Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"McBRIDE, OK - A woman in her eighties and her adult son were found dead in her Marshall County home Tuesday morning in what the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is calling an apparent murder/suicide.
"According to Marshall County Sheriff's deputies, law enforcement was called out on a welfare check in the 2000 block of Mark Street in McBride, a town of about 200 in southeast Marshall County.
"Deputies entered the home by force, where they discovered the two bodies.
"The OSBI and the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner were called in. The OSBI said late Tuesday they believe the mother was shot to death in her bedroom Monday evening, and the son then turned the gun on himself.
"Neighbors say the mother was one of the original members of the McBride community and describe her as `a great person.`
"Neighbors say the son, believed to be in his fifties, had been in trouble with the law in Texas and was currently on parole."
"Kansas City, KS - A man, two women and a 3-year-old child who were killed in Kansas City, Kan., were alive Monday morning when an acquaintance left the house, police said.
"But by late afternoon someone staying at the house came upon a horrific crime scene. The child lay outside dead. The adults were dead inside the house at 5234 Muncie Drive.
"Now police investigators must determine what happened between the early morning hours and 4:45 p.m. when they were called to one of the most horrific homicide scenes in recent city history.
"Police have not said how the four were killed and did not release information about any suspects or motives. They are still investigating the relationships between the victims."
From The Wichita Eagle...
NOTE: The M/S blog is calling this one and will retract if it is found not to be a murder/suicide. Watch for updates. - tsc
"York Township, PA - A brother and sister are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide in York Township, the county coroner said.
"The bodies were found about 9:30 this morning in a home on Suburban Road, according to York Area Regional Police Sgt. Rod Varner.
"The bodies have probably been there since Sunday, York County Coroner Barry Bloss said.
"The bodies were discovered when the woman did not show up for work, and someone from her employer came to look for her, Bloss said. That person found the back door to the apartment unlocked, discovered the bodies inside and called 911.
"The brother and sister, who both lived in the home, appear to have died from gunshot wounds, Bloss said. He said officials have recovered a weapon.
"Bloss said it is too early to identify the pair, although he said the man was in his 50s and the woman was in her 40s.
"He also said the woman worked in food services at York Hospital.
"Varner would not yet say which person police suspect was the shooter."
Monday, June 22, 2009
"FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a father and young daughter.
"A deputy found the bodies of 29-year-old Ryan Peters and his 3-year-old daughter Teigan Peters, both from the Phoenix-area, shortly after midnight on Monday. They were discovered in the area of Parissawampitts Point off Highway 67 leading to the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
"Mesa police officers called the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday after a relative of Ryan’s called police and said they were concerned for Ryan and Teigan’s safety. The relative described Ryan as `despondent` and possibly suicidal as the result of a divorce and a custody decision.
"Mesa police discovered Ryan’s ex-wife had filed a custodial interference complaint with the Gilbert Police Department on Friday when Ryan did not return Teigan to her mother."
"BRIDGEPORT, CT - Police this evening are investigating the fatal shooting of a North End woman and child -- a possible murder-suicide involving a mother and daughter.
"Police Capt. Lynn Kerwin would only confirm that a female adult and female child were found dead this afternoon in a Burnsford Avenue home, and that the deaths are under investigation.
"However, police sources said the shooting is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, and that those dead may be a mother and daughter.
"The names and ages of the victims were not immediately available.
"Police said shortly after 3:30 p.m. they were called to 197 Burnsford Ave. to investigate a report of shots fired.
"The house where the bodies were found is a large, off-white dwelling set on a rise above the street. In the fenced front yard is a swing set and a small above-ground swimming pool.
"Access to the house and a section of Burnsford Avenue is blocked off by yellow tape."
"MUMBAI, India - A youth attempted suicide after stabbing a girl to death after she refused his marriage proposal in a north west suburb, police said on
"Pratiksha Hatim was stabbed multiple times in the stomach and neck near her residence in suburban Andheri by Kumar Hansora (24) yesterday night, police said.
"The two had known each other for some time and Hansora had proposed the girl for marriage, which she rejected, they said.
"Pratiksha refused Hansora's proposal since he had no job and was an alleged alcoholic, police said.
"Angered by this, Hansora attacked her with a knife and stabbed her multiple times before stabbing himself, they said.
"The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to her injuries while Hansora was admitted to the Bhagwati Hospital, they said."
From The Times of India...
"Richmond, MI - A 68-year-old married couple was discovered dead in a Richmond Township hotel room Sunday by troopers from the Richmond post of the Michigan State Police.
"Troopers were sent to 36449 Hebel Road for a welfare check and discovered Allen and Lillan Gierke dead of gunshot wounds, according to a release from the MSP.
"Richmond/Lenox EMS also responded to the scene.
"The initial investigation suggests the deaths were a murder-suicide, the release said. Investigators believe medical issues may have led the man to shoot his wife then himself, MSP told the Detroit Free Press.
"According to the Free Press, a trooper discovered mail stacked up outside the home just after 11 a.m. Sunday, opened an unlocked door and found them inside. Sgt. Craig Nyeholt said Allen Gierke had some medical problems that may have contributed to the situation."
Source: The Times Herald...
"Conroe, TX - An elderly Montgomery couple died Saturday night from an apparent murder-suicide at an assisted-living and rehabilitation center in Conroe.
"Responding to a 9-1-1 call from Park Manor on Grand Lake Drive at 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Conroe police officers found Virginia Danner and her husband George Danner Jr. – both 77 years old – in her room with fatal gunshot wounds to their heads, Sgt. Grange McCreary said.
"Their birthdays only days apart, the Danners were married 55 years, McCreary said. Virginia Danner resided in the facility for the past 2-1/2 weeks undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke, Park Manor Administrator Sue Morgan said.
"The bodies were transported to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe for autopsy as police investigators seek motives for the shooting.
"`We were told she was terminally ill,` McCreary said. `We don’t know if he (George Danner) did this on his own. We think there might’ve been a pact between the couple, but that is only speculation at this point.`
"George Danner was transported to nearby Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. Saturday by medical staff, McCreary said. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes pronounced Virginia Danner dead at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at Park Manor."
From The Courier...
Sunday, June 21, 2009
"Netivot, Israel - A man shot and killed another man and then committed suicide yesterday in a hairdressing salon in the southern city of Netivot.
"Police said the killer, Meir Zamir, a father of two who worked as a bank security guard, believed the other man, Sasson Biton, was his wife's lover. An eyewitness said he saw Zamir in the city's open-air market, where the salon is located just before the killing.
"`I said hello and he waved to me,` the witness said. `He looked calm... Two or three minutes later I heard shots and screaming. I ran to the place, which is right nearby, and saw the two men lying there with blood all over.`"
"Kyoto, Japan - A 26-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter were found dead early Sunday with their necks slashed in their home in Kaizu, Gifu Prefecture, while the woman's husband jumped to his death in a nearby city, police said.
"The police believe the man, Kazuto Hishida, 43, committed suicide after killing his wife, Kaoru, and daughter, Manami.
"According to investigators, the woman and girl were found dead at around 5:45 a.m. in a bedroom on the second floor of their house. An apparent suicide note written by the man was found near their bodies.
"The man's body had been found a little more than an hour earlier after he apparently jumped from the 14th floor of an apartment building in Aisai, the police said.
"His sandals were found on the 14th floor and his car was found near the building, they said."
Source: The Japan Times...
"CHURCH HILL, TN — A Church Hill couple was found dead in their home Saturday afternoon from an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.
"Joseph Jones, 61, and his wife, Patricia Jones, 53, both of 6048 Carters Valley Road, were found shot to death after the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a possible shooting at the residence.
"Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said authorities were notified around 3:45 p.m. after family members of Patricia Jones discovered the bodies.
"`Two of Patricia Jones’ daughters had gone to the residence after she had failed to show up for a family gathering,` Christian said. `When they went there, they looked in and could see Mr. Jones through the window. Because the door was locked, they broke the window and went in, and that’s when they found them.`
"Although authorities are fairly certain the shooting was a murder-suicide, Christian said the case is still under investigation to determine a motive and rule out other possibilities.
"The couple had been married close to three years and did not appear to have a history of domestic violence, Christian said."
Saturday, June 20, 2009
"SENECA, SC — On a scorching summer Saturday in Seneca, a chilling crime is sending shockwaves through the city.
"Seneca Police Chief John Covington has confirmed units were dispatched to Upstate Pain Management and Surgery Center at 475 Bypass Highway 123 in Seneca, where officers discovered what preliminary investigations suggestion is a possible murder-suicide.
"Units arrived at roughly 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the location, where they discovered an unidentified female who had been shot to death. A male subject had what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and was still alive. He has been transported to the hospital.
"The Oconee County Coroner's Office is currently on scene, along with investigators with the Seneca PD."
"Upton, KY - Two people were found dead in their house late last night.
"Kentucky State Police say they responded to a possible shooting in Upton, Kentucky. When they arrived at Eldorado Street, they say they found a man and a woman dead of an apparent murder suicide. Their names have not been released.
"An investigation is ongoing..."
Thursday, June 18, 2009
"SHERWOOD, AR — Police in Sherwood say a mother and her 6-year-old daughter were found dead in their home, the result of what was likely a murder-suicide.
"Authorities were called Wednesday afternoon to the home in a subdivision near Arkansas 107 and found the bodies of 35-year-old Shingo Eyman and her 6-year-old daughter, Lillian Abigail Eyman.
"Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper says it appears that Eyman shot her daughter and then herself.
"Sherwood police say there was no indication of a break-in at the home or that anyone else was involved.
"Officials say the Eymans moved into the home about four months ago. Neighbors said they didn't know the mother and daughter."
"Port Elizabeth, S. Africa - A man shot his wife dead and then turned the gun on himself in Uitenhage while a terrified 12-year-old boy hid under a bed as the tragedy unfolded.
"Shocked residents gathered yesterday outside the KwaNobuhle house where Mkhululi Ralo, 29, shot and killed his wife Thozama, 28, on Tuesday before shooting himself in the head. He died instantly.
"The double shooting took place at the Mondile Street home of Thozama‘s cousin, Lulama Salusalu.
"Salusalu found the couple‘s bodies in a pool of blood and her traumatised son hiding under a bed after she returned from a neighbour‘s house.
"Police spokesman Superintendent Priscilla Naidu confirmed the shooting. She said the woman was found with two bullet wounds to the face, while the man had a bullet wound to his head.
"Both died on the scene and a 9mm firearm was lying next to the man."
From The Herald...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"EVERGREEN, AL - A Georgia man killed himself at an interstate rest stop in Alabama after killing his estranged wife and putting her body in the trunk of her car, authorities said.
"Conecuh County sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Scottie and Jessica Murphy of Augusta, Ga., on Tuesday at a rest stop on Interstate 65 about 78 miles southwest of Montgomery.
"Jessica Murphy, 30, had been missing since Saturday when she failed to show up for work at The Augusta Chronicle, where she worked in the newspaper's advertising department handling wedding announcements, obituaries and birth notices.
"Conecuh County Chief Deputy Tyrone Boykin said employees at the rest stop near Evergreen called police after a man parked there, put a gun to his chin and pulled the trigger.
"Investigators identified the man as Scottie Murphy. They found Jessica Murphy's body in the trunk of the car he was driving - his wife's Kia Rio."
"Shelby County, TN - Crime tape surrounds the home at 3947 Charles Bartlett.
"Inside, detectives say it isn't a pretty sight.
"It's where they found 41-year-old Lisa Joyner dead and her 39-year-old friend, Scotty Uselton, injured.
"They had both been shot in the home, which sits in a field secluded from the main street. It's so secluded that neighbors never heard anything.
"`The house is so far off the road, you can't even see the house from the road. Every once and a while you might see a car come in or out,` says neighbor Mickey Miller.
"Deputies say 71 year old Victor Turosky was the gunman.
"They say he had apparently been drinking with Joyner and Uselton earlier in the evening when they got into an argument.
"Sometime around 3am Turosky came back.
"`A man barged into the home. There was a struggle, a confrontation and there was a shooting, just on his part apparently,` says Steve Shular, with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
"A short time later, the Sheriff's Department got a call of another shooting near Victor Turosky's home.
"They went to a wooded area and found Turosky dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Deputies say he had just been released from a Millington jail for a DUI.
"`From what I understand, it's all domestic. Everybody knew everybody. That relieves us a little bit. There again, it's still kinda close to home, makes us a little nervous you know.` says Miller.
"Detectives aren't saying what the three had been arguing about.
"They may be able to get some answers from Scotty Uselton. He is in fair condition at the hospital."
"Oklahoma City, OK - Investigators say the bodies of a man and woman found shot to death in a north Oklahoma City motel are the result of a murder/suicide.
"Police say they believe 22-year-old Luis Miguel Avendano of Louisiana shot and killed a woman in the room before turning the gun on himself.
"Detectives said they believe the man and woman were involved in a relationship, but they are not releasing her name until they can notify her next of kin.
"Homicide detectives were called to a Best Western Memorial Inn and Suite Tuesday afternoon, after the bodies were discovered by a room attendant, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
"Investigators said there was no indication the woman was forced into the room against her will, but at some point, during the stay at the motel, detectives say Avendano become angry with her and shot her to death before committing suicide."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"ATHENS, TX — For the second time in less than a month, Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an apparent murder suicide where a estranged wife was killed by her husband.
"Sheriff Ray Nutt said deputies were dispatched to 11276 Loop 60 in LaRue in reference to a shooting about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
"`When they got there they found a female victim who had been shot and witnesses said a white male had run into the woods armed with a rifle and a handgun,` he said. Nutt said deputies quickly formed a perimeter and were awaiting a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to assist in tracking the suspect.
"`Before they got there, we found our shooter’s body in the house next door. He evidently shot and killed himself,` he said.
"Nutt said the woman, 22-year-old Kristi Morris, had been staying in a safe house as she hid from her husband, 26-year-old Matthew Morris.
"`They have been having some family issues and had been separated. We don’t know why she came back to the area, but we do know that Anderson County has been looking for him to serve him with a protective order,` he said.
"Nutt said both bodies have been sent for autopsy and investigators are piecing together what happened."
"New Delhi, India - Upset over being told that her TB-stricken son had only a few days left to live, a 38-year-old woman strangulated her 12-year-old daughter, set herself ablaze and then jumped off the first floor of her house here Monday, police said.
"Covered in flames, Sharda Devi, a resident of Block G in Jehangirpuri in northwest Delhi, `fell down from the first floor balcony of her four-storey house`, Deputy Commissioner of Police N.S. Bundela.
"She was rushed to the Babu Jagjivan Ram hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
"`She was reportedly upset over the illness of her elder son, who is a patient of tuberculosis and has only a few days left to live,` Bundela said.
"Her husband Mahesh Kumar had left for the ICICI Bank in Model Town, where he works, early in the morning.
"Recalling the morning horror, her son Manni said Sharda Devi had been very upset because of the deteriorating condition of my brother, admitted at the Rajan Babu TB hospital.
"`Doctors told my parents that he won't live for long. On Monday morning, I was sleeping on the ground floor when my mother came down and instructed me to get ready to visit my brother in the hospital,` Manni said.
"`She then went upstairs again. After a few minutes, I heard my mother scream and went upstairs to see her body in flames on the ground.`"
Monday, June 15, 2009
"ELKHART, IN - Elkhart police investigating a report of a possible suicide found an eye doctor under indictment for performing unnecessary surgeries dead along with his wife hours before they were scheduled to surrender to authorities.
"The bodies of 44-year-old Dr. Philip Gabriele and his 43-year-old wife Marcella were found inside the Gabriele Eye Institute [map] about 9:15 a.m. Monday. Lt. Ed Windbigler said the cause of death for both was gunshot wounds. The investigation is continuing.
"A police officer was sent to the office after police received a call about a possible suicide. Windbigler said that when the officer arrived, he heard a gunshot.
"The Gabrieles were accused of performing unnecessary surgeries on patients, including children."
NOTE: The M/S blog called this one. Authorities and the media were apparently afraid to label it a murder/suicide in early reports. - tsc
UPDATE:06/24/2011 — Location, location, location!...
"Monett, MO - Police in Monett, Missouri say a man and woman, who were found dead inside a house Sunday, died from an apparent murder-suicide.
"Officers were called to the house on Euclid Street by friends of the woman living there. Investigators say they found the house locked, but kicked in the door after seeing a man's body through a window.
"Inside, officers found Curtis Carter, 26, and Shelly Garner, 31. Both were dead. A high-powered rifle was near Carter's body.
"The two had been living at the house with Garner's 6-year old daughter. The child was not home at the time."
"HEATHROW, FL - A man shot and killed his wife and two children, then turned the gun on himself inside their upscale Heathrow home, Seminole County sheriff's officials said today.
"Deputies identified the victims of the murder-suicide as John Dillon Wood, 41; Cynthia Wood, 40; Aubrey Wood, 12; and Dillon Wood, 10. Their bodies were found today inside their Trentwood Court home in the Lakeside subdivision.
"`[Wood] apparently shot his entire family,` Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said. `It's a huge tragedy. There's no other way to describe it.`
"A cleaning lady entered the home before noon and discovered Wood's body, Capt. Dennis Lemma of the sheriff's office said. She called authorities who later found the other bodies in the home.
"Seminole County Sheriff's investigators think John D. Wood, 41, shot and killed his family, wife, Cynthia Wood, 40, and children -- Aubrey Wood 12 and Dillon Wood, 10 -- before committing suicide.
"Eslinger said the family was having financial issues.
"Neighbor Ed Evans said John Wood had worked at Lowe's home improvement store, but more recently had been working for Dick's Sporting Goods in Melbourne. Cynthia Wood had recently lost her job, Evans said.
"Evans described them as a `nice couple.`
"`The kids were just wonderful,` he said."
"Binghamton, NY - Sy Thongthip, 71, shot his wife, Keng Thongthip, 61, and then turned a shotgun on himself late Sunday night in what police describe as a murder/suicide.
"The incident occurred at a first floor apartment at 60 Lake Ave. in Binghamton's First Ward. Police say there was an apparent domestic dispute that may have fueled the murder/suicide. The wife died instantly from a shotgun wound to the head. The husband initial survived a shotgun wound to the head but died at 5:30 a.m. Monday at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.
"Family members told police there was no history of domestic violence."
"New York, NY - A 76-year-old Queens barber slashed his wife's throat with a butcher knife Sunday, then turned the knife on himself as their developmentally disabled son watched in horror, cops said.
"The bloody murder-suicide occurred about 7:35 p.m. in the Ozone Park apartment that the killer, Eusebio Salazar, shared with Geraldina Salazar, 51, and their grown son, who was born with Down syndrome.
"`My mom! My mom!` cried the son, who ran downstairs to get deli owner Darrio Urquijo, 50.
"Urquijo said he found the husband and wife on the floor of their bedroom, a brown-handled knife sticking out of the man's chest.
"`I go with the kid and I see the guy on the floor, the wife, too, and he has a knife in his chest,` Urquijo said. `There was a lot of blood on his hands.`
"Geraldina Salazar was still breathing when cops found her with several stab wounds to the neck and torso. She died at Jamaica Hospital.
"The couple owned the Selvin's Unisex Hair Salon downstairs from their apartment on Jamaica Ave."
From The Daily News...
Saturday, June 13, 2009
"Channahon, IL - A man apparently shot his mother in the head with a shotgun before fatally shooting himself Thursday afternoon in a home in southwest suburban Channahon.
"Police received a call about 11:30 a.m. of shots being fired and a woman crying for help inside a home in the 26000 block of West Highland Drive, according to Channahon police Chief Joe Pena.
"When officers entered the home, they went to the basement and found a woman on the floor bleeding from the head, he said. Her son lay nearby, dead from an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
"The woman was transported in an unidentified condition to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where she was undergoing surgery Thursday afternoon.
"Police believe her son shot her in the head with a shotgun before taking his own life, the chief said. Police do not believe anyone else was involved and are not seeking any suspects."
Source: Chicago Sun-Times...
"WINTERS, CA - Two people were killed and Solano County investigators were trying to piece together the circumstances following a suspected murder-suicide at a home outside Winters Friday night, Solano County authorities said.
"The call to 911 came in around 9:20 p.m. Friday after the incident at the home on the 4700 block of Thorpe Road south of Winters, Solano County Sheriff's spokeswoman Paula Toynbee said.
"Toynbee said a 24-year-old man called police to tell officers that his father had shot his friend, then turned the gun on himself."
"OAKLAND, FL - One person is dead in an attempted murder-suicide.
"Orange County Fire Rescue said the incident happened in the 500 block of Johns Landing Way just before 7 p.m. Friday."
"According to authorities, a husband shot his wife twice in the chest and then shot himself in the head. The man was pronounced dead.
"His wife is in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
"Two kids, ages 1 and 2 years old, were home at the time with a babysitter. They were not injured."
Friday, June 12, 2009
"AUGUSTA, GA - Richmond County deputies say they are on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide in south Augusta.
"Two men were found dead at a home on Redd Drive near Meadowbrook Drive around 12 p.m. Friday.
"One of the men was found dead in the driveway. The other man was critically injured in the bathroom and died while being transported to the hospital."
UPDATE: Shooter was "battling depression"...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
"Matamoros, MX - Mexican police said a Matamoros man ambushed and killed his estranged wife outside her workplace and then turned the gun on himself.
"Javier Flores Rodríguez and his wife Eva Ochoa Cantu broke up about a week ago.
"The 42-year-old man allegedly waited for his estranged wife to get out of work at a maquiladora off Planta de Ayutla and Calixto de Ayala Streets on Thursday morning.
"Flores allegedly shot his and killed his estranged wife and then turned the gun on himself as security guards were approaching.
"Police [said] that the case has been closed as a murder-suicide."
"Hove, UK - A husband who stabbed his wife to death in a frenzied attack and then turned the blade on himself has been named locally as Makram Zakaria.
"The Sudanese man and his wife Magda Bushra’s lifeless, blood-soaked bodies were discovered by their 19-year-old daughter just hours later.
"The deaths at the flat in Hove are being treated as murder and suicide.
"The Sudanese couple were members of a close-knit religious community, which was last night said to be in shock.
"Details about the last minutes of the pair’s lives were yesterday being pieced together by detectives.
"At about 5pm on Tuesday, the couple’s 19-year-old daughter returned home to a housing association flat in Southdown House, Somerhill Avenue.
"She found her mother’s body on the sofa and her father’s body on the floor.
"Mrs Bushra, thought to be 53, had suffered several stab wounds and a blow to the head with what police believe was a blunt instrument.
"Mr Zakaria, said to be 65, also had stab wounds.
"Detectives are investigating reports the couple’s marriage had been under strain and that they had been in the process of a separation."
Source: The Argus...
"Nottinghamshire, UK - Two teenagers came home to find their parents dead after a knife frenzy.
"Police believe Sandy Daniel, 44, attacked and killed former partner Fiona Newton during a row before using the same knife to stab himself.
"Sons Nyal, 13, and Jordan, 18, returned from school and college on Tuesday to be faced with the sight of both parents lying dead.
"The boys are thought to have dashed around the corner to alert their uncle - Sandy's brother.
"Neighbour Louise Burrell, 36, saw Nyal outside the death house.
"She said: `He was standing in his school uniform, shaking and sobbing. People were doing their best to comfort him before the police arrived and drove him away.`
"Neighbour Dawn Collier, 46, said: `I saw Sandy on Monday and asked how he was. He stared back and said 'I wish I was fucking dead. I'm sick of this world'.`
"`I was stunned. He used to have the odd mood swing but that's the worst I've ever seen him.`
"Sandy's friend Sean Murphy, 40, said the couple had huge rows before they separated.
"He added: `I used to hear them through the walls. They split up a few years ago but just recently seemed to be getting back together.`
"`Fiona was fantastic. She would pop a Christmas card through the door every year and was always willing to do an errand.
"`The kids were very polite. You would see them in the garden doing weights and playing basketball.`
"Sandy was a refuse collector until he left work two months ago.
"Fiona, 39, nicknamed Fluff, was training as a care worker.
"Last night Nyal and Jordan were being cared for by relatives.
"As flowers were laid at the scene in Broxtowe, Nottingham, the bodies remained inside while forensic scientists continued investigations.
"Cathy and Maggie Powe were among those laying flowers. Cathy said: `I've known Sandy since I was young. He'll be really missed. He'd help anyone and he was always out on his bike telling jokes.
"`They loved each other to bits. It's a shock. Everyone's shocked.`
"Another neighbour said: `He was a very normal man, very friendly with everyone. He seems just incapable of doing something like this.`"
Source: The Mirror...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
"Wabash, IN - Police are investigating three deaths following an apparent double homicide and suicide Wednesday in Wabash County.
"The homicides occurred after Amanda R. Hines, 27, was dropped off by a friend at her home at 178 W. 250 South, also known as Dora Road, located southeast of the city of Wabash, Wabash County Sheriff Leroy Striker said.
"While waiting outside the home, Amanda Hines’ friend heard screams and called 911 at 1:13 p.m., Striker said. Police arrived within about six minutes and, when an officer went inside the home, he found Amanda Hines and her mother, Sherry E. Hines, 57, dead of apparent knife wounds. Also found was the suspect, Tony Ricketts, 33, also of Wabash County, who had stabbed himself in the chest, police said.
"Ricketts was taken to Wabash County Hospital where he died from his injuries about 2:45p.m., Striker said. Before he died, Ricketts confessed to stabbing Amanda Hines and Sherry Hines, Striker said.
"Police believe the killings are domestic in nature since Amanda Hines used to have a relationship with Tony Ricketts, Striker said."
"Wise, TX - The deaths of two brothers found Monday inside their family’s Wise County home are being investigated as a probable murder-suicide, according to a Wise County Sheriff’s Office press release.
"Investigators believe Jason Stanford, 33, inflicted the apparent fatal stab wound to his brother, 27-year-old, Jeremy Stanford, during an altercation inside the home.
"There were no obvious signs, however, on the cause of death of Jason Stanford, according to a press release by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
"Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson ordered autopsies done on both men. Authorities had not released results of those autopsies as of this morning.
"The bodies were found late Monday after a friend of Jason Stanford called the sheriff’s office , concerned she could not get a hold of him on the phone.
"The press release states Deputy Travis Waddell went to the family’s home in the 3800 block of North U.S. Highway 287 where he discovered blood on the front porch and, subsequently, the two brothers’ bodies inside."
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
"PERRY COUNTY, MO - A Scott City man shot his estranged wife Monday evening outside her rural Perry County home, Sheriff Gary Schaaf said.
"Deputies were called to the mobile home at 149 Rocky Lane about 7:15 p.m. by a girl who said her mother had been shot by her father. They found Stephanie Lynn Shuffit, 36, lying outside the home with a gunshot wound to the chest, Schaaf said.
"A witness said he was helping Shuffit repair a lawnmower when John Albert Shuffit, 53, pulled into the driveway and got out of his vehicle with a rifle, Schaaf said. The neighbor told investigators he retreated behind the home, heard a short exchange and a shot. John Shuffit then drove off.
"When deputies found John Shuffit, he had driven about 10 miles away to a spot on Perry County Road 854 in the far western portion of the county near Silver Lake, Mo. `That's where he shot himself,` Schaaf said. `We believe it was with the same rifle.`
"Shuffit used a .3030 rifle and one bullet on his wife and one on himself, Schaaf said.
"There were three children, the youngest 11 and the oldest 16, home at the time of the shooting, he said. None of the children were threatened or harmed.
"The Shuffitts were apparently in the process of obtaining a divorce, Schaaf said."
Source: Southeast Missourian...
"Lansing, MI - A man came home Monday and found his wife and two young sons dead — the victims of an apparent murder-suicide, officials said.
"At 5:20 p.m., the man called 911, officials said, from the Plum Tree Apartments, a sprawling complex of three dozen buildings. Investigators did not release the names or ages of the victims.
"`Initially, it appears to be a homicide-suicide,` Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines said Monday evening. `But it is still under investigation.`
"Raines also would not comment on the causes of death. He said the victims were taken to Sparrow Hospital for autopsies.
"Authorities released few details about the family, and many residents of the building at 100 Parkwest Drive, just northwest of Waverly High School, declined to comment."
From The Lansing State Journal...
Monday, June 8, 2009
"Montreal, Canada - A couple has been found dead in Pierrefonds/Roxboro Borough in what police believe was a murder-suicide. The bodies were found in a split-level home on a leafy street at 4980 Orléans St. near Gouin Blvd. at 10:30 Monday morning, Montreal police Constable Daniel Lacoursière said.
"The bodies are those of a man, 68, and a woman, age 59 or 60, he said.
"Police went to the home after calls by relatives. The relatives were worried because they had not heard from the couple in some time, Lacoursière said. Police entered the home and discovered the bodies.
"`I'm very shocked. This is completely unexpected. I saw them all the time walking my dog,` neighbour Monique Sylvestre said. `I know (the man) wasn't well. I don't know what else to say. This is going to stay with us for a long time.`
"Neighbour Guy Bricault, who has lived on the street for 46 years, said the couple were supposed to have breakfast with friends.
"When they didn’t show up and three phone calls went unanswered, neighbours contacted a relative who came to the house, Bricault said.
"The neighbours tried to look through the windows, but the drapes were closed, he said.
"They didn’t have a key so they called police to advise them that they were going to break a window to get into the house, Bricault said.
"The neighbours broke the window and waited for police, he said.
"When police went in they discovered a woman in a chair in the basement and a man in the garage with a bullet wound through his forehead, Bricault said."
Source: The Montreal Gazette...
"HYOGO, Japan — An 18-year-old boy committed suicide by stabbing himself in the chest after attacking a high school girl with a knife on Sunday in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, police said. The girl, who was an acquaintance of the boy, was stabbed in the chest, but is in a stable condition in hospital, police said Monday.
"Police said they received a call at 10 p.m. on Sunday from the victim’s mother. She told police that her 17-year-old daughter was with her in their apartment when she received a phone call from the boy, telling her to meet him outside so that he could return an MD player. When the girl went out to meet him in an adjacent parking lot, he stabbed her and she ran back into the house.
"The boy stabbed himself on the spot and died a few hours later in hospital, police said. He and the girl were reportedly dating."
"GHAZIABAD, India - Driven by poverty, a man here allegedly killed his five children, critically injured his wife and then attempted suicide, police said on Monday.
"Ravindra Verma, 38, and his wife Durgawati, 35, were found with stab wounds in their house in Rosy Colony in Vijay Nagar here by neighbours at around 7am on Monday. The residents were shocked to find their five children lying dead, police said.
"They called the police, who rushed Verma and his wife to a hospital in this city adjoining New Delhi. Their condition is said to be critical."
Source: Times of India...
"Kuala Lumpur, Malay - The couple found dead at Idaman Sutera Apartments in Medan Idaman, Setapak is believed to be a case of murder-cum-suicide.
"Sentul police chief ACP Zakaria Pagan said the woman, Brenda Elizabeth Karen Pereira, 43, who worked as a secretary with the Asian Football Confederation, was found slashed in the abdomen, while her husband, Gerard Lopez Robert Lopez, 44, a taxi driver, had slash wounds on his wrists and hands.
"`There was no sign of a break in and all their belongings were intact.` Zakaria added that a parang was found at the scene prompting police to believe that no one else was in the house at the time.
"The wife was found semi-nude and the husband was nude when the relative found them, he said.
"Zakaria said the couple were dead for at least two days."
From The New Straits Times Online...
Saturday, June 6, 2009
"CHARLESTON, WV - The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspected murder-suicide at a home on Old Mill Creek Road in Pinch.
"Karen Taylor, 45, and Fred Taylor, 48, were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in their bedroom Saturday morning.
"A person who answered the phone at the Sheriff's office said police have not determined which of the two was the shooter.
"The bodies were transported to the medical examiner's officer in Charleston.
"Authorities hope to have more details on Monday."
Source: The Charleston Gazette...
"New York, NY - New York City police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport.
"Police say they believe the deaths to be a murder-suicide. Both the 45-year-old woman and 46-year-old man were shot in the head. They weren’t immediately identified.
"The bodies were discovered Saturday in a Best Western room in the Jamaica section of Queens, just north of JFK.
"NYPD detectives are on the scene investigating."
Source New York Daily News...
Friday, June 5, 2009
"Russellville, KY - At 7 p.m. Thursday evening, Logan Central Dispatch received a call of a shooting in the north end of the county at 236 Alford Collins Road [here???].
"When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the body of 23-year-old Timothy Crump outside the residence, and the body of 23-year-old Melinda Suttle inside the garage.
"Authorities say the Russellville residents had been having a domestic dispute when Crump allegedly shot Suttle, and then turned the weapon on himself.
"Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Logan County Coroner."
"Norfolk, NE - Investigators believe a rural Atkinson woman shot her husband, then herself.
"Nebraska State Patrol Spokesperson Deb Collins said the bodies of 71-year-old John Mack and his 56-year-old wife Beverly were found at their rural Atkinson home on Thursday.
"Collins said family members called local authorities Thursday to report the couple as missing. The family members indicated they hadn’t heard from the couple since May 25.
"Collins said local authorities checked the Mack’s home and discovered two notes outside of a bedroom in the home and two bodies in the bedroom.
"Collins said an investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team revealled that John Mack died from two gunshot wounds to the head. She said his body was found lying on the bed. His wife Beverly, whose body was found on the floor next to the bed, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. A .38 caliber revolver was found beneath the body of Beverly Mack.
"Collins said investigators believe Beverly Mack fired the shots killing her husband, and herself. Indications are the shootings occurred sometime between the late evening hours of May 26 and the early morning hours of May 27, 2009."
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"Dayton, OH — A 16-year-old boy discovered his grandparents dead with gunshot wounds to their heads inside a home at 5285 Cypress on Thursday, June 4, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.
"Sheriff's deputies believe the couple died as a result of a murder-suicide.
"Deputies were notified about the shooting, which took place in a small residential plat near Wagoner Ford Road and Needmore Road, about 11 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from the 16-year-old.
"Deputies have not released the identities of the couple, but Plummer believes the deceased male is 63 and his wife is 57 years old.
"`The grandson was mowing grass. He went in and found them,` Plummer said of the 16-year-old.
"Deputies also discovered a small semi-automatic handgun in the house."
Source: Dayton Daily News...
"Chicago, IL - Before setting a gasoline-soaked fire in his family's Arlington Heights home, Kevin Finnerty penned a suicide note that spoke of financial troubles and his intention to harm his wife and three children even though he loved them, police said Wednesday.
"The 43-year-old self-employed artist left no clear explanation for the arson attack, which left his wife and eldest son dead of smoke inhalation and caused Finnerty to die of burns, authorities said .
"`There's really no reason outlined` in the note, which covered several pages, said Arlington Heights Police Cmdr. Kenneth Galinski."
From The Chicagoe Tribune...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"Hurt, VA - Other than a strip of crime tape, there’s no sign of the murder-suicide police say happened behind the G & S Mart in the Motley area of Pittsylvania County Tuesday afternoon.
"Many are talking about David Pippin, 46, and his past criminal record.
"Police believe Pippin shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Norma Henley, 36, before turning the gun on himself.
"Pippin is a registered sex offender. He was convicted of a sex crime over ten years ago.
"He just recently updated his sex registry profile to include the address of his home off Powell Road in Atlavista.
"Henley, who lived about a mile from the store at the Timber Ridge Mobile Home Park, filed an assault charge against him just last month.
"We have learned Henley was working at the store before the shooting. She walked outside behind the store to a burn pile, like she often did during her shift. Detectives think Pippin was waiting for her.
"Police have yet to figure out how Pippin got to the store. Investigators are searching trails that back up to the store’s property for his car.
"Now, the woman who was awaiting her day in court against Pippin will never have the chance."
"PHOENIX, AZ - A 5-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by his father at a home near 15th and Fillmore streets Monday evening in what Phoenix police are calling a `failed murder suicide.`
"James Holmes, spokesman for Phoenix police, said the 38-year-old man's sister opened a door after she found the dog scratching at it and discovered the man and his son with several knife-wounds. At about 4:40 p.m., the man reportedly stabbed his young son several times and then began to stab himself, Holmes said.
"The child died of his injuries, but the man is in an area hospital and is expected to live, according to Holmes. The man had several lacerations on his neck and other areas of his body.
"Phoenix police had not yet released the identities of those involved."
"YOKOHAMA, Japan — A woman and her two children were found dead on their futons in their home in Yokohama on Tuesday morning, in what police believe may have been a murder-suicide.
"At around 7:30 a.m., police received a phone call from a man living in the Asahi Ward home, reporting that he had come home from working a night shift and found his wife and two children dead. Police arrived at the scene to find Kumiko Fujihara and her two children, 7-year-old daughter Honoka and 5-year-old son Takumi, dead on their futons. All three had rope-like marks on their necks, and a thick cord was found near Kumiko’s body.
"Kumiko is said to have been having difficulty dealing with the people around her, police said."
"Knoxville, TN - Knox County Deputies confirm the Happy Tails Pet Resort and Day Spa owner shot and killed himself at the business Tuesday afternoon after fatally stabbing his wife at their home earlier in the day.
"Deputies said the stabbing happened at 1731 Royal Harbor Drive, which has been listed in court documents as the address of pet spa owner Erik Webb and his wife, Sarah.
"A Knox County Sheriff's Office Sergeant said Sarah Webb was stabbed multiple times in the driveway at that address. She was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
"Erik Webb was facing aggravated animal cruelty charges, after a grand jury handed down an indictment against him last month.
"The indictment said Erik Webb intentionally killed an animal on November 25, 2008."
"Peoria, IL - Peoria County police are trying to figure out why a West Peoria couple was found shot dead inside their home Tuesday morning. Police are calling it a double homicide but are also investigating it as a possible murder-suicide.
"Around 8:30 in the morning, Police are called to the 1500 block of Vaughn Avenue after a family member makes a gruesome discovery.
"Inside the home, 52-year-old Connie Selburg and her husband 57-year-old Robert Selburg are found dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
"`If you're asking me whether this was a murder-suicide, it may be versus someone on the outside going in there and shooting them,` Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says.
"Police say they are not searching for any suspects.
"The Coroner says Connie died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and upper body while Robert died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
"`Connie was found sitting in a chair in the family room slash living room of the residence and Robert was found on the bed in the bedroom,` Ingersoll says.
"Police recovered two guns inside the home."
"Rapides, LA - Rapides Parish sheriff’s officials are investigating what they suspect was a murder-suicide in the Forest Hill area today, June 2.
"Around 8 a.m. today, a woman walked into Becca's Bait-n-Beer on U.S. Highway 165 and discovered two bodies. She called police immediately.
"The deceased are James Carroll, 38, and Rebecca Carroll, 26. The couple had been married since 1999 but Rebecca Carroll recently had filed for divorce, according to court records.
"Officials were able to release little information, saying only they suspect that it is a murder-suicide at the store, which is just outside Forest Hill.
"James Carroll was a constable in Justice of the Peace Ward 4 and the son of Forest Hill Police Chief Garland `Bear` Carroll.
"The bodies have been removed from the scene.
"Authorities have been seen removing some evidence from the scene, but police are still investigating in the store."
Note: This is the second Bait Shop Murder/Suicide in less than a month (see "Little Bait Shop of Horrors"). Are bait shop owners hit harder during hard times? - tsc.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
"CONNELLSVILLE, PA ― Police investigating the suspicious deaths of a man and woman found in separate Connellsville homes hours apart yesterday are now investigating the case as a possible murder-suicide.
"A family member called police after finding the body of Priscilla Harris, 58, inside her Eighth Street home around 6pm Monday.
"Investigators have said that she appeared to have been beaten, but an autopsy would be performed to determine exactly how she died.
"About six hours earlier, police found the body of James Claybourne, 63, inside a nearby home on McCormick Avenue.
"Police have said that both deaths appeared to be suspicious; but the detective in charge now tells KDKA that Priscilla Harris was the victim of murder.
"According to authorities, Harris and Claybourne had been dating and he had just been released from a halfway house.
"Police have not elaborated any further on the relationship or how the couple died."
"Henryville, IN - A Henryville husband and wife were found dead in their home after 8 p.m. Monday evening in an apparent murder-suicide, police say.
"Richard and Phyllis Ireland, of 932 Twin Oaks Drive in Henryville, may have both agreed to end their lives, Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said. He said the man used a handgun to shoot his wife in the back and then himself in the chest.
"`They kind of did it together,` he said. `It almost looked like it was a consensual thing.`
"Rodden said the woman wrote a letter to their children Sunday night. He said the children were grown and no longer live with their parents.
"He said the couple was going through a difficult time financially. They both had lost their jobs and were recently told they would have to go through an eviction process and would lose the house where they had lived for five years.
"`It was a pretty sad deal,` Rodden said."
Source: News And Tribune...
"Athens, TX - An estranged husband and wife were found shot to death Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said.
"Sheriff’s office reports identified the deceased as 50-year-old Marc McRae and his estranged wife, Lori McRae, 46.
"HCSO dispatch received a call at 8 a.m. Sunday reporting the deaths. James McRae, Marc’s father, told authorities that he discovered the bodies in a camper parked in a wooded area on property near County Road 4712, between Athens and LaRue.
"HCSO Investigator Wick Gabbard said Marc McRae had been living alone in the camper during the couples’ estrangement. Lori reportedly visited on occasion and had gone to the property some time Saturday.
"`The last information we have is they both spoke to sometime on their cell phones after 5 p.m.,` Gabbard said.
"Evidence at the camper indicated that Marc McRae shot his estranged wife with a .22-caliber rifle then turned the weapon on himself, committing suicide. Gabbard said there was no sign of a struggle in the camper and no suicide note."
Source: Athens Daily Review...
"Duncannon, PA - A pair of Duncannon brothers are in Perry County Prison following their arrest Sunday in connection with what police say was a planned murder-suicide.
"According to state police, Charles E. Holley, 45, and Luther K. Holley, 47, went early Saturday morning to the Paradise Trailer Park in Wheatfield Township [video] intent on killing a man there. Police said the plan, conceived by Luther Holley, was for Charles Holley to shoot the man, then kill himself.
"Police said Charles Holley, who the two men and two women at the residence said was intoxicated, held a loaded .22 caliber handgun close to the body of the intended victim and pulled the trigger several times, but the gun did not fire. Charles Holley then pointed the gun at the head of a second man at the residence and threatened to kill him, too, before the victims convinced him to give up the gun, police said.
"After Charles Holley gave up the gun, the victims learned it didn't fire because the clip had been placed into the gun backward, police said. The victims later received multiple phone calls threatening violence if the gun were not returned, police said. Police recovered the weapon at a residence in Halifax, Dauphin County.
"Luther Holley was apprehended Sunday in Reed Township after police served him with a warrant. Charles Holley turned himself in to state police at Newport minutes after his brother was taken into custody, police said.
"Charles Holley is charged with criminal attempt homicide, four counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, two counts each of harassment and criminal conspiracy homicide, possessing instruments of crime and prohibited offensive weapon.
"Luther Holley is charged with criminal solicitation for homicide, conspiracy homicide, terroristic threats, three counts of harassment and criminal solicitation to encourage suicide.
"Both remain in Perry County Prison this morning in lieu of $100,000 bail, a prison spokeswoman said."
"Adelaide, AU - A MAN called U.S. police and confessed to killing his wife in a suspected murder suicide at Ingle Farm.
"Elizabeth Police forced entry into the Derrilin Rd house about 2.30pm after being alerted to the call from New South Wales Crime Stoppers.
"Chief Inspector Peter Duance confirmed two adults in their 30s were dead inside the house.
"News of the suspected murder suicide shocked friends of the couple.
"It's believed they have a daughter, 14 and a son, 10. Police collected the children from school and took them to counsellors.
"A friend outside the home said the couple, who had immigrated from south India, had `a good, strong relationship`.
"`When you are living away from your country it's important to have a strong relationship,` Arun said.
"He was alerted to the tragedy by friends, who called to tell him something had gone wrong at the house.
"Arun said the woman had been in Australia for at least two years, and rented the Ingle Farm house for one. She studied nursing before finding work as a registered nurse at an Ingle Farm aged care home.
"Her husband and two children joined her about five months ago."
Monday, June 1, 2009
"ANCHORAGE, AK — North Slope Borough police say a man killed his teenage girlfriend before turning the gun on himself.
"Lt. Jeffrey Brown says 19-year-old Fredrick Igtanloc confronted his 16-year-old girlfriend as she walked along a Barrow street with two other people early Saturday. He says Igtanloc shot her in the head and chest with a 9 mm pistol before shooting himself.
"Both teens were taken to the Barrow hospital, where Igtanloc died. The girl was transported to an Anchorage hospital where she died Sunday. The girl is not being named pending an autopsy.
"An autopsy also will be performed on Igtanloc's body.
"Police suspect alcohol was involved. Brown says the two witnesses were intoxicated at the time of the shooting and have not been cooperative."
Source: Fort Mill Times...
"Canton, KS - A pending divorce turned deadly Sunday night, as McPherson County authorities say a man shot and killed his estranged wife and a friend before turning the gun on himself.
"McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell said today that Becky R. Huff, 33, and Brian Huff, 32, hadn't finalized their divorce when they were found dead at a home near Canton in an apparent murder-suicide.
"Also dead is Mark Luttig, 47, a friend of Becky Huff's.
"Powell said Becky Huff's two children, ages 13 and 6, witnessed the killings. They were not injured.
"Authorities received a call from the house at 2653 Frontier Road just after 10 p.m. Sunday, Powell said.
"The bodies of Becky Huff and Luttig were found inside, Powell said.
"Authorities found Brian Huff outside his vehicle west of the residence, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
"PHOENIX, AZ - Police have found a note at a home where two bodies were found, leading them to believe the Phoenix woman shot and killed her husband before taking her own life.
"The bodies of Patricia Corona, 44, and Mario Corona Sr., 52, were found in the home near 22nd Street and Indian School Road just after 12 a.m. Sunday.
"Their 21-year-old son was watching TV with a friend in another room when they heard two gunshots.
"He called 911 after finding his parents' bodies in their bedroom. Both had been shot in the head.
"Mario Corona Sr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Patricia Corona was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
"Police said a handgun was found in the bedroom. Investigators said a note discovered among Patricia Corona's belongings indicated her intention to commit suicide.
"Detectives determined that Patricia Corona shot her husband before killing herself."
"Reading, PA - Police in Berks County are investigating a murder-suicide at a home on West Lawn Avenue in Spring Township. Officers were called there Sunday evening; they say Gary Lena, 67, shot his mother Kathryn, 97, before turning the gun on himself.
"Investigators say a family member discovered the bodies just after 5:00 p.m., and had a neighbor call 911.
"Police say both Gary and Kathryn had health issues which may have played a part in the murder-suicide.
"The investigation is ongoing."
Sunday, May 31, 2009
"ENCINO, CA - Police said a man and a woman were found shot to death in an Encino home Sunday.
"According to authorities, three children were inside the house when they heard the shots fired. The oldest child called 911 and then the kids fled.
"The report of shots fired came in at 12:36 p.m. in the 4800 block of Haskell Avenue near Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Bruce Borihanh said.
"Police and fire units responded to the call and fire paramedics waited until the location was secure to enter, according to fire spokeswoman d'Lisa Davies.
"According to the coroner, the shooting may have been a murder-suicide.
"The couple was shot in what appears to be the master bedroom of the home.
"Neighbors say the couples kept to themselves and worked outside the home in sports medicine."
"TAMPA, FL - An estranged couple was found dead in seperate locations in the Carrollwood area early Sunday morning, in what detectives are calling an apparent murder-suicide.
"A woman was found shot to death inside an apartment on Arbor Reserve Circle around 5:30 a.m. A short time later, the woman's estranged husband was found dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Target at Dale Mabry Highway and Ehrlich Road a short time later.
"According to Hillsborough Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway, it appears that the man shot and killed his estranged wife in her apartment, then drove to the Target parking lot and took his own life.
"The couple were in the process of divorcing, Callaway said. "
From ABC Action News...
Saturday, May 30, 2009
"Tonawanda, NY - A 37-year-old North Tonawanda woman called 9-1-1 early Saturday morning saying her ex-boyfriend just shot her. That launched a manhunt for the suspect -- 48-year-old Timothy Hance. The woman was shot multiple times in her torso at her Falconer Street home. Police say they were able to track her ex-boyfriend through his cell phone and Buffalo police found him near Harry's Harbor Place by the Niagara river where he had apparently taken his own life.
"`In the past there was an order of protection between the two that had expired,` explains North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala, `So currently there was nothing that prevented the two of them from being together. What the relationship was currently, I really don't know at this point.`
"The woman was taken to the Erie County Medical Center where she under went surgery. Her current condition is unknown."
"Calcutta, IN - The owner of a high school in Belghoria, in the northern fringes of Kolkata, strangled his wife and two minor children on Friday night before ending his own life on the railway tracks. Police claimed that 38-year-old Asit Bhanja owed nearly Rs 1 crore ($208,333 US)to banks, financial institutions, friends, relatives and guardians. Mounting debt, arising from an extravagant lifestyle, could have forced him to take this step, believe senior officers.
"Bhanja lived with wife Gayatri (30), son Priyam (7) and daughter Priya (5) within the complex of Derozio Mission High School in Belghoria's Jatin Das Nagar. Both children were physically and mentally challenged. Bhanja's in-laws also lived in the same house...
"It was initially thought that Bhanja had killed his family and run away. Even as the bodies were being removed to the morgue, reporters present at the spot received information from Government Railway Police that the body of an unidentified male was lying on the tracks near Belghoria station. Neighbours pieced together the sequence of events and rushed to the spot. Though the body lying on track 4 was badly mutilated, they identified it as that of Bhanja."
From The Times of India...
"PHILADELPHIA, PA - Police are investigating a murder-suicide overnight at a bar in the city's Kensington section.
"Police say an unidentified man walked into a bar around 2:15am, shot his wife, and then shot himself.
"The bar is in the 1400 block of North 5th Street.
"The names of the victims have not been released."
"LORTON, VA - A Lorton couple have been found dead in their home in an apparent murder-suicide, Fairfax County Police say.
"Police were called to the home in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle at about 2 p.m. Friday after a concerned relative went to there. They found 45-year- old Jacqueline Neal and 54-year-old Robert Neal Jr., dead in the home.
"Police said a preliminary investigation determined that Robert Neal shot his wife, then shot himself.
"The Office of the Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies."
Friday, May 29, 2009
"PLANTATION, FL - The victims: two women in their 20s, one a community college student with dreams of being a fashion designer, the other a recent arrival from Key West.
"The killer: a jilted boyfriend with a history of domestic violence who within hours took his own life with a bullet to the head on the side of a road.
"Under the harsh lights of an all-night gas station in Plantation, Jillian Hauck, 27, and Brooke Pazo, 22, were gunned down with multiple shots early Friday by a man who had shadowed them in a black car. Both lived in Plantation. Pazo was less than a mile from her home.
"Their killer, police said, was Robert J. Vaughan, 30, of Pembroke Pines, who had recently split up with Hauck. Plantation police spokesman Robert Rettig said Pazo was not targeted, just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"`It appears that the motive in the Chevron shooting was domestic violence-related,` Rettig said. According to Rettig, at about 1 a.m. a dark green, two-door Acura owned by Hauck turned into the Chevron station at the northwest corner of Pine Island Road and Broward Boulevard and pulled up to pump 6. Vaughan followed, parked, got out and fired several shots into the car.
"One woman died at the scene, the other died later at Broward General Medical Center. Police would not identify who died where.
"Two hours later, Vaughan was found dead in the 5600 block of Hawkes Bluff Avenue in Davie. He had a gunshot wound to the head."
"HILLSBORO, OR - The bodies of two children and a man were found in a nature preserve in Hillsboro in what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide.
"Police said the bodies were found about 1 p.m. Friday in the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve by a hiker.
"The two children were about 6 or 7 years old, and the man was estimated at 35 to 40 years old.
"Hillsboro police Lt. Michael Rouches said the victims may have been related and evidence at the scene suggested a murder-suicide. All three were killed by gunshots early Friday morning."
"AUSTIN, TX - Authorities have charged a woman with first-degree murder after she allegedly gave her bedridden husband a large amount of pills and he died during an apparent murder/suicide attempt.
"... Sgt. Joseph Chacon said police indicated both 62-year-old Lloyd Yarbrough and his wife had taken overdoses when they were found on Wednesday at their home.
"Police were responding to a call from a home health care company that said it had not heard from its clients.
"The couple was taken to a hospital, where Lloyd Yarbrough died.
"After being hospitalized, police said Katherine Yarbrough suggested that she may have killed her husband.
"Chacon described the husband as requiring 24-hour care from his wife and the home health care company.
"Travis County Sheriff's Office spokesman Roger Wade said 52-year-old Katherine Yarbrough was arrested by Austin police on a murder charge Wednesday night.
"Police said she allegedly confessed yesterday to giving her husband several drugs until he overdosed.
"She was being held at the Travis County Jail under $20,000 bond."