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Retirement Home Resident Charged in Fatal Meat-Cleaver Attack

July 12, 1987

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) _ A 77-year-old retirement home resident was charged with attacking three other men at the home with a meat cleaver, killing one and leaving two others injured.

Thomas Felcyn remained jailed without bond Sunday following the attacks Saturday morning, police said.

″It’s very bizarre,″ said Elgin Police Sgt. Carl Olsen. ″They’re all elderly people. There’s no good reason why it did happen.″

Felcyn was charged with one count of murder and two counts each of attempted murder and armed violence, said Sgt. Donald Kramer of the Kane County Corrections Complex, where Felcyn was being held.

Police officers responding to a report of an injured resident at the Bowes Retirement Center found Thomas J. Lemay, 60, lying dead on the floor of a basement hallway, Olsen said.

Two other residents, Herbert Williams, 80, and George Whall, 63, blamed Felcyn for the attack in which they were cut, Olsen said.

Felcyn surrendered without incident, said Elgin Community Service Officer Don Worm. Authorities were trying to determine a motive.

Williams was listed in serious but stable condition Sunday at Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Whall was treated and released from the hospital Saturday, a hospital supervisor said.

Felcyn had lived at the 30-resident retirement home about seven years and knew the other three men well, Worm said.

Police had not yet determined where the attacker got the cleaver, Worm said.

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