Monday, January 09, 2006

Tragedy in Richmond

Va. Murder Spree Ends With Philly Arrests
PHILADELPHIA Two men arrested by Philadelphia police Saturday are accused of carrying out the brutal murders of two Richmond, Va., families – slaughters that included slitting the throats of women and children.

All seven victims were found bound with tape in their homes, authorities said. On New Year's Day, a well-known Richmond musician, his wife and their two young daughters were slit and their home set ablaze. In a similar incident on Friday, a couple and their daughter were killed and their home ransaked.


Bryan Harvey, 49, had been a fixture on the Richmond rock music scene since the mid-'80s -- most notably as guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed duo House of Freaks, which released five albums on three labels from 1987 to 1995.

His wife, Kathryn Harvey, 39, was the half-sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives." She co-owned World of Mirth, a quirky toy and novelty store in Carytown, a 12-block stretch of trendy boutiques, cafes and coffee shops just west of downtown.

The couple and their daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were found in their basement, bound with tape and with their throats cut, authorities said.

The Harveys had invited friends for a chili party on New Year's Day. Bandmate Johnny Hott, the first to arrive, entered the unlocked front door and was engulfed in smoke. He shouted for a neighbor to call 911, and authorities discovered a fire and the bodies in the basement.

Less than a week later, in another Richmond neighborhood, the bodies of Percyell Tucker, 55; Mary Baskerville, 47; and her 21-year-old daughter, Ashley Baskerville, were found Friday, also bound with duct tape. Monroe did not say how the three were killed.