Man kills wife, son before hanging self at NJ home

PITMAN, N.J. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm a southern New Jersey man killed his wife and their young son before hanging himself inside their home.

But it’s unclear why 49-year-old Francis Adolf committed the slayings. Gloucester (GLAH’-stur) County prosecutors have said he left writings indicating he intended to harm himself and family members but haven’t provided details.

Pitman police found the bodies of Adolf, 44-year-old Bonnie Adolf and 6-year-old Francis Adolf Jr. in their home Tuesday. Autopsy results released Wednesday by the county medical examiner’s office show the son died from strangulation and blunt-force injury to the head and the wife died from blunt-force injury to the head.

Prosecutor Sean Dalton says there was no reported domestic violence history involving the family. Neighbors say they’re shocked and saddened.

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