Saturday, January 31, 2009

Texas Couple Found Dead

"Lumberton, TX - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Lumberton.

"Around 2:20 a.m. a call came into the Hardin County Sheriff's Office from a man claiming to have just shot his wife.

"When deputies arrived at the house at 5197 Ariola Lane in Lumberton, they found both the woman and the man dead inside from single gun shot wounds to each, according to Sheriff Ed Cain.

"The two were identified as Jennifer Williams, 29, and Danny Williams, 30.

"The couple have two young children, a 2 and 3 year old, but neither were at home at the time of the shooting, Cain said.

"The gun used in the shooting was a semi-automatic 9 millimeter pistol."

From the Beaumont Enterprise...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Text Message of DEATH

"South Salt Lake, UT - Two people died Friday in what police say was a murder-suicide shooting.

"Police identified the shooter as Jeremy Scott Taylor, 33, of Orem. He and the 33-year-old Taylorsville woman, whose name was not immediately released, had texted each other Friday and planned to meet in the parking lot of the Morris Murdock Building, 240 E. Morris Avenue, said South Salt Lake police Capt. Gary Keller. She worked in the building and the two may have dated, he said.

"The two argued, then Taylor shot the woman twice in the upper body with a .38 caliber handgun, Keller said, then turned the gun on himself.

"At about 2:09 p.m., police responded to the parking lot and found the two dead from gunshot wounds..."

More at the Salt Lake Tribune...

Two Men Found Dead in Snow Camp

"Snow Camp, NC - The Alamance County Sheriff's Department is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Randy Jones with the Sheriff's Office tells WFMY News 2 they received a call around 5 am Friday morning in response to a murder-suicide on Quakenbush Road in Snow Camp.

"Investigators report they found the bodies of two young men, around 19 or 20-year-old, at the location.

"Jones says it appears to be a murder-suicide, but the case is still under investigation."

From WFMY...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Midnight Killing in South Dakota

"Onida, SD - A woman is shot and killed early Thursday morning in Onida, which is a little more than 30 miles northeast of Pierre.

"Sully County authorities believe this was to be a case of murder-suicide.

"The woman killed has been identified as 34 year old Sharon Kleinsasser.

"With the gunman identified as her husband, 38 year old Herman Kleinsasser Junior: He's in critical condition at a Rapid City hospital.

"Sharon Kleinsasser had six children.

"The incident happened shortly after midnight at the Kleinsasser home in Onida."

Source: KSFY...

Nursing Home Horror

"Jackson, OH - Authorities in Jackson say a man walked into the Four Winds Nursing Home yesterday and fatally shot his wife and then himself.

"Seventy-two-year-old Shirley Ross was pronounced dead at the scene, and 75-year-old Clarance Ross was dead on arrival at a Jackson hospital.

"The Jackson County sheriff says both had gunshot wounds to the head, and a .38-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.

"No official motive for the shootings has been determined.

"Authorities said the couple had been married about 50 years, and that Shirley Ross had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease."

From WBEX 1490AM...

Motel of Death

"San Francisco, CA – A man and a woman were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in an Outer Mission motel room on Wednesday, according to police.

"The motel manager let himself into the room early Wednesday afternoon after the pair failed to check out, and he called police after discovering a man motionless on the floor, according to police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams.

"When police arrived at the motel, they discovered a 36-year old man and a 39-year old woman, both killed by gunshot wounds, according to Williams.

"According to Williams, the motel was located in the 5,000 block of Mission Street, which is between Ocean and Geneva avenues [which, according to my research, can only be the Amazon Motel - tsc].

"Police believe that the man killed the woman before killing himself sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., according to Williams."

From the Examiner...

Murder on Tuesday, Suicide on Wednesday

"Miami, FL - A man wanted in the slaying of a 24-year-old woman was found dead from a gunshot wound in an apparent murder suicide on Wednesday.

"It appears Richard Oscar Moreno, 25, committed suicide, police said, although the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office will make a final determination.

"Police say Moreno fatally shot Paola Canizares Tuesday night, leaving her body in a residential neighborhood in West Miami-Dade...

"Police said the alleged killer's motive for slaying Canizares was not clear.

"According to neighborhood residents, two shots were fired about 9:45 p.m.

"Seconds later, they heard Canizares scream, then a short scuffle, then four more gunshots. The few neighbors who peered out of windows or stepped outside saw a black Infiniti FX35 speeding out of the small cul-de-sac.

"After receiving 911 calls, Miami-Dade police arrived a few minutes later and found Canizares dead in the street in front of a single-story town home near Southwest 130th Avenue and 18th Terrace [no such intersection, probably near here - tsc]. A black SUV -- possibly used by the killer -- was found a few streets away by police. It was later towed."

Source: Miami Herald...

Death on a Snow Day

"Columbus, OH - Police suspect a murder-suicide in the deaths of a couple and their two small children. Their four bodies were found yesterday afternoon in their Whitehall home.

"Police have not released the names of the dead, but Mike Meeks said they are his brother, Mark Meeks, 51; his brother's wife, Jennifer Dallas-Meeks, 40; and their children, Abby, 8, and Jimmy, 5.

"The bodies were found in a ranch home owned by the couple at 918 Beechwood Rd.

"Whitehall police refused to say last night how the four died or whether a weapon was found.

"`It has the markings of a murder-suicide,` Sgt. Daniel Kelso said without elaborating. `This is not a high-crime area.`

"Relatives of the couple called police a little before 2 p.m. requesting that officers check on the family's well-being, Kelso said. Police found the four bodies upon arrival...

"Both children attended Etna Road Elementary, and Dallas-Meeks was an active PTA member, Whitehall Superintendent Judy Dobbert-Meloy said. Jimmy was in kindergarten and Abby was a third-grader, though both were home yesterday because of a snow day."

From the Columbus Dispatch...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Garden Apartments of Death

"Marianna, FL - Police responded to a shooting at New Marianna Gardens Apartments shortly after 8 a.m. today.

"According to Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett, one woman is dead and a man is in Jackson Hospital as a result of the shooting. The names of the two have not been released.

"Family of the deceased and other apartment tenants said the victim was shot by the man, who subsequently attempted suicide. But authorities have not confirmed whether this is true.

"Marianna police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other emergency personnel are at the scene.

"A portion of Building B at the complex is taped off, but the rest of the complex is accessible to tenants and visitors."

Source: JCFlorida...

Two Dead In Orlando Hotel

"Orlando, FL - Two people were found dead inside of an Orlando hotel, the victims of what police believe was a murder-suicide.

Loyta Sloley, 34, and James Clayton, 46, were found shot to death inside of the Marriot Courtyard Orlando on Magnolia Avenue, just north of Colonial Drive, Tuesday morning, according to Orlando Police.

"Clayton is a career criminal and was convicted of murder in 1989, police said.

"Around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to Lucerne Hospital to check on an employee who had called in sick to work. Sloley called her employer and told them she would not be at work, and told them her boyfriend, Clayton, was holding her against her will.

"Sloley told coworkers that her boyfriend was driving her around Orlando, but she didn't know where she was. She later told them she was no longer in her car, but still didn't know where she was at.

"Officers used her cell phone to track the couple to the hotel, where they had checked in to a room.

"Officers had to force their way inside of the hotel room where they found the two dead."

From the Orlando Sentinel...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Gospel John" Hacks Two, Hangs Himself

"St Elizabeth, Jamaica - A man is dead and two women admitted to hospital in what is suspected to be an attempted murder and suicide in Breadnut Walk, St. Elizabeth.

"The dead man has been identified as John Peart, 40, otherwise called `Gospel John`.

"Hospitalised are 30-year-old Delvarine Raybe and her 14-year-old neice, Shamerica DuCarre, a student of Hampton High.

"Sometime Monday evening, Mr. Peart was involved in an argument with other persons in the community, during which he threw a stone which hit a parked car.

"He was reprimanded by Miss Raybe in whose yard he was a tenant.

"It is alleged that sometime after midnight, Mr. Peart attacked Ms. Raybe and her neice, with a machete.

"The two females were badly chopped and taken to the Black River Hospital where they were both admitted.

"Later, shortly after 5 am, residents stumbled upon Mr. Peart's body hanging from a mango tree by a piece of electrical cord."

From Radio Jamaica...

"Ominous 911 Call" Leads to Two Bodies

"ANNAPOLIS, MD - An ominous 911 call from an apartment near Annapolis has led police to two bodies with gunshot wounds.

"Anne Arundel County police say a woman called at 12:23 a.m. Tuesday, saying police should come to the 600 block of Admiral Drive or they would `find two dead bodies.`

"When police arrived three minutes later, no one answered the door and police found a 39-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman dead inside.

"Police consider the case a homicide and a suicide."


BREAKING: Suicide Plus Six

"WILMINGTON, CA - A father apparently distraught over job problems shot and killed his wife and five young children and then committed suicide at their home Tuesday, police said. The victims included two sets of twins.

"The bodies were found when police responded to a report of a shooting in progress in the Wilmington area shortly before 8:30 a.m., Officer Sam Park said. The bodies were found throughout the McFarland Avenue house.

"The victims were not immediately identified.

"Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner said the man killed his wife, an 8-year-old girl, twin 5-year-old daughters and twin 2-year-old sons. He then killed himself.

A revolver was found at the home.

"He was despondent, clearly, over his job situation," Garner said.

"Either before or after killing his family, the man sent a two-page typewritten letter to KABC-TV, Garner said. The Burbank-based television station called police in that suburb, Garner said.

"The TV station did not publicly release the note, but Garner described its content.

"`Obviously he wanted somebody to find the bodies,` Garner said.

"`In the note, he clearly said he was going to kill himself, his wife and his kids,` Garner said.

"Garner said he didn't exactly know the man's job situation, but `it wasn't going well at work.`"


Murder/Suicide Suspected in Apartment Fire

"Burnsville, MN - Brittany Givens-Copeland had planned to break off her relationship with Adam Williams on Sunday night, her friends say. Within hours, firefighters found both their bodies after fire gutted his Burnsville apartment.

"Givens-Copeland, 24, and Williams, 23, were found dead late Sunday after crews extinguished the blaze at the Woods complex at 14745 Portland Av. S. Autopsies were underway Monday evening in Hastings, and police were not yet saying how they died.

"But detectives are investigating the case as a possible murder-suicide, with the fire being set after Givens-Copeland was killed, according to police and friends of the Givens family, which is one of Minnesota's most prominent and philanthropic families.

"Monday morning, a police officer notified the family that Givens-Copeland was dead, and an officer told her younger sister of the suspicion that Williams had killed her, close family friends said..."

More at The Star Tribune...

"Random" Murder/Suicide Kills 3, Injures 7

"PORTLAND, OR - Police said suspected gunman Erik Salvador Ayala was reportedly depressed and unemployed when he left a note for his roommate that insinuated suicide, drove to downtown Portland and opened fire on a random crowd Saturday night, killing two people and injuring seven before turning the gun on himself.

"Police released those new details Monday afternoon during a news conference on the shooting spree investigation. But they still don't know why the nine people were gunned down in what police said was a random shooting that lasted but a few seconds. They also don't know how Ayala obtained a 9mm semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting spree.

"Meanwhile, Ayala remained in critical condition Monday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Police said he shot himself in the head following Saturday night's shooting rampage outside the underage nightclub called The Zone on Southwest 2nd Avenue.

"Eight of the nine victims were teenagers, many of them foreign exchange students. Investigators don't believe they were targeted but simply just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Source: KATU...

Texas Shooter Scores Hat Trick

"SAN ANTONIO, TX - A man discovered his brother dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and police found their father and another relative dead in the rear of the home, according to authorities.

Neighbors heard gunshots around 6 p.m. Monday and a neighbor called the man’s brother, who lives down the street.

"He arrived about 15 minutes later, and opened the door to find his brother dead in the front hallway, police spokesman Sgt. Gabe Trevino said. The man called police, who found the shooter’s father and son dead in back bedrooms of the home.

"Property records show the home is registered to Jack Younger, 91, who neighbors said was a retired mechanic. Darryl Younger, 49, moved into his father’s home several years ago after his mother died, neighbors said. His son, 24-year-old Nick, also lived there.

"Trevino said police did not find drugs in the home, and did not immediately have a motive for the killings."


Monday, January 26, 2009

Man Dead, Boy Critical

"INGLEWOOD, CA - Police say a man shot and wounded his 4-year-old son in Inglewood before shooting and killing himself.

"Inglewood police spokesman Lt. Mike McBride says officers responding to a report of an attempted suicide early Monday morning arrived at a residence to find the a man and a boy each with a single bullet wound, and a preliminary investigation found that the father shot the son then turned the gun on himself.

"Coroner's assistant chief Ed Winter says the man—27-year-old Sharome Frazier—died at the scene.

"The boy was taken to a hospital. Police did not release his name or any information on his condition."

From MercuryNews...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

4 Shots, 1 Dead in Borked Murder/Suicide

"PHOENIX, AZ - A man is dead and a woman is fighting for her life in what police are callling a failed murder-suicide attempt in Phoenix.

"Around 2 a.m. on Sunday police responded to a shots fired call at a home near 49th Avenue and Thomas.

"When they arrived officers found a man and a woman with gun shot wounds. The man has been identified as 36-year-old Alejandro Garcia. The woman is 39-year-old Lorena Arellanes.

"Investigators believe a fight between the two led up to the violence. Police say they got into an argument and Garcia shot Arellanes three times before turning the gun on himself.

"According to police, several children were home at the time of the shooting."


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Elderly Couple Checks Out

"Hueytown, AL - An elderly Hueytown couple were found dead today in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

"Police found Ramona Houston, 79, and her husband Milton Houston, 76, dead in bed from gunshot wounds. Houston shot his wife, then shot himself, police said.

"A relative had been trying to contact the couple since Thursday. The relative called police Saturday and asked that they accompany her to the house. Police entered and found the bodies.

"Ramona Houston suffered from dementia. Milton Houston also battled health problems and recently got more bad medical news, police said."

From The Birmingham News...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Norway: Bad Cop Shoots Teacher, Self

"Tromsø, Norway - A policeman shot and killed a woman teacher before turning the gun on himself in a car park outside a school in Norway this morning.

"No children were injured in the incident, which happened outside the Slettaelva school in Tromso (school Web site), the main city in the Norwegian Arctic.

"Police had initially said that both the man and the woman - who they believe to be former lovers - had died, but later said the man was in a critical condition in hospital.

"`This was an experienced public servant with a long record of service,` Tromso Police Chief Truls Fyhn said.

"He did not release the man's name or position in the police force.

"The man and his victim, who was a teacher in training, had previously lived together.

"Chief Fyhn said: `The background to the killing is presumed to be their relationship which broke up in recent weeks.`"

From The Daily Mail...

Police "Making No Assumptions"

"New London, CT - A man and a woman who lived together at the Garfield Avenue Apartments died of gunshot wounds this morning in an apparent murder-suicide.

"City police responded at about 9:40 to a report of a domestic disturbance at 151 Garfield Ave. Shortly thereafter, the victims were removed from the building and taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. From there, the bodies of Jessinia Calderon and Jose Velez were transferred to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington, where a spokesman said autopsies would be performed Saturday.

"At the shooting scene, police Capt. William Dittman, said no suspects were being sought, adding, `We are making no assumptions.`

"Laurie Mirlas, 44, who lives in the apartment next to the one where the shooting occurred, called police at 9:35 to report that loud quarreling next door had escalated into physical violence. Five minutes later, Mirlas, who lives with her son, Robert Rouleau, 26, heard a shot or shots fired, and a bullet came through the wall separating her apartment from the one in which Calderon and Velez lived.

"As many as three shots may have been fired, Rouleau said.

"`Dry wall was flying everywhere,` he said."


"No One Else Was Home"

"Greenwood, SC - Investigators say the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a Greenwood County home Thursday night appear to be a murder-suicide.

"Deputy Coroner Steve Owings says 31-year-old Calvin Drennon and 30-year-old Yendia Parks died from gunshot wounds to the head. Owings says the weapon was also found at the scene.

"An autopsy will be performed Saturday in Anderson.

"Greenwood Sheriff's Office Maj. Lonnie Smith said the bodies were found about 6:43 p.m. at 2227 McCormick Highway by a friend who had been trying to check on them `throughout the day.`

"No one else was home.

"More than a dozen deputies, along with the GCSO canine tracking team, worked the scene, which was highly charged with emotional relatives and friends of the deceased. The dogs were called in to look for possible evidence outside the dwelling, a white manufactured home, and to secure the scene, Smith said.

"`We went in, saw two bodies, immediately backed out, secured the residence and called SLED,` Smith said, adding GCSO deputies were interviewing witnesses.

"The home is on the left side of the road headed toward Promised Land from Greenwood. It is separated from the road by a railroad track (Google StreetView!). The crime scene initially was roped off with yellow tape only in the front yard, but the plastic barrier eventually was expanded across the track to the highway frontage."

Source: The Index-Journal...

"Grizzly Discovery"

"PADUCAH, KY - Police made a grizzly discovery in a Paducah home Tuesday morning. A man and woman were both found shot to death.

"Police found the bodies of 32-year-old Kristofer Habeck and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Anna-Maria Shane in a home on North 23rd Street.

"They have ruled the deaths a homicide-suicide.

"Officers found the couple in a bedroom after conducting a welfare check at 925 North 23rd Street.

"The Habeck's employer had called to say he hadn't heard from the man since Saturday.

"An autopsy performed Wednesday confirms both died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

"Det. Sgt. Brian Laird with the Paduah Police Department says the investigation determined that Habeck shot Shane with a .22-caliber handgun as she slept, then shot himself.

"He says the couple had been arguing in the days leading up to their deaths."

From Heartland News...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

POLICE: M/S not "Out of the Question"

"Riverside, CA - A 41-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter were found shot to death inside their Riverside home, police said today.

"Officers discovered the bodies of Rigoberto Villavicencio and his daughter Noelin about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5100 block of Bushnell Avenue near Mitchell Avenue, said Det. Dave Smith of the Riverside Police Department.

"Villavicencio and his daughter were pronounced dead at the scene. Police had gone to the house after a family member called them. Villavicencio's wife and three of their children were at the home when officers arrived.

"`A murder-suicide is not out of the question at this point,` Smith said."

From the LA Times...

Homeless Man Finds Pair of Bodies

"KANSAS CITY, MO - A mother, between 20-22 years old, and her 17-month-old were found dead in the water in the 8700 block of Hickman Mills in Kansas City, Missouri.

"Police said it appears to be a murder-suicide. Police said the woman had been having some problems with her family.

"A homeless man found the car and inside the car there was a note with a phone number on it. When he called the number, the woman's family answered."

From MyFoxKC...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mangrove Murder, Swamp Suicide

"Fiji police believe that the body of a male and a female found in mangrove swamps at Sovi Bay in Sigatoka is a murder-suicide case involving two lovers.

"The bodies were discovered by villagers in Sovi Bay on Sunday evening.

"Divisional Crime Officer West, Assistant Superintendent Vijay Singh confirms that the post mortem examination reports confirm that the woman died as a result of head injuries via a blunt object while the man died of strangulation.

“`We think it was a murder-suicide case where the boy may have hit the girl with a blunt object and then hung himself,` Singh said.

"He said that it appears that the pair had a `boyfriend and girlfriend` relationship and police are still trying to get statements from the family to confirm their hunch.

“`Investigations are still continuing and we will release the details once we get to the bottom of this case,` Singh said.

"The man, 24, was employed as a digger driver while the woman, 22, was unemployed and stayed at home."

Source: fijilive...

Blue Ridge Mountain Death

"SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VA - Franklin County Sheriff's deputies found a Carilion Clinic professor dead Sunday after an apparent murder-suicide near Smith Mountain Lake.

"Mary Elizabeth Vogel, 61, was found in a home in the Scruggs area near the lake, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Monday in a news release.

"Deputies also found a dead male at the home that the news release described as a suspect. His name was not released because his family had not yet been notified, the release said.

"`Preliminary investigation indicates Vogel was the victim of a murder-suicide conducted by the male suspect` in their residence, the release said.

"A friend of Vogel went to the home in the 100 block of Crawford Road -- a short distance from the water -- on Sunday because Vogel and the suspect did not show up for a dinner scheduled for Saturday, the release said.

"Vogel's friend called authorities. When deputies arrived, the friend told them two people were dead inside.

"According to the news release, the suspect apparently shot Vogel several times with a handgun before shooting himself with the same weapon."

More at The Roanoke Times...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Texas Triple Shooter

"Lubbock, TX - Sheriff Investigators are on the scene of a triple homicide in West Lubbock County.

"Major Don Carter with the Sheriff's Office identifies the three victims as 65-year-old Christopher Anderson, his wife, 65-year-old Elaine Anderson, and her mother, 84-year-old Alice Johnson.

"Major Carter says all three were found shot to death, in what could possibly be a murder/suicide.

"The call came in around 9:20 a.m. when Christopher Anderson, a local orthodontist, did not show up for work this morning. He and his wife were found in one house, and Johnson's body was discovered next door.

"Both houses are near the intersection of Erskine and Inler."

From Fox Lubbock...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Shriners Down in Temple Tussle

"Nashville, TN - Two Clarksville men died in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday morning in Nashville.

"Travis Otey, 27, and Stephane Collier, 29, both of Clarksville were found dead in the parking lot of the Al Menah Temple at 1354 Brick Church Pike in Nashville Sunday morning.

"According to a news release from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, the two men had gotten into a fight during a private party inside the building.

"Lawrence Ballentine, 54, escorted them outside.

"Collier retrieved a handgun and shot Otey and Ballentine in the parking lot at about 12:30 a.m., according to the release."

"He then turned the gun on himself, according to the release.

"Collier and Otey died at the scene."

Source: The Leaf Chronicle...

Witnesses: Shooter Had Been Drinking

"NASHVILLE, TN - Police said a woman is dead after her boyfriend shot her and then shot himself in an attempted murder-suicide.

"Officers said Brandon Watson, 20, shot and killed his girlfriend, 19-year-old Audra McCullough, before shooting himself in the head at 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

"Watson is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

"Witnesses said the couple was arguing inside their home on Gwen Drive before the violence broke out.

"Witnesses reported that Watson had been drinking."

From WSMV...

Better Late Than Never

"Oxnard, CA - A man suspected of killing his wife and stabbing his daughter was found dead in his car in an apparent suicide, authorities said.

"Mauricio Cuevas Romero, 40, of Oxnard, was found Saturday slumped over the steering wheel in his car parked at a hiking trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. He likely bled to death after he slashed his left wrist and elbow, said Ventura County Senior Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Stevens.

"Romero was suspected in the stabbing death of his 39-year-old wife, Olga Lidia Dominguez-Simon, on Wednesday in Oxnard. Romero's teenage daughter also was stabbed and she was taken to a hospital. Her name wasn't released."

From SFGate...

3 Shots: 1 Dead, 1 Critical in India

"In a suspected case of a jilted lover taking vengeance, a man shot at a woman, injuring her grievously, and then shot himself in the head Sunday afternoon, Delhi Police said.

"Sanjay Aggarwal, 26, went to his 22-year-old friend Uma Rani Sharma's rented accommodation in New Rajender Nagar with flowers in the morning. Uma, staying in the capital for a year, was not home as she was to appear in an exam for a Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited job.

"The police said Sharma, on return, found Aggarwal at her home. The two had a heated argument, at the end of which he pulled out a gun.

"'It was around 1 p.m. and like any of his other visits, Aggarwal came to my house where Sharma is staying as paying guest. He was carrying a bouquet of flowers,' landlord Sukhbir Singh told the police in a written statement.

"'They were in the room when all of a sudden we heard sounds of three gunshots. We rushed there and found them both lying in a pool of blood. Aggarwal was holding the gun in his hand and it was pointed towards his temple,' he said.

"According to the police, Aggarwal could have first fired two shots. One hit Uma in her neck while the other was lodged in her chest. He then committed suicide by pumping one bullet into his temple.

"Aggarwal died immediately on the spot after the bullet he fired went straight through his neck and head. Sharma was rushed to the Ganga Ram Hospital, where doctors described her condition as critical."

Source: Calcutta News...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Accidental" M/S in Georgia

"Rossville, GA - A young man from Honduras apparently became distraught after he accidentally shot a teen and he committed suicide. The shooting happened Wednesday evening shooting in the Fairview Community, south of Rossville.

"Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says the shooting happened between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM at 20 B Longstreet Road. But law enforcement was not notified until almost six hours later.

"Investigators say a 16-year-old Hispanic male was accidentally shot in the throat by the 21-year-old Hispanic male who lived at the duplex. The older man became distraught and shot himself in the head with a handgun. Two Hispanic juvenile males witnessed the accidental shooting and left the apartment before the suicide."

More at WRCB...

Slow Moving Investigation Finally Declares Murder/Suicide

"Casa Grande, AZ - The death of a man and woman earlier this week has been ruled a murder-suicide, according to Kent Horn, Casa Grande police Criminal Investigations commander.

"After an investigation and autopsies by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office, police determined that Vincent Sullivan, 53, shot Tammy Saldana, 46, multiple times, then killed himself with a single shot, Horn said.

"On Monday police were called to a home in the 1500 block of East Chaparral Place about a medical emergency.

"A niece of Saldana's told police she had been unable to contact her aunt for a couple of days. The niece had gone to the home, looked through a window and thought she saw two bodies on the floor.

"When police arrived they found the dead couple in the living room of the home with what appeared to be fatal gunshot injuries.

"Horn said family members had said the couple were engaged to be married.

"Saldana had been the owner of the Pita Pit restaurant, 1328 E. Florence Blvd."

From TriValleyCentral...

Death at the Doorstep

"Lake Havasu City, AZ - 36-year-old Matt Gandy, of Lake Havasu City, was discovered shot to death at approximately 5:41 p.m. at the front door of a residence on the 3200 block of Bluegrass Drive. Gandy had apparently suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.

"According to witnesses, Ronald Trevor McGrew, 36, of Lake Havasu City, shot Gandy then fled the scene of the crime by vehicle after the shooting.

"Police located McGrew’s vehicle at his residence on the 3200 block of Osborn Drive at approximately 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Officers secured the multi-family complex area to contain the situation. The LHCPD SWAT team and negotiators initiated several attempts to contact McGrew with repeated telephones calls to the residence, use of a police bullhorn and other means. The attempts for contact were without success.

"At approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, the SWAT team entered the residence and discovered McGrew deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."


Friday, January 16, 2009

Teen Shoots Dad, Self

"Leesburg, FL - The Lake County Sheriffs office responded to an attempted murder suicide Friday morning in Leesburg involving a 16 year old who shot his father then himself.

"The incident unfolded when investigators said the son who has been indentified as 16 year old Dylan Wallace got into an argument with his father, David Wallace, over unpaid traffic tickets. The argument escalated and the 16 year old shot his father in the head.

"After shooting his father, the teen then went out into the front yard and shot himself in the mouth.

“`Once our deputies arrived,` Lake County Deputy Sergeant John Herrell said. `The father actually met the deputy at the door. He was up and able to move about.`

"Both victims were airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center and were both listed in stable condition.

"Deputies said Dylan Wallace is a student at Leesburg High School and Friday morning’s incident was his fourth suicide attempt."

From FOX35...

Tree Survives Murder/Suicide

"KOLKATA, INDIA - Amar Mondal (42) of Bijpur's Chaubagha village hacked to death his younger brother, Swapan, following a quarrel over tree felling.

"The Mondal brothers began Thursday with yet another round of quarrel that was routine among them. The issue this time round was the younger Mondal's desire to fell the tree in front of their house. Amar tried to stop Swapan from doing so by snatching the axe from him. But Swapan insisted on felling the tree and an altercation ensued. Suddenly, Amar raised the axe and swung at his younger brother's neck a couple of times. Swapan died on the spot. Realising his blunder, Amar began running towards the road. Neighbours, who rushed in on hearing Swapan's screams, gave chase thinking Amar was trying to flee. But he was run over after he threw himself in front of a truck, driven by remorse.

"According to locals, Swapan wanted to cut the tree in front of their house. But Amar would not allow him as he was emotionally attached to it."

From The Times of India...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mystery Couple Found Dead on Island

"ALAMEDA, CA — A couple who were found shot to death inside their home on Bay Farm Island Wednesday morning died as a result of a homicide-suicide, police said.

"Officers were dispatched to the residence in the 100 block of Keil Bay shortly before 6 a.m. after a friend of the couple became concerned about their welfare, police said.

"The man and woman, whose names were not disclosed, each died from a single gunshot wound, Alameda police Lt. Bill Scott said.

"Police did not disclose the ages of the couple, or their relationship."

From the Contra Costa Times...

Monk Runs Amok

"Hsinchu, Taiwan - A monk from the Chinese mainland committed suicide after having apparently murdered a fellow monk in a Taiwan hotel Wednesday morning, as they visited the island, said police in Hsinchu City, western Taiwan.

"The police said they believed Chun Ru murdered Jing Ran, another monk, and then jumped to his death from the 13th floor of the Forte Hotel, director of the third Hsinchu police station, who would only give his surname Huang, told Xinhua.

"The police did not discuss any motive for the apparent murder-suicide.

"Huang said his station received a report at 7:50 a.m. from the Xuan Zang Culture and Education Foundation, which had invited the monks to Taiwan.

"He said a crime scene investigation found that Jing Ran, whose face showed signs of traumatic force, had been dead for a long time when his roommate, Chun Ru, jumped from the hotel's top floor."

From People's Daily Online...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Police Standoff Fails

"Dolton, IL - Two people are dead following what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide after a standoff Tuesday that lasted more than five hours.

"The standoff, which centered at a house in the 14600 block of Avalon Avenue, ended after police entered and found 41-year-old Gregory McClain with a gunshot wound to his head and his wife -- identified as Latonya McClain -- dead at the scene from gunshot wounds, Dolton Detective Sgt. David Spigolon said.

"The man was pronounced dead at 2:25 p.m. at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center in Hammond, Spigolon said.

"Shelton Fields, waiting near the scene, said Latonya McClain was being held hostage by Gregory McClain, whom he described as self-employed and struggling because of the economy."

From The Times...

Two Dead, Perp Unknown

"Acworth, GA - A man and woman were found dead in their Acworth home Tuesday, victims of a murder-suicide, a Cobb County Police spokesman said.

"Lt. Dana Pierce said Steven Rogers Brown, 47, and his wife, Stephanie Jones-Brown, 40, were discovered when her father went to the house on North Shores Drive because he could not reach his daughter.

"Pierce said both were shot but he did not know who was the murder victim and who committed suicide."


Found On Road Dead

"CARTHAGE, NC - Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Moore County.

"Investigators say someone called 911 around 7 a.m. Tuesday after they found two bodies on Plank Road, between Robbins and Carthage.

"Deputies believe a woman may have shot her husband before turning the gun on herself."

Breaking from NEWS14...

Couple Had History of Domestic Problems

"Manchester, MO - A husband and wife were found dead Monday night at their home in the 900 block of Brookvale Terrace, police said.

"Their deaths are believed to have been a murder-suicide, Police Chief John Connolly said. Both died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

"Connolly said the couple's adult daughter found the couple dead at 7:53 p.m. and called police. She had been worried because she had e-mailed her mother Sunday and hadn't heard back and found that unusual, he said.

"Police think the couple had died in the last 24 hours, most likely Sunday evening.

"Both were in their mid-60s, had a history of domestic problems and recently had been experiencing financial trouble, Connolly said. St. Louis County court records show that a woman had sought an order of protection last week naming her husband, who lived at the address where the bodies were found."

From STLtoday...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Doc, Patient Dead in Vegas Murder/Suicide

"LAS VEGAS, NV — Police say a physician was shot dead and the patient who shot her died after turning the gun on himself.

"Police Lt. Lewis Roberts says it's not immediately clear why 80-year-old Eliseo Santos shot Dr. Edna Almaden Makabenta a little before 9:30 a.m. Monday at her office and then shot himself.

"Santos died a short time later at nearby University Medical Center.

"Police didn't identify Makabenta, but her name was on the blue awning on the modest white stucco one-story medical office.

"Patients and others say she was an internist who had been planning to retire after more than 20 years in practice."

Source: The Press Enterprise...

Bad Cop Offs Wife

"Centereach, NY - Sixth Precinct Patrol Officers were dispatched to a Savoy Court home after a 911 caller told police that her mother had just been shot by her father and upon arrival, they discovered Elena Cole, 46, dead in an upstairs bedroom. She had been shot and stabbed by her husband, Francis Cole, an off-duty New York City Police Department lieutenant, according to Homicide Squad detectives investigating the case.

"Francis Cole, 48, was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead a short time later, cops say."

From Long Island Press...

SF Bay Area Couple Dead

"Concord, CA - A man and a woman in Concord are dead in what is being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said today.

"The names of the victims were not immediately released.

"The incident began at about 6 p.m. when Concord police received reports of a man threatening suicide at a home on the 2200 block of Acacia Drive.

"Officers arrived and found a 33-year-old man dead from a single gunshot wound. A 25-year-old woman was found gravely wounded, police said. She was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was pronounced dead."

Source: SFGate...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Toddler Tossing Is Just Plain Evil

"A 2-1/2-year-old girl was snatched from her mother and thrown out the window of a ninth-floor flat by her uncle before he leapt after her in a murder-suicide case in Sheung Shui yesterday.

"Mok Ki-yan and her father's younger brother Mok Pak-ki, 27, who were found lying unconscious on the pavement outside Choi Wah House at Choi Yuen Estate, were declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

"Her mother, 28, who is a visitor from the mainland, ran downstairs shouting, `My daughter was thrown down`, repeatedly before she held the girl in her arms and wept, according to witnesses."

Source: South China Post...

Killer Had History of Nervous Breakdowns

"Makati City, Philippines - An American expatriate stabbed his Filipino wife dead before committing suicide at home in Makati City on Thursday afternoon.

"Police responding to the calls of the neighbors found Alma Lumapac, 28, sprawled dead in the kitchen, while Phillip Van Patten was hanging from the ceiling on the second level of the house.

"PO3 Rico Caramat, case officer, said the murder-suicide was discovered by the neighbors who went to the family residence at 9499 Anubing St. in Barangay San Antonio around 5:30 p.m.

"Upon entering, they found Alma’s body on the floor stabbed many times.

"Van Patten was seen dangling with an electrical cord around his neck already lifeless.

"Caramat said the American, who married the Filipino woman in 2002, had a history of nervous breakdowns every time he got into a jealous rage."

From The Manila Standard...

Married Couple of 54 Years Checks Out

"NASHVILLE, TN - A Bellevue husband and wife were found shot to death Friday afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide.

"The victims' son stopped by to visit his parents around 2 p.m. and found them dead inside their home on Sawyer Brown Road in the River Plantation development.

"The couple, Billy Suiter, 75, and a Wilma Suiter, 72, were both shot to death.

"Investigators said both were dealing with poor health and believe the husband shot the wife and then killed himself. The couple had been married for 54 years."

More at WSMV...

"Talk" Leaves Two Dead

"MAXTON, NC – Police believe 20-year-old Trivon Robinson of Maxton shot his 16-year-old girlfriend, Diqueena McGirt, early Thursday morning before shooting himself.

"McGirt was also the mother of Robinson’s son.

"McGirt had been staying with a family friend. The friend told police that Robinson came to the apartment asking to talk to McGirt early Thursday morning.

"She said she left the room to let them to talk, then heard a gunshot. She told police she found McGirt lying on the floor.

"A short while later, Robinson was found in a home down the street with what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Detectives said they are still investigating the shootings."

More at News14...

Friday, January 9, 2009

Man Shoots Wife, Self as Cops Watch

"Eldorado, MI - Authorities are investigating a possible murder suicide in the Town of Eldorado, in Fond du Lac County.

"Police say a Husband and Wife were shot dead at around 8:20 this morning.

"The woman was able to get a text message or call out to a friend indicating her husband was holding her hostage at gun point and she feared for her life.

"Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene nine minutes later, to find the husband and wife outside. A Sheriff’s deputy told the man to put down the gun he was holding. Within second, however, the man had shot his wife at point blank range and then himself."

From WFRV...

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bodies in the Backyard

"Glendale, AZ - Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide of a couple near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road Thursday night.

"The two people, in their 80s, were found dead in the backyard of a home in the 4600 block of West Cavalier Drive, police said. Each person appears to have died from a gunshot wound, and police were investigating the shooting as a murder-suicide."


Cape Town Triple-Header

"CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Cape Town police have opened a murder docket and are investigating.

"Hendrick and Marina Strydom, 74 and 67, were found dead in their bed by Marina's sister in Eland Street, Brackenfell on Tuesday. She entered the house through the unlocked front door.

"Each had a gunshot wound to their head.

"The Strydoms' 46-year-old son Marius, also shot in the head, was found alongside them in a critical condition. He was taken to Tygerberg Hospital where he died.

"Brackenfell police spokesperson Erica Crous said police found a suicide note at the scene. `In the letter, all three parties indicated it was a mutual decision to end their lives.`

"Crous would not speculate as to who fired the shots but said Marina's sister found a gun lying on the bed.

"Police will conduct ballistics tests to determine who fired the shots."

From The Star...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Two Shots: One Dead, One Recovering

"Latta, SC - Marion County law enforcement responded to an attempted murder-suicide Tuesday night.

"According to Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson, the incident happened around 9:20 p.m. at home on Sand Clay Court, just off Highway 917.

"Richardson said 64 year old Ron Richardson shot his live-in girlfriend Arista Snipes in the neck and then shot himself.

"According to the coroner, Snipes is recovering in a local hospital.

"The coroner said Richardson died at the scene."


Pair Found Dead in Cave Creek

"CAVE CREEK, AZ - Two people were found dead Tuesday morning in a murder/suicide near 61st Street and East Dixileta Drive in Cave Creek.

"The names have not yet been released, but the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the female victim and a witness are from out of state.

"A woman called deputies around 4 a.m. after reportedly witnessing a homicide at a nearby residence, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies arrived to find one woman dead outside the home, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Doug Matteson said.

"Deputies then ordered a SWAT team into the house, believing a suspect was inside, sheriff's spokesman Brian Lee said.

"The search revealed one man dead inside the house."

From The Arizona Republic...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Perp Requests 911 Call Before Killing

"Macon, GA - An east Bibb County shooting Monday that left a woman dead and a man injured is being investigated as a domestic-related homicide and suicide attempt, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

"Deputies were dispatched to the home, 5545 Marion Road, at 5:42 p.m. and found Betty Mullis, 71, dead with a gunshot wound to her head.

"Her husband, James Wilbur Mullis, 69, was still alive with what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He is in critical condition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

"Neighbors called 911 at James Mullis' request not knowing the exact emergency, according to the news release. Mullis left his neighbors house and returned to his home before authorities arrived."


Monday, January 5, 2009

Two Dead in Traffic Jam

"WINAMAC, IN — A married couple in the process of separating is dead after a murder-suicide Monday morning in Winamac.

"Police Chief Jeff Hines [said] the man drove his vehicle into the woman’s car at North Market and 13th streets, and then killed his wife while she was in the car.

"Hines said two children, ages 10 and 13, were also in the car and were not physically injured. Police are continuing their investigation."

From WSBT...

Bad Aim

"Montgomery, AL - A man is dead and a woman is injured after what police believe was an attempted murder-suicide.

"Police arrived at 3:34 a.m. Saturday to the 1800 block of Plum Street, where they found a 23-year-old woman shot in the mouth and a 26-year-old with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Capt. Huey Thornton, police spokesman.

"Police said they believe the man shot the woman before shooting himself.

"The man was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. The woman has been released from the hospital, Thornton said.

"Police would not release names because they have not confirmed the circumstances of the case, Thornton said."

From The Montgomery Advertiser...

Explosion, Fire, Suspicious Murder/Suicide Note

"GRISWOLD, CT - An explosion and fire leveled a home where an apparent murder-suicide note was found in the mailbox Monday, state police said.

"The fire was reported at 5:17 a.m. Investigators and firefighters remained at the scene late Monday morning and were looking for victims.

"State police said the note indicated a murder-suicide had occurred in the house, and authorities were searching the rubble and the nearby Pachaug State Forest.

"`We found what appeared to be a murder-suicide note and not all the information contained in that note was factual,` said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

"Police also said the person believed to have written the note was involved in a car accident early Monday. His injuries were not life threatening, Vance said.

"The house on 74 Richardson Hill Road was owned by 34-year-old Carson Mueller and his mother, 69-year-old Denise Mueller, The Day of New London reported.

"Authorities were investigating the cause of the explosion."

From NewsDay...

Murder Sickle Seized

"Yavatmal, Maharashtra, Jan 4 : A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself after killing his wife in Bhosa area on the outskirts of the town, police said today.

"According to police, Ramesh Kawadu Rithe (30), who had married Mrudula (24) six months ago, allegedly hit her on the head with a sickle, killing her on the spot late last night. Later, Ramesh hanged himself with a nylon rope, police said.

"The two had a quarrel just before the incident in front of neighbours, they said.

"The sickle, with which Ramesh allegedly did his wife to death, had been seized from the house, police added."


Football, Pork Roast Implicated in Murder/Suicide

"Murrells Inlet, SC - Preliminary evidence indicates that a Murrells Inlet couple found dead over the weekend could have died as a result of murder-suicide, Horry County police Lt. Jay Brantly said on Sunday night.

"Coroners conducted autopsies Sunday on the couple found dead of gunshot wounds in their home Saturday afternoon, but little information was revealed.

"Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said Richard Lawhon, 30, was shot once, and Hannah Lawhon, also 30, was shot several times.

"Horry County police still are investigating the incident.

"David Jarvis, Hannah Lawhon's father, said he last saw his daughter on New Year's Day when he visited her at her home.

"The Clemson University game was on, and Hannah Lawhon had cooked a pork roast, said Jarvis, 53, of Surfside Beach."

More at MyrtleBeachOnline...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Oregon Pair Found Dead

"MADRAS, OR - A Madras man and woman were found fatally shot at their apartment Saturday evening in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

"Officers were called to the as-yet undisclosed apartment around 6 p.m. and found shooting victims Hannah Crowe, who turned 26 Saturday, and her boyfriend, Julian Wallulatum, who had turned 21 on Friday, [said] police Sgt. Dennis Schneider...

"Both of the victims were Warm Springs tribal members, Schneider said, adding that he could not yet release more details about what had transpired as the investigation was continuing at the scene Saturday night."

From KTVZ...

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bad Girls: A Controlled Study

"The record files of the Dade County Medical Examiner Department were reviewed and 133 homicide-suicides were identified. Of these, ten (or 7.5%) were female perpetrated... comparisons revealed that female homicide-suicide perpetrators were more likely than female homicide-suicide victims to live in mobile homes, kill their lover or ex-lover, have their crime accidentally discovered, leave a suicide note, kill on a weekend, and be depressed, but are less likely than female homicide-suicide victims to live with a spouse. Additionally, female homicide-suicide perpetrators were more likely than individual female suicides to live in mobile homes but less likely to live alone and to be depressed."

Paper available at the ASTM Digital Library...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Four Down in Quebec Murder/Suicide

"Chicoutimi, QC - Police are poring over the tragic scene inside a Chicoutimi home where they discovered the dead bodies of a man and three children.

"A woman at the house called 911 for help a few minutes before midnight last night.

"`We found the woman in question who was injured and afterward we found four people dead inside the home – a man and three children,` said Constable Bruno Cormier with the City of Saguenay’s municipal police force

"The woman was seriously injured, but her life is no longer in danger, police said. Details remain sketchy about the deaths in what neighbours describe as a quiet residential area.

"Police won’t say how the victims died nor what their relationship is to each other. They also can’t reveal their names or ages yet, Cormier said, because they haven’t been positively identified yet."

From The Gazette...

New Years Day Surprise

"CARLSBAD, CA - Murder-suicide is suspected in the deaths of an elderly couple found in their home on New Year's Day, a Carlsbad police lieutenant said.

"The couple, 88-year-old Warren Mingus and his 90-year-old wife, were found just before 5 p.m. with gunshot wounds inside their residence at 1720 block Cannas Court, Lt. Matt Magro said in a press release.

"An unidentified family acquaintance alerted police about the incident, adding that the couple had numerous medical issues.

"The couple has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin.

"The matter is being treated as a homicide and the investigation is ongoing, Magro said."

From the North County Times...

Bad Dad Stopped in Time

"HARTFORD, CT - Police said two children who were abducted by their father Thursday evening have been found in the Bridgeport area.

"Police continued to search for the father accused in the kidnapping after locating the children.

"Vinroy Hines, 30, is accused of abducting his 4-month-old and 20-month-old children and their mother. Police said Hines planned to kill the children and woman before committing suicide.

"Police said that Hines and the mother engaged in an altercation in the area of Albany and Main streets following lunch Thursday. They said Hines assaulted the mother and forced her into the car with the children.

"Police said inside the car, Hines threatened the mother and said he planned to kill the family and himself.

"Hartford police said the mother was able to jump out of the car and flag down another vehicle for help.

"The mother was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment and questioning by police.

"Police said the two children were found alive in the Bridgeport area before 5 a.m. Friday. They continued to search for Hines."

Source: WFSB...

Who Shot Who?

"Newberry, FL - A Newberry woman and her son are dead after a suspected murder-suicide.

"Alachua County sheriff's deputies responded Tuesday about 7:20 p.m. to Nancy A. Calhoun's Newberry home, 3715 SW 202nd St. There they found Calhoun, 64, and her son, James R. Truluck, 35, with gunshot wounds to the head.

"Truluck was dead at the scene. Calhoun was treated for critical injuries before being flown to Shands at the University of Florida. She died Thursday night at the hospital.

"Family members had called deputies to the home. They had gone there to investigate after noticing Calhoun didn't go online as usual to chat and play games, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey said the investigation indicates the incident was a murder-suicide. He declined to say what person is suspected of being the shooter.

"`We continue to investigate as to what each role was in the shooting,` he said."

From The Gainesville Sun...

...And Four To Go!

"BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC - A triple murder suspect who authorities believed might be headed to Pinellas County with his two children is dead after a standoff with police.

"According to several affiliates, 45-year-old Richard Heatwole committed suicide after a two-hour standoff with police in Alexander County, NC, near Winston-Salem.

"An Amber Alert was canceled for his two children, 10-year-old Haley Heatwole and 6-year-old Hayes Heatwole. The alert said the three were possibly headed to St. Petersburg, where Heatwole once lived.

"Investigators say he held his kids hostage at a home in Taylorsville this morning. Paramedics checked out the kids, who are OK.

"Heatwole was the prime suspect in a triple homicide in North Carolina. One of the victims was Heatwole's ex-wife, who is the kids' mother. The bodies were found in a home in Buncombe County on New Year's Day.

"Heatwole was on probation in Pinellas County for several drug possession charges. He was arrested in November of 2007 and lived in St. Petersburg at the time, according to his arrest report.

"Deputies said they arrived at the family's home outside of Asheville, NC after someone called 911. When deputies arrived they found the bodies of two people inside the home. While investigating the case, they found a third person's body inside a nearby home."

From Action News...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another Welfare Check Finds Two Dead

"EL CAJON, CA — A woman and man were found dead inside an El Cajon apartment Thursday morning in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

"El Cajon officers were sent to Hunter's Run Apartments on Broadway, east of state Route 67, to check on the welfare of a person about 10:15 a.m. A caller told police he had received a message from his brother indicating his brother was contemplating suicide, police said.

"Officers said they entered the apartment and spoke with a teenage girl who had been sleeping inside. She was not injured.

"`The girl told police her mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend were in their bedroom`, police said.

"Officers entered the locked bedroom and found the bodies of a 33-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man.

"Police said the woman had a single gunshot wound to the head. The man had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

Source: SignOnSanDiego...

No Gun, No Glory

"VAN WERT, OH -- A 28-year-old Van Wert man stabbed another man Thursday morning and then tried to commit suicide, the Van Wert Police Department reported.

"Heather Case, of 711 N. Washington St., called police at 4:43 a.m. saying a man she knows had entered her residence and stabbed Gabriel McConn, 31, of Van Wert. He was a guest at Case's home. McConn had a single stab wound to his back and was taken to Van Wert County Hospital.

"Police searched for the suspect, whose name had not been released, and found him in the garage at the residence. He was believed to have tried to kill himself. Officers resuscitated him and he was taken to Van Wert County Hospital. He and McConn were later taken by helicopter to hospitals in Fort Wayne, Ind."


Another Rope/Tree Combo

"Alipurduar - A 33-year-old man committed suicide after strangulating his wife to death ending a strained relationship last night. The couple have left behind a three-year-old daughter and a four-month-old son.

"Ramesh Roy of Chepani village in Samuktala had married Kanika (25) of Daldali in Khoardanga four years ago.

"Local people alleged that the seller of lottery tickets used to torture his wife and even did not allow her to talk to neighbours. Recently, Kanika had spent a month with her parents apparently because of the torture, but returned to Chepani two months ago...

"Basudeb Sarkar, the officer-in-charge of Samuktala police station, said Ramesh had strangulated his wife to death and then hanged himself from the tree. `We came to know that the youth used to torture his wife but nobody informed us about it, otherwise we could have advised and the incident could have been avoided.`"

From The Telegraph (India)...

Ski Resort of DEATH

"BOULDER, CO — The Nederland man who shot and killed a general manager at Eldora Mountain Resort killed himself after getting into a shootout with a deputy, the Boulder County coroner's office said.

"The coroner's office said 24-year-old Derik Bonestroo, a ski lift operator at the resort, shot himself after being wounded during the gunbattle.

"Officials previously said Boulder County Sheriff's Deputy John Seifert fired the shot that killed Bonestroo; however, the coroner's office said Wednesday that Bonestroo's death was ruled a suicide.

"`Although the deputy wounded Mr. Bonestroo, the wounds did not cause his death,` Coroner Thomas J. Faure said in a statement.

"Authorities say Bonestroo shot Brian Mahon, 49, at the resort's pump house at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after yelling something about religion. Mahon was shot once in the stomach and once in the head and died at the scene.

"Bonestroo then fled the resort, and was intercepted by Seifert on Colorado 119 just south of town. The coroner's office said Bonestroo was hit multiple times by the deputy's assault rifle before shooting himself...

"Also Wednesday, investigators said Bonestroo killed his cat before driving to the ski area with a gun. Boulder County investigators discovered the dead cat while searching Bonestroo's Nederland apartment to look for a motive behind his behavior."

From FoxNews...

BLAM!! Happy New Year!

" McALLEN, TX — A 28-year-old man kidnapped his former girlfriend, shot her to death in a grocery store on New Year's Even then crashed into the front of a Wal-Mart and killed himself, police said.

"The ordeal began Tuesday afternoon when Moises Gonzalez abducted Maura Marroquin, 23, of Rio Grande City, at gunpoint. He stole at least two cars as police gave chase across several South Texas cities.

"Gonzalez, of San Antonio, wound up in a Harlingen grocery store Wednesday night where police said he shot Marroquin and fled in a hijacked sport utility vehicle. The stolen vehicle was equipped with a global positioning system tracking device that allowed police to follow it.

"Gonzalez drove the stolen car into a Weslaco Wal-Mart and killed himself. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots as the vehicle crashed through the front of the store."