Meet Clarence Newcomb, 25, of Kings Park, Long Island.
Newcomb was considered by family and friends to be a bright and caring young man. And especially very protective of his grandmother, Kathleen Newcomb, 82.
But on Friday morning, between the hours of 4 and 430 a.m., Newcomb became a killer.
Or so it seems.
Kathleen Newcomb was a retired nursing supervisor at Kings Park State Hospital’s School of Nursing and at the old Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood. A widow for more than 20 years, she had raised her grandson since he was a child, and the two lived alone.
In the days before the horrific incident, family members say that Newcomb would sit in the dark for hours at a time, he began to complain of migraines and of hearing buzzing sounds coming from the smoke detectors.
Newcomb was treated a few days before the incident and held for his migraines at Stony Brook University Hospital for what authorities described as “evaluation.”
But two hours before his arrest at 4:30 a.m. January 4th, he showed up at the home of his neighbor, June Lanzer, carrying a baseball bat and talking about needing to “save” Lanzer’s grandson Mark.
“I was scared of him,” said June Lanzer, who had known Kathleen Newcomb for 76 years. Clarence Newcomb, she said, has a black belt in karate.
At some point during Friday morning, Newcomb and his grandmother began to argue about a television show.
Then around 4:35a.m., Newcomb called local police to report that his grandmother was laying dead on the floor.
Is it murder?
You see, no weapons were recovered.
And Suffolk homicide Det. Sgt. John Best said, ‘It’s unclear whether the victim was alive at the time of the incident’.
Rest In Paradise Ms Kathleen.
But I do want to ask:
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