Man Arrested for Sending ‘Letterbomb’ That Killed His Wife’s Parents

A Tennessee man was arrested today after allegedly sending a bomb to his wife’s parents’ house that exploded and killed them both.

Richard Parker, 49, has been accused of his in-law’s murder by way of “letterbomb,” a package sent to their home on Monday. According to a neighbor, the elderly couple, John Setzer, 74, and Marion Setzer, 72, retrieved the parcel from the mailbox before it exploded in their home. John was killed instantly, and Marion died from her injuries in the hospital on Wednesday.


Wow. I don’t care how much you dislike your in-laws, that is not the way to deal with it. Not even a little bit.

Investigators haven’t yet discovered a motive, and say that the bomb was not delivered by any shipping service. Parker lived directly behind his in-law’s home with his family, and both houses shared a driveway on the rural cul-de-sac, although both had their own addresses.

The Stezers were churchgoers who frequently taught Sunday school. Pastor Mike Ripski of the First United Methodist Church where they attended said, “The grief is deep (and) profound because they were such wonderful people … they lived out their faith. Two people targeted for this kind of violence doesn’t make sense at all.”

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ruled out accidental causes for the explosion, such as a gas leak or electrical malfunction. Officials say that there was a note attached to the parcel, but if the contents were still legible, they haven’t been released.

What a sad story. I really hope the son-in-law didn’t do it, if for no other reason than what his wife must be going through. I can’t imagine the pain of losing your parents, compounded with the turmoil of your husband being arrested for their murder.

Would you ever think to be suspicious of a delivery?


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