Pennsylvania woman allegedly murders elderly parents, dismembers their bodies with electric chainsaw

A Pennsylvania woman is accused of murdering her parents and dismembering their bodies with an electric chainsaw.

Verity Beck, 49, is charged with first-degree and third-degree murder in the January killings of her 73-year-old father, Reid Beck, and 72-year-old mother, Miriam Beck.

Beck’s brother, “who had not seen or heard from the elderly couple in more than a week” called police to their address in the 1100 block of Beverly Road in Jenkintown Jan. 17 around 10:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and local news.

Officers discovered Beck inside upon arrival, as well as “one deceased person tightly wrapped in a white bedsheet and evidence of a second deceased person inside the home.” 

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Verity Beck, 49, is accused of murdering her parents and dismembering their bodies with a chainsaw.

Verity Beck, 49, is accused of murdering her parents and dismembering their bodies with a chainsaw. (Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele)

Officers noticed “signs of extreme trauma” in the home and a chainsaw near one of the victim’s bodies. Both victims had been dismembered, according to Steele. Beck was immediately taken into custody.

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Investigators later determined the two victims each died of a gunshot wound to the head, and their deaths were ruled homicides.

Beck's brother, "who had not seen or heard from the elderly couple in more than a week" called police to their address in the 1100 block of Beverly Road in Jenkintown Jan. 17 around 10:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.

Beck’s brother, “who had not seen or heard from the elderly couple in more than a week” called police to their address in the 1100 block of Beverly Road in Jenkintown Jan. 17 around 10:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. (Google Maps)

Those who knew the victims praised them on social media for their kindness. Miriam Beck used to work as a nurse at Lower Moreland High School in Montgomery County, according to 6ABC.

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“Mrs. Miriam Beck was one of the best parts about high school. From a quick stop at her office just to chat or providing a space to listen, she was always there for the students of Lower Moreland,” Facebook user Amy Reed wrote.

Miriam Beck used work as a nurse at Lower Moreland High School.

Miriam Beck used work as a nurse at Lower Moreland High School. (Google Maps)

Another Facebook user, Heather Roth, said, “Mrs. Beck was one THE nicest most caring people I have ever met.”

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“She was the nurse at my HS and really cared about everyone!” Roth said. “While I don’t know what transpired or why, I do know that Mrs. Beck made a difference in the world, especially with all the students she’s taken care of at LMHS! My heart is broken for her son … and his family!”

Others described Miriam Beck as “loving” and “kind.” 

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