A 42-year-old man killed his prison pen-pal and her boyfriend and left their bodies to rot as he committed more crimes across the area, police said.
Thomas Knuff is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. He appeared in Parma Municipal Court Monday, where a judge set his bond at $50 million.
John Mann, 65-year-old, and Regina Capobianco, 50-year-old, were found dead at Mann’s home in the 6200 block of Nelwood Road, near Ackley Road. Both were stabbed several times in the neck and shoulder, police said. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the slayings.
Investigators say Knuff and Capobianco had been pen pals for several years while he was in prison. Knuff was serving a more than 15 year sentence for aggravated robbery with a weapon. Capobianco met Knuff through a prison pen-pal program and they wrote letters to each other for about 10 years, Parma Heights Capt. Steve Scharschmidt said.
Knuff had just been released on April 11, when both victims picked him up from the Lorain Correctional Institution.
It’s not clear exactly what day Mann and Capobianco were murdered, but police believe their bodies were inside Mann’s home for about five weeks.
Capobianco’s sister reported her missing to Stark County authorities on May 23. Investigators then focused on Knuff after finding out that the victims picked him up from prison exactly one month before the slayings.
The arrest was made nine days after the bodies of Mann and Capobianco were discovered.
Source: Daily Mail