Man accused of beating mother, sister, friend to death

Jim Staubitser

Jim Staubitser

Vanderhall was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, and he's being held in Mineola, New York, as he awaits his arraignment on Sunday.

She managed to fight back, escaped the house, and called for help.

Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested on three charges of murder in the early morning deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall; and Janel Simpson, who was visiting the home.

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"When he came here last night and it looked like the doors were secured, he became enraged", said Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of the Homicide Squad. He obtained a large hammer. He was arrested after the police found him asleep in a vehicle, two miles from the house.

All of them were here in Venderhall's home in Hempstead when it happened. "With this hammer, he broke through the basement door".

Neighbor Earl Sykes, 38, was driving home from the movies around 1:20 a.m. when the surviving victim - who was barefoot and screaming - jumped on the hood of his vehicle, the Daily News reported. Police said she's 29 years old. "She kept saying, 'He's trying to kill us!"

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

A mother, her daughter and her daughter's friend were bludgeoned to death with a hammer in a house in Hempstead, police said.


Police later found Vanderhall sleeping inside a parked vehicle just two miles away from the home and arrested him.

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Janel's father Dennis Simpson told the network that his daughter was a secretary at Northwell Health, a chain of healthcare facilities and used to work late hours. The friends had taken a trip to attend Carnival in Trinidad and were planning to visit Cuba in the fall.

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