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Elderly Couple Decapitated; Son Charged

June 27, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 27-year-old man was charged today with decapitating his adoptive parents with a saw, police said.

The bodies of Anthony and Ann Camerlengo, both 73, were discovered Tuesday night in the basement of their home. The man’s legs also were cut off. The couple’s heads were found in a storm drain down the street early today.

Thomas Camerlengo was charged with murder and weapons possession, police said.

The couple’s nephew, who lives next door, had notified police after going to the home to look for some belongings, said Sgt. Tina Mohrmann, a police spokeswoman.

The handle of a bow saw was found near the bodies, and a bloody blade was in the bathroom upstairs, Mohrmann said.

Police gave no motive for the slayings.

Thomas Varughese, a neighbor of the couple, said Camerlengo had a history of mental illness and had returned two or three weeks ago from a psychiatric hospital. Mohrmann said she could not confirm the report.

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