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Man kills his wife and son fearing he gave her HIV after sleeping with prostitutes

By Mason White 5:26 AM April 11, 2013
Eugene Maraventano 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he killed his wife and son because he believed she was infected with HIV, according to police reports in Arizona.

The man, who is accused of fatally stabbing his wife and adult son at his home in suburban Phoenix told investigators that he carried out the murders for fear that he had given his wife HIV from prostitutes he frequented. He was also concerned about what would become of his son after his unemployment.

Investigators said in court papers that Eugene Maraventano, 64, believed his wife, Janet Maraventano, 63, was sick and feared she might test positive for cancer or a disease that he had given her because he slept with prostitutes when he worked for a railway line in New York.

Eugene Maraventano, who planned to commit suicide after killing his wife, wondered what would become of his son, Bryan Maraventano, 27, after his suicide, explaining that his son plays video games all day and had no girlfriend or work, according to court documents submitted by the police. Bryan Maraventano lived with his parents.

Eugene Maraventano made several unsuccessful attempts suicide after the killings and called authorities Saturday to say that he had carried out the stabbing deaths a few days earlier, police said.
“I killed my wife and I killed my son,” the paper quoted Maraventano telling the police dispatcher.

“This was clearly a fear driven murder that could have been prevented if treated properly by a psychiatrist. This man suffered from paranoia as shown by his numerous attempts to committ suicide,” Page Riggle, 50, a professional therapist in Pheonix, Arizona told after reading about the murders.

Maraventano was treated at a hospital for injuries sustained during his attempted suicide and is now in jail with bail set at $2 million.
Maraventano told investigators that he and his wife had been fighting the night of the murder.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view