By MELISSA TRAYNOR and CHRISTINE DEMPSEY
12:17 PM EST, December 1, 2010
Police were called to the home where three people were found beaten to death on Thanksgiving morning 11 times since March, department records show.
Police said Tuesday night that they have identified neither suspects nor persons of interest in the slayings of Beverly Therrien, 74, and two people who lived with her- Pamela Johns, 60, and Michael Ramsay, 53. Police have repeatedly said that the victims were targeted and that they have no reason to believe anyone else is in danger.
Records show that Therrien had called police to file complaints about her children, Candace Bednarz, 52, and Brett Bednarz, 46, seven times since March. Records show that the children, who live in Manchester, also called police four times on their mother during that time. None of those calls resulted in arrests.
The complaints included charges of harassment and stealing, records show.
Brett Bednarz was charged with third-degree assault on an elderly person in May after a friend of Therrien's called police and asked them to check on her. A judge subsequently issued a protective order on Therrien's behalf. Brett Bednarz pleaded guilty Oct. 27 to a reduced charge of breach of peace and received a suspended jail sentence and a year of probation.
Therrien had reluctantly told an officer that Brett Bednarz had been assaulting her, according to the warrant for his arrest. She told police that he placed a broomstick across her abdomen and pushed down on it forcefully, according to the warrant. She told police she was afraid of her son, but declined to give a written statement to police about the assaults.
Brett Bednarz declined to comment; Candace Bednarz could not be reached.
Some of the complaints within the past year stem from a dispute over items that previously belonged to Therrien's ex-husband and Candace and Brett's father, Andrew Bednarz, who died on Sept. 15 at age 92.
Police visited the house at 154 Naomi Drive twice on Sept. 29 after a call from Candace Bednarz, who told police that as executor of her father's estate, she objected to her mother's attempts to unlock her father's car. Officer Lisa Freeman, who filed the incident report, told Bednarz to return with probate court paperwork to verify her rights to the property.
East Hartford Probate Court had no will on file for either Andrew Bednarz or Therrien as of Tuesday afternoon.
According to police records, Candace Bednarz told police that in addition to ongoing issues within the family, "she is concerned with her mother's welfare because her mother has allowed two people she barely knows to move in with her."
Police named the couple as Ramsay and Johns in the report.
Freeman also reported that the siblings were "at a loss as to what to do with their mother" and that they asked police to commit Therrien for what they called "some form of mental instability."
Lt. Curtis Stoldt said that the couple, Ramsay and Johns, had moved into Therrien's home for companionship and, although she could take care of herself, to help her around the house.
The crime was "not a random, unplanned event," Stoldt said, and added that one or more people could be responsible.
"We believe the person or persons who went there, went there with a mission. This specific home was targeted and the people were targeted. [Those responsible] were very likely familiar with Beverly and the situation there."
"I still wouldn't characterize [Candace and Brett Bednarz] as suspects," Stoldt said. "We're hoping to work with them and learn more about the family situation."
Meanwhile, the cul-de-sac where the killings took place was still sectioned off by crime scene tape on Tuesday. Police, with help from members of the state forensic lab, continued to collect evidence from the house.
All three victims lost a lot of blood because of the brutal attacks, Stoldt said. On Monday, he had said the scene shows signs of "extreme violence and trauma."
The victims were found after police were called to check Therrien's house at the request of an out-of-state relative.
Police have tried to talk to Therrien's immediate relatives, but they have expressed "reluctance to fully cooperate with investigators," Stoldt said.
None of the victims is known to be involved in illegal drugs, Stoldt said Tuesday. There were items of value left in the house - making it appear that robbery was not a motive - although "it's quite possible things were taken from the home."
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