March 17, 2018

United States man arrested for killing mother, sister, another woman with hammer

13 August 2017, 10:54 | Taylor George

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Vanderhall was awaiting arraignment on three murder charges and an attempted murder charge.

The deceased have been identified as Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, 58, who was the suspect's mother; 29-year-old Melissa Vanderhall, the suspect's sister; and 29-year-old Janel Simpson, who was staying at the home at the time, according to relatives.

His sister, Melissa Vanderhall, 29, was on the stairs when she, too, was beaten to death. They said a fourth woman was injured but managed to escape the house and is being treated at a hospital. She also died from bludgeoning. Vanderhall found the last victim, 29-year-old Janel Simpson (pictured, November 2015), in an upstairs room.

Police were alerted to a report of an assault on Perry Street about 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

"The doors were secured and he became enraged", added Fitzpatrick. He went to the garage and got a hammer, then bashed his way through the basement door, prosecutors claim.

'The family right now is distraught, ' said Juanita Johnson, a cousin of the Vanderhalls.

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A neighbor, Earl Sykes, 38, had been driving home at around 1:20 a.m. when he spotted the surviving victim-barefoot and yelling-who then jumped on the hood of his auto, People magazine reported.

"She was covered in blood", said Sykes, who called 911. They said he then attacked the other women.

A mother, her daughter and her daughter's friend were bludgeoned to death with a hammer in a house in Hempstead, police said.


He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who had gone to to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning a trip to Cuba in the fall. "These girls don't give problems, these girls just have fun", Simpson said.

Police said Lynn Vanderhall kicked her son out of the house at some point after a March 2017 incident where he allegedly slapped and physically harassed her, police said.

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