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Pennsylvania Man Killed Wife, Self with Chainsaw

April 02, 2015  | 

Authorities say a man killed his ex-wife with a chainsaw in this house then turned the tool on himself. (Photo: Screen Shot from CBS Philly)
Authorities say a man killed his ex-wife with a chainsaw in this house then turned the tool on himself. (Photo: Screen Shot from CBS Philly)

Authorities say one of the people found dead in a Lower Moreland Township, Pa., home on Tuesday after suffering wounds from a chainsaw was slain; the other committed suicide.

Montgomery County Coroner Walter Hofman identified the couple on Wednesday afternoon as 43-year-old Nicole Peppelman and 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The recently divorced couple was found dead Tuesday afternoon. Police said one of their young sons reported finding his parents unresponsive with lacerations from a chainsaw.

Nicole Peppelman died from gaping sharp force injuries to her abdomen, Hofman said. Stab wounds and choking also contributed to her death, which was ruled a homicide. The coroner said Christopher Peppelman died from gaping sharp force injuries to his abdomen and right thigh. His death was ruled a suicide.


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kevCopAz @ 4/3/2015 3:30 PM

wow, I investigated many, many suicides/homicides, this guy was serious!. There was one in Phx years ago where a man went into a pawn shop, asked to see if a chain saw worked. The clerk gave it to him, said try it, he did and cut his own throat with it. BAD scene. Perhaps the anti gun folks should start a "outlaw all chain saws" campaign, You think we should all have a 30 day waiting period for a chain saw? This shows that if someone is serious about murder or suicide, NOTHING will stop them, they will use a rock if they have to in order to do what they want to do...end of story.

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/5/2015 2:11 AM

People are getting more creative. The last case I had heard about with something like this was a suicide where a man cut his head off with a mechanical log splitter. He had cancer and had been in intense pain for some time. But I have to give him credit for finding a most unusual way to kill himself. My condolences to the victims and their families.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/7/2015 3:36 PM

NASTY! Sounds like in addition to being a Mental case he was trying to copycat the villain in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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