U.S. man arrested for killing mother, sister, another woman with hammer

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2017

Bobby Vanderhall, the son and sister of two of the victims, is charged with the murders.


The friend who escaped remains unidentified by media but is in stable condition at the hospital, NBC4 reported.

He's also accused of bludgeoning another one of his sister's friends, 29-year-old Candace Murray, but she managed to fight back and leave the home.

He then beat his mother, 58-year-old Lynn Vanderhall, to death in the kitchen, according to police.

Relatives say he was a friendly and athletic kid whose mental and emotional problems got worse after the sudden death of his father.

"The doors were secured and he became enraged", added Fitzpatrick. "He went to the garage, he obtained a large hammer".

Nassau cops are searching for a "person of interest" in what they described as the targeted killings of three women in a Hempstead home. He was arrested after the police found him asleep in a auto, two miles from the house. "With this hammer, he broke through the basement door".

A witness, Earl Sykes, 38, told the New York Daily News that he was driving home from the movies around 1:20 a.m. when the surviving victim sprinted between cars, barefoot and screaming, to jump on the hood of his vehicle. Police said she's 29 years old. "He's trying to kill us!", according to officials.

Denis Simpson said his daughter had worked late as a secretary at Northwell Health and then went to her friend's house to hang out.

Police said that Vanderhall's mother threw him out of the home in March for physically assaulting her.

Police say the suspect has been homeless since his mom kicked him out of the house.

He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who went to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning to visit Cuba in the fall.

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