East Coast Violent Crime

Man Beheaded his Wife, Killed Their Daughter and Hanged Himself

NYPD says man beheaded his wife, killed their daughter and hanged himself in Grisly double murder-suicide took place on West 121st Street in Harlem. Yonathan Tedla and Jennifer Schlecht were going through divorce and were due in court for a hearing just hours before the slayings.

Schlecht, 46, was found beheaded in the bathroom, with her head in her lap Her daughter, five-year-old Abaynesh, was slashed in the neck and partially decapitated. Tedla, 46, was found hanged from a rope in a bedroom, Schlecht’s brother called police Wednesday night asking to perform a welfare check after failing to reach her by phone.

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Schlecht was a humanitarian who served as senior adviser for emergency preparedness and response with organization Family Planning 2020 Her father said his son-in-law had threatened to ‘take them all out’ if Jennifer served him with divorce papers.


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