The suspect in a triple homicide in northern Ohio is actually believed to have killed a total of five people in a 24-hour period. After allegedly killing a mother and her two daughters in a North Royalton home, police believe 45-year-old George Brinkman Jr. murdered a Lake Township couple he'd been house-sitting for, per the Canton Repository. Stark County Sheriff George Maier says Brinkman's vehicle was seen in the driveway of Rogell and Roberta John's home after they returned from a vacation on Sunday. The next day around 4pm, Rogell John's son called 911 to report that he'd found his father, 71, and stepmother, 64, dead under blankets in their bedroom, their luggage "still by the stairs." Police say they'd been shot to death.
Their deaths followed those of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18, who were found dead in bed on Sunday, though police believe they died Saturday. It isn't clear how her daughters died, but Taylor's throat had been cut, reports Fox 8. Relatives tell the station that Taylor and Brinkman were longtime friends who went to high school together. Brinkman was taken into custody for the triple homicide Tuesday after a standoff with police. Before his arrest, he briefly exchanged Facebook messages with a reporter, denying any involvement in the women's murders, per Cleveland.com. Stark County authorities later described Brinkman as a former boyfriend of the Johns' daughter who worked for a family business.