Wealthy Family Was 'Acting Strangely' Days Before Their Gruesome Murder

A well-to-do family based in DC was brutally murdered last week, in a scenario so brutal it almost sounds like it came out of a horror film. Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their son Phillip, 10, and their housekeeping Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were all found dead inside their scorched $2 million home last Thursday.


Police believe that they were taken captive, and "bound and threatened" until the killers got whatever it is they wanted from Savopoulos, who was the CEO of American Iron Works.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that three of the four homicide victims suffers stab wounds or blunt-force trauma. The couple also had two older daughters, 19-year-old Abigail and 16-year-old Katerina, who were away at boarding school at the time. I can't even imagine the grief those girls must be feeling.

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According to police records, friends and family had tried to reach the victims on Thursday, before the crime scene was discovered. Both Amy and Savvas sent texts to another housekeeper, Nelitza Gutierrez, cancelling her standing Thursday appointment to come clean the home.

Gutierrez says she worked for the family for 20 years, and she thought their messages were very strange. Savvas had contacted her on Wednesday to tell her that Amy had plans to go out, but in a voice mail later that night, he said she was sick in bed and his son was home with an injury.

She said in Spanish, "It was something very suspicious because I felt his voice was really tense ... and it was different than what he had said to me before." She also said that her employer told her that Figueroa was planning to spend the night on Wednesday night, which she found very odd. "Never, never did she stay over," she said of her co-worker.

Sensing something was wrong, Gutierrez called Amy to check on her, but said, "She never answered."

This story is so absolutely tragic it's hard to know what to make of it. Why was the family held? The police said there was no evidence of forced entry, so it's likely it was a friend or acquaintance. And then torching the home? Why? And why the boy? It's just heartbreaking, and we can only hope that they catch those responsible for such a gruesome tragedy.

What do you think happened to the Savopouloses?


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