Murder, suicide in Upper Darby, police say
A perpetually ill woman who spent most of her time in a hospital bed on the first floor of her Upper Darby duplex killed her brother before taking her own life Thursday, according to police.
Kathleen Verdecchio, 63, was found in bed with a gunshot wound to the neck around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
A .38-caliber revolver was found in her lap, he said.
On the floor next to the bed with a gunshot wound to the head was Verdecchio's brother, Harry McCabe, 62, Chitwood said.
"We don't know if it was an 'agreed-to' thing or something that was thought out by Kathleen," Chitwood said.
Verdecchio was discovered by McCabe's daughter, who entered the duplex looking for her father, Chitwood said.
After seeing her aunt on the bed, Chitwood said, the woman - who whom he did not identify - ran outside and called 911. Police discovered McCabe upon arrival.
Chitwood said that McCabe and Verdecchio had health problems, but that Verdecchio was particularly sick and, for the most part, bedridden. McCabe helped take care of her, Chitwood added.
Attempts to reach family members Friday were unsuccessful.