Wife accused of killing and burning husband on back porch

Wife accused of killing and burning husband on back porch

A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested for allegedly murdering her husband, a retired deputy sheriff, before burning his naked body on their back porch.



Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated arson and arson over her 84-year-old husband Carmen Henderson’s grisly death last Thursday, June 16, CBS21 reported.



Authorities discovered the gruesome scene after the wife, who is a former political candidate in Dauphin County, called 911 to say she thought her husband of 30 years had set himself on fire, according to a criminal complaint.







Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly changed her story repeatedly when questioned by investigators about her husband’s death.

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She initially claimed it was suicide and then allegedly said her husband had accidentally set himself alight after smoking a cigar on their porch.



When inspecting the victim’s body, authorities said they spotted fly larvae in his mouth and nostrils, indicating he’d been dead for a while.



Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly admitted to delaying her 911 call but couldn’t explain why she did, the complaint said.

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Authorities said the couple were in debt after the wife allegedly said she’d blown all their savings on vacation homes and activities like day spas.







Zigerelli-Henderson said they had owed $40,000 on a second mortgage and their sheriff’s office were going to seize the property, according to the complaint.



The wife also allegedly admitted her husband, who retired as a Dauphin County chief deputy sheriff in 1995, had a $10,000 life insurance policy.


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