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Tech & Science Horror in Amityville: he kills his father during a Zoom meeting

00:53  23 may  2020
00:53  23 may  2020 Source:   bfmtv.com

A New Yorker kills his father during a meeting on Zoom

 A New Yorker kills his father during a meeting on Zoom © Olivier DOULIERY A 32-year-old American killed his father while the latter was participating in a virtual meeting on Zoom, according to New York police A 32-year-old American years old killed his father while the latter participated in a virtual meeting on Zoom, the first known murder committed during a meeting on this platform, said police in Suffolk County, in the New York suburbs.

Un Américain de 32 ans a tué son père alors que ce dernier participait à une rencontre virtuelle sur Zoom, selon la police new-yorkaise © Olivier DOULIERY A 32-year-old American killed his father while the latter participated in a virtual meeting on Zoom, according to New York police

The meeting platform virtual Zoom, popularized by confinement, has probably recorded his first murder: a man in the New York suburbs killed his father while the latter was online with around twenty people.

It was noon on Thursday in Amityville - the city of Long Island which inspired several horror films after a family massacre that took place there in 1974 - when Thomas Scully-Powers, 32, entered the room where his 72-year-old father stood in front of the screen.

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He first beat him before going to get knives with which he hit him on the chest, back and neck, "almost beheading him", according to the press release from the prosecutor who quotes the report of autopsy.

It was when he returned armed with knives that participants in the meeting called the emergency room.

"This is a shocking and disturbing case," said local prosecutor Timothy Sini, quoted in a statement. "According to his own confession, the suspect brutally stabbed his father repeatedly, until he was certain he was dead. The investigation into this horrific crime continues, but rest assured that justice will be done for the victim."

What the participants saw from this horror scene remains to be specified. According to the local newspaper Newsday, the victim disappeared from the frame of the camera and they mostly heard his cries.

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When the police arrived at the scene, the son, who lived with his father, fled by jumping out of the first floor window, according to the prosecutor. He took soda from a grocery store to try to cleanse the blood from his body, but was caught by the police a few blocks away.

Still according to the prosecutor, he admitted to the police that he had stabbed his father about fifteen times, and that he had used several knives because their blades were twisted.

- Criminal record -

The police found in the bathroom a bucket and a broom, apparently used to try to clean the scene, and a sheet stained with blood.

The son was formally charged Friday for murder and imprisoned, before a new hearing scheduled for May 26.

The prosecutor did not specify what could be the reason for the crime.

But if the son is to be believed, the father would have started the fight by trying to injure his wrist, the Newsday newspaper reported.

Thomas Scully-Powers, who had a criminal record, faces up to 25 years in prison.

This crime could be the first known to have taken place during a Zoom meeting.

The videoconferencing platform has seen the number of its users around the world explode in recent weeks, due to the containment measures imposed to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of people now gather daily to chat, have a drink or celebrate birthdays on Zoom as on rival platforms like Google Hangouts or FaceTime.

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