Saint-Martin."

From CBCnews...

Disagreement Leads To Murder/Suicide

"PICCADILLY, N.L. (Canada) — Autopsies have confirmed that two men killed in a double shooting over the weekend died as part of a murder-suicide, Newfoundland RCMP said Wednesday.

"The medical examiner has concluded that each man died as a result of a single shot from a high-powered rifle that was found at the scene, according to a police news release.

"The two neighbours, now identified as Leroy Benoit, 35 and 47-year-old Claude Wiseman, were heard having a disagreement early Sunday morning in Piccadilly, on the west coast of Newfoundland.

"RCMP say Wiseman shot Benoit, killing him instantly, and then shot himself.

"It’s believed only Benoit had been drinking at the time of the altercation, the news release said.

"Wiseman was taken to hospital where he died."


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

3 Found Dead In Home

"TUCSON, AZ - Three people found dead in a north side home Monday died as a result of a murder-suicide, Tucson police said.

"Mario Morales Sr., 35, shot and killed his wife, 34-year-old Stephanie Morales, and their 16-year-old son Dario Morales before shooting himself, according to a news release issued by the Tucson Police Department.

"Police were called to a home in the 3300 block of North Flowing Wells Road at 5:20 p.m. Monday after a family member found the three people dead, the release said.

"Detectives learned Mario and Stephanie Morales had recently separated and were living in separate homes, the release said."


"Distressed Female" Is Shooter In Alabama Murder/Suicide

"HELENA, AL - The Helena Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide that happened just after 5 p.m. on Monday.

"Officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Laurel Woods Lane for a welfare check of a distressed female.

"Officers entered the house and found a female with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

"They searched the house and found her husband upstairs with a gunshot wound to the torso.

"Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

"This incident is still under investigation."


Monday, November 30, 2009

Argument Preceded New Jersey Murder/Suicide

"ELIZABETH, NJ - A man fatally shot his common-law wife this weekend before turning the weapon on himself, authorities said today.

"Maria Alvarez, 45, was found with a gunshot wound to the chest when police were called to the couple's home in the 700 block of Magie Avenue about 8:20 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

"Argael Rincon, 52, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, the prosecutor's office said.

"The prosecutor's office said a relative told authorities the pair had been arguing before shots were fired.

"The Union County Medical Examiner classified the shooting as a murder-suicide, the prosecutor's office said. A .32 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the prosecutor's office."


Nursing Home Horror

"VERO BEACH, FL - Police on Monday morning were investigating a possible murder-suicide at a nursing home that left a husband and wife dead.

"Police were called shortly before 9 a.m. to the Royal Palm Convalescent Center in the 2100 block of 10th Avenue.

"The couple were in the courtyard when witnesses heard gunfire, Indian River County Fire Marshal Brian Nolan said.

"No further details were released."


Sunday, November 29, 2009

"Jerry Shot Me"

"SAN ANTONIO, TX - San Antonio police arrested a 41-year-old man early Sunday morning, when he allegedly tried to kill himself and his 25-year-old wife in their North Side home.

"Jerry Contreras is being held in Bexar County Jail on one count of attempted murder; his bond is set at $50,000. He was originally booked by proxy at University Hospital, where both he and his wife, April Contreras, were taken to be treated for gunshot wounds. She remains hospitalized in stable condition, officials said.

"Officers were called to the couple's home in the 1200 block of Basse Road around 1:30 a.m., when a neighbor called police to report that a man had shot his wife in the head in an attempted murder-suicide. April Contreras was in the shower when she sustained a gunshot wound to the jaw, according to a San Antonio Police Department incident report, and her husband of several months was found slumped over, sitting in a pool of blood nearby.

"According to Bexar County records, the couple's marriage license was validated in February 2009. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

"The report states that April Contreras was screaming, `Jerry shot me,` and `help him, he shot himself,` when officers arrived at the home. Police recovered a .22-caliber rifle believed to have been used in the shooting, and the couple was taken to University Hospital, where Jerry Contreras was booked by proxy, officials said.

"He was treated and released to the Bexar County Jail around 7:30 a.m."


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Police Stop Concludes Murder/Suicide

"SAUK VILLAGE, IL - A Markham man, after shooting his ex girlfriend and killing a man she was with in Sauk Village, turned the gun on himself when police stopped him later Friday night.

"About 9:10 p.m. Friday, Sauk Village police got a call of a shooting in the 22000 block of Jeffrey Avenue, according to a release from Sauk Village police. When officers got to the scene, they found a woman who had been shot. She was taken to a local hospital, police said.

"Officers also found a second victim, 43-year-old Robert Allen of Carthage, Miss., dead in a nearby driveway.

"Allen was taken to St. Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer, Ind. where he was pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m., according to the Lake County, Ind. Coroner's Office. Allen had been shot multiple times.

"The suspect was identified and a flash message was broadcast over the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network, with information on the suspect and his vehicle, the release said.

"The suspect, identified as Paul Gunn, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, was later stopped by police in the area of 162nd and Dixie Highway in Markham. Gunn, who was armed, turned the weapon on himself and shot himself. He was taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

"The woman who was shot was reportedly the girlfriend or ex-girlfriend of Gunn's, according to a source. Gunn lived at 49 W. 159th St., according to the medical examiner's office.

"Police are continuing to investigate the shootings and had no further details Saturday morning."

From the Chicago Sun-Times...