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‘It’s all your fault’: Pastor leaves wife a message before killing daughter, himself


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Former Pastor/Air Force Chaplain completed a 90-day substance abuse program.  Then kills himself and his  adult daughter after blaming his estranged wife.



Daniel Randall, a former pastor who once served as a chaplain in the Air Force, had just completed a 90-day program for alcohol abuse.

He left the Liberty Bay Recovery Center in Portland, Maine, at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

Then, police said, he bought a shotgun and drove to his home in Hebron, about 40 miles northwest of Portland.

Several hours later, a neighbor found the 56-year-old former chaplain lying face down on the porch of his home. The words “VOW BREAKER” were spray-painted on the kitchen counter, Carroll Daggett, who lives a short distance away, told the Portland Press Herald.

Daggett called police.

Officers then found Randall’s 27-year-old daughter, Claire, dead in the bathroom. She died of multiple shotgun wounds, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Maine State Police said Daniel Randall, who had been estranged from his family and didn’t have a key to the house, broke in through the garage and shot his daughter before shooting himself once in the head. Police said he spray-painted messages on the walls of the five rooms in the house.

Among them was a message to his wife, Anita, who had filed for divorce.

“Anita, it’s all your fault” was written on one of the walls, according to WCSH 6.

Daggett told the Portland Press Herald that he found Daniel Randall’s body after he went to the house to check on Claire Randall. Anita Randall had asked Daggett to see whether Claire was all right because she wasn’t answering her phone.

When he saw Daniel Randall’s body on the front porch, he initially thought it was a dummy, part of a Halloween display, Daggett told the paper. He called police after realizing that it wasn’t - and then he called Anita Randall. At that point, Daggett didn’t know that Claire Randall’s body was in the bathroom.

“I told her, ‘Claire is not answering, and if you could come home, I suggest you come home,’ ” he told the paper.




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Wow.  The persecution complex was strong with this one.  Unfortunately, that seems typical of the super religious.  Nothing is ever their fault.  It's always someone else who is to blame.  That young woman didn't deserve to die.  I can't say the world has lost much with his passing though.

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