Wife Killed Over HIV Fear: Why Did Eugene Maraventano Murder His Wife And Son?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 10, 2013 2:08 PM EDT

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Wife killed over HIV fear: A 63-year-old man in Arizona stabbed his wife to death with a 14-inch blade because he feared he had given her HIV. (Photo: Flickr/Seniju)

Wife killed over HIV fear: Janet Maraventano and her son, Bryan Maravantano, were stabbed to death in her home in Phoenix, Ariz., by Janet's husband, 63-year-old Eugene Maraventano.  Eugene Maraventano later told police that he feared he may have infected his wife with HIV.

According to AP, Maraventano stabbed his wife with a 14-inch blade while she slept. Maraventano said he had had sex with prostitutes while working in New York years earlier and was afraid he had contracted the HIV virus and subsequently passed it on to his wife.

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After murdering his wife over fear that he gave her HIV, Maraventano went into the bedroom of his 27-year-old son, Bryan, and stabbed him twice when he opened the door. According to the statement compiled by the police, Maraventano said he believed his son was mentally disabled and that he would not be able to handle the loss of his parents.

Police said Maraventano killed his wife and son last Thursday, April 4, and then called 911 on Saturday to report what he had done. According to investigators, Maraventano tried several times to take his own life as well, but was unsuccessful.

Whether either Janet or Eugene Maraventano had HIV is as yet unconfirmed..

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