Murder Witnessed on iPad Video Chat

Teen saw, heard friend's father kill mother: cops
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2012 3:49 AM CDT
Murder Witnessed on iPad Video Chat
Christopher Piantedosi, 39, of Methuen, Mass., is arraigned in Woburn District Court yesterday.   (AP Photos/Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie, Pool)

(Newser) – The brutal murder of a Massachusetts woman was witnessed by a pal of her teenage daughter seconds after the friends were chatting on her iPad. Police say the 15-year-old girl was in the middle of a video chat when she went into the kitchen because she heard her parents arguing there. As the friend looked on via the iPad, police say Christopher Piantedosi chased the girl's mother into the bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly with a butcher knife, the Union-Leader reports.

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Before the stabbing, the daughter's friend "could hear the victim saying, ‘Please, please.' He could hear the daughter yelling, ‘No. No.' He then heard the defendant say, ‘You gotta die. You gotta die,'" a court heard yesterday as Piantedosi was ordered held without bail on a murder charge. The 39-year-old suspect, who told a court clinician he suffers from bipolar disorder, made the news last year as the "remorseful robber" after he confessed to stealing a woman's wallet and other items, only to return them later with a note of apology. (Read more iPad stories.)

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