The quarrel at a Christian school in northern Iraq was at first easily ignored by other students: a disagreement between a classmate and a teacher that could barely be heard. But it quickly escalated into gunfire today in a murder-suicide marking the rare violent death of an American in Iraq's most peaceful region.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article Authorities have no doubt the husband of missing Utah mom Susan Powell is responsible for the explosive fire Sunday that killed their two children and himself at a home in Graham, Wash.
Brian Skolofrf, Gene Johnson and Mike Baker
, February 06, 2012
An investigation determined that Todd Arthur Hulke shot his wife of more than 20 years, Laura Therese Hulke, before turning the gun on himself, said Cdr. Paul Sommer, the sheriff's office spokesman. They were both 51 years old.
It seemed like a normal night despite the fighting. While there had been bickering back and forth between 17-year-old Dylan Cox and the mother of his baby, 16-year-old Tabitha Belmonte, it was nothing new.
A woman upset with the father of her children packed her four youngsters into her minivan and drove into the frigid Hudson River, killing everyone except her 10-year-old son, who managed to roll down a window of the sinking vehicle and swim to shore. The dead youngsters ranged in age from 11 months to 5 years.
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In the last paragraph of a letter she wrote to a judge last fall, Dawn Marie Anderson penned a chilling warning in her petition for a court order barring her husband from contacting her. This week, authorities say she was the victim in a murder-suicide.
Melissa Cady-Angerer, a 27-year-old Dickinson woman charged in connection to an apparent murder-suicide, pleaded not guilty at a hearing Wednesday. However, Cady-Angerer reportedly stated she intended to plead guilty to the charge at a hearing Aug. 17, but a judge was not present, which complicates the matter.
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