Police say jumpers killed an uncle who had taken them in

Crockett and Circelli
Crockett and Circelli

Before Suffern residents Gary W. Crockett, 41, and Nickie Hunt Circelli, 40, took a plunge to their deaths off of the

Circelli's 2010 mugshot
Circelli’s 2010 mugshot

George Washington Bridge Monday afternoon, Suffern PD said they took part in a grisly homicide that has shaken the Suffern community.

The troubled lovers had been living at Circelli’s uncle William Valenti’s home on 88 Washington Avenue in Suffern, when the 70-year-old man discovered the two had been forging checks to themselves from his account. Police believe the pair had promised to pay the man back, and then failed to do so, prompting Valenti to announce his intentions to press charges. This led to a confrontation in which Crockett and Circelli strangled and killed Valenti Monday morning, police believe.

Suffern Police told the media Wednesday morning that Crockett and Circelli posted a note on the door of Valenti’s home on Monday stating Valenti had been taken to the hospital. Inside the house, however, the pair left a suicide note, before jumping to their deaths. The note did not directly claim responsibility for the murder, but police said it contained general apologies to friends and family about the directions of their lives.

Valenti had run a catering truck business “Thunderbird Catering” and was well-known around the village for decades, neighbors and village officials said. His nickname was “Uncle Billy.”

Circelli and Crockett had been in trouble in the past, with Circelli arrested for grand larceny and forgery in Sullivan County four years ago and Crockett having faced narcotics charges. Crockett, who worked part-time at a moving company, was under investigation for theft of an AR-15 from home on March 1.

Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn said the couple had drug problems, which contributed to their criminal behavior.




One Response to "Police say jumpers killed an uncle who had taken them in"

  1. SomebodySmart   May 1, 2014 at 6:37 am

    If you kill yourself, it is suicide, which is a sin and you don’t go to Heaven. They should have killed some cops, especially with that AR-15. Then the enemy targets would swarm in, and the could take out more cops. They wouldn’t be killing themselves, they would be getting killed by enemy fire in combat on the battlefield. In a police state, the police are the enemy. Thomas Jefferson was fond of pointing out that rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. So they would be in heaven right now and some enemy officers would be harmless.


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