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Eugene Maraventano Thought He Gave His Wife HIV and Believed His Son Was Handicapped, So He Killed Them Both, He Says

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Eugene Maraventano, a 64-year-old Goodyear resident, told police this weekend that he stabbed his wife and son to death and failed to kill himself after multiple tries over the course of the next four days.

"I killed my wife and I killed my son; I can't kill myself," Maraventano told a 911 dispatcher, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

Maraventano told the dispatcher that he stabbed them both to death and added that his wife had cancer, according to the documents.

Police arrived at the house and found Maraventano covered with blood and with wounds to his chest. He was taken to a hospital, and police found the bodies of his wife and son in different rooms of the house.

Maraventano was interviewed at the hospital, where he started by saying he used to live in New York, where he "frequented with prostitutes." He thought he may have contracted HIV or another disease and passed it on to his wife, Janet.

Janet started to get sick recently, so Maraventano thought his wife might have had cancer or possibly something he gave her. Since tests showed she didn't have cancer, that only left one option, in Maraventano's mind -- though it's not clear why he told the dispatcher that his wife had cancer.

Maraventano said he made the decision to kill his wife about two weeks ago. He'd debated using a knife or buying a gun. He settled on the knife, even though, he said, he's "not a violent person," according to court documents.

Four days earlier, while his wife was sleeping, he finally acted, stabbing her twice, he said.

Maraventano also decided to kill his son, Bryan, because he "plays video games all day, has no girlfriend, and must be handicap[ped] because he can't get a job."

Maraventano went down the hallway and knocked on Bryan's door. When Bryan answered, Maraventano stabbed him twice.

Over the next four days, Maraventano tried a few ways of killing himself.

First, he cut his wrist. Then he tried to suffocate himself with a plastic bag, even taping it to his face. Next, he put a knife handle against the wall and tried to push his chest into the blade.

"None of which worked," notes a probable-cause statement submitted by police.

Eventually, Maraventano called police and let 'em know what he did.

Police also recovered a suicide note, addressed to his oldest son, in which Maraventano wrote that he had killed his wife and younger son.

Maraventano faces two counts of first-degree murder.

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