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Police: NY bridge-jumpers were homicide suspects

SUFFERN, N.Y. (AP) - A woman and her boyfriend moved in with her uncle, stole from his bank accounts and then suffocated him before jumping to their deaths off the George Washington Bridge, police said Wednesday.

Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said investigators are confident they have pieced together the strange story but acknowledged that with all three principals dead, "We may never be able to answer some of the questions."

The killing of William Valenti, 70, of Suffern, was discovered Monday by a nephew, Osborn said. The killers, identified as Nickie Hunt, 40, and Gary Crockett, 41, had tried to delay the discovery of the body by posting a note on the back door that said Valenti had been taken to a hospital, the chief said. But Valenti was in his bedroom, dead from asphyxiation.

Osborn said police have not established how he was suffocated or which person did it.

Police: Couple Killed Uncle Over Money Before Double Suicide

Detective Craig Long said Hunt also left a few notes, including one addressed to "the four most amazing kids this world has ever seen or ever will." He said that note did not mention the killing or admit guilt but apologized in general for the children's upbringing and Hunt's estrangement from their father.

The children did not live with Hunt.

"The tenor of the note indicates that she is going down a dark road" but does not specifically mention suicide, Long said. Crockett left no note, he said.

As detectives investigated the killing, they learned about a "family dispute" - Valenti had accused the couple of stealing more than $1,000 from him and had threatened to go to the police, Osborn said.

Several hours after the killing, a police dispatcher heard about the George Washington Bridge double suicide and mentioned it to detectives. The jumpers carried no identification, but their description - a white man and woman in their 40s - fit the suspects. The key to Valenti's Chevrolet Malibu was in the dead woman's pocket, Osborn said, and the two have since been positively identified.

Osborn said investigators believe Hunt and Crockett fled the murder scene in the Malibu, drove the 20 miles to one side of the bridge, walked out onto the span and jumped. He said the car has not been found.

Osborn said the killing was the first in Suffern in more than a decade.

He said Valenti had no relatives closer than his niece and nephew.

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alistheman May 01 2014 at 8:12 AM

I think if everybody who did a very bad crime jumped off a bridge , this world would be a better place! And we would save lots of money from not putting them in jail and taking care of them for 20 years. And another thing, the man that had a botched exicution and later died of a heart attack???? Big frigin deal! he probibly deserved 10 times worse!

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cbza3600 alistheman May 01 2014 at 8:34 AM

If everybody who didn't know how to spell or write when leaving ignorant messages on online comment sections, this world would be a better place

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dram2500c May 01 2014 at 7:18 AM

Sad story with a happy ending.

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msslongrider May 01 2014 at 7:16 AM

Good riddens,they got what they deserved!

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rbell72981 May 01 2014 at 7:15 AM

Saves alot of tax money.

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lagerfeld88 May 01 2014 at 7:13 AM

I wonder how Pat Robertson and other right wing religious conservatives will be able to blame these deaths on GAYs? Stay posted . . .

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plewdawg May 01 2014 at 7:08 AM


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laheavyeq2002 plewdawg May 01 2014 at 7:32 AM

need spellcheck in here

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timeclockpolicy May 01 2014 at 7:03 AM

UPDATE : Newly released numbers as to the SCUMBAG population in the state indicate that the count is now lower, by TWO! Our condolences to the fish that inhabit those waters.

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dc walker May 01 2014 at 6:36 AM

America I fear for you....it seems killing has become the norm to solve one's problems.

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zrsz1 dc walker May 01 2014 at 7:56 AM

life is cheap,,,,,

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mindycb33 May 01 2014 at 6:34 AM

Sorry for the uncle and any children involved. Good riddance to the two selfish jerks.

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johnny May 01 2014 at 6:32 AM

I feel for the old man sorry for his ending. The other 2 they saved the tax payers a boat load of money, so I say " Did you enjoy your swim kiddies".

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