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August 31, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A Cumberland County couple and their two dogs were found dead in bed in what officials suspect was a murder suicide, police said today. The bodies of Scott Rector, 30 and Stacy Rector, 28, were discovered Wednesday evening by a coworker who went to check on the couple's Laurel Lakes, Commercial Township, trailer because Scott Rector had not shown up at work for a week, State Police said. Police found a suicide note and a semiautomatic handgun as well at the two dead dogs. Investigators are awaiting for autopsy reports to determine who shot whom.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
Authorities believe an elderly Bucks County man shot his wife, who was sick, and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder suicide. Leroy Clymer, 92, and his wife, Kathryn, 87, were pronounced dead at their home in Richland Township on Sunday evening, said Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler. "We understand the wife had serious health problems," Heckler said. "It was clearly a murder suicide. " Police were summoned to the home by an "abandoned 911 call," Heckler said.
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March 11, 1988 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Joe O'Dowd contributed to this report
Retired cabinetmaker Franco D. Rosa was described as an overprotective father who kept his only child Serafina on a pedestal, never permitting friends to visit their neat Overbrook home. Yesterday morning, police said, Rosa, 70, carrying his .38-caliber revolver in hand, called to his 27-year-old daughter as she was warming up her car in front of their home on Edgemore Road near Callowhill Street. When she returned to the house, he shot her to death and then killed himself, police said.
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May 18, 1999 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
A Willow Grove man who gunned down his elderly mother-in-law, then himself, had been drinking before the shooting Saturday night and had a history of bickering with the octogenarian, the Cape May County prosecutor said yesterday. "It would appear at this point that he may have consumed enough to be a contributing factor," prosecutor Steve Moore said, adding that the bickering intensified throughout the night. But, Moore cautioned, toxicology tests on James Worth, 56, would not be available for some time.
NEWS
January 25, 2012
Detectives are investigating a possible murder-suicide involving a 34-year-old man in a wheelchair and a 63-year-old woman found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the city's Logan section. Police responding to a call about 2:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of North 19th Street found the man shot in the chest and the woman shot in the head. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was recovered at the scene, police said.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
January 26, 2012
Detectives were investigating a possible murder-suicide involving a 34-year-old man in a wheelchair and a 63-year-old woman found shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the city's Logan section. Police responding to a call about 2:10 p.m. in the 4500 block of North 19th Street found the man shot in the chest and the woman shot in the head. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was recovered at the scene, police said. - Robert Moran
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September 15, 2009 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
Murder-suicide proved to be the causes of death for a Northeast Philadelphia couple whose bodies were found in a gruesome house of horrors on Saturday, police said. Investigators had found "plenty of blood" in nearly every room of Robert and Sophia DiAndrea's split-level house on Greycourt Road, said Homicide Sgt. Frank Hayes. The husband and wife both bore numerous stab wounds, which led detectives to initially wonder if the couple had savagely battled to the death. Further investigation led police to conclude that Robert, a 40-year-old Water Department supervisor, had stabbed his wife in the chest numerous times, then turned the knife on himself, Hayes said.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Police probe Overbrook murder-suicide * Wyndale Avenue near 57th Street Relatives and friends of an Overbrook couple found dead in their home after an apparent murder-suicide struggled to come to terms with the violence Wednesday afternoon as police shuffled in and out of the rowhouse the pair shared. "They had just gotten back together," said a family friend who did not want to be identified, as weeping relatives embraced outside. "It's unbelievable, because I thought everything was going great.
NEWS
November 4, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas and Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 20-year-old West Chester woman was shot and killed by her 22-year-old boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself Tuesday, Downingtown police said Wednesday night. After Thomas Reck's daughter, Mary Elizabeth, did not come home Monday evening, he contacted police. Downingtown police went to the home of her boyfriend, Kevin Smith, on Jefferson Avenue about 8 p.m. Tuesday to check on the situation. They found Reck inside the house with multiple gunshot wounds, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
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April 15, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Jonathan Tamari, Melanie Burney, and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
The four sons of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife raised new questions Monday about their parents' death, and alleged that investigators botched the case from the beginning. In the latest round in a mounting public campaign seeking to prove that their parents were murdered, they released a letter to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano accusing his office of ignoring evidence and hastily determining that the deaths were a murder-suicide. "All we want is the answers to what happened to our parents," one of the sons, Mark, said Monday during an interview at his Newark, N.J., law office.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It sounded like a scene from a horror movie. A middle schooler comes home from playing basketball and finds his parents' bodies. Both are dead, both mutilated by a chainsaw. The gruesome murder-suicide in Lower Moreland on Tuesday orphaned the couple's three sons, and shocked a close-knit Montgomery County community that knew Nicole and Christopher Peppelmans as caring and attentive parents. Nicole Peppelman, 43, had also been choked and stabbed, coroner Walter Hofman said Wednesday.
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April 3, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IF ONLY IT were a police officer, a family friend or uncle, any adult in the world who could have found them instead, and spared a boy from a horror he'll never forget. The eldest son of Christopher and Nicole Peppelman was alone, though, when he found his parents dead Tuesday afternoon, a bloody chain saw beside them in the Lower Moreland, Montgomery County, house where they'd once been happy. He's 14 and has two little brothers. Now it's up to the adults who are still here to help get him through it, because it's probably too late to lie about it. "I'm not ever sure there's an adult explanation for this tragedy," said the Rev. Eric Carswell of the Bryn Athyn Church, where the two younger Peppelman boys attend school.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Jonathan Tamari, Angelo Fichera, and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Prosecutor's Conclusions John Sheridan had five wounds - including three stab wounds - to neck and torso area. One wound to the neck perforated the jugular. He also had five broken ribs, consistent with a piece of an armoire falling on top of him. John Sheridan's cause and manner of death: "Sharp force injuries and smoke inhalation. " Suicide. Carbon-monoxide levels in his blood indicated he was alive after starting the fire. Joyce Sheridan's wounds: Eight stab wounds to the head - including three stab wounds - and a stab wound to the chest.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
Three months after the investigation into the violent deaths of John and Joyce Sheridan began, key details of the case remain unexplained, and authorities have continued to interview people who knew the couple. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the lead agency handling the case, has not said who or what led to the deaths 91 days ago of the Sheridans - John, Cooper Health System's chief executive, and Joyce, a retired teacher. Nor has it said who set the fire in the couple's master bedroom, where the pair were found with stab wounds.
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November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
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September 10, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IF NOT FOR the yellow police tape cordoning off Malta Street and the firefighters washing blood from the walkway of a redbrick rowhouse, it would have looked like any other September afternoon in Juniata Park yesterday, with schoolkids in navy polos and khakis walking home and cars lining Hunting Park Avenue. But yesterday wasn't like any other day on the tidy block lined with a patchwork of lawns split by cement walkways. About 12:30 p.m., police said, a 42-year-old man in search of his estranged girlfriend went on a rage-fueled rampage outside a house, shooting her 21-year-old son and 40-year-old sister before putting a bullet into his own head.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld lower-court decisions that a murder-suicide in a home does not create a material defect and therefore does not need to be legally disclosed by a seller to a potential buyer. The Supreme Court considered an appeal, argued in November, of a Delaware County Court decision, upheld by Superior Court, that had dismissed a complaint in 2008 by Janet Milliken of Thornbury against the sellers and the listing agent of a house she bought for $610,000 in 2007.
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May 9, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
MACHELLE NELSON should've been there yesterday as her family gathered on the East Germantown block where she grew up. She wouldn't have missed a family get-together for the world. But Nelson, a mother of four and grandmother to five, was painfully absent from the rowhouse on Clearview Street near Washington Lane, where her close-knit family came together to mourn her tragic death. Nelson, who would have turned 60 this month, was on the couch in her sister's living room Tuesday watching reality TV when her estranged husband, Mark Nelson, walked in the door, pointed a gun at her and fired four shots before pressing the barrel to his own head and pulling the trigger.
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February 7, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ONE NORTH PHILLY man is dead and another is in "very critical condition" after an apparent murder-suicide attempt last night, police said. About 8:55 p.m., officers responded to a call of a person screaming on Wishart Street near 2nd, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When they arrived, the officers heard gunshots and forced their way into the home through a rear entrance. Inside, they found a 37-year-old man shot three times in the head, chest and hand, Small said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he's in critical condition, Small said.
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