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July 29, 1993 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jonathan Sigal, the 23-year-old Lower Makefield man charged with killing his father with an eight-inch kitchen knife and stabbing his mother, was held over for trial in Bucks County Court yesterday. After a preliminary hearing before District Justice Bruce Sattin in Morrisville, public defender Peter Hall said Sigal was "gravely ill" and receiving psychiatric treatment at Norristown State Hospital. Sigal was returned to the hospital after the hearing, Hall said. Sigal allegedly stabbed his father, Edward, 53, more than 10 times in the face, neck and back after an argument early on Mother's Day, May 9. He has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses.
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October 30, 2003 | By Larry King and Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Richboro man who stabbed his mother to death while a horrified police dispatcher listened over the phone was found guilty in Bucks County Court yesterday but mentally ill of first-degree murder. The conviction of Christopher Whelan, 30, means he will serve life in prison for killing his mother last year in their Northampton Township home. The body of Joan Whelan, 60, was found at the foot of a staircase in the two-story house, a kitchen knife embedded in her chest. The sounds of her death were recorded over a 911 line that Christopher Whelan had called moments before.
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April 27, 1995 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Montgomery County Court judge yesterday ruled that Christopher J. Ford was unaware he was doing anything wrong when he attacked and killed his parents with a kitchen knife 19 months ago. Judge Paul W. Tressler found Ford, 25, not guilty by reason of insanity in a short trial on murder and assault charges stemming from the September 1993 attack at the Ford family's Abington home. After the verdict, Ford, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, was involuntarily committed to the state mental hospital system, where he will remain until a court order is issued declaring that he is sane.
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June 9, 1987 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia woman died early yesterday during a family quarrel in which the woman's son allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her and his sister several times. Clara Frazier, 72, of the 300 block of Titan Street in South Philadelphia, was pronounced dead at her home at 2:08 a.m. yesterday of multiple stab wounds in her chest and stomach, police said. The woman's daughter, Vivian Frazier, 39, of the same address, was listed in stable condition yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with multiple stab wounds in her back.
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May 12, 2000 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Alfred Scott Keefe asked a Bucks County judge yesterday to throw out DNA evidence and his confession to the 1984 knife-killing of his fiancee in a Roy Rogers restaurant in Falls Township. Keefe also asked Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Rufe to bar the state from seeking the death penalty against him. His attorney, Albert Cepparulo, told Rufe that Keefe had not been told of his right to remain silent or to have a lawyer present when he told police last year that he killed Terri Lynn Brooks, 25. Rufe said he would rule later on yesterday's pretrial motions.
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September 4, 1996 | By John Murphy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office will pursue the death penalty against a Philadelphia man accused in last week's brutal attack on a Norristown woman and her boyfriend. Flint Mathis 3d, 23, is charged with using a machete, kitchen knife and handgun in the early-morning slaying of Kirk Allen, 29, and Alasha Johnson, 22, in their Swede Street apartment Aug. 26. Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino said yesterday that the double murders had all the aggravating factors of a death-penalty case.
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April 14, 1988 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A preliminary hearing has been set for tomorrow for a 27-year-old Glenside woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife at her home in the 600 block of Edge Hill Road last Thursday. Police have charged Ann Phillips with possession of an instrument of crime, simple and aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. They said that she stabbed Gerald Plakis, 37, of the 100 block of Atwood Road, Erdenheim, with a knife during an argument. Plakis was stabbed once in the right forearm with an eight-inch kitchen knife, police said.
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June 12, 2010
Police have charged a 29-year-old Ridley Township woman with murder in the death of her infant son. She cut his wrist, then her own, with a kitchen knife, police said. Amy Beyers was found unconscious in her bed Wednesday afternoon with her son, Bobby, in the Sixth Avenue home she shared with her mother. Beyers, suffering from depression, left a note on her baby's changing table that said she wanted to kill her son and herself, police said. The infant was pronounced dead at Taylor Hospital.
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June 11, 2010 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police have charged a 29-year-old Ridley Township woman with murder in the death of her infant son. She cut his wrist, then her own, with a kitchen knife, police said. Amy Beyers was found unconscious in her bed Wednesday afternoon with her son, Bobby, in the Sixth Avenue home she shared with her mother. Beyers, suffering from depression, left a note on her baby's changing table that said she wanted to kill her son and herself, police said. The infant was pronounced dead at Taylor Hospital.
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September 14, 1989 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A 35-year-old Hatboro man has been charged with trying to kill a Willow Grove man by stabbing him three times with a kitchen knife inside the victim's car on Woodland Avenue, according to Hatboro police. Larry Monroe of Woodland Avenue has been charged with criminal attempted homicide and related charges in connection with an incident about 5 p.m. Monday. He is accused of stabbing Jude Morancy, 31, of the 400 block of North Easton Road. In addition, Monroe faces charges of aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment, possession of an instrument of crime and an offensive weapon.
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March 30, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police said Saturday they have charged a 19-year-old man with murder and other offenses for stabbings that killed his mother and left his grandmother critically wounded in their Bridesburg home. Charged is Zachary Pritchett, who called police Friday morning and reported that three unknown men had entered the home on the 2800 block of Reynolds Street and attacked the family. He did not give officers a description of the suspects but did reveal where a kitchen knife used in the attacks was hidden.
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December 4, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those who knew him said the gesture was typical of Ronald Fischman. When the popular cantor at a Roxborough synagogue encountered a homeless gay couple four years ago, Fischman invited them to live in his East Mount Airy home. That gesture later cost him his life. Fischman was stabbed to death on Sept. 30 while intervening in a heated confrontation involving the then-estranged couple. Jonathan Williams was accused of stabbing the 54-year-old Fischman 10 times in the back with a kitchen knife, and admitted as much to Philadelphia homicide detectives, according to a statement read into the record by Detective Timothy Scally during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
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July 10, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In a deal to avoid the death penalty, a Bucks County man pleaded guilty Monday morning to kidnapping and killing his former girlfriend in 2010. Kenneth Patterson, 50, will be formally sentenced Monday afternoon to life in prison, during which time he'll have an opportunity to speak about the murder of Diane Corado, a former girlfriend with whom he used to live. Patterson has spoken little to authorities about the case, refusing for more than two years to divulge where he left Corado's body after kidnapping her from her Falls home.
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May 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acting on information from the accused killer, investigators have found the badly decomposed body of a Bucks County woman who was allegedly kidnapped and slain in 2010, authorities said Thursday. Diane Corado, 57, remains were recovered from the north branch of Newton Creek in Camden two weeks ago, officials said. She disappeared in 2010 from the Falls Township apartment she once shared with Kenneth Patterson, 50. After remaining silent for more than two years, Patterson, who was charged with Corado's murder in 2011, told authorities where her remains could be found, said Bucks County First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry.
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February 15, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE WIFE of a former Penn basketball star who was stabbed to death may not be mentally competent to stand trial for his slaying, her attorney said Wednesday. Kathryn Labrum, a lawyer with Media-based firm Donaghue & Labrum, said Wednesday that her client, Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, 52, is "so far separated from reality right now. " Garcia-Pellon is accused of stabbing her husband, Matt White, 55, with a kitchen knife early Monday as he slept in their home, on Parkridge Drive in Nether Providence, Delaware County.
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February 14, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON THE hardwood, Matt White could more than hold his own. As a 6-foot-10 center for the Penn Quakers, he was the anchor on the men's basketball team that made it all the way to the Final Four in 1979. But early Monday morning, as White, 55, lay asleep in his bed, he was unable to defend himself against a much smaller foe. That's when, authorities say, his wife plunged a kitchen knife into his neck, killing him. Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, 52, was charged with first- and third-degree murder in her husband's slaying at their Parkridge Drive home, in Nether Providence.
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November 30, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT WAS a hastily hatched plot, worming around his brain for just a few short hours before Raghunandan "Raghu" Yandamuri grabbed a kitchen knife and knocked on a neighbor's door. He needed money. He'd lost $15,000 at a casino the week before, owed money to a friend who'd paid for his wedding and had about $5,000 in other debt. His salvation, he decided, was Saanvi Venna, a neighbor's wide-eyed, cherubic 10-month-old daughter. He would kidnap her. The baby's parents, both software engineers, would pay dearly to get their treasured child back, he figured.
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November 29, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Raghunandan Yandamuri said he never intended to kill or harm anyone. The Montgomery County man told detectives that he simply wanted to kidnap 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom. What happened next, he said, was "unexpected. " First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, however, said Yandamuri acted quite deliberately. Motivated by gambling debts, he was carrying a four-inch kitchen knife to kill the child's grandmother and a note that demanded $50,000 and threatened to have the baby "cut into pieces.
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November 29, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raghunandan Yandamuri said he never intended to kill or harm anyone. The Montgomery County man told detectives that he simply wanted to kidnap 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom. What happened next, he said, was "unexpected. " First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, however, said Yandamuri acted quite deliberately. Motivated by gambling debts, he was carrying a four-inch kitchen knife to kill the child's grandmother and a note that demanded $50,000 and threatened to have the baby "cut into pieces.
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September 16, 2012 | Associated Press
ALLENTOWN - A Pennsylvania woman charged with fatally stabbing her fiance hours before they were set to be married allegedly killed the man after he raised his hands palms-up and asked her, "Is this what you really want to do?" Na Cola Franklin, 31, was ordered to stand trial on a criminal homicide charge Thursday after a Lehigh County district judge heard testimony describing the Aug. 11 death of Billy Brewster. Brewster's cousin Nakia Kali testified that Franklin threatened to stab him and Brewster's 13-year-old son when they tried to calm her down.
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