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Two sisters in Florida have been convicted of killing their father when one of them recognized a man who both had a relationship four years later.
Linda Roberts, 62, and Mary-Beth Tomaselli, 63, were arrested Tuesday and accused of first-rate murder in the 85-year-old death of 85-year-old Anthony Tomaselli, according to a statement from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is in some respects – as we sometimes call these things – it’s the perfect murder, because there was absolutely no sign of struggle, no sign of foul play,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a press conference. “He had cancer, he had dementia, he was seriously ill … They could easily have gone away with it.”
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5, to a home in Palm Harbor, where they found that Anthony Tomaselli did not respond and attempted CPR, police said Linda Roberts was accused of first-degree murder for killing his father Anthony Tomaselli ” width=”180″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
Linda Roberts was accused of first-degree murder for alleged killing his father Anthony Tomaselli (Photo: Pinellas County Sheriff & # 39; s Office)
The sisters told the police that they had taken their father to a trip to the beach and he had fallen asleep on the couch, claiming when they woke up the next morning, they discovered he was not breathing, CPR tried and called 911.
Due to his advanced age and medical conditions, a doctor recorded his cause of death as natural, meaning no autopsy would be
Gualtieri said detectors began investigating Tomaselli’s death as a murder when a man who had a sexual relationship with both sisters informed the detective that he had a recording of Roberts who confessed to killing his father in 2015.
The man, who has not been identified by the police, worked with the authorities to get further recordings from both Roberts and her sister about her father’s death.
According to Gualtieri, the women first tried to give their father sleeping pills mixed with alcohol, but it did not work so they tried to stifle him with a pillow. When it didn’t work, they filled a rag into the throat, pinched their noses and held their arms until he stopped breathing.
Mary-Beth Tomaselli also took in to give sleep pills to her adult daughter, who was at home that night, so she would not witness the murder.
The women later sold their father’s home and shared $ 120,000 in advance with their brother, who was not involved in the murder, Gualtieri said.
Both women repeatedly referred to the killing as “prevented” and said they “euthanized” their father because he would die soon and refused to live in an assisted living facility, according to police.
“It’s terrible that they put so much effort and thought to kill their dad,” Gualtieri said. “Thankfully, they won’t get away with it.”
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