A husband and wife duo allegedly massacred four members of their family on Halloween 2015 and made pointed and emotional comments directed at the supposed “killer” just days after the quadruple murder.
The bodies of Cathy Taylor Scott, 60, Violet Taylor, 82, Mike Scott, 58, and Mike’s mother, Barbara Scott, 80, were found dead in their home in Pendleton, South Carolina.
“Whoever did this, I don’t see how you can live with yourself,” Amy Vilardi told local news station WYFF-TV days after the killings, thanking the community for its support.
Eight years later, Vilardi and her husband, Rosmore “Ross” Vilardi, were arrested and charged with the bloody crime that “shocked the Anderson County community,” the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. message on Facebook on December 15. 2023.
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Cathy Scott was Amy Vilardi’s mother and Violet Taylor was her grandmother. Mike Scott was the husband of Cathy Scott and the son of Barbara Scott.
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Amy called 911 on November 2, 2015, after allegedly finding her family members dead, each with at least one gunshot wound, but investigators said the victims had likely been dead for several hours, “maybe several days,” according to USA Today.
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The couple has maintained their innocence for years, but Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said at a Dec. 15 news conference after their arrest that they were on police radar.
McBride refused to answer questions about the evidence that ultimately linked Amy and Rosmore to the crime.
“Some things need to be preserved for our day in court,” he said. “Everything I say, as far as the details are concerned, the other party can use it against us.”
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But the sheriff, who took over the case less than two years after the killings, acknowledged the arrests were a step in the right direction toward closure.
“I think we knew this day would come,” McBride said during the news conference. “We were praying for this day to come. … Really good prayers were answered.”
Law enforcement officials have not discussed a potential motive for the grisly crime.
But the Vilardis sued the sheriff’s office in May 2016 after the murders, “seeking return of the vehicles and electronic devices as well as nearly $90,000 in cash that was seized from both homes by investigators,” according to USA Today, which cites court documents.
That property had “no evidentiary value” and was worth “well over $100,000,” according to the lawsuit. Amy Viladi asked the court to recognize her “property interest” in this property and “grant immediate claim and delivery” of the property.
Original article source: South Carolina couple arrested in quadruple family murder that ‘shocked community’: cops
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