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Convict stabs his prison pen-pal and her boyfriend to death just weeks after his release

July 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Convict stabs his prison pen-pal and her boyfriend to death just weeks after his release

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A woman and her boyfriend were fatally stabbed in Cleveland by her prison pen-pal who had walked out of jail just weeks prior.

Thomas Knuff, 42, had been released just weeks before the couple’s fatal stabbing took place.

His pen-pal, 50-year-old Regina Capobianco, and her boyfriend, 65-year-old John Mann, had even picked him up from the jail on the day of his release. He has been charged with savagely stabbing them to death in their house.

Parma Heights Police Detective Steve Scharschmidt revealed that the killer was freed from prison on April 11th after serving 15 and a half years for charges that include aggravated robbery.

Thomas Knuff appears in court on murder charges

Authorities say Capobianco became Knuff’s prison pen pal while both were serving time behind bars. Capobianco was in prison on forgery charges, Fox8 reported.

Capobianco was reported missing to authorities on May 23rd. Knuff was taken into custody on May 31st and was questioned about Capobianco’s whereabouts.

Officers went to the couple’s residence to search for her and found the two bodies in the bedroom after they decomposed inside for nearly five weeks.

Regina Capobianco (left) and her boyfriend John Mann (right) were stabbed to death by her prison pen-pal in May, their decomposing bodies were found in June

Detective Scharschmidt indicated that police are still ascertaining the motive for the double murder.

On Monday, Knuff was arraigned on aggravated murder charges.

Municipal Court Judge Deanna O’Donnell set the bond at $25 million for each charge, in addition to a $10,000 bond for a charge of breaking into a hair salon.

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