Thomas Mangiantini left a "somewhat distraught" note that offers a clue to why he fatally shot his wife and two sons before killing himself in their Addison home, police said Thursday.
Addison Police Chief Tim Hayden said the one-page, handwritten note discovered by police late Wednesday did not allude to any financial problems or troubles in the Mangiantini marriage, but he would not disclose the actual contents because he had not discussed it with family members. The DuPage County coroner, who performed the autopsies Thursday, said Mangiantini, 48, put a gun in his mouth after shooting his wife, Elizabeth, 46, once in the head. Mangiantini also shot his son Thomas Jr., 8, once in the head, and his other son, Angelo, 12, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the head.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...,4950807.storyDuPage County records showed no filings for separation of marriage or prior domestic contact with police, Hayden said. Two guns were recovered from the scene, both of which police say Mangiantini used. Authorities have not determined to whom the guns were registered, Hayden said. Two shots were heard in the background of the desperate 911 call that Elizabeth Mangiantini made around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"It was just a few short words. It was something to the effect of, 'Please help me. Help me, help me,' " Hayden said.
The boys were found upstairs in their beds in a shared bedroom. Thomas Mangiantini also was found in an upstairs bedroom, and his wife was discovered in a hallway downstairs. Hayden said she had no signs of defensive wounds.
Addison police continued to process the scene Thursday and plan to continue through Saturday, Hayden said, adding, "Something will reveal itself as the investigation moves along."
The family were members of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Addison, where prayers were offered for them during Thanksgiving Mass, said the Rev. Mark Jendrysik.
"Today, there were a lot of tears being shared before and after Mass," he said.
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=340037&src=2Those who knew the Mangiantinis say they were a well-known, friendly family that was active in the community. Thomas coached baseball for the nonprofit Addison Recreation Club while Elizabeth helped with school fundraisers.
Angelo was a sixth-grader at Indian Trail Junior High while his younger brother Tommy attended Fullerton Elementary School.
The Mangiantini family had lived in the Addison neighborhood since 1993 - two years after the couple married - and had no police record of prior domestic disturbances.
Sad Thanksgiving for the friends and loved ones left to mourn.........