William Spengler

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Sister's Planned House Sale May Have Sparked NY Shooter

Thousands attend firefighter's funeral

(Newser) - Police are floating a possible motive for William Spengler's orgy of violence : His sister was planning to sell their house. Cheryl Spengler, who didn't get along with her live-in brother, had bought a house in Henrietta, New York, and was planning to sell the family home in Webster,... More »

Shooter's Ex-Neighbor Arrested on Gun Charges

Her family says killer is 'setting us up'

(Newser) - As expected , police in upstate New York have arrested a former neighbor of William Spengler on charges that she illegally sold him weapons he used in this week's assault on firefighters , reports AP . Dawn Nguyen, 24, faces state and federal felony charges. The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, however,... More »

Ex-Neighbor Helped Shooter Get Guns: Report

Rochester newspaper says at least one arrest expected soon

(Newser) - The man who killed two firefighters in an ambush was a convicted murderer , so how did he get the arsenal to pull off his plan? The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester may have the answer: A woman who used to be his neighbor and her daughter helped Spengler get the... More »

Body Found in NY Shooter's House

Cops think it's Spengler's sister, but no ID yet

(Newser) - Human remains have been found in the house that William Spengler burned down yesterday, in the ruse he used to fatally lure firefighters to the scene. Police in the Western New York town of Webster announced the grisly find this afternoon, reports the Democrat and Chronicle , and believe it is... More »

NY Shooter: 'What I Like Best' Is 'Killing People'

William Spengler left rambling note describing intent to burn down the neighborhood

(Newser) - The Western New York gunman who yesterday morning lured firefighters to his blazing home just to shoot them down left a chilling, typewritten note, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do... More »

Police Still Can't Find Sister of NY Firefighter Shooter

Fight with her might have preceded his attack on firefighters

(Newser) - It's still a guessing game in upstate New York on what set off 62-year-old William Spengler before he killed two firefighters in an ambush and injured two others. But one potential clue is that his sister, who lived with him in Webster, remains missing. Spengler "couldn't stand"... More »

Firefighters' Shooter Served Time for Killing Grandma

William Spengler beat 92-year-old to death with a hammer in 1980

(Newser) - Police have identified the man who this morning fatally shot two firefighters responding to the blaze he set in his own house as 62-year-old William H. Spengler Jr., reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Spengler was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 1981 for beating his 92-year-old grandmother Rose Spengler to... More »

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