The murder-suicide case that unfolded this week on the Main Line stands out for many reasons.
The locale, the love-triangle angle, and the accomplishments of the killer and victim took interest in the case to a higher level. And even in the realm of murder-suicides, the case is especially unusual.
First, a review of the case:
Unlike most murder-suicides, both the killer and the victim in the Radnor case were women.
According to a 2015 Violence Policy Center study, in 89 percent of murder-suicide cases the killer is male and most likely armed with a gun. In most cases, the killer and the victim, or victims, knew each other, and 72 percent of all cases involved intimate partners.
Kristen Rand, legislative director for the center, said the group is preparing a study on murder-suicides during the first half of 2017.
During that time, the researchers documented 296 suicides — 263 who were male, 19 who were female, and 14 whose gender could not be determined based on the information provided.