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N.Y. Cops Dead in Murder-Suicide

October 21, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two police officers married to each other were found dead in their home in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police had not determined a motive in the deaths of Frederick Jesselli, 47, and his wife, Monica, 38. Jesselli was a 19-year veteran, his wife a 17-year veteran.

The couple’s 12-year-old daughter discovered them Tuesday, police said. One neighbor told police he heard them arguing earlier in the day but did not hear gunshots.

There was no record of domestic abuse but neighbors described the detective as a bully who regularly cursed, flashed his badge and threatened arrests. Mrs. Jesselli mostly kept to herself, they said.

Neighbor Glynn Weiner told the Staten Island Advance that the husband was ``a stressed-out cop.″

``He would come out of his house about two times a week, screaming and yelling, hands waving, often at kids who were out playing ball or hanging out,″ Weiner said.

During his career, Jesselli had 13 complaints lodged against him with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the newspaper reported. Mrs. Jesselli had none.

The deaths come less than a month after New York officer Patrick Fitzgerald, 38, fatally shot his two young children and his wife before killing himself in their Greenville home.

Fitzgerald’s death was the first suicide in the police force since June 1997, when an off-duty officer turned the gun on himself after killing his ex-girlfriend.

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