WEYMOUTH (CBS) — A young man has been charged with killing his sister, mother and her boyfriend at their home in Weymouth in a scene the police chief called “gruesome.”
Officers were called to 10 Upland Road just after 8 p.m. Thursday by a neighbor who was reporting “possible suspicious activity” there.
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When police arrived, they saw 18-year-old Donald Rudolph in the home through a window.
“After some discussion and additional activity, Mr. Rudolph emerged from the residence through a cellar window,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey told reporters in a news conference Friday.
“It was at this time, the officers perceived from the state of his clothing and his person that was such that it made them believe that something was afoot.”
Based on statements Rudolph made, Morrissey said, police conducted a “security sweep” of the home.
Inside, they found 52-year-old Frederick Medina dead.
Rudolph was placed into custody, Morrissey said, and police found the bodies of his mother, 50-year-old Paula Rudolph, and his 24-year-old sister Caylin, in the detached garage behind the home.
Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Donald Rudolph no longer lived in the home and had been “known to police.”
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Lippett had taken in Rudolph as part of a specialized foster care program through Lutheran Social Services.
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Investigators would not say how the victims were killed or what may have sparked the attacks.
Grimes called the scene “gruesome” and Morrissey said there was “evidence of massive trauma.”
Because Friday is a holiday, Rudolph will not be arraigned until Monday.
Caylin Rudolph was the mother of young twins.
Beverly McDermott was the last person to see Fred Medina right before he walked into his home, where he was killed. McDermott, who lives across the street, says Medina was worried about his girlfriend, Paula Rudolph when he couldn’t get through to her on the phone yesterday afternoon.
Fred first asked Beverly to go check on her at home, but there was no answer. Fred rushed home and he and Beverly made a pact: when Fred walked in, if everything was okay, he would flicker the front lights. If Beverly didn’t see that, she should call police.
She watched Fred walk around the back of the house to go in the back door, and waited she never saw the light signal so she called 911.
When police arrived, it was too late. They found Fred’s body in the first floor of the home, and Paula and her daughter Caylin’s body’s murdered in the garage. Donald was walking out of the basement, and was taken into custody.
Neighbors say it appears Paula and her daughter were already dead when Fred got home, and Donald was waiting inside.
WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.