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Jason SmithLevittown, Philadelphia — On Monday, 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti was found on fire in her basement. Her hands and feet had been bound there was a rope around her neck. An autopsy would show the pediatrician had been strangled to death.

Today, police have arrested Jason T. Smith, the exterminator the doctor had hired to take care of a rodent problem in her home that day, and have charged him with murder. Police zeroed in on Smith after his truck was captured on surveillance video near Ketunuti’s home.

After he was identified and picked up on Wednesday, Smith admitted to police that he “just snapped” after getting into an argument with Ketunuti and felt like she was disrespecting him and was making fun of him. He said after striking her, he got on top of her and began strangling her.

Once she was dead, Smith says he panicked and tried to cover up the crime by dousing Ketunuti’s body with accelerant and setting her on fire. Smith has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, risking arson, and risking a catastrophe. Aside from minor traffic violations, Smith does not have a criminal record.

Smith lives with girlfriend of six years, her mother and his daughter. Neighbors described him as a family man and are stunned at the news. “It’s crazy because…he’s outside always playing with his children. I mean, he doesn’t seem like that kind of guy,” one of his neighbors said.

Ketunuti was a native of Thailand and was a pediatric doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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  • Andyman

    Yep – He’s an exterminator all right. He kills ’em DEAD.

  • alphatroll

    Been sniffin’ rat poison a little too long?

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well without a photograph of the victim, it’s hard to say whether or not he was just doing his job.

  • brandi

    geez, i bet it’s his home life… if i lived with my in laws i’d kill someone too, although im sure it would be myself..

  • Buffettgirl

    Exterminator Man – ridding the world of productive citizens everywhere… what a fucktard!

  • deadskinmask213

    If she was like any other doctor from over seas maybe there was just a language barrier. They know how to get a degree and they never fully learn the english language. What gives?

  • CT

    Thank goodness this isn’t the norm because I wouldn’t be here to post my bullshit. I’d been gone a lonnngg time ago. I really should work on not being such a dickhead.

  • come_and_see

    The best pest control a man can get is with his hands.

  • G.I.R.L.

    I’m curious to know what the argument was about.

  • SayAunt

    She must of provoked him like the gal in the previous article.

  • FrikkenFrak

    Fifty bucks says this gets turned into a Lifetime Movie titled “The Exterminator”

  • Abroad

    Tried to make a joke and only managed to offend, perhaps? I can see that…..

  • ShelbySP

    Can somebody explain to me what all fits under the umbrella of “risking a catastrophe

  • newstarshipsmell

    Haha, I was wondering that myself.

  • newstarshipsmell

    So does his girlfriend own and operate a t-shirt store at the local mall selling shirts with various famous persons getting high?

  • Sam

    So how much did she resemble a cow, for him to calf-rope and try to brand her?

  • Athena

    Ta-da! 😉

  • Athena

    Some people just don’t belong in the customer service industry.

  • Evan Oswald

    was she rizzaped or just murdered for talk sheeeeeeit?

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Exterminators usually don’t bother with the proper safety gear & get exposed to too many poisons. My only Uncle is/was an exterminator, and like most, he is/was bat-shit crazy. (I distanced myself from him years ago.)

  • wow that is fucking nuts. i seriously think satan is literally responsible for lots of these types of murders. i know it sounds totally lame but i’m talking about the murders where the shit just seems pretty much way fucking extreme and out of character for the murderer. like temporary insanity followed by some kind of satanic rage spell fueled by some sort of satanic anger and power but totally temporary and then when the crime has already been done and can’t be taken back the person comes to their senses and bam!!!! they are just fucked. for life. period. the end. i can think of lots of examples of this shit. i’m being serious here. what does anyone else think about this? (besides the fact that i’m stupid or whatever) lol.

  • t0ofly

    I know exactly what you mean. In high school my friend and I were out drinking mad dog 20/20 by an old construction site. We were smashing things with these 2x4s we found. Then we came across a homeless camp. It was truly out of character for both of us. Your satan comment makes a lot of sense, it’s actually kind of a relief. Thanks for your perspective.

  • sweekymom

    He set a fire in a home, and it could have spread to other homes.

  • newstarshipsmell

    No one’s going to get this one, I guess. *sigh*

  • JohnQknowitall

    Maybe he can bunk with the guy who tried to shove the engagement ring down his fiance’s throat.

  • Athena

    If you take a moment to consider the complexity of the human mind, synopses and chemical interaction, hormones and genetic factors… you need not look to the supernatural for understanding. Why make up fairy tales when truth is so often stranger than fiction?

  • If by Satan you mean mental illness, drugs andor alcohol, then I agree with you 100 percent. If you mean an actual supernatural being who makes people do things they don’t want to, then yeah, no.

  • newstarshipsmell

    You forgot gubment mind control.

  • Time bomb ready to explode. Too bad the pediatrician couldn’t get away what a psycho. Reminds me of a home inspector in Florida that killed a young lady at the home during the inspection then dumped her body in the Hillbilly River in Tampa. What a tremendous loss to Philly & all the kids this doctor helped at All Children’s Hospital. It’s best NOT to be home alone if if you call some company for business if you’re female. The police did a great job solving the doctor’s murder so quickly when most murders in Philly go unsolved thanks to the surveillance cameras. My heart breaks for the family of the doctor & the city of Brotherly Love my city of birth. His pathetic excuse she belittled him or made fun of him doesn’t fly so I pray he gets his in prison or the death penalty.

  • midniteshadows

    Link. Must click on link.

  • Sam

    *twitch* *winkblink* *twitch*

  • Pyncky

    I think Satan would be responsible for many of the world’s problems. Wars, rapes, pedophilia and definitely the rash of school shootings. I would believe he was… IF HE REALLY FREAKING EXISTED! Satan is a fairy tale told to children just like god and jeebus. Problem is some children never figure it out.

  • 18th40

    Sure but don’t you think maybe just reporting her would have been sufficient ?

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Yeah, sure, buddy. She made fun of you. More likely you propositioned her, and she turned you down. Pornos aren’t like real life.

  • deadskinmask213

    Not offended at all I was making a joke as well. lol

  • Sam

    Enlighten us, o wise one.

  • newstarshipsmell
  • Abroad

    Bleh! I meant her. Nevermind 😛

  • Abroad

    “It’s best NOT to be home alone if if you call some company for business if you’re female.”

    Most company’s do not hire homicidal maniacs, – and the ones that are unfortunate enough to do so would have a record of where the homicidal maniac was supposed to be that morning/afternoon, so the homicidal maniac might think twice about doing it right then and there.

  • Athena

    Awww… People didn’t get it.

  • LeaveMeBe

    After the week I had, I totally know how this guy felt. Except I didn’t follow through on any of my fantasies.

  • LeaveMeBe

    To whom would he have reported it, the Nanny-nanny boo-boo police?

  • LeaveMeBe

    They’re NOT? I’m going to have to kick a mutitude of service mens asses next time they show up. >:/

  • LeaveMeBe

    There is no satan here. Only Satian, his light in the loafers half-brother.

  • 18th40

    I know, felt shame..go to penalty box for two minute.

  • 18th40

    Army, Navy or Marines ?

  • LeaveMeBe

    Goddammit. I knew I should have changed that.

  • 18th40

    You should’ve changed “mutitude” to “multitude” while you were at it.

    Why do I suddenly hear ominous and threatening music…weird.

  • LeaveMeBe

  • 18th40

    I’m outta here.

  • LeaveMeBe

    For the record, I got it.

  • LeaveMeBe


  • 18th40

    I’m glad, there were a mutitude of ways one could have taken a crack about service men.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I don’t.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Sweet, a partner to gang up with on LMB over trivial spelling mistakes.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Haha! IKR? 😛

  • LeaveMeBe

    Re-read it.

  • LeaveMeBe

    18 meet Oreoface. Oreoface tends to forget he will need me during the zombie apocalypse. And he doesn’t change his underwear everyday, he just turns them inside out. 😛

  • BlackHeywood

    Death by the exterminator I do wonder what in the hell could she have said to him to make him lose it