An incest dad has killed the baby he had with his own daughter before murdering her, her adoptive dad and finally turning the gun on himself in a shocking killing spree after daughter ended their affair.
Law enforcement officials in three US states are working to untangle the chain of events that led to the deaths of the four people, among them a seven-month-old boy.
Steven Pladl, 43, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a car parked in Dover, New York, at 8.40am on Thursday.
His biological daughter, whom he illegally married last July, 20-year-old Katie Pladl, was found dead in Connecticut along with her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco.
The baby boy named Bennett that Steven and Katie had together in September 2017 was discovered dead at a home in Knightdale, North Carolina, where the couple used to live, reported CBS17.
It is thought that Steven committed the murders because Katie had just broken up with him.
As a baby, Steven Pladl and Katie’s biological mother, Alyssa had put Katie up for adoption. However, in June of 2016, Katie decided to get in touch with her birth parents.
Not long afterwards when Katie got back in touch with them, Steven Pladl’s marriage with Alyssa failed.
Steven and Katie’s biological mother, Alyssa, separated and Katie and Steven started their affair.
In July 2017, the pair ‘got married’ and shared photographs of their lakeside union on social media.
Katie gave birth not long afterwards to their baby boy, Benneth. Since then, they had both doted over the newborn on Instagram.
It turned out that later in January 2018, Alyssa discovered the incestuous marriage between her ex-husband and her daughter and reported it to police.
Steve and Katie were arrested and made to face charges of incest, adultery, and contributing to delinquency of a minor.
Steven was released on bond and ordered to make no contact with Katie. Katie was released from jail in late February after posting $12,000 secured bond.
Under the conditions of her release, she was barred from making contact with Steven and required to live with her adoptive parents, who resided in New York.
Fast forward to April 2018, yesterday, police were called to Steven’s residence by Steven’s mother who asked them to perform a welfare check at 9am.
Police arrived and came upon Steven’s 2-month-old son’s lifeless body. No one else was in the home.
Steven’s mother was heard saying in a 911 recording:
‘Steven’s wife broke up with him yesterday over the phone. She’s in New York and he told me he was on his way to her and then he was coming back.
He left the baby dead. He told me to call police and that I shouldn’t go over there.
He said the house is empty and he said he left a key under the front mat.’
She said Steven also told her he had killed Katie and her father.
Pladl is believed to have killed his son after picking him up from his mother’s house on Wednesday night, where the child was living in her custody.
He then drove to New Milford, Connecticut, 600 miles away, and shot dead Katie and her adoptive dad as they sat in a pickup truck, before making his way across the state line and turning the gun on himself.
During a press conference, Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps confirmed all three murders and Steven Pladl’s suicide.
‘We are heart broken, saddened over the death of this child,’ Capps said.
‘And like you we’re trying to make sense of all the factors that lead up to this senseless taking of life.’
In February, Alyssa told DailyMailTV how she discovered her husband and daughter’s incestous relationship in Katie’s younger sister’s journal.
After she and Steven separated, her other 11-year-old daughter switched between staying at her home and the home her ex-husband was in with Katie.
In the entries, the 11-year-old depicted Katie as being pregnant and described Steven as ‘Satan’.
They wrote that because Katie was ‘human’ and Steven was ‘Satan’, their baby would be ‘half-demon.’
In March 2017, Steven presented Alyssa with the journal and said the 11-year-old was ‘acting out’.
Alyssa, who was horrified, said she thought it was his way of informing her of the incestious affair.
She contacted police immediately but Steve and Kate carried on living together and in July, got married in front of Katie’s adoptive parents and Steven’s mother.
Baby Bennet was born not long afterwards.
But today, they are all dead.