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Parente Baltimore Murder-Suicide Update

More information is out about a possible motive in the tragic murder-suicide of a Long Island family at a Shertaon hotel in Towson, just north of Baltimore, Maryland.

Newsday, a Long Island area paper, reports that the New York State Attorney’s General office is investigating claims made by Bruce Montague, a lawyer in Queens, New York, who says he invested $450,000 with William Parente. After the Bernie Madoff scandal, Montague requested his money back. Parente gave Montague six checks but told him to only cash the first two. Those checks bounced on the day after the discovery of the murders.

Baltimore County police say Parente killed his wife and two daughters before killing himself. A press conference is scheduled for 11 EDT. Previous post with details on the discovery of the deaths.

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Victims Identified in Baltimore Hotel Deaths- Police Suspect Murder-Suicide

Update: Last night we brought you news that 4 people had been discovered dead in a Sheraton hotel room in Towson, just north of Baltimore, Maryland. Officials are now reporting that one of the victims, a teenage girl, was a sophomore at Loyola College in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun identifies the victims as William Parente, 59; his wife, Betty Parente, 58; and their daughters, Stephanie Parente, 19; and Catherine Parente, 11, all of Garden City, N.Y. and notes that police are investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide. WBAL has photos of the victims, which I will not be posting here. This tragedy comes after a rash of murder-suicides throughout the U.S., including one in Middlewood, Maryland where a father killed his spouse and their three children. See our earlier coverage of that tragedy here.

A little more than a year ago, a Rockville father brought his three young children to a Marriott hotel in downtown Baltimore where he drowned the children one by one in a bathtub. The father was engaged in a custody battle with the children’s mother, his ex-wife. This incident particularly sticks in my memory because I was at work in the building next to the hotel when the bodies were discovered. The Baltimore Sun has a good article about estranged parents who hurt their kids.

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Police Arrest “Craigslist Killer” Suspect

A 22-year-old med student at Boston University has been charged with killing a woman in Boston and robbing two others. Philip Markoff is suspected of being the “Craigslist Killer,” a moniker given to the person who shot Julissa Brisman, 26, in a Boston hotel room last week, CNN. Markoff is engaged to be married to another med student at BU and had no previous police record, but  police labeled Markoff a “predator” and suspect there are more victims that have yet to come forward, NY Daily News.

The only Somali pirate to survive the attack on the Maersk Alabama has landed in New York and is set to stand trial. The pirate is just 16-years-old. The other three pirates who attacked the ship and held the boat’s captain hostage were killed by Navy SEALs, BBC News.

On this 4/20, NPR takes a look at what the U.S. would be like if the government legalized marijuana. Read the analysis here.

The Pulitizer Prize winners were announced today, with the New York Times winning five awards, but the most interesting winner was Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune. Giblin was laid off more than three months ago by the newspaper. He helped the paper win an award for his coverage of immigration enforcement operations in Arizona, Assoicated Press.

Check our earlier post on updates on the four people found dead in a Baltimore-area hotel room. Police suspect it may have been a murder-suicide, info here.

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Breaking: 4 Found Dead in Baltimore Sheraton Hotel

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that staff found four dead on the 10th floor of a Sheraton hotel in Towson, just north of Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore County police have not released any details about the victims. We’ll have more details as they become available.

Update: Officials say the victims are a man, two women and a teenage girl. Police say the victims are related and they suspect were not from the area. It is believed to be, at this point, a possibility that it was a murder-suicide.

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