Lynn Reuchenbach-Vanderhall, Melissa Vanderhall, and Janel Simpson were beaten to death on Long Island, NY, Aug 8, 2017
The three Long Island women were beaten to death early Saturday inside a blood-spattered Hempstead home, with a fourth victim somehow escaping the carnage alive, police said.
Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested on three charges of murder in the early morning deaths of Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, his 58-year-od mother; Melissa Vanderhall, his sister; and Janel Simpson, [photo, left], who family members say was visiting the home.
Police said the three women were found dead of “blunt force trauma” at a home on Perry Street about 2:15 a.m.
A fourth woman who was assaulted remains hospitalized, police said. Bobby Vanderhall faces a charge of attempted murder in that assault, police said.
Devastated relatives of the slain women stood weeping outside the suburban home as police announced they were hunting a “person of interest” in the brutal triple homicide.
Family members identified the victims as Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, her daughter Melissa and friend Janel Simpson.
Police said all three were killed by blunt force trauma to their bodies, and the killer specifically targeted the victims.
Bobby Vanderhall is accused of bludgeoning his mother, sister and her friend to death in their Long Island, NY home, Saturday
Loved ones of the slain women cry Saturday outside the crime scene in Hempstead, Long Island
“You can see the blood inside, you can see the handprints,” said a woman who identified herself as Simpson’s sister-in-law. “The door is wide open.”
Police said Vanderhall had been kicked out of the house by his mother and was homeless.
“He became enraged, went to the garage and obtained a large hammer, it’s called a framing hammer,” said Fitzpatrick. “With this framing hammer he broke through the basement door of the residence.”
Police said the suspect went to the living room and assaulted his mother, then attacked the other women.
The other woman who was visiting was injured but managed to escape and hide in a neighboring backyard until help could arrive. She is in stable condition at a local hospital.
One wailing relative collapsed to the ground upon reaching the crime scene. The street was blocked off by police.
The unidentified woman who escaped the slaughter was listed in stable condition at a Long Island hospital. The other three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Nassau Country police on the scene Saturday of the the triple homicide that took the lives of three women
“We are looking at a person of interest right now,” said Nassau County police Lt. Richard LeBrun. “This is basically a targeted event, not a random event.”
There was no word about the murder weapon or any possible motive in the triple killing.
Cops were called to the two-story home on Perry St. around 2:15 a.m. for a reported assault — and arrived to find the gruesome scene.
Lt. Richard LeBrun of Nassau County Police said the murders were targeted and not random.
Victim Janel Simpson, 29, attended SUNY-Buffalo State and was visiting a friend when she was attacked, according to her mother Wendy Simpson.
“I would like to express my deep, heartfelt, sincere condolences to the victims that were tragically killed this morning,” said LeBrun.