A MURDERER has finally been named in the brutal murder of a mother who was found dead in her bed with an ax stuck in her forehead.
Cathy Krauseneck, 29, died at her home in upstate New York in 1982 after a neighbor called the police and told them there had been a murder.
Her husband, James Krauseneck Jr., now 70, told Brighton Police he came home from work to find the horror scene.
Now, four decades later, he has been found guilty of second-degree murder after investigators said he “driven in with an axe”. [Cathleen’s] head while she slept.”
He then left his dead wife’s body at her then-three-year-old’s home while he went to work, sources said.
Krauseneck Jr. – who was arrested in 2019 – claims Cathy was alive and well when he left home. He is reportedly planning to appeal the conviction.
But for Cathy’s family, his conviction finally means justice.
Her sister Annet Schlosser said: “We made it. Justice for Cathy.”
Her father Robert Schlosser, 95, added: “I wanted to live long enough [see] it. My wife died four years ago. She did not make it.”
The pair reportedly quarreled over Krauseneck’s studies after it was revealed he had not completed his PhD.
Police say he then took an ax from his garage and hit her in the head with it.
Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi said in 2019: “No other physical evidence at the scene, including DNA, points to anyone other than James Krauseneck Jr.
“What we didn’t find was evidence pointing to someone else who was in that house.”
Following the sentencing, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, “After February 19, 1982, James Krauseneck moved away and got on with his life for 40 years.
“Cathleen didn’t have that privilege. I am grateful that we were able to give Cathleen and her family this degree.”
Krauseneck is sentenced on November 7th.
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