Newspaper Heiress' Body Washes Ashore

Descendant of Detroit News founder committed suicide
Newspaper Heiress' Body Washes Ashore
The Tappan Zee bridge.   (©zachvs)

The body of Anne Morrell Petrillo was pulled from the Hudson River yesterday, three days after the newspaper heiress jumped off the same bridge where her stepfather leapt to his death more than a decade earlier. Petrillo, 38, was descended on her mother’s side from Detroit News founder James Scripps. Her stepfather beat her mother to death with a hammer, then threw himself from the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1993.

It took police three months to find his body, and Petrillo’s sister had been praying for a quicker resolution this time, the New York Daily News reports. She’s “been waiting for that call for three days,” said a family rep, A neighbor of Petrillo's told the New York Times: "She never recovered from the loss of her mother."
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