Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Double Shooting Ruled Attempted Murder/Suicide

"ROCK SPRINGS, WY - A Rock Springs woman is dead and her husband is in stable condition in a Salt Lake City Hospital in an apparent murder-suicide last week.

"The incident is still under investigation by the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office.

"On June 25, deputies were dispatched to the residence of Terrence and Cara Hayes north of Rock Springs. The sheriff’s office was notified by friends of Cara Hayes that she had sent a text message saying “Come get me.”

"The victim had been to dinner with friends and they had dropped her at home a short time before receiving the text message.

"When patrol deputies arrived at about midnight, there was no answer at the door so they forced entry into the residence and found Cara Hayes, 42, dead of a gunshot wound to the face.

"In another room they found her husband, Terrence Hayes, seriously injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound under the chin. A large-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.

"Sweetwater County Coroner Dale Majhanovich pronounced Cara Hayes dead at the scene.

"Terrence Hayes was first transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County then flown to Utah.

"According to Undersheriff Craig Jackson, Terrence Hayes will survive his injuries. No charges have yet been filed, but all reports are being forwarded to the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office as the investigation continues."

From The Green River Star...

Pill-Poppin' Shooter Survives Murder/Suicide

"SANTA ANA, CA - A 57-year-old Santa Ana woman was shot dead Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide case, police said.

"Police responded to a 911 call shortly after 6:30 a.m from a man who "said he shot a female in his apartment," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

"The woman was dead when officers arrived at the apartment in the 1100 block of West Stevens Avenue. Her name was not released because relatives had not been notified.

"Police said the 57-year-old man, who appears to be the woman's husband, took prescription medication in an attempted suicide.

"`At this point,` Bertagna said, `it appears that this is a husband killing his own wife and trying to take his own life.`

"Bertagna said the man was treated at a hospital and was being booked Wednesday evening on suspicion of murder. His name was not released."

From the LA Times...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Parental Pressure Cited In Teens' Murder/Suicide

"BOSSIER CITY, LA - Bossier Parish authorities believe parental pressure over a relationship may have led to a teen couple's murder-suicide.

"The bodies of the couple, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were discovered, in a pickup truck near the end of West Viking Drive just north of Bossier City about 5:30 p.m. today.

"The road, which parallels Benton Road, runs behind a business with piles of dirt and is secluded.

"In the past day or so, family members had filed missing persons reports about the teens.

"Both teens died of gunshot wounds. A deputy responding to the call recovered a gun from the truck.

"Bossier Parish detectives are investigating but don't suspect foul play from an outside source, said Ed Baswell, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman."



07/13/2010 — Coroner rules double suicide in this case...
10/04/2010 — MyDeathSpace writeup on this couple...

May's Double Murder Is June's Murder/Suicide

"ABERDEEN, OH - Sheriff's deputies said they had ruled a Brown County double slaying as a murder-suicide.

"A family member found the bodies of 37-year-old Danny Blanton and 61-year-old Dannie Blanton on May 7 at their Aberdeen residence.

"The men had not been heard from since May 3, the family member told investigators.

"Deputies said evidence collected during the investigation and autopsies had led them to conclude that one of the men shot the other and then himself.

"Investigators did not specify which man had shot the other."


Estranged Couple Found Shot

"ALTON, IL — A man apparently shot his estranged wife to death Monday night at an apartment on Washington Avenue before turning the gun on himself as officers arrived at the scene.

"Alton Police Chief David Hayes said the fatal shootings were “an apparent murder-suicide.

"`It’s an estranged husband and wife,` he said. `The scene is being worked by our detectives. It looks like we’ve got all the evidence to indicate just what it is.`

"The Alton Police Department received a call of an argument and shots fired at an apartment at 1011 Washington Ave. shortly after 9 p.m. Monday. The apartment building is adjacent to East Elementary School.

"`Uniformed officers arrived on the scene, approached the front door and saw through the window a female lying on the floor,` Hayes said. `As soon as they saw her, they heard another shot fired in the house. They found a male who suffered from a gunshot wound that appears to be self-inflicted.`"


Monday, June 28, 2010

"Screaming And Thumping"

"BROOKLYN, NY - Cops are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Brooklyn couple whose bodies were found early yesterday by the dead man's son, police and neighbors said.

"Investigators believe Kenneth Hines, 46, killed his wife, Rose Limada, 51, and then hanged himself with wire in their Weeksville apartment, police sources said.

"Limada's body, found in her bed, bore obvious signs of trauma, the sources said.

"The bodies of both husband and wife will be examined by the medical examiner today to determine whether autopsies are necessary.

"Neighbors said they heard screaming and a thumping sound during the night, but the man's son made the only 911 call received, police said.

"After cops arrived at the tragic scene on Sterling Place shortly before 4 a.m., the couple's family was huddled in a building stairwell.

"A woman who identified herself as Limada's daughter was wailing hysterically."


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Roommate Makes Gruesome Discovery

"TACOMA, WA - Police are investigating a murder-suicide inside a Tacoma home.

"The double shooting took place Sunday morning at the north end of Tacoma in the 5400 block of North 18th Street. Officers say a man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

"Around 9:30 a.m., a roommate heard two loud gunshot blasts and went upstairs to investigate. Officers say he found his roommate bleeding from a gunshot wound and the man's girlfriend dead.

"According to investigators, there were problems between the boyfriend and girlfriend and also the man had some financial issues.

"Crime scene investigators spent Sunday afternoon collecting evidence from inside the two story Tacoma home. The medical examiner has not identified the couple.

"Police are saying the boyfriend was a man in his 40s and the girlfriend was a in her 30s."


Sleepy Hollow Horror

"PENDLETON, SC - The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder suicide. Deputies responded to 200 Sleepy Hollow Road in Pendleton early Saturday morning. When deputies arrived they found 2 people dead on the kitchen floor, one male and one female.

"Anderson County deputy coroner Charlie Boseman says the female victim was 46 year old Kathy Valkenburg. Valkenburg [lived] at the incident address. The male's identity hasn't been released at this point.

"The Coroner's office says Valkenburg and a friend were inside the home when a man came in the home. Boseman says the male shot Valkenburg and the friend of Kathy left the residence, jumped the fence and went to the next door neighbors home to call 911. The coroner says the man victim turned the gun on himself."


Trailer Park Murder/Suicide

"EXETER, NH - Authorities announced an investigation Saturday night into a suspected murder-suicide at the Hayes Trailer Park.

"Exeter police responded to a 911 call from a residence at the park at about 3:15 p.m. and reported finding two occupants, William Burke Sr., 67, and his wife, Judith Burke, 66, both deceased.

"Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Col. Robert Quinn and Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane announced in a joint statement Saturday night that the deaths apparently resulted from a murder-suicide and said the investigation is ongoing.

"A medical examiner will be performing autopsies to determine the precise cause of the deaths, the statement said."


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Estranged Couple Found Dead

"LEITCHFIELD, Ky. - State police are investigating a possible murder-suicide.

"Officers said they were called to a home at 2562 Salt River Road at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday in response to shots fired.

"Troopers said they found a man and a woman dead inside the home upon their arrival.

"The bodies were later identified as those of Troy Vincent, 43, and his estranged wife, Jeannie Vincent, 40.

"Investigators said they believe Troy shot his wife and then himself.

"The incident is still under investigation."


Killer Hospitalized After Botched Murder/Suicide

"BURLINGTON, KY - A Petersburg man gunned down his ex-wife in the middle of a quiet Boone County street Saturday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, Boone County sheriff’s deputies said.

"Denise Pauly, 40, of Burlington, died at the scene. Dean Pauly, 42, was taken by ambulance from Vice Lane to University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, sheriff’s spokesman Tom Scheben said.

"The couple had three children.

"Denise Pauly was due at work at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, but when she didn’t show up, her employer called the sheriff’s department, Scheben said.

"The couple walked out of wooded area and onto Vice Lane around 1:05 p.m. and when Denise Pauly called to a person who lives on the street, Dean Pauly shot her in the head before shooting himself, Scheben said.

"Police dogs were brought in to search the surrounding area for evidence."


Couple Found Dead After SWAT Stand-Off

"SANTA YNEZ, CA - Two people were found dead this afternoon inside a house in Santa Ynez where a stand-off occurred after reports of an altercation and shots being fired.

"A man and a woman, whose identities were not released, were found dead inside the two-story home in the 3400 block of Manzana Street, according to sheriff’s Lt. Phil Willis.

"At about 1:15 p.m., more than two hours after the incident began, deputies spotted a man on the floor inside the house, probably dead, according to emergency radio traffic. They made entry a short time later to check on the condition of a woman also believed to be in the house and found the bodies.

"Deputies were called to the scene about 11 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing a verbal altercation, and then shots fired, Willis said.

"Emergency radio traffic indicated the incident might involve a man who threatened to kill his wife and himself, but Willis said he could not confirm that.

"Multiple blocks around Cuesta and Manzana streets were closed as officials tried to make contact with the man inside the home. About half a dozen nearby homes also were evacuated.

"Nearly a dozen patrol cars, as well as fire engines and an ambulance, swarmed the block of Cuesta Street between Tivola Street and Santa Ynez Park as a county sheriff's helicopter flew overhead during the stand-off."


Friday, June 25, 2010

Death At The DQ

"CREVE COEUR, IL — Police have released the identities of the man and woman who died Thursday night in a murder-suicide, which started at the Dairy Queen.

"Bernell B. Alexander, 48, of 1505 N. Peoria Ave., Peoria, shot his ex-wife, Suzann K. Alexander, 47, of 406 Joliet Rd., Marquette Heights, as she was working about 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dairy Queen, 624 S. Main St., police said.

"Bernell Alexander then fled to Peoria where he turned the gun on himself about 15 minutes later while sitting in his truck at Western Avenue and Ann Street.

"Creve Coeur Police Chief Mike Button says that Bernell Alexander came to the drive-thru window and began arguing with Suzann Alexander. She asked him to leave, but he entered the back door of the eatery and pinned her on the ground. He then punched her several times, got on top of her and then pulled out a gun and fired, the police chief said.

"The assistant manager of the store tried to pull Bernell Alexander off of his ex-wife, but fled with other employees after seeing the weapon.

"Bernell Alexander then left out the back door, got into his truck, and drove to South Peoria. A customer at Dairy Queen followed him and was getting information when a Peoria police officer attempted to pull Bernell Alexander over after noticing the motorist driving erratically. Bernell Alexander tried to evade the officer, and when the customer tried to block him in with his car, the ex-husband placed the gun to his head and shot himself, Button said. The truck veered out of control and struck a tree.

"Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said two people witnessed Bernell Alexander kill himself. An autopsy is scheduled for later Friday. Suzann Alexander’s autopsy is also scheduled for Friday."


Elderly Couple Found Dead In Virginia

"BLAIRS, VA - The death of an elderly Blairs couple has been ruled a murder-suicide, according to Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor.

"The couple was found dead in their home Thursday morning.

"Edward Elmore Rash, 85, and Olivia Jane Betterton Rash, 83, both died of gunshot wounds, Taylor said.

"Emergency crews and sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call Thursday morning and found the pair dead inside their home on Woodcreek Place. A firearm was also found at the scene.

"Taylor declined to release any further information and said `we don’t go into the specifics of the investigation itself,` but did confirm there would be follow-ups to the investigation."

Source: Danville News...

Death On A Secluded Road

""JACKSON COUNTY, AL - In northeastern Alabama, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department is investigating an apparent murder/suicide in Flat Rock, a rural community.

"Chief Deputy Chuck Phillips says a 29-year-old woman shot and killed her nine-month-old daughter with a high-powered rifle, and then took her own life. It happened Thursday about 9 p.m. at a home on County Road 705.

"When deputies arrived, they found the baby and the woman dead. It was their second visit to the home in four hours, the only residence on the secluded road [StreetView].

"`There was some domestic problems going on, that had went on throughout the day, that made someone in the family feel uncomfortable,` said Phillips. `So they wanted us to go out and check on her and the child.`

"Phillips said it appears the woman had previous domestic problems. She had been living with a boyfriend in Etowah County.

"`There were some domestic problems, reasons she had moved here,` said Phillips. `She had actually just moved back in with her mother with the child about a week ago.`

"When deputies drove to the home around 5 p.m., no one was home, and the yard was empty. They know the mother and child were still alive then, because deputies found their bodies in the yard a few hours later.

"The Jackson County Coroner's office pronounced the woman and the infant both dead at the scene.

"Phillips said there are still many questions surrounding the case.

"`Obviously there was a domestic problem of some sort,` said Phillips. `But we don't know.`

"They may never know. Even though the situation has been ruled a murder-suicide and the shooter is dead, the Jackson County District Attorney will present the case to a grand jury in September as a matter of procedure.

"`Basically they just hear it, there's really no way to go, unless there was a question, but in this particular case, there's a lot of things I'm not telling you that I can't tell you, but there's no question about what happened,` said Phillips."


5 Year Old Witnesses Murder Of Mother

"COAHOMA COUNTY, MS - The investigation continues into a murder-suicide that happened wednesday leaving two people dead in two separate counties.

"Johnny Harris, 54, allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Pamela Collins in the 1000 block of Carr Road in Coahoma County at 7:36 Wednesday night. A friend of the family [said] that Harris shot Collins in the back as she was trying to run away, and then beat her with the gun.

"The friend also said the couples' five-year-old son was a witness to the murder.

"Harris, then, allegedly drove to the 200 block of West Main Street in Duncan in BolĂ­var county, goy out of his truck and then killed himself with one shot to the chest.

"Coahoma County sheriff Charles Jones said the events have been difficult for both of the families involved a friend of the family said there has been a history of violence during Collins' and Harris' 12-year relationship."

From WABG "ALL CAPS" News...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Obsessive "Friend" Stabs Woman 17 Times

"NEW YORK, NY - New York City police found the body of woman stabbed more than a dozen times after responding to a call of a foul odor at her Queens residence.

"Police identified the victim as 31-year-old Claudia Montoya. She was discovered Wednesday in her home at 3420 Murray Lane in Flushing.

"The Daily News reported that he was killed by an obessive friend who then killed her dogs and committed suicide by laying down in front of a subway train.

"The newspaper reported that Wilmer Castano, 27, slashed Claudia Montoya's throat and stabbed her 17 times.

"A few hours later, he sprawled out on the tracks at the Hunters Point station and was crushed by a Manhattan-bound No. 7 train.

"The New York Post reported that Castano had also turned on the gas in the victim's home-- apparently hoping to set off an explosion -- before driving off in a car that was later found in Flushing Bay."

From FOX 5 News...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Killer Sends Deadly Text Message

"LOUISBURG, KS - Louisburg police and Miami County sheriff's deputies reported a man and a woman were found dead inside an townhome near South Sixth Street and Metcalf Avenue on Wednesday morning in a possible murder-suicide.

"Miami County sheriff's officials said they were called to the area around 7:39 a.m. and by the time tactical units entered the townhome, they found a man and woman in their 20s dead inside. Sheriff's officials said they are not looking for any suspects and are investigating whether the shootings are a possible murder-suicide.

"Louisburg police said just before the shooting occurred the family's baby sitter received a text message from either the man or woman inside the apartment that read `Please pick up the children immediately, I don't want them see what's going to happen next.` The baby sitter and two children, ages 4 and 6-years old, had just walked out of the apartment when they heard the gunshots, police said.

"Police have not released the relationship between the man and woman. Police said they had been to the residence before for domestic issues.

"Several area residences and buidings were evacuated after the shooting was reported.

"Nobody else was hurt in the shooting."


"Bitter Separation" Turns Deadly

"HOUSTON, TX - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in north Houston. Police say the female victim's estranged husband met her in a parking lot, shot her and then turned the gun on himself.

"This husband and wife were apparently in the midst of a bitter separation when things turned deadly. Around 6:30pm Tuesday, police got a call about a shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Adele near Tyler.

"Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man, later identified as William Lee-Rowe, Jr., walk up to a car and open fire on his wife, who was sitting inside the car. She died at the scene. She was identified as 41-year-old Gloria Gonzales.

"The couple's 17-year-old daughter was inside the car, as well, and witnessed her mother's murder.

"`There were two other occupants of the car, the 17-year-old daughter of the deceased and her 5-month-old,` said Sgt. Robert Torres with the Houston Police Department. `Neither of them was injured during the shooting.`

"The husband then shot himself once in the head. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died.

"The couple was married more than 20 years and had three kids."

From KRK-TV...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Death At The Kwick Stop

"TULSA, OK - Two people were found shot to death in the rest room of a Tulsa convenience store Tuesday evening.

"A clerk at the Kwick Stop in the 1100 block of East 61st Street heard gunshots and called 911 about 6:35 p.m., Police Sgt. Sandy Bayles said. Police found a man and a woman dead inside the rest room.

"A gun was also found in the rest room.

"The clerk was not aware of anyone else leaving the rest room, so police are investigating whether the shootings were a murder-suicide.

"The victims’ names have not been released pending notification of their families, Bayles said.

"However, Detective Demita Kinard said the male victim, who was 44, was an employee of the store and knew the woman. The nature of their relationship was not immediately clear.

"Bayles said the woman was dropped off at the store by a friend about 15 minutes before the shootings. That friend has returned to the store and is talking to police."

Source: Tulsa World...

Murder/Suicide Ends In Cemetery

"NEODESHA, KS — A southeast Kansas undersheriff says he's glad no one else was hurt when a homicide suspect shot and killed himself at a cemetery.

"Authorities said 40-year-old Roger Counsil of Neodesha died of the self-inflicted gunshot wound around 1 a.m. Monday, following a 10-hour standoff with law enforcement.

"The Independence Daily Reporter says Counsil drove to the Grandview Cemetery in Wilson County on Sunday afternoon.

"Counsil was suspected in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife's boyfriend, 54-year-old Clayton Wright, near Galesburg in neighboring Neosho County earlier Sunday.

"Wilson County Undersheriff Bob Green says he spent about 10 hours at the cemetery trying to coax Counsil out of his vehicle. Green says officers from three counties were present when Counsil shot himself."


Father's Day Murder/Suicide

"DICKENSON COUNTY, VA - The Dickenson County, Va. Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide between a father and a son.

"Deputies say they found the bodies of Bobby Gene Childress, 64, and his son, Chantry Childress, 35, around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. According to deputies, the bodies were found at a residence on Blue Spruce Lane off Carico Ridge.

"The Sheriff’s Office says it appears Bobby Gene Childress shot Chantry Childress, before turning the gun on himself. According to deputies, the alleged murder-suicide happened sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening.

"The Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is ongoing and they don’t have a motive for the killings."


"We Don't Know Why"

"MOUNT HEALTHY, OH - Police are investigating a murder-suicide in which a man killed his wife Monday night, then turned the gun on himself, Mount Healthy Police Chief Al Schaefer said.

"The deadly scene at 7847 Clovernook Ave., began unfolding at 7:40 p.m. That's when Jackson Gray, 36, called his mom and told her he had just shot his wife and was going to shoot himself, Schaefer said.

"Police did not release the woman's name pending notification of her family.

"Gray's family, not knowing the exact house number, rushed there, then called for help, Schaefer said. Officers arrived and found the front door open.

"`We didn't know if this was a hostage situation or if somebody had barricaded themselves inside,` Schaefer said.

"The Hamilton County Police Association Special Weapons and Tactics Team responded, set up a perimeter and tried to make contact. Failing to get a response, they entered the house and found Gray and his wife each shot, in separate rooms.

"`We don't know why,` Schaefer said.

"Late Monday Mount Healthy Detective Greg Nolte and a state investigator remained on the scene.

"Schaefer said his department has been to the house once before for a domestic violence call.

"Court records show Gray was arrested on a charge of domestic violence on March 19 at that address.

"In that incident he was accused of pushing a woman down on a bed, choking her and threatening to kill her. Because the victim's name has not been released in Monday's shooting, it is unclear if the domestic violence case involved the same woman.

"Court records show charges were dismissed on May 7. A hearing to erase the charge from Gray's record was set for Friday."


Monday, June 21, 2010

Dad, 2 Kids Dead In New Mexico

"LA PUEBLA, NM - New Mexico State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of two children and an adult in La Puebla, east of Espanola in Santa Fe County.

"Family members discovered the bodies and alerted police around 2 p.m. Monday.

"Authorities have identified the man as 44-year-old Melvin Martinez and the two boys, his sons, age 12 and 10 years old.

"Police believe he shot his boys then turned the gun on himself committing suicide.

"The bodies are being transported to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to determine the official cause of death."


Elderly Couple Found Dead

"CLYDE, NC — The Haywood County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible murder-suicide.

"A man called emergency dispatchers just before 8:40 a.m. to report a shooting on Huddleston Drive just outside of Clyde, said Haywood County Sheriff Bobby Suttles.

"Deputies arrived at the house and found the body of a man on the back steps of the house, with a weapon nearby. They found a woman inside a bedroom of the home.

"`She was in bed, and she was covered up,` Suttles said. `I believe she was shot in the bed.`

"The man and woman were both in their 70s, but Suttles did not release their names.

"The investigation is continuing."


Killer Confesses Via Text Message

"ROWLETT, TX — On Sunday, June 20, 2010, at approximately 5:04 p.m., the Rowlett Police Emergency Communications center received a phone call from Dustin Loveland, who stated that he had received a text message from his father, Richard Loveland, telling him that his father had killed his mother, Rowlett Juvenile Judge Belinda Loveland.

"Officers responded to the scene in the 3200 block of Sunrise and attempted to make contact with the residents inside. After numerous attempts and receiving no answer, police entered the residence which was searched with the assistance of a robot provided by the Garland Police Department. Inside the residence, police discovered the bodies of 52-year-old Belinda Loveland and her husband, 59-year-old Richard Loveland. It appears that Richard Loveland shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

"Belinda Loveland was an attorney and served as the juvenile court judge for the City of Rowlett.

"The case is still under investigation and more information will be forthcoming as it becomes available."

From Pegasus News...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Death On The Interstate

"EAST ST LOUIS, IL - A shooting that closed down eastbound Interstate 64 for about two hours this afternoon has left two people dead.

"The shooting occurred just west of Illinois Route 3 in East St. Louis.

"The victims were Tommie Hill, 25, of East St. Louis, and Ashley Oliver, 25, of Cahokia, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Dave Wasmuth. Hill was pronounced dead at the scene. Oliver died at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.

"Police said Hill was the shooter. The weapon was a semiautomatic gun.

"Witnesses say a woman was running down the highway, banging on the hoods of cars asking for help, when a man ran up and shot her, then fatally shot himself.

"Police believe the couple were arguing in a red Oldsmobile Alero about 2 p.m. when the vehicle slowed or pulled to the side of the Interstate. The woman may have been shot once in the vehicle before jumping out and running down the highway.

"Hill's 7-year-old daughter was in the car and witnessed the shootings."


Texas Murder/Suicide Investigation

"SHAMROCK, TEXAS - Two people are dead in an apparent murder suicide.

"Shamrock Resident Involved in Murder Suicide Wheeler County. At approximately 3:45 PM on June 19th, the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a possible homicide at a rural residence northeast of Shamrock, TX.

"Because initial information suggested that a suspect was barricaded in his house, the Sheriff's Office called the Amarillo Police SWAT team, the Texas Rangers, and the Texas Highway Patrol for assistance.

"After the house was cleared by the Amarillo SWAT team, the scene was turned over to the Rangers for further investigation. The investigation indicated that 54 year old Raphael Johnson shot his wife, 48 year old Martha Johnson, and then fled on foot. Raphael Johnson was found about a half mile away at another location where he had shot himself.

"The Texas Rangers and the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office are continuing the investigation."


Firefighters Find Three Bodies

"ORLANDO, FL - Investigators are now calling the deaths of three people found after a house fire a double murder-suicide.

"It happened Saturday morning in the Terra Vista neighborhood of Hunter’s Creek on Estrella Drive.

"Investigators are now calling the deaths of three people found after a house fire a double murder-suicide.

"Detectives say Lissette and Victor Baez were in the process of separating.

"They say the estranged husband returned to the home Saturday morning and got into a physical fight with Lissette and her female visitor.

"Detectives said Victor killed himself after killing the two victims. The name of the second female victim has not been released.

"What caused the fire is still unclear."


Rude Awakening

"TYLER, TX - Smith County Sheriff's department is... on the scene of what they believe to be a murder suicide in west Tyler. Lt. Tony Dana say the 911 call arrived shortly after eight this evening from a close friend of the murder victim who discovered both bodies inside the suspected shooter's home at 10229 W. Lakeshore Drive.

"Officials at the scene say the two bodies found inside were those of a man and his ex-wife who had recently divorced. They say around 6:30 p.m. the ex-wife was driven by a close friend to the Lakeshore Drive home to drop off an item for her children, who were staying there for Father's Day. The friend remained inside the vehicle and soon fell asleep after the ex-wife went into the home. Authorities say when the friend awoke shortly after eight p.m. she entered the home and found the couple dead in a wing of the home.

"Investigators say there were no apparent signs of struggle and the only gun present near the bodies was a handgun belonging to the homeowner found dead inside. Lt. Tony Dana would not confirm the identity of the deceased, but according to neighbors and the Smith County Appraisal District website, the home at 10229 W. Lakeshore Drive is that of Tyler attorney Thomas Blow.

"Both bodies have been taken to Southeast Forensics for pending autopsies to confirm the apparent cause of death. Authorities add the homeowner's two sons are safe and in the custody of family."


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Three Dead In Taco Tragedy

"SAN BERNARDINO, CA - Two people, including a child, were killed and three were wounded when a gunman opened fire in a Del Taco restaurant in San Bernardino on Saturday afternoon.

"The shooting happened about 1:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of Highland Avenue near Sterling Avenue, police [said].

"A 56-year-old man on a bicycle went inside the restaurant and shot at a man, a 29-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 5 and 8, who were eating lunch, then shot himself in the head.

"According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, authorities are trying to determine whether the shooting was related to possible domestic trouble within the family.

"San Bernardino Police Lt. Jarrod Burguan told the paper: `I'm under the impression that the relationship was not good.`"

Source LA Times...

Botched Murder/Suicide Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded

"SALISBURY TOWNSHIP, PA - One man is dead, another woman wounded after an attempted homicide and suicide in Salisbury Township Saturday morning.

"The incident began when police responded to a call of shots fired around 4:00a.m. in the 700 block of East Tioga street.

"Upon arrival, police found 25-year-old Alisha Kassis inside the residence with a gunshot wound to the back. Police said Kassis was shot as she fled her second story window.

"Police believed the suspect, 43-year-old Jose Lopez was inside the residence at 760 East Tioga Street.

"Kassis and Lopez lived together at the residence, police said.

"After several attempts to contact the suspect without success, police entered the residence and found Lopez unresponsive on a couch on the first floor.

"Police said Lopez suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead by the Lehigh County Coroner.

"Kassis was taken to St. Luke's hospital in Bethlehem for treatment. There's no word on her condition."


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Father, Son Survive Botched Murder/Suicide

"GREEN BAY, WI - A Green Bay father and son are recovering today after a violent dispute Wednesday in which the son slashed his throat in an apparent suicide attempt.

"The 21-year-old son is at St. Vincent Hospital’s intensive care unit, but is expected to recover from his injuries, Green Bay police Lt. Jeff Engelbrecht said. The 56-year-old father is at an area hospital and expected to recover from a stab wound.

"Green Bay police said the son stabbed his father in the back with a pocketknife, then later slashed his own throat when police arrived to investigate.

"The incidents happened in the 2800 block of University Avenue on the city's east side, Engelbrecht said.

"Police received a call at 9:31 p.m. Wednesday that the father was in the Bellin Hospital emergency room with a knife wound that resulted from a dispute with his son. It is still unclear what the dispute was over. The son had indicated to his mother that he would harm himself if police tried to arrest him.

"Police went to the house with a fire department emergency squad. There, they saw the son emerge from a wooded area, wearing camouflage clothing and holding a knife to his throat. Police approached and told him to drop the knife, and shot him with at least one beanbag round when he did not. Officers then used a Taser and a police K-9 unit to control the man and take him into custody. The son slashed his throat, causing a serious wound, Engelbrecht said. Rescuers took the son to St. Vincent Hospital in an ambulance, with police cars blocking intersections along Webster Avenue for the ambulance.

"Green Bay police are expected to refer criminal charges to the Brown County District Attorney’s Office."


Double Suicide Or Murder/Suicide?

"PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - Two people died of gunshot wounds in a Port Charlotte home, in what deputies believe is a double-suicide.

"Investigators discovered the bodies Wednesday evening after being asked to check on the couple.

"Out-of-state relatives hadn't heard from them and became concerned about the couple, who were described as being in their mid-40s, at 18306 Quadrille Avenue.

"They were believed to be last seen on Tuesday.

"Deputies found the home locked and got a family member with a key to open the door.

"They found a man and a woman dead, and found a weapon nearby.

"Deputies have not released the names of those involved.

"Neighbors say the couple worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

"`They just were pretty quiet people. We waved as they drove by, but they pretty much kept to themselves,` said Tina Fandozzi.

"Deputies held the scene secure overnight, and detectives arrived around 8 a.m. to continue their investigation.

"The Medical Examiner's Office has been called in to provide positive identifications and cause of death."


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Field Of Doom

"MUSKOGEE COUNTY, OK - The bodies of a man and a woman have been found in a field north of the city of Muskogee in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.

"Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson tells the News On 6, a witness saw the man and woman outside of the Ford Explorer at about 10:15 a.m. and asked if they needed help. The woman reportedly told the passerby that she was just going to the bathroom.

"About 15 minutes later, the witness returned to the scene and found the bodies shot to death outside the truck.

"Police believe the man, a Hispanic male believed to be in his 50s, was the shooter. The relationship between the man and female victim are unknown.

"The bodies were found just off North Main Street near 40th Street North in the county, according to Rebecca Smith with Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service.

"The Sheriff's Office is investigating.

"The names of the pair have not yet been released."


18 Dogs And A Parrot Survive Murder/Suicide

"AZLE, TX - Azle investigators believe that a 67-year-old man found wounded in the doorway of his home Saturday afternoon fatally shot his wife before shooting himself in the chest, police said Tuesday.

"Edward Carter remained in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Tuesday, and officers have not been able to interview him, Police Chief Steve Myers said.

"His wife, Jean Carter, 78, was found dead on the living room floor of the home in the 1000 block of Poe Street. She died from a gunshot to the head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

"The rifle used to kill her was found in the home, Myers said. `Officers did not find any evidence of forced entry,` he said.

"Edward Carter called 911 about 1 p.m., police have said. He told police that `someone had done that to them before dawn on Saturday,` Myers said.

"But neighbor Phillip Peppers said he saw Jean Carter about 8:30 a.m. Saturday when she walked down the driveway to pick up the newspaper.

"According to Azle police records, officers had not been called to the home before Saturday. But six medical calls had been made since June 2008, most recently on May 21 for Edward Carter, records show.

"Neighbor Cody Cox said that Edward Carter said he had cancer.

"`He came over one day wanting a ride to the hospital,` Cox said. `He looked in poor health. He was so skinny.`

"Cox said the couple argued often. `They'd always be yelling back and forth at each other,` Cox said. `I never saw them hit each other; it was just yelling.`

"Azle police removed 18 dogs and a parrot from the Carter home Saturday.

"`Whoever gets that parrot is in for a surprise,` neighbor Floy Clinton said. `That parrot barks like a dog and curses like a sailor.`"

Source: Star-Telegram...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Iowa Shootings Ruled Double Murder/Suicide

"LAKE CITY, IA - Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that the case of three people found dead in a farmhouse near Lake City has now been ruled a double homicide/suicide.

"Officials said autopsies performed on the three people showed that Paige Gallo, 19, and Heather Campbell, 20, died from gunshot wounds.

"Authorities said Luke Schleisman, 20, also died of a gunshot wound and his manner of death has been ruled suicide.

"Calhoun County Communications Center received a phone call on June 11 from Vicki Campbell, mother of Heather Campbell. Campbell reported to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office that she received a voice message from Heather Campbell’s cell phone. The voice message recorded a verbal altercation followed by gunshots.

"Officers responding to 1631 400th Street in rural Calhoun County and found the three bodies.

"The weapon involved with the shootings was recovered at the scene, authorities said.

"No other individuals are believed to be involved with the shootings, authorities said."


Shooting Was Attempted Murder/Suicide

"STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO - Two people were found shot late Friday morning in Steamboat Springs, after police forced their way into a home during a standoff.

"According to Steamboat Springs police Chief J.D. Hays, a man and woman were shot and both were taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

"The incident began around 9:37 a.m. when police conducted a welfare check at 2739 Iris Lane. The woman's co-workers called police when she didn't show up for work.

"Officers heard a gunshot as they approached the front door of the home and called in the SWAT team.

"A standoff continued until about 11 a.m. when SWAT officers entered the home and found the wounded couple.

"Hays said the woman appeared to have been shot before they arrived. She was shot in the head and the man was shot in the chest, police said.

"Both were conscious and breathing when they were taken to the hospital."


Another Bad Ex-Boyfriend

"BENTON HARBOR, MI — Benton Harbor police say a man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend before killing himself.

"Police say 49-year-old Scott Kerlikowski of Stevensville shot 45-year-old Timothy Morris of Benton Harbor Monday night at his girlfriend's house.

"... police responded to the scene about 11:30 p.m., set up a perimeter around the home about 70 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, then reported hearing a single gunshot.

"Police entered the home and found Kerlikowski's body lying in the front room with a gunshot wound to the head. A semiautomatic handgun was next to him.

"Police did not say whether Morris' girlfriend was home at the time of the shootings. No further details were released."

From The Chicago Tribune...

Teens OK After Parents' Murder/Suicide

"HOUSTON, TX – A man and his wife were found dead by their teenage children in northeast Harris County Monday evening, and investigators were working to determine what sparked the shooting.

"Deputies said the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.

"It happened in the 12300 block of Robert E. Lee at C.E. King Parkway in northeast Harris County.

"Around 9:30 p.m., Harris County deputies responded to a disturbance call at the victims’ home. When the officers arrived, they said they found a 13-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son outside the home, claiming their dad shot their mom.

"Deputies entered the home and found the parents lying dead in the kitchen.

"Deputies said they believe the husband shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.

"Investigators said the man and woman were having an argument before the shooting, but it wasn’t clear what they were fighting about.

"The identities of the victims were not released."


Monday, June 14, 2010

5 Year Old Phones It In

"ANAHEIM, CA - Anaheim police are investigating a possible murder-suicide after a 5-year-old called 911 on a cellphone to report a shooting at his home Monday morning.

"`We have two dead people,` Anaheim police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. `We think it's the mom and dad.`

"The 911 call was placed from a cellphone around 10:40 a.m. and reported a shooting at a house on the 500 block of North Fairhaven Street, Schmidt said.

"Schmidt said investigators think the case involved a murder-suicide but stressed that the investigation is continuing.

"The 5-year-old who placed the 911 call was not hurt. A 3-year-old, who also was unharmed, was found hiding inside the residence."

Source: Los Angeles Times...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Death At The Short Stop

"SCOTTSBURG, VA - A store owner says a woman and her husband are dead after a double shooting in Halifax County.

"The owner of the Short Stop Convenience Store on James D Hagood Highway in Scottsburg says around 1:30 Saturday afternoon he heard what sounded like a car backfiring. When Mike Patel looked outside, he saw a woman laying in the parking lot and man with a gun pointed to his chest. Patel says he then saw that man shoot himself. Patel says law enforcement officials told him both people died.

"While authorities are not commenting on what happened, witnesses say the victim and shooter were husband and wife.

"The store has since reopened."


Saturday, June 12, 2010

"Nobody Heard Anything"

"AUSTIN, TX - The identities of a man and woman involved in an apparent murder-suicide early Friday evening in Cedar Park were released on Saturday.

"On Friday night, crime tape surrounded part of the Arboleda Apartment Complex. Officers forced their way into an apartment after the father of the woman who lived inside called police. He wanted them to check on the welfare of his daughter when he couldn't get in touch with her.

"Capt. Mike Harmon with Cedar Park Police said, `Once inside, they did discover two subjects, one white female, one white male... fatally shot inside the apartment.`

"According to preliminary reports, the couple, 21-year-old Amanda Simmons and 22-year-old Christopher Bowling, were victims of an apparent murder-suicide. We're told they were in a relationship and they lived off and on together in the apartment. Police are still gathering evidence through witnesses, but it's a tough task.

"`Nobody heard anything, heard any arguing, or anything out of the ordinary,` Harmon said."


Friday, June 11, 2010

"Severely Depressed" Woman Kills Baby In Botched Murder/Suicide

"RIDLEY TWP, PA - An eight-month-old baby is dead and his mother is in a coma after what Ridley Township police say appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt.

"Amy Beyers, 29, was found unconscious with her baby boy in the bed of their Sixth Avenue home on Wednesday. Beyers' mother, who lives with her, discovered them around 4 p.m. and called police.

"Beyers and her baby were taken to Taylor Hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead. Beyers was transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where she was in a drug-induced coma on Thursday, said Lt. Scott Willoughby of Ridley Township police. Lacerations on Beyers' wrists appeared self-inflicted, and she left a suicide note, Willoughby said. He declined to describe the note's contents but said Beyers was `severely depressed` and going through marital difficulties.

"The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the baby's death a homicide. Erica Parham, spokesperson for the county district attorney's office, said the death was under investigation."

From The Philadelphia Inquirer...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Two Dead Despite SWAT Team Action

"ANTIOCH, CA — A man shot his wife to death, then took his own life early this morning following marital and financial difficulties, police said.

"Uncertainty surrounding the deaths and concerns for public safety prompted police to lock down the neighborhood surrounding the intersection of Black Diamond and Mt. Hamilton drives for most of the morning. Nearby Dallas Ranch and Lone Tree elementary schools also were locked down briefly.

"By the time a SWAT team stormed the couple's two-story home in the 1700 block of Mt. Hamilton Drive about 11 a.m., they were likely dead for several hours, said Capt. Allan Cantando.

"The victims were both 45 years old. Their identities have not been released because it was not certain that their children, a 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter who were out of the area, have been notified about the deaths.

"Cantando said relatives told police that the husband and wife had been experiencing difficulties in their relationship and with money. Several relatives were at the cordoned-off residential block and spoke with investigators.

"The ordeal began just after 4 a.m. when someone called police dispatchers saying they had gotten a call from a despondent friend who lived at the home. Police soon got a call from the man himself.

"`He said he shot his wife and was going to shoot himself as well,` Cantando said.

"Around the same time, a neighbor called police to report hearing gunfire.

"Police surrounded the home and sealed off the neighborhood. Over the course of several hours, a SWAT team and officers dressed in tactical gear with ballistic shields arrived, and eventually moved toward the home.

"At 11 a.m., a flashbang grenade was deployed, the ensuing boom echoing throughout the neighborhood. The officers entered the home and found the husband and wife dead from gunshot wounds in the master bedroom.

"Cantando said investigators believe the deaths occurred shortly after the early morning police calls. They found a note at the scene, but Cantando declined to reveal what it contained."

Source: Contra Costa Times...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cop Foils Murder/Suicide Plot

"CROWNSVILLE, MD - Tucked away in an exclusive Crownsville community just off Saint Stephens Woods Drive.....police say James John Dean had crafted an elaborate murder suicide plot.

`"He secreted his car on the property broke into the house earlier in the day. He had taken a flammable liquid and doused that flammable liquid in the house.

"`When the female cam home she opened the door and was confronted with the odor of gasoline and immediately confronted by her estranged husband. He then assaulted her by binding her to a chair in the living room.`

"Police say the woman was tied up, taunted and threatened for several hours. During a phone call.....the hostage was able to scream for help.

"An officer from Anne Arundel counties Western District who'd just 3 days prior investigated a possible violation of a protective order at the address was immediately suspicious when he could see the woman but she didn't answer the door.

"`When he realized the officer was there the officer moved to make force entry into the home as he did so, the officer saw him the turn the shotgun upon himself and discharge one time fatally injuring himself.`"


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bodies Found In Car, Yard

"EAST BRANDYWINE TOWNSHIP, PA - Police are investigating a murder-suicide that happened at a home in Chester County Tuesday.

"The incident happened at about 5 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Lenora Lane in East Brandywine Township.

"According to investigators, an unidentified man was found with a gunshot wound in the backyard of the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A female was also found with a gunshot wound in a car at the home. She was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, but was later pronounced dead.

"It was not immediately known which of the individuals was the shooter. The relationship between the two was also not immediately clear.

"The deadly incident remains under police investigation."


SWAT Team Finds Two Dead Bodies

"NATIONAL CITY, CA - A man and woman were found shot to death in a South Bay home Tuesday in a suspected murder-suicide, authorities said.

"A neighbor made a 911 call about 1 p.m. to report hearing gunfire from inside a small rental residence behind a house in the 900 block of Fifth Street in National City about 1 p.m.

"Officers went to the flat and attempted in vain to make contact with any occupants, then called in crisis negotiators and a special weapons and tactics team, Assistant Chief Manny Rodriguez said.

"As authorities continued trying to get a response from inside the home, officers cleared about 25 people out of a nearby apartment building and several adjacent houses.

"About 3:45 p.m., members of the SWAT team forced entry to the studio flat and found the two unidentified dead people, Rodriguez said. A pistol lay near the bodies, he said.

"Preliminary evidence at the scene suggested that the deaths are a case of murder-suicide, according to Rodriguez."


Killer Survives Botched Murder/Suicide

"PHOENIX, AZ - A 56-year-old man will likely face murder charges in the shooting death of his wife after Phoenix police discovered the woman lying dead in the couple's home four days after she was killed, police said.

"The man had also been sitting in the house south of Peoria and 15th avenues since Friday with a days-old self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

"The man called police at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from the home in the 10200 block of North 15th Avenue. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The wound is not considered life-threatening.

"Thompson said the shooting was the result of a yearlong disagreement between the couple.

"`(The suspect) said they had some disagreements in the past year,` Thompson said. `It reached the point where he shot her . . . then felt compelled to shoot himself.`

"The female victim, 66, has not been identified because next of kin has yet to be notified.

"Investigators said the couple had been married for about 10 years, though neighbors in the area said the couple had lived at the neatly-kept home for nearly 15 years."


Three Killed In Possible Love Triangle

"DELTONA, FL - Three people are dead after a man shot a husband and wife outside their home, then turned the gun on himself, Volusia County deputies said.

"Deputies arrived at 2507 Otis Ave. around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor called 911, saying gunshots were heard..

"Authorities said when deputies arrived, they found the couple dead on the property.

"Investigators said another man shot the woman as she was walking to her car to go to work.

"After hearing the shot, the husband came to the door and the gunman shot her husband, then shot himself while standing in the front yard, investigators said.

"The suspected gunman was alive when emergency responders arrived on the scene, but died a short time later at the hospital. The man and his wife were declared dead at the scene of the shooting.

"Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said investigators believe the shooter had a previous relationship with the woman whom he killed.

"Authorities did not immediately release the names of the three people involved."


Teen Finds Mom Dead In Yard

"UNIONVILLE, VA - The Orange County Sheriff's Office responded to a 7:30 a.m. call Saturday to find an apparent murder-suicide at 24307 Independence Road in Unionville.

"Vickie Davenport, 44, was found by her teenage daughter face down in her yard, the victim of a gunshot wound, according to Sheriff Mark Amos.

"Deputies searching the property later found David Mesimer, 46, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. A .22-caliber rifle was beside his body.

"`We're assuming it's the same weapon that killed Davenport,` said Amos.

"The time of death has not been determined and Davenport was last seen by her daughter about 1 a.m.

"Mesimer was described as being Davenport's live-in boyfriend.

"`We been out there several times on domestic calls,` said Amos.

"Davenport's body was found about 20 feet from her front porch, said Amos. Mesimer's body was found 60 to 70 yards away in the garden.

"After finding Davenport's body, deputies searched the adjoining woodlands for a possible killer before finding Mesimer."


Monday, June 7, 2010

Deadly Acquaintance

"ROANOKE COUNTY, VA - A man and woman whose bodies were found this morning in the Clearbrook area of Roanoke County appeared to have died as a result of a murder-suicide, county police said.

"Police identified the shooter as George Kenneth Whitt, 30, who lived a few blocks from where the bodies were found. The female victim, 33, was not identified, pending notification of relatives, police said.

"Police received a call about 6:15 a.m today reporting a sighting of the bodies. A handgun was found at the crime scene, which was within several paces of the intersection of Franklin Road (U.S. 220 South) and Indian Grave Road and not far from the parking lot for Lewis-Gale Family Care Center. The two bodies lay in the grass.

"Whitt and the victim were acquainted and, `for reasons not yet determined, that Whitt shot the female victim with a handgun before turning the weapon on himself,` Roanoke County Detective Keshia Saul said in a statement today.

"Police said Whitt had been living at a house a few blocks away and believe the two had walked to the intersection where the crime occurred.

"Neither victim worked at the center or were patients there, according to police and Joy Sutton, a spokeswoman for Lewis-Gale and HCA Southwest Virginia.

"Roanoke County fire and rescue personnel and police surrounded the murder scene with a tight perimeter of tall, heavy-gauge plastic to obscure the site from children bound this morning for nearby Clearbook Elementary School and from others driving by."


Couple Was Late For Dinner

"AMARILLO, TX - Neighbors on Justin Street near Puckett Elementary school are calling the whole thing shocking. They say Kristi and Darren Moore looked and acted like a nice normal couple. But there was nothing normal about what happened here Sunday night.

"The Moores were found dead inside their home Sunday night around eight, both with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head.

"Family members found their bodies after becoming suspicious when they didn't show up for dinner. Police aren't labeling this a murder-suicide just yet, but they say they are not looking for any suspects outside the home.

"Potter Randall Special Crimes Lt. Gary Trupe says, `We checked everything for signs of forced entry. Looked for cuts in the screen, evidence a door had been knocked in, but we didn't find anything like that.`

"37-year-old Darren Moore most recently worked at a local pharmacy, but up until late 2008, he was a Randall County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy.

"The Sheriff says he was dismissed due to a disciplinary problem.

"His wife, 40-year-old Kristi Moore, was a counselor at Tascosa High School.

"If this was a murder-suicide, police aren't yet saying who pulled the trigger."


Couple Found Shot To Death

"ARNOLD, MO – Sheriff's deputies were called to a home in Jefferson County, where they found the bodies of a man and woman, shot to death in their home.

"This happened around 2:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Paula in northern Jefferson County.

"The bodies recovered were that of a 68-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman. While police are not calling this a murder-suicide, authorities say both had been shot in a bedroom, with a handgun a short distance from the male.

"According to the Jefferson County sheriff’s public information officer, the woman’s employer became concerned when she did not arrive for work Monday morning. The employer called the victim’s sister, who then called the sheriff and met the deputies at the home.

"The mother of one of the victims owned the home. The man and woman had been caring for her in the home for several years. She died in December, and ownership of the house was turned over to the probate court.

"The sheriff’s office says the couple planned to move out and had packed up most of their belongings.

"There was no sign of forced entry into the house, although the front door was unlocked when police arrived."


Killer Of Four Found Dead

"HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ - A 3-year-old boy has been orphaned after his estranged father allegedly shot his family and then committed suicide.

"Authorities say Sharif Whitlock went on a shooting rampage inside his girlfriend Tracy Coleman's home on the 2700 block of Evergreen Court at the Woodlands Condominiums in Hamilton Township, N.J. Sunday night.

"Whitlock, 36, showed up at Coleman's home around 7:30 p.m. and began shooting, police say. Coleman, 44, her 15-year-old son Reggie and 39-year-old brother Ronald were all killed.

"More than a dozen shotgun casings were found inside the condo.

"The couple's 3-year-old son was not harmed, but may have witnessed the massacre. Responding officers found him hiding under the bed, his dead mother lying just feet away, according to prosecutors.

"After the shooting, Whitlock immediately fled the scene. Neighbors told police they saw the man speed away from the home after hearing an argument and several gunshots.

"Police found his Dodge Charger in Winslow Township, N.J. at 3:15 a.m. Monday. They found Whitlock several hours later, hanging from a high-voltage electrical tower near the car. He committed suicide, says the Atlantic County medical examiner.

"Hours before the shooting, Coleman filed a domestic violence complaint against Whitlock, police say.

"Neighbors were shocked to hear what had happened.

"`They were very quiet, like most of the people on Evergreen Court here, everybody pretty much keeps to themselves,` John Lawless said."


Manhunt Ends In Killer's Suicide

"LAFAYETTE, LA - A 46-year-old Lafayette man killed his 72-year-old father early this morning and then traveled to Webster Parish where he turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

"Authorities found Timothy Rogers dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the temple at about 9:30 a.m. today, said Jenny Reynolds, public information officer for the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Department.

"Earlier, authorities in Lafayette found Timothy Rogers’ father, Tommy Rogers, dead from a single gunshot wound at his home in the 200 block of Sunflower Street.

"Lt. Craig Stansbury, spokesman for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Timothy Rogers was living with his father on house arrest with an ankle bracelet.

"After shooting his father, Timothy Rogers cut the bracelet off and fled the city, Stansbury said.

"Reynolds said Timothy Rogers drove to Webster Parish intent on harming his ex-wife, a resident of the small village of Doyline.

"Roger’s ex-wife had contacted authorities after Timothy Rogers had called her, threatening to harm both her and his father, Reynolds said.

"Reynolds said the Sheriff’s Office brought his ex-wife and her family members into protective custody before Rogers arrived."


Mother And Adult Son Found Dead

"FORT WASHINGTON, MD - A mother and son were found dead Monday morning in an apparent murder-suicide, Prince George's County Police say.

"The bodies of the woman - who was in her 60s - and her adult son were found in the home they shared in the 1600 block of Clarion Terrace.

"`She was recently, from what we are told based on our preliminary investigation, recently diagnosed with a terminal illness,` Deputy Chief Kevin Davis says.

"`We suspect that had something to do with the murder-suicide.`

"The woman's son - who was in his 30s - was partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, police say.

"Davis says the family lived in neighborhood for a long time and there hadn't been any trouble with them before.

"Police won't say how the pair died. Their names have not been released."


Foul Odor Reveals Foul Crime

"HOUSTON, TX - Houston police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman in an apparent murder-suicide at an apartment complex in southwest Houston last week.

"The bodies of Edwina Foster, 43, and George Tyler Hudson, 67, were found at the Mainbridge Apartments in the 2600 block of Westridge about 12:45 p.m. Friday, police said.

"Patrol officers were called to the complex by neighbors who reported a foul odor coming from one of the apartments. Officers found Foster and Hudson dead inside.

"Police said Foster had been shot multiple times and Hudson had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."


Lady Killer Shoots Up Restaurant

"HIALEAH, FL - Four people have been killed and three others are recovering in the hospital after an apparent murder-suicide.

"The shooting occurred Sunday around 10:10 p.m. at Yoyito cafe at 495 E. 49th St. The incident began in the parking lot as a domestic dispute between Gerardo Regalado and his girlfriend, Liazan Molina.

"Several people witnessed the horrific murder of four co-workers and restaurant customers, and the shooting of three others. `A man was fighting in the parking lot with a woman,` said one unidentified witness in translation. `He shot her several times, then like a man possessed, walked into the restaurant and starts to shoot.`

"Workers of the cafe were left stunned and sobbing after the shooting. `He knew some of them and some may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time,` said Hialeah Police Department Chief Mark Overton.

"Regalado would then steal one of the victim's cars, drive four blocks and turn the gun on himself. He left in his crazed wake a dead lover and several innocent bystanders.

"Among them is Randy Rodriguez's girlfriend, who called him after she'd been shot. `She called me and said she had been shot and that she was bleeding to death; to call police,` he said in translation.

"All of the victims are women. Molina, Maysel Figueroa, Lavina Fonseca and Zaida Castillo were pronounced dead on scene. Mayra Delacaridad, Ivet Fernandez and Yasmine Dominguez are all in the hospital listed in critical condition."


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Couple Had History Of "Squabbles"

"DANVILLE, KY - Danville police were investigating Sunday the apparent murder-suicide of a well-known Danville hairdresser and her husband.

"Police were called to the 400 block of South Fourth Street in Danville after a family member discovered the bodies of Sharon Douglas, 49, and her husband, Thomas Douglas, 49, shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

"Boyle County Coroner James Ramey said Thomas Douglas was found with a .38-caliber pistol in his hand, and police suspect that Thomas Douglas shot his wife and then himself.

"Sharon Douglas ran The Hair Studio on South Fourth Street in Danville.

"Ramey said the couple had a history of domestic squabbles.

"`There had been some domestic disagreements for some time,` Ramey said."


Elderly Couple Found Dead In Kansas

"JUNCTION CITY, KS - A 72-year-old man and 71-year-old woman have been found dead in a Junction City home.

"Police said in a news release that officers are investigating the possibility that their deaths were a murder-suicide.

"The investigation began Sunday afternoon when officers were dispatched to a home after receiving a call from someone who was unable to contact the residents.

"Police said family members were waiting when officers arrived and entered the home. Inside, they found the two victims dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

"Autopsies will be performed in Topeka."


Two Dead In KY Murder/Suicide

"ERLANGER, KY - At about 3:10 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police received a report of a double shooting on Plum Tree Lane in the outskirts of Erlanger. That's in the Cherry Hill subdivision.

"52 year-old Pamela Sassin appears to have been shot once in her home. She was taken to University Hospital. Her husband, 54 year-old Donald Sassin also had a gunshot wound. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Preliminary investigations show the couple was alone in the house at the time of the shootings. No other persons of interest are being sought after at this point in the investigation."


SWAT Finds Bodies

"HOUSTON, TX - A man and woman died in an apparent murder-suicide in northwest Houston on Saturday night.

"Police responded to a call of a shooting around 6:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Afton, HPD spokesman Victor Senties said.

"A small squad of SWAT officers found the two bodies when officers gained entrance to the apartment about an hour later.

"Authorities said the woman had a gunshot wound and the man had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"No further information is currently available."


Friday, June 4, 2010

Pair Found Dead In Iowa

"OTTUMWA, IA - Ottumwa police are investigating two deaths on Friday morning.

"The Ottumwa Police Department responded to the 900 block of Ingersoll Street on a report of a shooting early Friday morning.

"Police said they found an adult woman who had been shot and an adult man suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Police said the preliminary investigation indicates the man shot the woman and then himself.

"Names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family members."