murder-suicide involving chainsaw

Man Chokes, Stabs Wife, Kills Her and Self with Chainsaw–Yes, a Chainsaw

A Montgomery County man killed his wife with a chainsaw before taking his own life inside their Lower Moreland home, the coroner said Wednesday.

Their bodies were found in the couple’s home on Country Lane Tuesday afternoon by their 14-year-old son.

County coroner Walter Hofman says 43-year-old Nicole Peppleman was murdered and 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman committed suicide.

Investigators say it appeared they both had been mutilated by a chainsaw.

The autopsy showed that Nicole died of a gaping wound to the abdomen.

She had also been choked and stabbed in the neck.

Dr. Hofman says Christopher Peppleman died of a self-inflicted gaping wound to the abdomen and right side.

It was the end of a contentious relationship that has stunned the community.

Nicole had been separated from her husband and had been living with the children at her parents’ house in Jenkintown.

It’s not clear why she met her estranged husband at their house Tuesday.

LOWER MORELAND CHAINSAW DEATHS RULED MURDER-SUICIDE. 6ABC.com, 4/1/2015.

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