tags: Musician Incident, New York, front door attack, asking for help, cover story, random victim, homeless suspects, LGBT Incident victim, stolen car, carjacking, murder, 2 suspects
1 killed 2 arrested August 20, 2014 New York Violinist Mary Whitaker Murdered by Front Door Intruders Jonathan Conklin, 43, and Charles Sanford, 30, are being federally charged in connection to the murder of violinist Mary Whitaker in her summer home. They are charged with stealing property, taking it across state lines, carjacking and murdering its owner, and using a firearm during a crime of violence She opened the door to men who said they need to use her phone when they ran out of gas, but was found dead in her garage, and two men were soon arrested with her stolen car in nearby Erie, PA. Officials believe Whitaker was not targeted – as it initially had been suggested – and that her murder was random. Suspects told the judge old the judge they are homeless and have been receiving food stamps. The victim lived in upper Manhattan with her life partner violinist, Suzanne Gillman. She performed with the Westchester Philharmonic and worked as a freelance violinist in Broadway pit orchestras
Similar - "random" killing of piano teacher also attacked at her front door, but connected to other possibly political motivated killings in another city
1 killed connected to 2 other home killings February 6, 2014 Piano Teacher Ruthanne Lodato Shot At Front Door In Alexandria, Virginia, an older white man with a beard knocked on piano teacher Ruthanne Lodato's door, and shot her, killing her and also shot injuring the woman caring for her mother. The surviving caregiver was shot in the arm. A man was arrested in connection with the killing as well as killing of transportation official Ronald Kirby in his home and wife of Sheriff Nancy Dunning who was gunned down in her home.
- Prosecutors say her kindness led to her death. Prosecutors say she opened the door of her Chautauqua County home to lend Sanford her phone after he said he'd run out of gas. The men allegedly shot, stabbed and robbed her. 7online
DailyNews Philharmonic violinist shot dead in robbery by ... Aug 23, 2014 - Marty Merkley, director of programming at Chautauqua Institution, told the Buffalo News that the violinist's death was a 'tragic situation' and that . .
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