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Mark Sheridan knew from the second that he had gone to his parents’ Skillman, New Jersey, home that something was wrong.
A few days ago, in late September 2014, her parents – dear teacher Joyce Sheridan, 69, and her 73-year-old husband, Republican politician John Sheridan – were found stabbed repeatedly in their bedroom, which was then set on fire. With barricades inside the couple.
A weapon used in the stabbing has not been found. And even though there was no fireplace upstairs, there was a fire poker inside the room.
The death of the famous New Jersey politician, the teacher is still shrouded in mystery 8 years later
“The evidence we have strongly suggests that this murder is a double murder rather than a suicide.”
Blood spilled on the lower railing of the stairs leading to the second floor, and the upper part of the stairs was marked by a pile of blood. And investigators say the splatter was similar to the one at the top of the ladder.
Still, authorities decided within three days that they had processed the crime scene, raising eyebrows – and worries – among grieving loved ones seeking answers.
They are still waiting after almost eight years.
Joyce and John Sheridan had four sons and they created a “very close,” “very active” family, Mark Sheridan, one of their adult children, told Fox News Digital.
“My parents were always around,” he said. “My father did a lot of great work and important roles. And yet, he always took the time and was at sports events … they made it work. ”
He described how his mother was “really responsible”, while his father was his “easy” counterpart.
“She was mostly commander-in-chief – she managed to keep us all in line as much as possible,” he said with a laugh. “My father was very calm, quiet, collected. My mother was as painful as she was burning. I liked to joke. He liked to joke. He gave as much as he got. ”
Joyce Sheridan was a teacher for more than 15 years before retiring, at which point she “gave a lot of time to her grandchildren” and her hobbies, which included weaving and gardening, according to the couple’s death.
Prior to his death, John Sheridan served as president and CEO of Cooper University Health Services in Camden, New Jersey.
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He previously spent years in state government, including working with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s transition team, serving as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, general counsel for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and deputy attorney general for the state. New Jersey, according to the will and report.
The family – Joyce, John, most of their sons, in-laws and their grandchildren – had gathered at the couple’s home for John’s birthday a few weeks before the tragedy on September 7, 2014, Mark recalled.
“[We] I ate good food and spent the day with my parents. They were playing with my kids, having fun. It was a normal family get-together for Dad’s birthday, “he recalled.” Maybe four or five hours of eating at home and spending time together. “
He spoke to them sporadically the next month and to his mother that week, he added.
“My last real, meaningful interaction with them was for her birthday on September 7th.”
On Friday, Sheridan described how it was “really hard to stay excited” despite the circumstances and the passage of time.
“Of course, we have acknowledged that this will probably remain unresolved in the absence of a confession,” he continued. “We doubt there will be a solution. Many mistakes were made during the most critical period of the investigation.
“Our only hope at this point is confession.”
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‘Too many mistakes’
When asked if the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s version of the events is correct, Mark Sheridan replied, “We never said it could be murder-suicide.”
“Rather, we hold that there is insufficient evidence to reach this conclusion. All the evidence we have strongly suggests that this murder was a double homicide rather than a suicide,” Sheridan added.
Sheridan’s parents were found dead Sunday. By Wednesday, the family’s suspicions had grown, he said.
Just the day before, a Somerset County law enforcement officer described the crime scene to the family during a meeting, just to make it home to them on Wednesday.
“We have doubts [of] An investigation is underway into his death on Wednesday. At that point, we were given possession of the house, “Sheridan wrote in an email on Friday. There was no knife. ”
The lifeless bodies of longtime teacher Joyce Sheridan and her Republican politician John Patrick Sheridan Jr. were found in the bedroom of their home on the morning of September 28, 2014.
Police and firefighters received a call just before 6:15 a.m. to report a fire at the couple’s Somerset County home. They arrived at the only upstairs bedroom to find the fire, where authorities found John and Joyce unresponsive inside.
John was pronounced dead, and Joyce was taken to a regional hospital but could not be rescued.
The case was initially ruled murder-suicide, with Somerset County investigators announcing that John Sheridan stabbed his wife to death before stabbing her in the chest.
Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Eddie Jean Lilavois performed postmortems on both Joyce and John Sheridan. Lilavois determined that Joyce had been stabbed several times and eventually died “from a stab wound to the perforated aorta.” He described her death as “murder”.
Meanwhile, John was stabbed at least five times. The cause and manner of his death were initially listed as “further studies under consideration” and “remaining investigations”, respectively. Lilavois later determined that John Sheridan had died from “severe force injuries and smoke inhalation”.
But in the absence of the weapon used in John Sheridan’s death – which Lilavois also allegedly admitted – and Dr. With Baden’s second opinion, authorities eventually changed course and listed the manner of Mr Sheridan’s death as “indefinite”.
Asked what he saw as the most obviously suspicious details surrounding the case, Sheridan pointed to a missing weapon, fire poker and his father’s injuries, which police allegedly did not accept.
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“[M]Your father had five broken ribs and straight line injuries to his chest, but the police ignored the four-foot-long iron fire poker found in his bedroom, “he wrote.” There is no fireplace in the bedroom. The poker came from below.
“Ultimately, every expert is you [have] Check for a lot of blood outside the bedroom that (sic) is thrown from a razor at the top of the stairs just outside the bedroom.
After years of public criticism of Sheridan’s handling of the case by adult children, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office revealed in May that the office was investigating the matter and would “follow the evidence wherever possible.”
Mark Sheridan received a phone call from the attorney general’s office around April or May, about the time the office opened the investigation, but he has not heard from anyone since.
Spokesman Steven Barnes wrote in an email earlier this month that “the investigation is ongoing, and no further information has been released at this time.”
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A spokesman for the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office sent all inquiries to the state attorney general’s office earlier this month in response to a Fox News digital request.