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NJ Case: Brother's Behavior Changed After Car Accident

Family friends say murder suspect Paul Caneiro struggled as his brother thrived
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2018 1:32 PM CST
A booking photo provided by the Ocean Township Police Department shows Paul Caneiro.   (Ocean Township Police Department, File)
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(Newser) – The details are brutal. Authorities in New Jersey on Thursday laid out murder and arson charges against 51-year-old Paul Caneiro, who is accused of killing his younger brother and his brother's entire family before setting fire to their opulent home. Then, authorities say, Caneiro returned home and set his own home on fire, allegedly to throw police off his tracks. If so, it didn't work. The details:

  • The killings: Caneiro fatally shot his brother, Keith, 50, multiple times outside Keith's home in Colts Neck early on Nov. 20, says Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. Then he allegedly went inside and killed Keith's wife, Jennifer, 45, and children Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8. The children were repeatedly stabbed, and Jennifer may have been shot and stabbed, reports NJ.com.
  • The fires: After the murders, authorities say Caneiro set his brother's home on fire and, later, his own to create the illusion that the extended family had been targeted, reports the Asbury Park Press. The fire at Caneiro's own home in nearby Ocean Park was extinguished by firefighters before the home was badly damaged. Caneiro had roused his wife and two daughters, and they were not harmed, per the AP.

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