Sunday 18 March 2018

Locals stunned as elderly couple murdered

Ellen Branagh in London

A neighbourhood was left in shock at the brutal murder of an elderly couple, who were found dead in their home last Friday.

Giuseppe (80) and Caterina Massaro (77) were found by a close family member at their home in Wolverhampton. It is not yet known how the couple were killed.

A murder inquiry is under way and police are trying to track the movements of the couple's car, which was missing from their address and later found in nearby Wednesfield.

Superintendent Mark Payne said: "Tragedies like this are extremely rare but have enormous impact.

"Local people hold the key to finding who is responsible for this terrible tragedy."

He urged the person or people responsible to give themselves up, adding: "We will find you, make it easy on yourself and hand yourself in."

The couple, originally from Italy, moved to England in 1960 and are believed to have lived on the street for 30 years.

They had two children and a number of grandchildren, police said.


Neighbours expressed their shock at the murders and many spoke fondly of the couple.

Matthew Douglas, who moved to the street 10 months ago, said: "We're getting everyone to sign a card for us to put near the house with some flowers.

"We didn't know them that well but we used to say hi, they seemed really nice.

"The first thing we heard was when the police knocked on our door on Friday night and told us what happened and to stay in the house. It's just so shocking."

Sarah Roberts, who has lived a few doors down from the Massaros for the past 26 years, said: "They were both Italian, they have lived here for so many years, about 30 or 40.

"I only knew him as Joe but I didn't know (Mrs Massaro's) name. They were very friendly, kept themselves to themselves, which everybody does.

"This is just so shocking, it's left me quite scared."

Another neighbour, Justin Greenwood, said: "I knew them to say hello in the street and pass the time of day.

"He was a nice old guy, she was a nice lady. They were always out and about, they seemed to live outside, maybe a continental way of life, they were just a lovely couple.

"We're just in a state of shock to be honest, we didn't know them well but it's almost like you have lost somebody."

Irish Independent

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