The woman who allegedly murdered her husband’s suspected lover before killing herself had apparently sought information on marriage counseling and divorce attorneys on Nextdoor, a social networking site. "I just transferred to Delaware in December for my Husband's new job, and he's telling me he wants a divorce," Jennair Gerardot wrote of husband Mark Gerardot on Nextdoor in February, reports Delaware Online. In March she went back to the site seeking “an EXCELLENT marriage counselor … who is very educated and experienced dealing with couples issues including infidelity, depression, traumatic experiences, child/parent dynamics, being accountable for actions, etc.” The new information comes as investigators seek to understand why Gerardot, a 47-year-old former marketing manager, allegedly traveled from Delaware to Pennsylvania on Monday, broke into the home of suspected romantic rival Meredith Chapman, and fatally shot her.
Chapman, 33, who was divorced, met Mark Gerardot at the University of Delaware, where he was a creative director and reported to Chapman. She had recently left that job to take a position as assistant vice president at Villanova University and had moved to the Philadelphia area. Police believe Jennair Gerardot, who had been married to her husband for nearly 25 years, carefully planned the murder. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that more than a week before the murder Gerardot rented a black Cadillac XTS. The day of the murder she purchased gas, drove to Chapman’s three-story home in Radnor Township, and parked the car on a side street. She left ammunition, gloves, ear plugs, and binoculars in the car, and broke into Chapman’s empty home. Chapman arrived home sometime between 5pm and 6pm and was dead within seconds. Gerardot then fatally shot herself. (Read more murder-suicide stories.)