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February 2, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE DAVID REYES and TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three people were shot dead in a gruesome murder-suicide Monday morning when a 60-year-old ex-convict gunned down his estranged wife and her male housemate with assault rifles, dragged her body into her La Habra home, then pointed a rifle at his own head, police said. La Habra police identified the gunman as Richard William Willsey of Whittier, and his victims as Nancy Marie Willsey, 51, and Dennis Hoefs, 59.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1998 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sheriff's deputies are trying to determine why a San Clemente apartment dweller attacked her landlord with a baseball bat, fatally shot a neighbor and then killed herself Sunday night. Investigators on Monday said Kim Tyler, 55, allegedly beat her landlord, former San Clemente City Councilman Tom Lorch, with a bat and began shooting when he ran from her apartment about 9:30 p.m. A neighbor, Edward McQuown, 30, who had left his home to investigate, was shot and killed.
NEWS
August 31, 1998
The bodies of a man and a woman were found late Sunday outside an apartment complex in San Clemente in what authorities say may be a murder-suicide. Full details were not available, but officials said one body was found in the middle of the street and the other outside an apartment in the 2200 block of South El Camino Real. Capt. Scott Brown of the Orange County Fire Authority said firefighters were called to the scene of a fire about 9:35 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The downward spiral that was Glenn Brabham's life ended with the 40-year-old Moreno Valley man killing a 15-year-old girl he was enamored with, and then turning the gun on himself, police said. When they searched his home Thursday, investigators found it almost bare, except for his will, stuck by a magnet to his refrigerator door, La Habra Police Capt. John Rees said. In it, he asked that his photos of his victim--Desiree Roman--be buried with him, Rees said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bodies of a 15-year-old girl and a family friend in his 40s, apparently victims of a murder-suicide, were discovered Wednesday by the girl's mother when she arrived home from work, La Habra police said. "He apparently had developed a romantic interest in the 15-year-old, which she did not welcome," Police Capt. John Rees said. "However, it was not perceived to be a threatening situation. "The daughter had told the mother, and they confronted him about it" sometime recently, Rees said.
NEWS
October 3, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 65-year-old man depressed over persistent health problems is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife before turning the knife on himself, police said Thursday. The bodies of Alfred and Antonia Cole, 74, were found inside their home late Wednesday after their worried daughter asked police to check on them because they had not returned a phone call. Investigators were unable to confirm "who stabbed whom first," and are waiting for autopsy reports, Brea Police Sgt. Tom Flenniken said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all accounts, Rosanna Hooper was a model mother. She adored her son, Daniel, a bony 11-year-old who loved animals, throwing his "wicked" curve ball and playing video games. Almost every day the two were seen bouncing along in Hooper's white Ford van, a clunking older model that stalled regularly at the end of their cul-de-sac on North Merrimac Road, where Daniel would give an exasperated sigh and cross his fingers for the van to recover.
NEWS
May 4, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all accounts, Rosie Hooper was a model mother. She adored her son, Daniel, a bony 11-year-old who loved animals, threw a "wicked" curve ball and played video games. Almost every day the two were seen bouncing along in Hooper's white Ford van, a clunking older model that stalled regularly at the end of their cul-de-sac on North Merrimac Road. Daniel would give an exasperated sigh and cross his fingers for the van to recover.
NEWS
May 3, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES and DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police believe an Anaheim woman distraught over financial woes killed her 11-year-old son before taking her own life an hour later by stepping in front of an oncoming train. The mother, identified as 47-year-old Rose Hooper, was last seen pulling away from her Anaheim home in a white van about 4:30 p.m. Friday, neighbors said. It was the home she was forced to share with her estranged husband because of financial problems, neighbors said.
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