October 9, 2000
Couple's story turns tragic By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer In July, police found the bodies of an elderly Hagerstown couple in a car parked with the engine running in a remote part of Washington County. Fred Stouffer had apparently used exhaust fumes to kill himself and Aileen, his wife of 56 years, who suffered from advanced Alzheimer's disease. Police ruled their deaths a murder-suicide. Those closest to the couple were shocked. Murder-suicides involving older couples are complex tragedies that have a traumatic impact on surviving family members, friends and neighbors, a national geriatric issues expert said.
November 30, 1999
The Martinsburg Police Department said two people died in a possible murder-suicide Saturday. The bodies of Jeffrey Michael Webber, 43, and Kimberly Anne Webber, 40, were found in a bedroom of a Martinsburg residence. Both apparently suffered gunshot wounds to the head, and officers at the scene believe at least one of the wounds was self-inflicted, police said. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full story.
January 22, 1998
Domestic abuse cases alarm Pa. officials By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Barely a month into the new year, Franklin County, Pa., already has had its share of violent crime. Two of the incidents, a murder-suicide in Quincy, Pa., and an attempted murder-suicide in Waynesboro, Pa., also indicate what some see as a disturbing trend in Franklin and Fulton counties - an ongoing increase in domestic violence-related crime. According to the annual report for 1997 released by Women In Need Victim Services of Chambersburg, domestic violence is on the rise in both counties and more victims are seeking help.
December 11, 2000
Retired cop's wife killed him, herself By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI AND MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writers Related story : 2 dead in suspected murder-suicide FAIRPLAY - The wife of a retired Washington, D.C., police officer used his gun to fire a hail of bullets at him Sunday, killing him and then taking her own life. continued An autopsy showed Joellen Markle, 49, shot her husband, Frederick Markle, 52, with a .357 Magnum five times before shooting herself in the head, deputies said.
May 27, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Waynesboro CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Tuesday the shooting deaths of a Chambersburg couple on Memorial Day as a murder-suicide. Trooper Ed Asbury said police determined that Lawrence W. Cuff Jr., 52, a former part-time Chambersburg police officer, shot his live-in girlfriend, Janine R. Goodyear, 33, with a handgun and then shot himself at their home at 4453 Sycamore Grove Road in Greene Township sometime early Monday.
September 8, 2000
Conference addresses elderly murder-suicides By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer What would prompt an elderly man to kill his suffering wife - then kill himself? Too often, society assumes incorrectly that love spurred him on, a national geriatric issues expert said Friday at a convention on behavioral changes. In reality, desperation, not adoration, usually reigns during cases of elderly murder-suicide, said Donna Cohen, a professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health at the University of South Florida.
December 10, 2000
2 dead in suspected murder-suicide By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer FAIRPLAY - A man and woman are dead of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide in a home on Fairplay Farms Road Sunday morning, authorities said. continued Sgt. Mark Knight of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said deputies were called to a home in the 8000 block of Fairplay Farms Road around 2 a.m. Sunday. The deaths were a result of a domestic dispute, he said.
May 28, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Waynesboro CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police, family and friends say they may never know what happened between the Chambersburg couple who were found shot to death Monday in what police are labeling a murder-suicide. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jeff Stine said no note was left in the Greene Township home before Lawrence W. Cuff Jr., 52, shot his girlfriend, Janine R. Goodyear, 33, several times with a .357-caliber revolver and then took his own life.
April 18, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- An accountant for a railroad operator killed his wife and their three children before fatally shooting himself in their Middletown home, leaving a gruesome scene that was discovered Saturday by the youngsters' grandfather, authorities said. When investigators arrived at the two-story home, the couple's two sons, ages 5 and 4, lay dead in their beds, while the bodies of a 2-year-old daughter and the mother, Francis Billotti Wood, were in the master bedroom, Frederick County sheriff's office spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey said.