Murder-Suicide Might Actually Be Double-Murder

Cops now suspect Virginia mother and daughter were both murdered in July
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Murder-Suicide Might Actually be Double-Murder
Helen Hargan, left, and Pamela Hargan.   (Facebook, LinkedIn)

For months, residents of McLean, Virginia, believed that the shooting deaths of a mother and daughter were the result of a murder-suicide. That impression has now been replaced by fears of a murderer on the loose. Though authorities initially thought 23-year-old Helen Hargan killed her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Hargan, in the laundry room of the family home before shooting herself in an upstairs bedroom on July 14, a search warrant filed a week after the shootings and unsealed this week reveals a very different theory: Namely, that Pamela Hargan and her youngest of three daughters were murdered before the scene was "altered and staged," WUSA reports.

No suspects have been named. The search warrant states that Megan Hargan—another of Pamela Hargan's daughters who neighbors say was living at the family home with her own daughter at the time—attempted "fraudulent" money transfers from her mother's bank account on the day of the shootings as well as the day before. WUSA previously reported that a Texas man dating Megan or a third daughter had called police to alert them to the shootings, claiming his girlfriend had called and told him Helen Hargan killed her mother. A police radio call from the same night described Megan Hargan as traveling to the scene from Maryland, per the New York Daily News. (More murder stories.)

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