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Police: Peekskill Woman Murdered Husband for Insurance Money

Beatrice Camper and John Murray charged with second-degree murder of a local cab driver.

PEEKSKILL, NY -- A local cab driver shot dead on Wednesday was killed by his wife and her lover, police said in a Friday morning press conference.

Terrance Camper's wife, 60-year-old Beatrice Camper, was arrested Friday morning and charged with second-degree murder, a felony. John Murray, a 60-year-old Newburgh resident, has also been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Terrance Camper's death.

Police believe Beatrice Camper and John Murray were having an affair, and killed Terrance Camper, 53, to collect insurance monies.

Beatrice Camper had taken out two insurance policies in her husband's name, with her as the beneficiary, in the month before the alleged murder, police said.

Police believe Beatrice Camper and Murray planned the murder together.

Beatrice Camper and Murray began their affair while Murray was in prison, authorities added. Murray was serving time for murder, and was released 11 months ago on parole.

The two defendants were arraigned in Peekskill City Court Friday, and are being held without bail. Their next court appearance will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Terrance Camper was shot twice in the back on the head with a small caliber handgun, police said. He was discovered by a local postal worker.

Authorities said Friday morning that Murray liked called Terrance Camper's taxi to the scene of the crime.

Le'Roy De'Shawn Washington October 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
SMH. Had the pleasure of meeting Terry in August when he drove my sisters and I to the airport. He was a child hood friend of my mother and my grandmother knew him well. Glad the people involved were caught. Sad thing is he talked about his wife on the way there. RIParadise Mr Terry Lee. Salute!
Andrea Barrett October 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
You know, after all it was in fact premeditated
Odessa October 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
VERY HEART BROKEN..I FEEL LIKE IF U CAN TAKE A PERSONS LIFE U CAN BE TAKEN OUT THE GAME YOURSELF BUT N.Y.P.D. THANKS SO MUCH FOR DOING YOUR PART BUT AS A WIFE HER ASS NEED TO BE FRIED AND THE MAN SHE WAS CHEATING WITH YOUR ASS AINT NEVER GOING NO WHERE AGAIN..YOUR ASS JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL FOR TAKING A LIFE AND THEY LET U BACK ON STREETS...O HELL NAW FRIE BOTH OF THERE ASS....R.I.P. TERRY LEE MY FIRST COUSIN I LOVE U MISS U SEE U SOON....TRAGEDY MAN...
TEE FOSTER October 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
FIRST LET ME START OF BY SENDING MY PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE ( SORRY THAT IT HAS TO BE USED AS ONE, BUT EVERY TRAGADY IS A LESSON ) OF WHY WE MUST KEEP OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL! I DNT AND WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND: HOW THE HELL DID THEY THINK THAT WAS GONNA WORK!!! I MEAN, IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN FOREVER TO GET THAT MONEY IF ANY. LIKE THE INSURENCE COMPANY WASN'T GONNA INVESTAGATE THIS FOUL LOOKING MESS THAT WAS CREATED. IT WAS TOOO MANY THINGS GOING ON THAT MADE ABSOULTLY NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER! I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR MR TERRY'S FAMILY! NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS WHAT YOU ARE FEELING RIGHT NOW. I BELIEVE THAT THIS TRAGEDY CAN AND SHOULD BE USED TO MAKE THE LAWS STRONGER!! MURDERS ( DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT OF THE CRIME) SHOULD NEVER BE RELEASED!!! THIS MAN WAS IN JAIL FOR THIRTY ODD YRS AND CAME HOME TO DO THE EXCAT SAME THING THAT PUT HIS ASS IN THERE!!!! IT IS THE DEFINITION OF INSANE! HE THOUGHT HE WOULD GET A DIFFERENT RESULT!! NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF TAKING WHAT OTHERS WORKED HARD TO GET. IN THIS CASE THE HARDEST THING THIS OLD HAG DID WAS USE HER BRAIN!!!! ( INSERT SARCASIM ). IT IS SUCH A SHAME THAT THE HAG TOOK AN OTH AND A VOW AND LET MONEY GET THE BEST OF HER. IM TRULY SAD BY THIS STORY AND WISH THAT IT NEVER TOOK PLACE. BUT GOD DOES EVERYTHING FOR A REASON!
Jean Sapione October 12, 2012 at 03:07 AM
When I first read the details of this man's death last week, I KNEW something was off. It seemed motiveless.....he was so loved by all. Now I see how low people can sink. To trade this good man's life of service for a sum of money and a future with a killer! ?? Oh no. Oh no. What a loss. Safe with Jesus Christ now. That's the only consolation.

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