Second Alleged Murder-Suicide by JPMorgan Worker in Seven Months

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall Street on Parade For the second time in seven months, an employee of JPMorgan Chase is alleged to have brutally murdered his wife and then taken his own life. According to Bergen County, New Jersey Prosecutor John Molinelli and police reports, 27-year old Michael A. Tabacchi and his wife, Iran Pars Tabacchi (who also went by the name Denise) were discovered dead on Friday evening, February 7, in their home in Closter, New Jersey. Their infant son was in the home and unharmed. He is under the care of the paternal grandparents. A text message from the home had been sent to the father of Michael Tabacchi asking him to come to the home, according to media reports. The father found the couple.

County Prosecutor Molinelli seems to have made short work of his investigation, tweeting yesterday: “Autopsy on Closter couple shows wife died from strangulation and single stab wound to chest. Husband died from self inflicted stab chest.” On the very evening the bodies were discovered, before any autopsy had been performed, Molinelli characterized the deaths in a tweet as a “probable murder suicide.”

Michael Tabacchi’s LinkedIn profile lists him previously as an Operations Analyst at JPMorgan and currently as an Associate. That a seemingly endless stream of bizarre deaths among JPMorgan workers has been occurring since December 2013, concentrated among young workers involved in information technology at JPMorgan, does not seem to raise the curiosity of either the police, the FBI or corporate media; nor does the fact that JPMorgan is currently operating under a deferred prosecution agreement for two felony counts, which effectively means it has been put on probation for serious crimes by the U.S. Department of Justice. One might also think prosecutors might be interested in the serial nature of the alleged crimes by JPMorgan, which two veteran attorneys are comparing to the Gambino crime family in an extensively documented on-line book.

This hastily investigated, alleged murder-suicide comes just seven months after the alleged murder-suicide of another couple living in New Jersey. The husband was a high-ranking technology executive for JPMorgan Chase. The bodies of Julian Knott and his wife, Alita, ages 45 and 47, respectively, were discovered by police on July 6, 2014 at approximately 1:12 a.m. in their home in the Lake Hopatcong section of Jefferson Township. After a two-day investigation, police announced that they believed Julian Knott shot his wife repeatedly and then took his own life with the same gun. The Knotts had three teenage children, two living at home and one in college.

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