3 homicide victims found in Hempstead home, cops say

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Police said Vanderhall then found his mother in the living room and started to bludgeon her with the hammer.

The attack is "possibly domestic", a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said. The third woman who was killed was a friend of one of the victims. She too was bludgeoned to death using the hammer.

It was not quickly known whether Bobby Vanderhall has a lawyer. Janel Simpson also met the same fate when she attempted to stop Vanderhall.

According to police, Lynn Vanderhall had an order of protection against her mentally troubled son. "He became enraged, went to the garage and obtained a large hammer, it's called a framing hammer", said Fitzpatrick.

Vanderhall had been kicked out of his mother's house on Perry Street and was homeless according to Lt Stephen Fitzpatrick of Nassau County homicide

'The family right now is distraught, ' said Juanita Johnson, a cousin of the Vanderhalls.

The fourth woman who escaped is reported to be in stable condition at Nassau County Medical Center. Police said she's 29 years old. Janel's Simpson's mother was also seen outside the home.

He described his daughter and her friends as fun-loving women who had gone to to Carnival in Trinidad and were planning a trip to Cuba in the fall.

After the incident, Vanderhall walked out of the home, went back to his vehicle and fell asleep. He is being held in Mineola and was scheduled for arraignment on Sunday. Vanderhall had a history of abusing his mother and sister and had slapped and physically abused Lynn in March.

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