A New York man with a history of “emotional issues” has used a hammer to bludgeon his mother, his sister and another woman to death in his Long Island home, police say.
Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested on three charges of murder in the early morning deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall; and friend Janel Simpson, who was visiting the home.
Authorities said the three women were found dead inside the Vanderhall’s Hempstead, New York, home of “blunt force trauma” about 2.15 am on Saturday.
A fourth woman survived the assault and is hospitalised.
Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of the Nassau County police homicide squad, told Newsday that Vanderhall’s mother had recently kicked him out of the house.