LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK — It’s being reported that a man used a hammer to batter his mother, his sister, and another woman to death in his Long Island home on Saturday.
Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was taken into custody and hit with three charges of murder in the deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, 59; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall, 29; and Janel Simpson, 29, who was Melissa’s best friend since childhood. (Photo of victims below).
Nassau Country police detectives said the three women were found dead inside the Vanderhall’s home located in Hempstead, New York. The deaths were the result of “blunt force trauma.”
Authorities say a fourth woman managed to escape the brutal attack by Vanderhall, and she is currently hospitalized.
Officials told reporters that Vanderhall’s mother had recently kicked him out of the house, a decision he was not happy about.
The killing spree started when Vanderhall returned to the house in the middle of the night and became enraged when he realized he was locked out. He then went to the garage, obtained a large hammer, and broke through the basement door.
Police said Vanderhall found his mother first. She was sleeping in the living room when he began smashing her in the head with the hammer. Immediately after killing his mother, he the attacked the other women. The three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Reportedly, Vanderhall had a history of “emotional issues” and been taken from his mother’s home to a medical center many times prior to the murders.
Authorities say Vanderhall’s behavior had become more violent recently, leading his mother to obtain an order of protection against him from the courts.
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