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Psychiatrist and Wife Stabbed to Death; Son Reportedly Questioned

October 1, 1996

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ A retired psychiatrist and his wife, a prominent social worker, were stabbed to death in their home Monday, and their son was being questioned by police, The New York Times reported.

The bodies of DeWitt Crandell, 66, and his wife Marion, 63, were found shortly after 8 a.m. after a woman called 911, screaming hysterically, before the line went dead. Both had been stabbed repeatedly.

The Times, citing unidentified investigators, said police seized their 30-year-old son, Dewitt Crandell Jr., in woods a mile away and were questioning him. The suspect was wearing a bloody shirt, the Times reported in Tuesday’s editions.

Crandell, a psychiatrist, author and professor at Columbia University, retired last July. His wife, a former adjunct professor at Fordham University, was director of social services for Leaks & Watts, a child-care agency in Yonkers, N.Y., that cared for 2,000 children, the Times said.

Their son graduated from Rutgers University in 1988 with a computer science degree, the Times reported.

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