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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.
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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.
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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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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
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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.
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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.
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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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September 23, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Police last year found Temple University student Agatha Hall in her North Philadelphia apartment with a gun beside her body, a gunshot wound to her head, and a bullet hole in the wall. Did the 21-year-old commit suicide, or was she killed? Lawyers began sparring over that question before a Common Pleas Court jury Wednesday as the murder trial began for Hall's former boyfriend, Brandon Meade. Prosecutors, led by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano, have alleged that Meade, 30, fired his 9mm handgun at Hall, then staged the scene in her bedroom to look like a suicide.
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August 14, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A Burlington County woman and her son, killed by her husband in a murder-suicide this week, will be remembered at a memorial service Sunday. MaShanda Johnson, 48, of Burlington Township, and Ruben "Tré" Johnson III, 10, were shot by her husband, Ruben Johnson Jr., Monday night before he turned the gun on himself, authorities said. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the killings, which stunned neighbors and friends. The couple had financial problems and a troubled marriage, friends say. Their $500,000 home on Sunflower Circle, purchased in 2005, was up for sheriff's sale in October, records say. Neighbors recalled MaShanda Johnson as a doting mother of two. A daughter, LoraVon, 23, lives in Florida.
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August 11, 2016 | By Melanie Burney and Michael Boren, STAFF WRITERS
Several years ago, Mashanda Johnson began warning a childhood friend that "if something ever happens to me, it's going to be Ruben. " Her worst fears came true Monday night in a quiet Burlington County town. Police say Ruben Johnson Jr., 50, fatally shot his wife, 48, and their son, 10, in the couple's Burlington Township home, and then turned the gun on himself. Moments before, Ruben Johnson had called his brother and said, "I just killed my family. I'm about to kill myself.
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August 9, 2016 | By Rob Tornoe, Staff Writer
Five family members, including a 2-year-old toddler, were found dead in their home in a small Pennsylvania town in what authorities are describing as an apparent murder-suicide. Authorities discovered the bodies Saturday afternoon in the family's home in the Berks County town of Sinking Spring, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia, according to the Berks County District Attorney's Office. The victims, who all died of gunshot wounds, were identified by the District Attorney's Office Sunday as Mark Short, 40, his wife, Megan, 33, and their children Lianna, 8, Mark Jr., 5, and Willow, 2. Officials say the family dog was also shot and killed.
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June 20, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A renowned forensic pathologist concluded that John P. Sheridan and his wife more likely were brutally slain by an intruder and that the Somerset County prosecutor misinterpreted evidence in the high-profile investigation. The findings by Michael Baden, detailed in a 15-page affidavit obtained by the Inquirer, offer a harrowing interpretation of the last moments of Sheridan and wife Joyce, who were found dead Sept. 28, 2014, inside their Montgomery Township, N.J., home. Instead of a murder-suicide carried out by John Sheridan, as the prosecutor concluded, Baden found that the CEO of Cooper Health System and his wife, a retired teacher, more likely were preyed upon by a man who killed them and then set a fire to destroy the evidence.
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April 7, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A son of the late Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan has been indicted on a single count of drug possession for cocaine found in his car the day his parents died in 2014. Matthew Sheridan, 41, of Montgomery Township, Somerset County, had been arrested Sept. 28, 2014, after authorities searched his vehicle at the family's home and found cocaine and a scale in the car, according to law enforcement records. Early that morning, his parents were found dead, both stabbed, in the couple's master bedroom that intentionally had been set on fire.
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November 13, 2015
* Mershon Street near Devereaux Avenue, Mayfair A Mayfair man was clinging to life last night after he allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Officers were called to the pair's house just after 7 a.m., police said. A 9-year-old girl, the female victim's daughter from a previous relationship, had dialed 9-1-1. The girl had heard the adults arguing, followed by a loud bang, she later told detectives. When she went to investigate, she found her mother lying on the floor, screaming for her to get help, according to a police source.
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November 2, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
Somerset County officials prematurely closed the investigation into the 2014 deaths of Cooper Health System's CEO and his wife, according to two independent experts who examined bloodstains, charred debris, and burns inside the couple's Montgomery Township, N.J., home. The two investigators, former Philadelphia homicide detective Edward Rocks and retired Philadelphia fire marshal Thomas Schneiders - with more than seven decades of combined experience - studied the home of John and Joyce Sheridan for four hours last month at The Inquirer's request.
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October 5, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gloucester County officials are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that claimed the lives of a Deptford Township couple Saturday morning. Police received a 911 call at 8:17 a.m. from a 67-year-old man reporting a shooting in the couple's residence in Heritage, an age-restricted community. When police responded, officers found the man and his 72-year-old wife mortally wounded. The man was transported to Inspira Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. His wife, who was taken to Cooper Medical Center in Camden, was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m. Authorities were trying to reach family members and did not identify the couple.
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June 16, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men found shot Saturday afternoon in a Harrowgate rowhouse in Northeast Philadelphia after a standoff with officers died in an apparent murder-suicide, police said Sunday. The men, whose names were not released by investigators, were found with gunshot wounds to the head about 4 p.m. Saturday in the dining room of the house in the 3500 block of Emerald Street, three blocks southeast of the Tioga El station. No officers fired their guns during the standoff, and homicide detectives continue to investigate, police said.
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