Autopsies: Chapel Hill woman stabbed 74 times, son died of natural causes

March 5, 2019
Chapel Hill police say a man killed his mother and then himself inside the home at 442 Demming Road on Oct. 12, 2017.

A Chapel Hill woman was stabbed at least 74 times in her home, and her adult son, whose body was found on top of her, died of natural causes, according to autopsy reports released Tuesday.

A real estate agent walked into a home at 442 Demming Road on Oct. 12, 2017, and discovered the bodies of Margaret Montgomery Gibson, 86, and her son, Eric Dana Gibson, 53, on the floor of a master bathroom, police said.

According to an autopsy report for Eric Gibson, he suffered from schizophrenia and had been cared for by his mother, but he was upset with her decision to move them both to California.

The Chapel Hill home was for sale for $650,000, according to an online listing, and neighbors said the house had been on the market for more than a year when the Gibsons died.

Eric Gibson was found lying on top of his mother with a kitchen knife clenched in his hand, according to his autopsy report.

Two other knives were found behind Margaret Gibson’s body, according to her autopsy report.

She suffered at least 25 stab wounds to the face, another 22 to the back of her head, at least 14 more to her neck, another 11 to her torso and two to her left hand, the autopsy report states. Some of the wounds were 4 inches deep.

Police said in an application for a warrant to search the house that mother and son were covered in blood and there were bloody footprints in the home.

An autopsy found no injuries on Eric Gibson other than a few cuts and scrapes on his right hand and right foot. The medical examiner noted he was obese and had an enlarged heart, hardened arteries and other problems associated with his weight.

The cause of his death was listed as “hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”