Who is Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson? Pennsylvania woman, 66, kills and burns husband, 84, on back porch

Who is Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson? Pennsylvania woman, 66, kills and burns husband, 84, on back porch
Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson has been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated arson (Courtesy: Dauphin County Prison)

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA: Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson, 66, was charged with criminal homicide, for murdering her 84-year-old husband, retired deputy sheriff Carmen Henderson, and then burning his naked body on their back porch last Thursday, on June 16, CBS21 reported. Reportedly, Susquehanna Township police were called out to a home around 5 am on June 16 after they received a call from Evelyn Henderson. She allegedly told the dispatcher that she found her husband dead and believed that he had killed himself by burning himself alive, according to court records obtained by WHP-TV.

According to the reports, Zigerelli-Henderson told the dispatcher that she heard her husband yell earlier but didn’t call 911 because “he was already burnt.” However, the dispatcher got skeptical of her statements as there was some disparity in her answers and she seemed hesitant. As per the officers, Henderson's death wasn't recent as while inspecting they spotted fly larvae in his mouth and nostrils. Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly changed her story repeatedly when questioned by investigators about her husband’s death.


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She initially claimed it was suicide and then allegedly said her husband had accidentally set himself alight after smoking a cigar on their porch at around 3 pm on Wednesday, June 15. She allegedly said he was still alive. He was sitting on a camp chair with his lower pants on fire. He called for her help and she was going to call 911 but was unable to explain why she never placed the call until the next morning.

Evelyn Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly admitted to delaying her 911 call but did not explain why. (Courtesy: Video screenshot from crime scene/ABC27)

As per the court documents, the Hendersons were in severe debt and owed at least $40,000 on a second mortgage. Zigerelli-Henderson allegedly told investigators that she mismanaged their money and caused their business, Henderson Limousine Service to file for bankruptcy. Investigators learned that Zigerelli-Henderson also had a $10,000 life insurance policy on Carmen Henderson. Dauphin County Fire investigators determined that Carmen could not be responsible for killing himself as Zigerelli-Henderson claimed. Zigerelli-Henderson has been booked on recommended charges of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, and arson.

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