Woman, 66, charged with murdering her retired deputy sheriff husband and then burning his naked body


Pennsylvania woman, 66, is charged with murdering her retired deputy sheriff husband and then burning his naked body on their back porch: Cops say he’d been ‘dead a while’ after finding fly larvae in his mouth

  • Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, stands accused of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, and arson, for allegedly killing husband Carmen Henderson 
  • Cops said that when they came across body of Carmen Henderson, 84, larvae in the ex-cop’s nose and mouth shows he had been dead longer than his wife said
  • Lawmen came across the ex-cop’s savaged body after Zigerelli-Henderson, a former political candidate and politician in the county, called 911 Thursday night 
  • According to police, the dispatcher took notes during the late-night call, writing: ‘something is very off with the caller. She is hesitant to answer questions.’ 

A woman has been charged with killing her retired deputy sheriff husband and burning his naked body on their back porch, it has been revealed.  

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, stands accused of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, and arson, following cops’ grisly discovery at the couple’s house Thursday, in the Pennsylvania suburb of Susquehanna, 40 miles north of Scranton

Cops said that when they came across the badly burned body of 84-year-old Carmen Henderson at around 5am, fly larvae found in the former Dauphin County chief deputy sheriff’s nose and mouth indicated he had been dead for some time.

Lawmen came across the ex-cop’s savaged body after Zigerelli-Henderson, a former political candidate and politician in the county, called 911 to tell dispatchers she suspected her husband had set himself on fire, a probable cause affidavit shows.

According to police, the dispatcher took notes during the late-night call, writing: ‘something is very off with the caller. She is hesitant to answer questions.’

Officers added that Henderson, who initially said she came across her husband’s body at 1 am, was unable to explain why she waited four hours to call 911 to report his death, and changed her story several times while being interrogated. 

Cops said it was not immediately clear when the former officer died, and have yet to release a cause of death.

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, stands accused of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, and arson, following cops' grisly discovery at the couple's house Thursday, in the Pennsylvania suburb of Susquehanna, 40 miles north of Scranton

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, stands accused of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, and arson, following cops’ grisly discovery at the couple’s house Thursday, in the Pennsylvania suburb of Susquehanna, 40 miles north of Scranton

Cops said that when they came across the badly burned body of 84-year-old Carmen Henderson at around 5am, fly larvae found in the former Dauphin County chief deputy sheriff's nose and mouth indicated he had been dead longer than his wife had told officers

Cops said that when they came across the badly burned body of 84-year-old Carmen Henderson at around 5am, fly larvae found in the former Dauphin County chief deputy sheriff’s nose and mouth indicated he had been dead longer than his wife had told officers

Officers arrived at the home, located on 306 Stuart Place, to find Henderson, severely burned and nude on the couple’s back patio, police wrote in Zigerelli-Henderson’s warrant. 

Police soon came to suspect Zigerelli-Henderson, however, after her story about her finding her husband’s burned body began to change as she was questioned by investigators.

Initially, she claimed it was a suicide, cops said – but as she was was prodded further, the woman allegedly shifted her story to say her husband had accidentally set himself alight while smoking a cigar on the porch.

That assertion came after officers caught Zigerelli-Henderson in what appeared to be a lie, after she told dispatchers during the 911 call that she heard her husband scream around 1:00 am.

Zigerelli-Henderson, a former local politician who worked as the court clerk for nearby Beaver County and in the state auditor general’s office in 80s, could not explain to officers why she waited four hours to call 911, cops wrote in the complaint.

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