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Grandson charged with stabbing grandparents to death

Keedysville is a quiet little town in Washington County, not far from Boonsboro in Western Maryland. The novelist Nora Roberts lives there. There is a charming red brick town hall befitting a charming, attractive way of life. Some 482 people lived there in 2000. In 2010: 1,152.

The town is reeling from a gruesome double murder this weekend.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man stabbed his grandparents to death. The murders occurred on Hoot Awl Court in a new development recently annexed into the town, according to the Herald-Mail.

“I can’t believe this happened,” a neighbor wrote on Facebook. “It doesn’t seem real. Hard to believe in our quiet development and such a nice family.”

Joseph Michael Minoglio, 84, and Peggy Minoglio, 78, were discovered dead on Saturday evening. They were stabbed multiple times, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The Herald-Mail reported that Joseph Michael Minoglio was stabbed “about 15 times.”

Authorities have charged Joseph William Minoglio, with multiple crimes, including two counts of first degree murder. No motive was given. He’s awaiting extradition from Montgomery County, Va., where police tracked him down over the weekend.

A Facebook page apparently belonging to Joseph William Minoglio shows him wrestling, and smiling in a sharp tuxedo at a wedding.

“It’s a family that’s been here since the beginning,” John May, the couple’s neighbor, told WHAG. “They’re warm in the hearts of the neighborhood and we knew of the grandparents and their children played with our children and they’re just a very good family.”

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.



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