A Pennsylvania woman helped her boyfriend rape her 14-year-old daughter and then dismember and dispose of the corpse, says the Office of the Bucks County District Attorney in Pennsylvania.
Sara Packer, 41, and Jacob Sullivan, 44, planned the grisly murder of Grace Packer starting in 2015, Sullivan told police, and finally acted in July 2016, when they brought Grace to what she thought was a new home for them to live in.
“After they entered the house, Sullivan said, he struck Grace several times in her face, splitting her lip,” prosecutors said in a statement. “The two adults then took the teen to the third floor of the residence, where Sara Packer watched as Sullivan raped her daughter.”
Sara Packer then gave Grace an overdose of Tylenol PM and other sedatives, then bound and gagged her, putting her in the attic in the hope that the heat and the drugs would kill her.
When the couple found Grace alive at 3 a.m. that night, Sullivan allegedly strangled and suffocated her to death. The couple packed Grace’s body in cat litter to hide the odor and kept her up in the attic for three months.
Sara filed a missing person’s report three days after the murder, saying that her daughter had run away, authorities said.
The couple then purchased a bow saw, cut off Grace’s arms and legs, and disposed of her in the North Central Pennsylvania wilderness, according to Matthew Weintraub, the Bucks County District Attorney. Her body was found by two wandering hunters on Halloween.
Sullivan was arrested after admitting to several hospital workers that he killed Grace, and later repeated his confession in front of police officers, Weintraub claims. When he appeared outside the courthouse, Sullivan even told reporters “I’m sorry for what I did.”
Shortly after this confession, police arrested Sara Packer. Packer and Sullivan had both been hospitalized from a prescription drug overdose, evidently the result of a failed suicide pact, prosecutors said.
“Unfortunately, Grace Packer was a disposable child to these people,” Weintraub said in a statement. Weintraub said he may seek the death penalty in this case, which he described as "a rape-murder fantasy" that was acted out.