A male suspect arrested in Ohio on Tuesday morning allegedly killed five people in a span of just 48 hours, including the parents of his ex-girlfriend. George Brinkman, 45, was taken into custody by officers from Ohio’s North Royalton Police Department in connection with the deaths of Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her two daughters, Taylor Pifer, 21, and Kylie Pifer, 18. Since then, officials said Brinkman might also have killed another couple, which would mean he committed five murders within 48 hours, if the allegations are proven to be true.
ABC News reported that, according to the North Royalton Police Department in Ohio, the bodies of Taylor and her two daughters were discovered this past weekend. People reported that the mother and two daughters were found dead on Sunday. Their bodies were discovered by the police in a bedroom of their residence, located in the city of North Royalton, approximately 18 miles from Cleveland.
At a news conference on Monday, Detective Dave Loeding, at least one of the women was killed with a knife. He stated there was “no visible sign” as to how the other two females were murdered. Detective Loeding said that Taylor and Brinkman had been “acquaintances.”
On Tuesday morning, officers from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office announced that Brinkman is also a suspect in the deaths of a married couple found dead on Monday by the police. The bodies of the victims from Lake Township, Rogell Eugene John II, 71, and Roberta Ray John, 64, were discovered at their residence in Lake Township.
Police reported that the Johns were shot to death. Lake Township is located about 10 miles away from North Royalton, to the south of it. The Stark County Sheriff’s Office stated it has two arrest warrants for Brinkman and he will be charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of the couple.
On Tuesday, Stark County Sheriff George Maier said that Brinkman had been employed by the couple for several years. He had allegedly dated the daughter of the couple, his ex-girlfriend, and was allegedly watching their home while they were taking a vacation. Maier said at the news conference that the Johns had returned just the day before from a vacation.
Sheriff Maier said Rogell John’s son checked on his father on Monday when he did not show up to work at their family business. When he went to his father’s house, Rogell’s son found both him and his stepmother there, shot to death.
Rogell’s son saw that the couple’s luggage was still unpacked and by the stairs and the couple’s dog was waiting for someone to walk it. When he noticed that the doorknob leading into their bedroom was broken, and the dog barking, he knew there was something wrong.
Sheriff Maier said the police think that the three women killed in North Royalton, Ohio, were murdered before the Johns were killed in Lake Township. Maier stated he did not think the three women who Brinkman allegedly killed had known or heard of the Johns.
After a standoff lasting eight hours, according to the Daily Mail, Brinkman was arrested by the police early Tuesday morning. At a news conference on Tuesday morning, the Brunswick Division of Police said the standoff with Brinkman started at about 9 p.m. Monday night at a residence in Brunswick, Ohio.
The police in Brunswick made a forced entry of the house and used a stun gun to take Brinkman into custody. He had barricaded himself into the house. Brinkman was arrested at approximately 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The police traced Brinkman using the GPS signal on his cellphone.
Brinkman was the only person in the house when he was arrested and there were no shots fired. There had been a woman in the house, but she was released at some point during the siege. The police said that Brinkman was drinking whiskey while the standoff was occurring, and threatened to shoot himself.
Detective Loeding said on Tuesday that Brinkman is the main suspect in all five deaths, all happening within the span of 48 hours in Ohio. Brinkman has not yet been charged in connection with the slayings of the three women from North Royalton. He is currently in the custody of the North Royalton police, charged with the two counts of murder in the deaths of the Johns. Charges for the other three deaths are expected to be brought against Brinkman soon.
By John Samuels