Monday, August 31, 2009

Murder/Suicide Suspected In Fiery Crash

"Jarrahdale, Western Australia - West Australian police are investigating if a car crash which claimed the lives of a man and his two children was a murder suicide.

"A 45-year-old man was driving a station wagon in Jarrahdale, about 70km south of Perth, when it left the Albany Highway on Sunday about 2.40pm (WST).

"The car slammed into a tree at high speed and burst into flames, incinerating the man and a six-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy.

"Police say the man was separated from his wife and had custody of the children as part of an access visit.

"Police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said Major Crime were investigating the crash.

"`There are some circumstances to suggest that the crash may be suspicious,` Mr Dinnison said.

"`Detectives will be looking into those today.`

"It is understood there were no skid marks at the scene of the crash."


Bodies Found In Barricaded Home

"REPUBLIC, WA - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide that was reported to officials very early Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

"Dead are Jessica Armstrong and Chad Olson, according to Ferry County Coroner Mike Sandona.

"The Washington State Patrol has been called in to investigate.

"The two had apparently been married for about two months, but were separated, Sandona said.

"It was unclear who was instigating the separation, he said.

"The shooting happened at Olson's parents' house. Olson's brother, who lives in a separate residence on the property, suspected something was amiss and discovered the doors to the home were barricaded from the inside, so he called authorities, Sandona said.

"There were notes, but there are disconcerting things in the notes, he said.

"Autopsies are scheduled Monday on both bodies, he said.

"Olson, 21, recently was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft after allegedly stealing a case of whiskey from the state liquor store in Republic June 25."

From The Chronicle...

Girl, 9, Is Victim In UK Murder/Suicide

"LONDON - Police have launched a murder inquiry after finding the body of a nine-year-old girl in the cab of a grocery lorry, Northamptonshire Police said on Sunday.

"Her body was discovered on Saturday afternoon after a transport firm reported that one of its vehicles had not returned to base. A postmortem found she had been strangled.

"Officers found the body of a man, the partner of the girl's mother, hanged in woodland nearby.

"The Spar delivery lorry was parked at a Jet filling station by the side of the A605 near Warmington.

"`We are investigating the murder of a young girl and the death of a man who was known to her,` said Detective Chief Inspector Tricia Kirk.

"`While we have not at this stage ruled out the possible involvement of a third party, the evidence strongly suggests that it is unlikely that anyone else is involved in the two deaths.`"

Source: Reuters...

"Unknown Problem" Was Murder/Suicide

"LaGrange, GA - The discovery of two bodies Sunday at a LaGrange home is being investigated as a homicide-suicide, police said.

"The bodies of Regena Jones, 46, of West Point, Ga., and Darryl Jones, 45, of LaGrange, were found around 6 a.m. by medics after they were called to Darryl Jones’ Cameron Crossing home about an unknown problem, reports state.

"Medics called police once they saw the bodies, and officers with the Criminal Investigations Section began an investigation.

"`It was determined that Regena Jones and Darryl Jones were both deceased at this time from what appears to be single gunshot wounds to the head,` police said.

"Reports state that the investigation revealed the deaths were a homicide-suicide.
The bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for autopsies. The case remains under investigation, police said."

From the Ledger-Enquirer...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Murder/Suicide Suspected In "Horrific" Trailer Park Killings

"BRUNSWICK, GA - Police are investigating the deaths of seven people found Saturday in a mobile home as a murder-suicide involving mostly members of one family, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation [said].

"The law enforcement source and a woman familiar with the victims and the trailer park in the New Hope Plantation, said most of the victims were family members of Rusty Toler, a hard-working, soft-spoken man who loved his children.

"Toler and three of his four children are among those dead, while a fourth child is hospitalized in critical condition, said the woman who knows the family. Another gravely wounded victim, said to be a grandchild of Toler's, is also hospitalized, the woman said.

"The other dead include a man and woman who are either direct siblings or half-brother and half-sister to Toler. A seventh victim was the boyfriend of one of Toler's daughters, according to the source.

"Tight-lipped Glynn County police chief Matt Doering was planning a news conference today to further discuss what he described as a `horrific` scene in the area's worst carnage ever.

"The son of one of the victims found them about 8 a.m. Saturday in the mobile home park 10 miles north of Brunswick. State medical examiners are working today to determine how the victims were killed.

"The survivors were taken to a Savannah hospital for treatment, and the seven bodies are at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Savannah crime lab for autopsies.

"Doering reported no arrests Saturday night and said then he was unsure if the person or persons responsible for the killings are among the dead - or still on the loose.

"`Do I believe there's someone else out there? The answer is I don't know, I wish I could tell you more,` Doering said.

"Some of the victims have been tentatively identified, but Doering said Saturday he would release no names or ages until the next of kin were notified. He said there were some school-age children and middle-age adults among the victims.

"County Coroner Jimmy Durden said the victims appeared to have been killed overnight. Their bodies were discovered lying on the floor and beds inside the mobile home.

"Because of the severity of the injuries, their identities and manner in which they were slain could not be readily determined."

From the Augusta Chronicle...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Impending Divorce Drives Woman Over The Edge

"BELLEVUE, WI — A 48-year-old woman shot and killed her estranged husband Friday afternoon, then killed herself shortly afterwards in what Brown County Sheriff Department officials have called a murder-suicide.

"Barbara Bostwick was found in her car within a few blocks of the parking lot where she reportedly fired several shots at Richard Bostwick, 34. The couple was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in Brown County Circuit Court for a motion hearing in their divorce case.

"The shooting occurred at 12:30 p.m. at the Emerald Park Villas. A search was launched for Barbara Bostwick, but it was called off later Friday afternoon when she was found in her parked car in the KI parking lot, just a few blocks from the scene of the shooting.

"Richard Bostwick was transported to St. Vincent Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Barbara Bostwick was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and a .357-caliber handgun was found in her vehicle.

"The shooting occurred in a parking lot outside 1305 Villa Park Circle, part of the Emerald Park Villas apartment complexes, where court records show Richard Bostwick lived.

"Multiple shots were fired, according to Chief Deputy John Gossage of the Brown County Sheriff's Department, but it was unclear how many hit the victim

"A few people who live in the area near Verlin Road and Bellevue Street reported hearing a series of pops.

"`Kids play all over that area, and you don't assume anything bad,` said Chelsea Tucker, who said she thought the sounds were firecrackers.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Declared Dead At The Scene

"NORWALK, CA - Homicide detectives today investigated the deaths of a man and a woman shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in Norwalk, a sheriff's deputy said.

"The victims were discovered in the 15400 block of Allingham Avenue about 5:40 p.m. Thursday, said Deputy Byron Ward of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

"Both were declared dead at the scene, Ward said. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.

"A preliminary investigation indicated that the two died as a result of a murder-suicide, Ward said."

From the Press-Telegram...

Death On The Tarmac

"DEL CITY, OK — Del City police say the deaths of two people were the result of a murder-suicide.

"Police Capt. Jody Suit says officers got a call about noon Friday of shots being fired at a residence near Sunnylane Road and Interstate 40.

"Suit says when officers arrived, they found 50-year-old Danny Cheadle face down in a parking lot. He says medics tried to revive Cheadle but couldn't.

"The suspect in the case fled the scene in a gold Honda Accord.

"Suit says about 15 minutes later, officers received word of another shooting victim at a car wash nearby (????). Suit says the person found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound was the suspect in the initial shooting.

"The second victim's name wasn't released."

Source: TulsaWorld...

Dead At The Scene

"KNOXVILLE, TN - Knoxville Police say a man shot a woman and then killed himself in the parking lot of a West Knoxville condominium complex on Piney Grove Church Road Friday morning.

"KPD Spokesman Darrell DeBusk says a woman in her 20s was getting out of her car Friday morning, when a man in his 30s pulled up, got out of his car, pulled out a shotgun and shot the woman before shooting himself. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

"Witnesses [said] the woman, whose identity is not being released at this time, had just returned home from dropping her child off at school. Witnesses also say the woman had an order of protection against the unidentified man."


Wednesday's Child

"HOUSTON - Police investigate an apparent murder-suicide in southwest Houston after a man finds his son laying on the floor and learns his granddaughter was in another room for more than a day after the shootings took place.

"Investigators believe that the 39-year-old man who was found dead had shot his wife before shooting himself on Wednesday.

"The alleged shooter's father had become concerned after not hearing from his son for more than a day so police say he went to the house at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday and saw his son's body through the home's front window.

"Houston police and Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constables arrived to the house at the 11400 block of Newbrook Drive before 10 p.m. Thursday after a call from the man who found the bodies.

"The couple and their 2-year-old daughter had moved into the house only a few weeks before the shooting. The young girl was found in a rear bedroom of the home."

From FOX Houston...

Baseball And Bennigan's™ Survive Murder/Suicide Attempt

"GARY, IN - A 20-year-old man shot and killed his baby daughter Thursday night just as he was expected to release her to her uncle in downtown Gary, police said. Then he turned the gun on himself.

"Cordell Richardson was expected by police to survive his murder-suicide attempt, and officers said they expect to file charges against him this morning.

"Officials said Richardson shot 19-month-old Eboni N. Richardson, of the 500 block of South Vermillion Street, in the chest before shooting himself in the head. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

"The shooting took place in the parking lot of Bennigan's™ restaurant and the U.S. Steel Yard at 500 E. 5th Ave., according to the Lake County Coroner's office. It happened less than two hours before a game there was scheduled to begin.

"Cpl. Gabrielle King, a spokeswoman for the Gary Police Department, said the shooting was connected neither to the restaurant nor the Gary South Shore RailCats baseball team. Fans filed into the stadium while police worked the crime scene, and the game continued as scheduled.

"`They can still feel safe coming to the RailCats," King said of the fans. "They can still feel safe coming to Bennigan's™.`"

From the Post-Tribune...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

No Signs Of Violence Or Fighting

"Staten Island, NY - A man shot his wife in the couple's Staten Island home this morning, then turned the weapon on himself and committed suicide, a law enforcement source has confirmed.

"Police descended on the 39 Goller Pl. home of John and Karen Pizon at approximately 9:45 this morning. According to radio transmissions, they received a 911 call from a man saying he shot his wife and her cat inside the Bulls Head residence.

"When cops arrived they found Pizon, 52, dead and his wife with life-threatening gun shot wounds.

"Mrs. Pizon, 50, was taken out of the home on a stretcher and rushed to an area hospital. Her current condition is unknown.

"Goller Place residents interviewed this morning described Mrs. Pizon as `sweet,` `gentle` and very outgoing. Her husband wasn't as social they said, but they never noticed any signs of violence or fighting."


Bodies Found During Wlfare Check

"XENIA, OH - Greene County deputies are on the scene of what they believe is a murder-suicide.

"Investigators responded to a 911 call on the 1700 block of Ireland Avenue just south of Xenia. They made entry into the home and discovered two bodies in the home.

"Deputies are not saying if the victims are male or female. The house sits at the top of a hill at the end of a long driveway.

"According to investigators, they received a 911 call from a family member who had been in contact with another family member at the residence. Deputies arrived at the house to do a welfare check, made entry and found the bodies."


Police Looking For Motive

"Dacula, GA - A morning shootout at a doctor’s office complex has left one dead, another clinging to life and Gwinnett County police scrambling to find a motive.

"The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the facility, located at 3625 Braselton Highway.

"Gwinnett Police spokesman David Schiralli said when officers arrived on the scene the two men were on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Only one was alive, and he was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"A few patients spotted the bodies as they arrived for appointments, said Cindy Santana, a receptionist at the complex.

"`A lot of patients have canceled,` Santana said.

"The relationship between the men remains unclear, according to the Gwinnett police spokesman. Their names are being withheld pending the notification of family."


"Long-Standing Disagreement" Ends Violently

"Farmington Hills, MI - Shocked family members are questioning why a 56-year-old Farmington Hills man shot his son-in-law in the head before killing himself Wednesday at a city apartment complex, according to police.

"The man and his 35-year-old son-in-law had experienced disagreements, Farmington Hills Police Lt. Dave Stasch said this morning. But the man’s daughter – the murder victim’s wife – never anticipated the issues would lead to the tragedy that unfolded just after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

"`There was a long-standing disagreement with the father-in-law and her husband, but they were still on speaking terms and no one expected this,` Stasch said.

"The shooting took place at 7:15 p.m. in the couple’s first-floor unit in the Strawberry Lane Apartments on Middlebelt south of 12 Mile. The daughter was at her parents’ home with her mother when her father drove off to her apartment, Stasch said.

"`He left the home, but there was no argument, no disagreement, no inkling this was going to happen,` Stasch said.

"But residents at the complex heard shots ring out at 7:15 p.m. in the apartment, where police discovered the two men with gunshot wounds to the head, he said, adding that the couple has at least one child, but no one else was at the apartment during the shooting."


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

End Of A Sad Affair

"BARTOW, FL - The dead bodies of a 57-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend were found in an orange grove near the Winter Haven Airport this morning in what Sheriff Grady Judd said has `the appearance of a murder-suicide.`

"Earlier today, sheriff’s officials made a public appeal for information about John `Jack` M. Nicholson and Kristy Lisenby after witnesses reported seeing Nicholson shoot Lisenby Tuesday afternoon.

"According to the Sheriff’s Office, about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nicholson drove through an area near Jarrett Gordon Ford looking for Lisenby. The Ford dealership is located at 3015 Lake Alfred Road.

"Nicholson threatened to kill a friend of Lisenby’s if they didn’t tell him where she was. However, Nicholson drove off without hurting anyone.

"About an hour later, Nicholson returned and this time found Lisenby standing in the roadway.

"Witnesses told detectives they saw Lisenby walk to the vehicle and lean into the passenger window. Witnesses say they saw the driver, later identified as Nicholson, point a gun at Lisenby. Witnesses said they heard a gunshot and saw Lisenby fall to the ground.

"`It took us off guard. We were at the highest advantage point to see (what was happening,)` said Stuart Seifreid, an employee at the Jarrett Gordon dealership. Some witnesses took pictures of Nicholson’s vehicle with cell phone cameras.

"After the gunshot, Nicholson got out of his vehicle, went around it, picked up Lisenby and put her in the passenger seat, telling witnesses he was taking her to the hospital, Judd said.

"Detectives checked area hospitals and no one matching Lisenby’s description had been treated.

"Detectives went to Nicholson’s home at 80 Perch St., in Winter Haven, but could find no one home.

"About 10 a.m. today, a grove worker found Nicholson and Lisenby’s bodies on the ground on either side of Nicholson’s vehicle in an area at Pearce Road and Lakeview Court Northwest near the airport.

"Lisenby has a criminal history. A check of the Polk County Jail Web site shows she was arrested and charged with cocaine possession in March 2007 and again for cocaine possession in August 2008. In April she was in jail for a day for violating probation.

"No criminal history could be found for Nicholson."

From The Ledger...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Welfare Check Uncovers Murder/Suicide

"Marshallton Heights, DE - The state Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that the deaths Monday of a Marshallton couple was a murder-suicide.

"New Castle County police officers summoned to the home about noon in the 3800 block of Orchard Road in Marshallton Heights found the pair dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

"A female friend of the man went to the home after he missed an appointment and found the front door open. She telephoned police to check on his welfare.

"Officers arrived and found the man and woman dead of apparent gunshot wounds, said Major Michael McGowan, a county police spokesman.

"They were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Jay Lynch, deputy principal assistant for the state Health and Social Services, identified the victims as Bonnie Rowe, 60, and William Rowe III, 52.

"An autopsy revealed Bonnie Rowe had been shot in the head.

"Her death had been ruled a homicide, Lynch said.

"William Rowe then turned the gun on himself.

"His death has been ruled a suicide.

"County police detectives are continuing to investigate."


Elderly Couple Found Dead

"PALM HARBOR, FL — Pinellas County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a Palm Harbor couple as a possible murder-suicide, authorities said Tuesday.

"John and Dorothy Aloizakis, both 86, were found dead about 10 p.m. Monday by the couple's adult son, who went to his parents' home at 2059 Sandpiper Drive to check on them.

"The family had been trying to reach the couple throughout the day with no success.

"No other details are available."


Heavy Artillery Fails To Stop Double Murder/Suicide

"MOORESBURG, TN - Although the official causes of death are pending completion of autopsies, Hawkins County investigators believe two men and a woman found deceased early Tuesday morning at a Mooresburg residence were the result of a double murder/suicide.

"Hawkins County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the residence at 443 Mooresburg Springs Road shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on a domestic disturbance, and shortly upon their arrival reportedly heard gunshots.

"The building was originally described as a barn, but deputies later found out [it] was a residence, although the ground floor was either unfinished or being utilized for storage.

"`Upon their arrival deputies heard voices inside, announced their arrival, and at that point heard several gunshots from inside the residence,` HCSO Lt. Detective Randy Collier said. `Deputies then backed off and took up position. At that time an unknown male came to the upstairs window displaying a gun and discharged the firearm. We don't know the direction (of that gunshot), and that's the last contact we had with anyone in the home.`

"Collier said that deputies unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the people inside the building, and around 11:30 p.m. the HCSO Tactical Unit entered the ground floor and discovered a deceased male and female.

"`At that point they heard footsteps upstairs and then backed off to attempt to establish communications,` Collier said.

"In the early morning hours the HCSO's armored personnel carrier was deployed at the scene. Later Morristown police arrived with their robotic surveillance unit, although the layout of the building prevented the robot from reaching areas where the suspect might have been.

"The HCSO Tactical Unit later entered the residence, and the call came over the police radio at 4:35 a.m. that the residence had been secured. That's when the suspected shooter was discovered deceased on the second floor, Collier said.

"In the hours between the arrival of deputies and the discovery of the third body, authorities had described the incident as a standoff and a possible hostage situation. Dozens of police officers responded to the scene from Hawkins, Hamblen, Grainger and Hancock counties, as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and attorney general investigators.

"As many as eight ambulances at one time and multiple rescue helicopters also responded to the scene and were on standby throughout the ordeal. Local volunteer firefighters directed traffic throughout the night where Route 31 was reduced to one lane due to being blocked by the tractor trailer that hauled in the armored personnel carrier.

"At least three nearby residences on Mooresburg Springs Road were evacuated until the scene was secured."


Deadly Domestic Dispute

"Santa Clarita, CA - domestic dispute turned deadly Monday night when a man shot his ex-wife, then turned the gun on himself.

"According to Lt. Brenda Cambra, at 7:10 p.m., the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station received several 9-1-1 calls reporting gunfire in the area of the 23800 block of Del Monte Drive, in the Santa Fe condominium complex near McBean Parkway and Del Monte Drive in Valencia.

"When deputies arrived, they heard what turned out to be the final gunshot and found a man lying on the ground of a parking lot, bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was found next to the man.

"Residents in the complex then led deputies to a woman who had been shot multiple times. She had been removed from the common area of the complex near the mailboxes where the attack occurred and taken to a condo by neighbors to protect her and allow them to provide aid.

"Both victims were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries and the man died at the hospital.

"Cambra said that the couple were divorced and it appeared that the fight was a domestic dispute. Their identities are being withheld until notifications can be made.

"She added that no other parties were injured and no additional suspects are being sought."


Monday, August 24, 2009

"They Say He Used A Gun"

"Indian Hills, CO - Authorities say two 27-year-olds who were found dead in a home on Sunday died as result of a murder/suicide.

"The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a man and a woman had been living together in their rental home in the 23000 block of Kiowa Road for several months.

"Deputies believe the man was responsible for both deaths. They say he used a gun.

"The landlord of the home had recently received a notice the couple planned on moving out and later found the bodies after arriving to show the home to prospective renters.

"The names of the victims were not immediately released."


One Brother Dead, One Wounded In Indianapolis

"Indianapolis, IN - Metro Police are investigating an incident that left one man dead and his brother wounded.

"Police were initially called to the 1800 block of North Warman on the near west side on the report of shots fired, and found a black male with a gun shot wound to the arm.

"The victim initially told police he was shot by some unknown person in a car, but a witness told officials the victim was shot by his brother, who was still inside the house and still armed.

"Police surrounded the home and made contact by cell phone with the victim's brother. The man eventually stepped outside while still on the phone with negotiators and shot himself in front of police.

"Officials are still investigating what dispute between the brothers led to the shooting and the suicide."


Nurse Makes Disturbing Discovery

"DELRAY BEACH, FL - An 86-year-old woman is clinging to life in a hospital after her husband shot her, then turned the gun on himself, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

"Florence Sims is on life-support at Delray Medical Center, sheriff's spokesman Eric Davis said. Carl Sims, 89, died at their home on the 6200 block of Heliconia Road, west of Delray Beach.

"The Simses, who had been married for 15 years, had major medical issues and received 24-hour health care, Davis said.

"Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue emergency medical services responded to the home sometime during the night for his medical issues, officials said.

"The Sheriff's Office received a call about 5:50 a.m. from a nurse who was checking on the couple and found them shot, Davis said."

Fromt the Orlando Sentinel...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

High Profile Murder Becomes Murder/Suicide

"VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canadian police say fugitive murder suspect and reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide in a motel in British Columbia.

"Sgt. Duncan Pound of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police border integrity unit says police responded to a call about a dead person in Hope, east of Vancouver, and then called investigators who were part of the massive manhunt for Jenkins.

"The real estate developer and investor was wanted in California on first-degree murder charges after the mutilated body of his ex-wife was found in a trash bin in Buena Park, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

"The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are `now able to confirm that a deceased person that was found in a motel in Hope, British Columbia is, in fact, Ryan Jenkins,` Pound said.

"`At this present time the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing, but preliminary evidence suggests that he took his own life. Any further details will not be released at this time as this investigation remains in its infancy.`

"Jenkins' body was found in The Thunderbird Motel on a secluded road on the outskirts of Hope B.C. at the entrance to the province's mountainous interior. His body was found in a room at the out-of-the-way motel.

"The Thunderbird was surrounded by police with a coroner's van, said Mark Lojeski who works at the nearby Lucky Strike Motel.

"Jenkins, 32, disappeared last week but his boat was found Wednesday at a marina not far from the U.S.-Canada border south of Vancouver.

"Jenkins had apparently hanged himself, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office in California, which is contact with Canadian police. Crime scene investigators identified Jenkins through fingerprints, she said.

"Pound says police don't yet know how long Jenkins was at the motel before his body was discovered."


Take Me To The River

"GILBERT, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Police Department are investigating a murder-suicide in Gilbert.

"Maj. John Allard of the sheriff's department says the murder took place somewhere between 11:18pm Saturday and 12:38am Sunday at a home on Hayride Road.

"Allard says 30-year-old Lisa Marie Bacon was shot in the head with a handgun by her live-in boyfriend, identified as 32-year-old Jason Wayne Strickland.

"Investigators believe Strickland rolled Bacon's body up in a sheet, placed it in the back of his pick-up truck and drove to the parking lot of Riverbanks Zoo.

"Officers from the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, CPD and Richland County Sheriff's Department found Strickland in the parking lot where he abandoned his truck and started walking toward the Saluda River.

"Despite verbal commands that he return to officers, authorities say Strickland then killed himself in the river.

"After executing a search warrant, deputies say they found evidence that Bacon was killed by Strickland in the kitchen of the home on Hayride Road."


Abusive Relationship Ends In Murder/Suicide

"Arima, Trinidad & Tobago - A 30-year-old mother of three has been fatally stabbed by her common-law husband in Arima, two weeks after she fled from an abusive relationship. The Nanan family at Brazil Village, San Raphael, was plunged into mourning yesterday—the second time in 31 years—after a murder/suicide incident came right on their doorstep. Apparently obsessed that his common-law wife, Dianne Baptiste had left him, Michael Isaac, in a fit of rage, brutally stabbed her to death before taking his life. Isaac, 34, and Baptiste, 30, lived at a house along Transport Street, Brazil.

"Baptiste was the mother of two boys and a girl, ages 14, 12 and 11. The incident occurred outside the Guanapo Road, Arima, home of Baptiste’s sister, Rose Nanan, shortly around 10 am, police said. According to Nanan, this was not the first time Isaac attempted to kill Baptiste. “He use to abuse her real plenty and she just wanted to get out; that is why she left him. He came a night at my house with a knife to kill her about two weeks ago, but I and some fellas from the area were around so he decided to leave,” a tearful Nanan said. According to Nanan, Isaac kept following and chasing Baptiste, pleading with her to come back home.

"Nanan said she regretted that she could not do anything to save her sister. Isaac’s brother-in-law, Steve Samaroo described him as a very cool person who would go out of his way to assist someone. He said he was shocked over the incident and expressed sympathy to Baptiste’s family. Isaac was married to one of Samaroo’s sisters but they had separated. According to police, Baptiste was at Nanan’s home when she received a telephone call from Isaac. She went outside to speaks with him following which an argument ensued. Isaac whipped out a knife and dealt Baptiste multiple stabs about the neck and back.

"Isaac was later discovered in an unconscious state along Neil Street, off River Road, Arima with a bottle containing a poisonous substance near his body. Both victims were taken to the Arima Health Facility where they succumbed to their injuries while being treated."

From The Guardian...

Three Dead, Abducted Woman Found Unharmed

"Ontario, California - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an apparent double murder, kidnapping and suicide that started at an Ontario home on Saturday morning.

"Authorities say that Ontario Police Dispatch received a call of a shooting at a residence in the 2700 block of East Chaparral Street around 5:26 a.m., and when officers and emergency personnel got there, they found two shooting victims dead at the scene.

"Police say the two people killed, a 21-year-old man and his 48-year-old mother, had been at the home along a woman who was staying with them overnight when that woman's ex-boyfriend showed up, apparently shot the mother and son, and then abducted the woman.

"A warrant was issued for the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Joey Demello of Ontario, who was on active parole through the California Department of Corrections and considered armed and dangerous.

"Demello was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a trailer park near the California-Nevada border.

"The kidnapped woman was found at a nearby location. She had not been harmed."


Saturday, August 22, 2009

2 Cops Dead, 1 Cop Injured In India

"Chhattisgarh, India - A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) Saturday committed suicide after killing his platoon commander and a head constable in Bastar district, police said Saturday.

"CAF 8th battalion constable M. Minj opened indiscriminate fire and injured another colleague before hanging himself to death at the Kondagaon area of Bastar, about 250 km south of capital Raipur.

"`It's a shocking incident. Platoon commander Tikaram Laria and head constable Mehtab Singh Thakur succumbed to bullet injuries while another cop, Sanjay Singh, sustained injury and was rushed to hospital,` Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) T.J. Longkumer told IANS.

"An official at the police headquarters here said Minj was frustrated after being denied leave for a long period."


Friday, August 21, 2009

Eternal Rest Stop

"PESOTUM, IL – Two bodies have been found at a rest stop here, an apparent murder-suicide.

"Illinois State Police were releasing very little information Friday evening on the deaths. An out-of-state agency is directing the investigation.

"At about 1:20 p.m., state troopers received information from an out-of-state agency of a subject involved in a possible murder/kidnapping, a release from agency said.

"District 10 troopers located the suspect vehicle at the Illini Prairie Rest Area, on the southbound side of Interstate 57, with two deceased subjects. Preliminary investigation indicates a murder/suicide and autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow morning, the release said.

"Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup could not be reached for comment Friday evening."

From The News-Gazette...

Domestic Dispute Leaves Two Dead, One Injured

"DELANO, CA - A husband and wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide, the Delano Police Department reported.

"On Friday around 5:15 a.m., officers of the Delano Police Department responded to the 400 block of 18 Ave., in regard to a possible shooting.

"When officers arrived, they said they discovered Merced Rodriguez 24, Lorena Gonzalez 30, and Delia Gonzalez, the sister of Lorena, who were all victims of gun shot wounds.
Merced and Lorena were pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Donald Flores [said].

"The incident was the result of a domestic dispute between Merced and his estranged wife Lorena, Flores [said].

"Witnesses said that Merced shot Lorena, then shot Delia, and then turned the gun on himself.

"Delia Gonzalez was treated and released for moderate injuries she suffered as a result of the gunshot wound.

"A handgun was recovered at the scene and the case is under investigation, to ascertain the nature of the dispute.

"Flores [said] Merced and Lorena leave behind three children."


Couple Faced Eviction

"DUMFRIES, VA - A husband and wife in Dumfries were found shot to death Friday in what police said was a murder-suicide.

"Prince William County police said they went to the house in the 3000 block of Sigel Court after neighbors became concerned that they hadn't seen the couple in two days. When police entered the house about 8:30 a.m., they found the couple dead. The husband and wife were both 57.

"Police have not identified the couple, pending notification of family members. But the News & Messenger newspaper of Prince William said on its Web site that the couple faced eviction from their home. The newspaper said its reporters interviewed the couple last week about their eviction, but it was unclear whether a story ever was published."

From The Washington Post...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nosy Co-Workers Make Grisly Discovery

"LAND O’ LAKES, FL - Pasco County Sheriff's Offices detectives are describing the discovery of two bodies at a home in Lake Padgett Estates as a murder-suicide.

"Deputies were called to the home at 22535 Stillwood Drive and the end of a cul-de-sac just before 1 p.m. today after co-workers of one of the pair said one of them didn't show up for work. The bodies were of a man and a woman, according to sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Doll.

"It is believed that the male shot and killed the female and then turned the gun on himself, Doll said in a news release.

"The identities are not being released because the relatives of the man live out of state and have not been notified. The owner of the home is Melissa Howard, according to Pasco County property records.

"The couple appears to be in their 30s, Sgt. Mel Eakley said. They were not married, but had a relationship.

"They do not know what the motive was. `The relationship dynamics are unknown to us,` Eakley said this afternoon.

"The woman did not show up for work and her co-workers became concerned. `This was unlike her daily habits,` Eakley said of the female victim.

"Some of the co-workers came to the Stillwood Drive house, were able to get in, found the bodies and called the sheriff's office, Eakley said. The bodies were in one of the bedrooms of the house."

From The Suncoast News...

Two Trucks, Two Bullets, Two Bodies

"HAMMOND, LA - A husband and wife were killed Thursday morning in what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to a statement issued by Lt. Vincent Giannobile, public information officer of the Hammond Police Department.

"Giannobile said officers received a call reporting a shooting early Thursday and responded to the incident. They found a man lying in the roadway next to a truck and a woman in another truck. Both victims had been shot once.

"The couple was identified as Joyce Michelle Sibley, 27, and David L. Sibley, 29, of 27669 Ivy Springs Drive, Independence [This address appears to be bogus - tsc].

"David Sibley was transported to North Oaks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Joyce Sibley was pronounced dead at the scene, Giannobile said. The Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s office was called to the scene and will supervise the victims’ bodies until their release.

"The couple appeared to be involved in a domestic dispute. The investigation is ongoing."


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Police Escort Fails To Prevent Murder/Suicide

"Montreal, Quebec - Montreal police are investigating the SQ's [police] actions during a murder-suicide that happened as provincial police officers were answering a call in the Lanaudiere region on Tuesday evening.

"A man and a woman in their 60's died in the domestic dispute in St-Jean-de-Matha.

"The woman had returned home with a Surete du Quebec escort in order to collect her belongings.

"When the officer stepped outside the home, the woman's husband stabbed her to death before turning the weapon on himself.

"The couple had separated and the woman was seeing another man.

"A witness on the scene was not injured.

"Under provincial law, an outside police force investigates whenever someone is injured or dies during a police operation."


No Gunshots Heard

"CHINO HILLS, CA - Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a husband and wife were found dead inside a home in Chino Hills.

"Investigators say the couple's 18-year-old daughter found her parents' bodies inside the living room area of the home in the 3700 block of Madras Street.

"The 50-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife had both been shot in the upper torso, according to officials. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

"Family members told investigators that there was some sort of a disturbance inside the home, which resulted in the shooting. It was not immediately known if the couple had a history of domestic disturbances.

"No neighbors reported hearing any gunshots."


"Angry" Man Carries Out Deadly Threat

"Chicago, IL - Johnson Tyler, 52, was killed early Tuesday in her home in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. Her estranged husband, Gardell Tyler, 57, shot her multiple times, then shot and killed himself a few hours later at his workplace, police said.

"The couple had been together for more than 30 years but were married for just about a decade, family members said.

"For the last week Tyler told those close to him he was angry and wanted to kill his estranged wife and himself, a police source said.

"Family members said Johnson Tyler had just finished cooking when Tyler stopped by.

"Johnson Tyler usually worked until 10:30 p.m. for Securitas, a company that provides security for the CTA, among others.

"She cooked when she got home for her three children and two grandchildren who lived with her, so they had something to eat the next evening, said her brother, Larry Sistrunk. She had two other children and six more grandchildren who lived elsewhere.

"Though she and Tyler separated at the beginning of the year, she let him stop by to see the children and grandchildren, Sistrunk said.

"As Johnson Tyler and her estranged husband were talking in a bedroom early Tuesday, her adult children hanging out on the front porch heard them arguing and then gunshots.

"Their son Isaiah Tyler bolted into the house and kicked in the bedroom door, his uncle said.

"`That's when he seen his mother on the ground and he was trying to stop [his father] from shooting again,` Sistrunk said.

"Tyler managed to escape, running out the back door and fleeing in his pickup truck. Police who responded about 1 a.m. to a call of shots fired in the 5200 block of West Ferdinand Street found Johnson Tyler shot in the back.

"Just before 5 a.m., police went to an apartment building in the 1800 block of South Pulaski Road to try to take Tyler into custody. He had gone to hide out where he worked in maintenance. Family members showed up and tried to calm him down but, police said, he took his own life about two hours later."


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Violent End To "On-Again, Off-Again Relationship"

"Fort Bragg, CA - A Fort Bragg couple was found dead Tuesday evening in what authorities believe is a murder suicide.

"Mendocino County Sheriff’s authorities said Wednesday 26-year-old Jacob Gregory Swanson was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his living room and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Amy Rochelle Salo, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the face in a bathroom at the home.

"Swanson’s residence is just outside Fort Bragg on Airport Road.

"Salo had picked Swanson up from work at noon, but never returned to drop him off, Lt. Rusty Noe said.

"A relative who went to look for him found his body and called Sheriff’s officials at about 5 p.m.

"Investigating authorities then discovered Salo’s body.

"Noe said Swanson and Salo had been in an on-again, off-again relationship for about a year and a half.

"Fort Bragg residents said Salo, a personal trainer in the area, had three young children."

From the Press-Democrat...

1 Dead, 1 Critical In Florida Murder/Suicide

"Havana, FL - By Tuesday afternoon, violent-crimes investigator Scott Ivey was worn out – both emotionally and physically.

"Ivey and other investigators with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office had been up most of the night trying to sort out the tragic details of an attempted homicide and suicide he said has devastated the small community of Havana.

"Sheriff's deputies arrived at Sheila Bell's home on Ames Barineau Road just after 1 a.m. Tuesday to find Sheila lying on the lawn with a gunshot wound on her right shoulder. Her estranged husband, Seward Bell Jr., was in the yard about 30 feet away, with a gunshot wound to the head and a rifle and revolver lying next to him, according to a sheriff's office report.

"Sheila said her husband had shot her. He was unresponsive and breathing irregularly, according to the report.

"Both were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where Seward was pronounced dead at about 2:30 a.m. Sheila was in critical condition.

"Ivey said the Bells were recently separated and were not living together but co-owned The Corner Bar on Highway 27 just south of Havana.

"`I can't tell you what he was thinking, obviously, but it ended in tragedy, that's for sure,` Ivey said. `These were very likeable people. It's a shock to the community.`

"Ivey said some follow-up interviews will be conducted but that no criminal charges will be filed because the suspect, Seward, is dead."


Victim's Body Found In Wooded Area

"WILEY FORD, WV — A Wiley Ford couple were found dead Saturday, minutes after a 911 call was placed from a Cumberland Street home to the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

"Family members identified the victims as Tammy Deetz, 47, and Kenneth Deetz, 44. The cause of death of both the husband and wife was unknown.

"Following a call to the 911 center in which the caller disconnected the line before talking to a dispatcher, a sheriff’s deputy was sent to the home, which is located near Alternate Route 28, about one-half mile from state Route 28.

"When the deputy arrived, he found the body of Kenneth Deetz, as well as the couple’s two grandchildren — an infant girl and a 4-year-old boy — who were inside the home, according to the couple’s daughter, Kendra.

"Tammy Deetz’s body was found at 5:42 p.m. in a wooded area about 15 feet from Alternate Route 28."

From the Cumberland Times News...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bodies Found During Welfare Check

"AUSTIN, TX - The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two people found in an apartment in the 7000 block of Parmer lane. Detectives say they believe the deaths resulted from a murder-suicide.

"A man and a woman who live together in the Rattan Creek Apartments were found dead by an apartment manager on Monday afternoon. The apartment manager was conducting a welfare check on behalf of an employer. Both victims were cab drivers.

"Investigators said both suffered from gunshot wounds. They discovered a handgun that they said pointed to a murder-suicide.

"Officials have identified both victims but will not release their identities until family members are notified. Investigators say that while the two were living together, they do not know what their relationship was.

"The Williamson County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the crime until they can determine a motive for the murder."


Bodies Found In Different States

"Dickinson, ND - Authorities say the deaths of a Dickinson couple may be the result of a murder-suicide.

"Police say the body of 41-year-old Jamie Osborn was found by passers-by in a wooded area in Miles City, Mont., on Sunday afternoon. Police say the body of his 43-year-old wife, Tracey, was found Monday morning inside a vehicle in Dunn County, about 50 miles north of Dickinson.

"Lt. Rod Banyai says Jamie Osborn appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Banyai says the cause of Tracey Osborn's death is not being released until an autopsy is done. He says it appears she was the victim of a homicide."


Argument Provokes Firey Death

"HYDERABAD, India - Apparently upset over a petty argument with her relative, a 25-year-old woman committed suicide along with her two children here today, police said.

"Mahabub Unnisa reportedly had an argument with her sister-in-law this morning over sending an old television set to her mother in Kadapa district after her husband Mahabub Pasha bought a new one, police said.

"Unnisa's sister-in-law allegedly objected over sending the old TV set to her mother on which both had an argument, a police officer said.

"Upset over the issue, Unnisa took her three children in the kitchen and doused kerosene on them and set afire to them before setting herself ablaze, he said.

"While Unnisa and her two children - Sharmila (5) and Atif (3) - were burnt to death, her one-and-half-year-old daughter Ammalu was battling for life at the Osmania General Hospital, the officer said.

"The incident occurred at Shivrampalli on the city outskirts."

From The Times of India...

Cops Suspect Murder/Suicide But Won't Say Why

"Asheboro, NC - Randolph County Sheriff's Office is calling a crash in Franklinville a murder suicide, but they aren't releasing many details.

"Sunday deputies responded to a wrecked car down an embankment on Carl Allred Road.

"They found a man and woman dead inside the car. Both bodies were taken to Randolph County Hospital pending an autopsy in Chapel Hill.

"The investigation is ongoing at this time. Investigators are not releasing the identities of the two people until their families are notified."


4 Dead, 1 Injured In Wisconsin Murder/Suicide

"MENOMONIE, WI - The gunman who shot and killed three brothers and wounded another Menomonie man on Saturday died Monday at 8:45 a.m., according to Menomonie Police.

"Geu Tou Vang, 23, died at Luther Hospital.

"Vang of St. Paul, Min. shot and killed three brothers Saturday night and injured another man before turning the 9 mm handgun on himself. Vang shot the three brothers in the head and himself in the head as well.

"Killed were Siong Kong, 25, Toua Kong, 32, and Seng Kong, 13, all of Menomonie. Injured was Toua Xiong, 25, of Menomonie who police describe as having non-threatening injuries. He received an injury to a hand and his neck.

"The three brothers were pronounced dead at the scene."

Source: The Leader-Telegram...

Details "Sketchy And Unconfirmed"

"MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - In Collinsville, police have been investigating a little girl's death, and what looks like her mother's attempted suicide, according to a spokesman from the Morris County Prosecutors' Office.

"The joint investigation is being run by the office's Major Crime Unit, the township Police Department and the County Sheriffs Department Criminal Investigations Unit. The story is still developing and details remain sketchy and unconfirmed at this time.

"Jeff Paul, spokesman for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said officers responded to a 911 call from Highland Avenue around 10:15 Sunday morning. At the time, Diana Ritchie, 59, said she was getting ready for church, when she saw a neighbor place a little girl on his front lawn, where paramedics performed CPR on her, taking her to an ambulance nearby.

"The woman was reportedly at the front of the house with her two children, while her husband was out back, mowing the lawn. He heard a commotion, and went to check it out, only to find his little girl's lifeless body on the ground.

"It appears she was strangled. The man then reportedly found his wife on the porch, bloodied, her wrists slit. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was listed Sunday night in critical condition.

"Investigators are still trying to nail down the specifics of what happened, and interviews with the central witnesses and neighbors in the area are ongoing."

From WPIX...

2 Dead, 1 Injured In Connecticut Murder/Suicide

"BRIDGEPORT, CT - A woman and man are dead, and another woman wounded, in what police are calling a murder-suicide over the weekend.

"Officers were dispatched to 97 Atwater St. about 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of shots fired and women screaming.

"At the scene, one woman was found dead from gunshot wounds in the driver's seat of a car parked in the driveway and another woman, bleeding from a shot to the upper torso, was found not far from the car. She was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center.

"A vehicle described as an older gold Lexus fled the scene shortly after the shootings, witnesses told police. The car was found parked in the driveway of a home at 195 Jones Ave., police said.

"When officers arrived on the scene, they heard a single shot fired inside the dwelling. On entering the premises, officers found a man's body on the first floor, apparently dead from a self-inflicted wound gunshot wound to the head.

"Names of those involved have not been released as of this morning as the police investigation continues."


One Survives Murder/Suicide In Texas

"HOUSTON, TX - An upscale Houston neighborhood is rocked by gunfire and screams for help. Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide on Ella Lee Lane in prestigious River Oaks.

"`I don't know of anything happening like this in a long time out here,` said Pat Rutherford.

"Around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Ben and Nancy Wells saw their neighbor, who they identify as Blake Hawk, running down the sidewalk before collapsing on the concrete.

"`He was bleeding profusely from the head and saying that his son had shot him,` said Ben Wells.

"Hawk, 59, is the executive vice president of Crown Castle International Corporation, a communication technology company in Houston. Police say he was shot twice in the head but was still alive when he was transported to Ben Taub hospital.

"`He was still lucid and able to give police a lot of information,` said Wells.

"Police discovered the body of Hawk's 21-year-old son, who neighbors say is also named Blake Hawk, inside the living room of their home. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."


Three Dead Down Under

"Rosebud, Australia - A father and his two sons have been found dead in a car on the Mornington Peninsula in what is believed to have been a double-murder suicide.

"A family friend found the three men at their Kennington Road property in Rosebud about 10am yesterday.

"The 54-year-old father is suspected to have suicided and killed his two sons, aged 30 and 27, who reportedly suffered from cerebral palsy.

"None of the men had suffered obvious injuries.

"A Victoria Police spokeswoman said investigators were not looking for a fourth party in relation to the deaths and would prepare a report for the coroner."

From The Age...

Crime Of Passion

"Bray, Ireland - Post-mortem examinations are under way on the bodies of two men found at a house in Bray, Co Wicklow yesterday.

"Sebastian Creane, 22, was stabbed to death at his family home at Cuala Grove.

"The body of the second man, also 22, was found in the back garden of the house by gardaí investigating the murder of Sebastian Creane and an attack on another man and woman.

"Mr Creane's brother Dylan suffered a punctured lung in the attack.

"Another woman, Jennifer Hennigan, has undergone surgery to have part of a knife removed from her back.

"Gardaí initially thought the attacker had fled, but during their examination of the house they found the body of the second 22-year-old man in the back garden.

"They say they are not seeking anyone in relation to either death.

"One of the motives for the stabbing being investigated by gardaí is that the incident could have been a crime of passion.

"Gardaí are hoping to speak to the injured man and woman when they have recovered."

From RTE News...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

SWAT Team Does It Again

"TAMPA, FL - Tampa Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a home near Raymond James Stadium.

"The SWAT Team was originally called to the home at 3201 West Ivy Street around 3:30 pm, after an armed man barricaded himself and a woman inside the home, police said.

"About 90 minutes later officers were able to force their way into the home, and shots were fired, police said.

"Both people were found dead inside the home.

"Investigators haven't released any further details."

From ABC Action News...

"He Was Pretty Upset With Somebody."

"KATY, TX - A man fatally shot three of his wife's family members — one of them a 14-year-old — and then turned the gun on himself in a triple murder-suicide in Katy early Saturday morning, officials and family friends said.

"Mayra Renteria, 24, called 9-1-1 from a house in the 19400 block of Tree Orchard around 2:30 am. to report that her estranged husband, Tomas Carreon, 29, had shot her mother and father, according to the Harris County sheriff's office said.

"The two adults - Robert Schaerer, 49, and his wife, Marina Schaerer, 42, were found dead in the living room. Salvador Renteria Jr., 14, was killed in a bedroom.

"Carreon then fled on foot to a nearby strip shopping center in the 19500 block of Clay, said sheriff's office spokesman Thomas Gilliland. Meanwhile, as deputies were en route to the scene, a wrecker driver in the area called 9-1-1 and reported seeing a man run toward the parking behind the shopping strip.

"When deputies arrived at the scene, they heard a single gunshot and found the man had shot himself.

"Officials have not yet released a possible motive.

"`He was pretty upset with somebody,` Gilliland said."


Friday, August 14, 2009

Bodies Found After Several Days

"BERLIN, Germany - A German couple killed their severely handicapped young son and then committed suicide because they could not accept their child's disability, investigators said yesterday.

"Police found the bodies of the four-year-old boy, his father, a 44-year-old engineer, and his 27-year-old mother in the bedroom of their apartment where they are thought to have been for several days.

"Officers also found a letter from the parents explaining they could not bear to see their cherished son with such a severe disability, police said.

"Neighbours alerted police in Derendorf, western Germany, after not seeing the family for some time.

"Prosecutors in Duesseldorf, who are leading the inquiry, said the couple had killed their son before taking their own lives."

From the Jamaica Observer...

One Dead, One Injured In Texas

"HOUSTON, TX - Houston police are on the scene at an apartment complex in west Houston where one man is dead and another recovering from a gunshot wound.

"Police say two men got into an argument near the Katy Freeway and Silber. One then pulled a gun and shot and killed the other. Police say the shooter then felt guilty and turned the gun on himself. He was taken to the hospital, where he's still alive.

"The investigation is ongoing."

From ABC 13...

Few Details In California Murder/Suicide

"VALINDA, CA - Deputies responded to a residential neighborhood Thursday night to investigate an apparent murder-suicide, Los Angeles County sheriff's said.

"Few details were initially available about the incident, which was reported about 8:30 p.m. in the 17100 block of Samgerry Drive in Valinda, said Lt. Steven Katz of the Industry Station.

"Sheriff's deputies lined the streets in the neighborhood late Thursday as investigators from the sheriff's Homicide Bureau were summoned to the scene."

From the Pasadena Star-News...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Jersey Love Story

"TOMS RIVER, NJ — A 30-year-old Toms River woman was found dead in a car this afternoon, and her 36-year-old ex-fiance was discovered hanging in the garage of his Toms River home less than an hour later, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

"The body of Letizia Zindell, who had recently moved to the neighborhood, was discovered on King George Layne at about 3:15 p.m., authorities said. Shortly after 4 p.m., Frank Frisco was found hanging in the garage of his home on Lafayette Avenue, they said.

"The two had been engaged and living together, but the wedding was called off and the relationship ended about two months ago, authorities said. According to online wedding registry sites, the couple was registered at Macy's and Crate & Barrel and had planned to marry on June 21, 2009.

"Zindell's body was discovered in the back seat of a gray Acura TL sedan, which police removed from the neighborhood, with the body apparently still inside, shortly after 5 p.m. Investigators left the neighborhood shortly afterward.

"Ford would not say whether Zindell was killed in the car, or if her body was moved there after her death. Authorities also would not say if any weapons were recovered, or if marks or signs of trauma were found on Zindell's body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

"King George Layne is located in the well-manicured Penny Layne complex of condominiums with cream vinyl siding and faux brick exteriors, behind the Ocean County Mall.

"Felipe Jorge, 19, a lifeguard at the pool in the complex, said he heard Zindell come out of her condominium on King George Layne around 2:10 p.m. screaming `I can't believe you did this to me.`

"He said police told him Zindell was found with something stuffed in her mouth. Authorities would not confirm that she was gagged."


Protection Order Violated

"TIPTONVILLE, TN — An estranged northwest Tennessee couple died in a shooting that came after an order of protection was issued against the man.

"Tiptonville Police Chief Norman Rhodes [said] 44-year-old Melody Mathina was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon as she pulled her car into an apartment complex.

"Rhodes said 48-year-old Scott J. Mathina apparently walked up to his wife's car and stuck a pistol inside, firing at close range. Melody Mathina was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Witnesses told police Scott Mathina then walked into the street and fired one pistol shot into his head. He was taken to a Dyersburg hospital and later airlifted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he died a few hours later.

"A protection order was issued against Scott Mathina on July 24."

From The Chattanooga Times Free Press...

Bizarre Murder/Suicide In Guyana

"Georgetown, Guyana - The turbulent relationship of a West Coast Demerara couple ended tragically yesterday when Alfred Etwaroo murdered his wife of 14 years then hanged himself in their home, which was also occupied by their three young children.

"Kathleen Mo-A-Lin, 30, was found with a gaping wound at the back of her head and her lips sealed with some heavy-duty glue. She was discovered lying just under the hanging body of her 39-year-old husband in their partially completed home at Under-neeming, Parfait Harmonie, WCD.

"Neighbours said the couple, who only recently moved in with their three children, hardly said anything to anyone except to extend the usual courtesies.

"Relatives on the other hand, remember the two as having had issues almost from the day they were married.

"Yesterday morning..., residents pointed to the unfinished concrete house where the couple resided with their three children aged six, seven and 11 years old. They said the couple and children stayed to themselves and on many occasions they would see the children playing in the yard but they always remained there.

"Many residents said they had heard of the tragedy only minutes before...

"`People in here keep to themselves and they were newcomers so we people ain’t really know them very much,` one woman said.

"Details as to exactly who made the discovery were sketchy but Etwaroo’s body, swinging from a beam in the roof, was visible from the road."

From Stabroek News....

Death At Sea

"FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - Deputies from the San Juan Island Sheriff's Office are investigating a reported muder-suicide onboard a boat.

"Sheriff Bill Cumming [said] Wednesday night that their department got a call from the police department in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue Police say friends of a man say received texts from him saying he had killed his girlfriend, and was planning to kill himself.

"Bellevue Police `pinged` the man's cellphone and had an approximate location of San Juan Island.

"A boat with the United States Coast Guard located the man's boat as it left Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and followed it to the west side of nearby Orcas Island.

"As the Coast Guard approached the boat, the man ran below deck, despite being ordered to stay topside.

"A shot was heard by the Coast Guard officials, who jumped onboard and found the man still alive but seriously wounded.

"EMTs with the Coast Guard performed CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office arrived and found both the man and a woman dead onboard the powerboat.

"The woman appears to have died earlier in the day.

"The boat has been towed to Friday Harbor. It will be searched by police once a search warrant is cleared.

"Both the man and woman's bodies were taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office in Everett for autopsies.

"No names have been released."


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide

"MARLBORO COUNTY, SC - A standoff situation in Marlboro County has led to the deaths of a man and his wife, the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office confirms Wednesday.

"According to investigators, a 42-year-old man was holding his wife hostage at a home off of SC 299 before killing her. The man, crime scene investigators say, then turned a gun on himself in an apparent suicide.

"Both, according to the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office, died as a result of apparent gunshot wounds.

"The bodies will be taken to the Medical University of South Carolina Thursday morning for an autopsy.

"Investigators have not released the names of the victims."

From WMBF News...

Accused Rapist Attempts Double Murder/Suicide

"Plessislaer, South Africa - A man shot two women and then allegedly committed suicide at a house in the Esigodini area of Plessislaer on Monday night.

"Superintendent Henry Budhram said police found two women shot; one lying inside the house and the other at the rear of the house.

"Zinhle Dlamini, 19, was declared dead on the scene.

"The other woman, Thokozani Dlamini, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

"`Police later found the body of a man, identified as Aubrey Nxele, lying near the house with a gunshot wound to the head,` Budhram said.

"Investigations established that Nxele and Zinhle had a two-year-old child and that Zinhle had opened a rape case against Nxele on the day of the murder."


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Long Distance Welfare Check

"Boise, ID - Early Monday morning, police received a request from out of state to perform a welfare check.

"Family members concerned that something bad may have happened to their loved ones and that's exactly what police found upon entering a townhouse in southeast Boise.

"`And they found an elderly woman deceased and they found an elderly man with some very critical, life-threatening injuries,` said Lynn Hightower, Boise Police spokesperson.

"The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.

"What happened is still unknown, but Hightower says the woman sustained suspicious injuries, although she won't say what caused the likely fatal wounds.

"`I can say that there is a weapon that detectives found on scene,` Hightower said.

"It's all quite shocking to neighbors, who never expected to wake up to police, paramedics, and even the coroner working at the house across the street.

"`They were very nice neighbors, very quiet, stayed to themselves. Just the type of neighbors you really enjoy having,` said Jack Logan.

"He also says he saw the man in question on Sunday.

"`I saw Bill walking his dog last night. I waved to him and as far as I knew everything seemed fine and dandy,` Logan said.

"But things for this couple may have been more difficult than many fully understood.

"`You have to be sympathetic to those folks. They were really in bad shape,` said Ralph Hansen.

"Hansen said the two were in failing health, and other neighbors living next door to the couple say the husband had developed Parkinson's disease, which made it hard to take care of his ailing wife.

"But no one seemed to know just how desperate their situation had really become.

"`Nobody on Arrowrock Lane expected anything like this,` said Jack Logan."