Man Accused Of Killing His Prison Pen Pal, And Her Boyfriend, After His Release

The two were pen pals for 10 years.

An Ohio man is accused of stabbing his decade long pen pal, and her boyfriend, to death a month after his release from prison.

Thomas Knuff, 42, has been charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of 65-year-old John Mann and 50-year-old Regina Capobianco, according to Yahoo. The couple’s decomposed bodies were found in their home over a month after they were murdered.

Mann and Capobianco picked up Knuff from prison on April 11. Capobianco and Knuff found each other through a prison pen pal program. Capobianco was also serving time in a separate prison when they began corresponding ten years ago. Knuff served more than 13 years for numerous charges including aggravated robbery with a firearm and breaking and entering, according to WKYC.

By May 11, Mann and Capobianco were dead, police said. Both were stabbed multiple times in the neck and shoulder. Police found their bodies on June 21, over a month after Capobianco’s sister reported her missing. According to Yahoo, it took police several trips to find the remains in a bedroom of the home. The home’s condition initially led police to believe the home had been abandoned. It was under foreclosure and it was also the focus of several drug and prostitution investigations in the past, none of which ever yielded criminal charges.

Knuff told police that the murder was in self-defense. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday, where a judge set bond at $25 million for each murder charge, or $50 million.

[Parma Police Department and Facebook]

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