2 Bodies Discovered this Morning at S...

2 Bodies Discovered this Morning at Site of House Burned Down

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Hudson

Northfield, OH

#1 Apr 11, 2009
The son/brother of these two was arrested for burning the foreclosed house down...now the mother & brother were found dead outside it? This just keeps getting worse!

From Akron Beacon Journal ( ohio.com ):
" Bodies found in Hudson

By Beacon Journal staff

POSTED: 06:28 p.m. EDT, Apr 11, 2009

Hudson police are investigating the deaths of two Hudson residents found this morning outside their home. Foul play is suspected, authorities said.

Patricia Knudson, 64, and John Knudson, 42, lived on Connecticut Woods Drive in Hudson. The house was the site of a fire on April 5.

Their bodies were discovered on the property today at approximately 10 a.m., according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Additional information is not immediately available.

Hudson police are investigating the deaths of two Hudson residents found this morning outside their home. Foul play is suspected, authorities said.

Patricia Knudson, 64, and John Knudson, 42, lived on Connecticut Woods Drive in Hudson. The house was the site of a fire on April 5.

Their bodies were discovered on the property today at approximately 10 a.m., according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.

Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

Additional information is not immediately available."
Hudson

Northfield, OH

#2 Apr 11, 2009
Now Newsnet5 is reporting that the bodies were found "in a shallow grave". Ugh...poor people...I am guessing they were there when the son/brother burned the house down?
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/19157787/detail....
Hudson

Northfield, OH

#3 Apr 12, 2009
Hudson

Northfield, OH

#4 Apr 13, 2009
"Monday, April 13, 2009 2:55 AM
By Sandra Livingston and Laura Johnston
THE PLAIN DEALER
HUDSON, Ohio -- During his high -school years in the 1980s, John Knudson was extremely popular. His younger brother Michael was shy and witty and wrote both poetry and music.

On Saturday, John, 42, and his mother, Patricia, 64, were found dead, buried in a shallow grave behind the burned family home in Hudson. Michael, 39, was in the Summit County jail, charged with arson days earlier.

Hudson city spokeswoman Jody Roberts said that autopsies will be conducted today and that she expects more charges to be filed against Michael, who had lived at home with John and their mother, an architect.

At the Hudson Community Chapel, where the Knudson family had been members for at least 15 years, parishioners at an Easter service yesterday morning were left to ponder the frailty of human life and the tragedy that hit so close to home.

The Rev. James Colledge told his congregation about the deaths. Patricia and her husband, James -- who died in 2004 -- also had another son and a daughter.

"Pray for Katie and Ben and Michael," Colledge said. "You will do what you must do in their lives to encourage, hold and embrace."

Tragedy had struck the family before. Colledge said James Knudson had died after falling while working on windows of his home.

The house -- or what remained of it after the fire -- was hidden by swaths of leafless trees yesterday, at the end of a long gravel drive off a quiet cul-de-sac. Large houses in the neighborhood are separated by dense woods and winding driveways and have swing sets, trampolines, gardens, landscaped ponds, pools and tennis courts.

"It"s a very private street," said the Knudsons' next-door neighbor, who declined to give his name. "Each and every person is private. That's why people live on this street."

A few houses up the street, Muntzra Qadri, a psychiatrist, said the news was a shock. "I was kind of scared that we had someone in our neighborhood that sick."

The tragedy drew more than a dozen people yesterday afternoon, who drove around Connecticut Woods Drive just to take a look.

Some, such as an old friend of Ben Knudson's, knew the family. "They were nice, warm, loving," he said. "They brought you in. It made me sick to see it."

Miles away in downtown Akron, homeless men and women gathered at the Haven of Rest for Easter dinner. They had heard the rumors about Michael Knudson, whom staff members said was arrested there early last Monday. But they didn't know him.

Michael wasn't a regular, said the Rev. Jeff Kaiser, director of the men's division: "He had only been here twice." He had slept there April 5 and was arrested early the next morning, Kaiser said.

Michael graduated from Hudson High School in 1988, three years after John. He later jumped on a train and ended up in Pittsburgh "just to check things out," said Phil Merrill, a high-school friend.

"His dad was a hard worker," Merrill recalled. "His mom was fantastic, welcoming, the nicest lady."

The fire at the Knudson home occurred just two days before Summit County deputy sheriffs planned to evict the family from the colonial house. It had gone through foreclosure and a sheriff"s sale in August, court records show

A former girlfriend, who declined to be identified, wondered whether Michael "somehow thought he was saving his mom and brother from the pain and loss of the foreclosure in some misguided way."

Michael Knudson was charged with arson

several days before his mother and brother were discovered in a shallow grave. "
Hudson

Northfield, OH

#5 Apr 13, 2009
" THE PLAIN DEALER
HUDSON, Ohio -- During his high -school years in the 1980s, John Knudson was extremely popular. His younger brother Michael was shy and witty and wrote both poetry and music.

On Saturday, John, 42, and his mother, Patricia, 64, were found dead, buried in a shallow grave behind the burned family home in Hudson. Michael, 39, was in the Summit County jail, charged with arson days earlier.

Hudson city spokeswoman Jody Roberts said that autopsies will be conducted today and that she expects more charges to be filed against Michael, who had lived at home with John and their mother, an architect.

At the Hudson Community Chapel, where the Knudson family had been members for at least 15 years, parishioners at an Easter service yesterday morning were left to ponder the frailty of human life and the tragedy that hit so close to home.

The Rev. James Colledge told his congregation about the deaths. Patricia and her husband, James -- who died in 2004 -- also had another son and a daughter.

"Pray for Katie and Ben and Michael," Colledge said. "You will do what you must do in their lives to encourage, hold and embrace."

Tragedy had struck the family before. Colledge said James Knudson had died after falling while working on windows of his home.

The house -- or what remained of it after the fire -- was hidden by swaths of leafless trees yesterday, at the end of a long gravel drive off a quiet cul-de-sac. Large houses in the neighborhood are separated by dense woods and winding driveways and have swing sets, trampolines, gardens, landscaped ponds, pools and tennis courts.

"It"s a very private street," said the Knudsons' next-door neighbor, who declined to give his name. "Each and every person is private. That's why people live on this street."

A few houses up the street, Muntzra Qadri, a psychiatrist, said the news was a shock. "I was kind of scared that we had someone in our neighborhood that sick."

The tragedy drew more than a dozen people yesterday afternoon, who drove around Connecticut Woods Drive just to take a look.

Some, such as an old friend of Ben Knudson's, knew the family. "They were nice, warm, loving," he said. "They brought you in. It made me sick to see it."

Miles away in downtown Akron, homeless men and women gathered at the Haven of Rest for Easter dinner. They had heard the rumors about Michael Knudson, whom staff members said was arrested there early last Monday. But they didn't know him.

Michael wasn't a regular, said the Rev. Jeff Kaiser, director of the men's division: "He had only been here twice." He had slept there April 5 and was arrested early the next morning, Kaiser said.

Michael graduated from Hudson High School in 1988, three years after John. He later jumped on a train and ended up in Pittsburgh "just to check things out," said Phil Merrill, a high-school friend.

"His dad was a hard worker," Merrill recalled. "His mom was fantastic, welcoming, the nicest lady."

The fire at the Knudson home occurred just two days before Summit County deputy sheriffs planned to evict the family from the colonial house. It had gone through foreclosure and a sheriff"s sale in August, court records show

A former girlfriend, who declined to be identified, wondered whether Michael "somehow thought he was saving his mom and brother from the pain and loss of the foreclosure in some misguided way."

Michael Knudson was charged with arson

several days before his mother and brother were discovered in a shallow grave. "
Hudson

Northfield, OH

#6 Apr 14, 2009
Hudson

Aurora, OH

#7 Apr 16, 2009
"Patricia Knudson's and son John Knudson's deaths ruled homicides
Buried remains both show head injuries
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Amanda Garrett and John Caniglia
Plain Dealer Reporters
The Hudson woman and her son found buried Saturday near the charred remains of their foreclosed home died from blunt force trauma, officials said.
The Summit County medical examiner's office Monday performed autopsies and determined Patricia Knudson, 64, died from injuries to her head. Her son John Knudson, 42, died from injuries to his head and neck. The medical examiner ruled both deaths homicides.
Another son, Michael, 39, remains jailed on arson charges connected to the fire that destroyed the 4,000-square-foot colonial the family lost to foreclosure. Officials said Monday that Michael Knudson will likely face additional charges after investigators submit their findings to a Summit County grand jury.
What may have prompted the killings and fire is unclear. But sheriff's deputies were scheduled to evict the family from its 4,000-square-foot colonial two days after the fire. A bank bought the house in August at sheriff's sale for $400,000.
Patricia and her late husband, James F. Knudson, raised some of their five children in the secluded home on 16 wooded acres off the Connecticut Woods cul-de-sac. And John and Michael - their middle children - lived there for the past decade even though both were grown.
Much of Michael Knudson's life is a mystery. Save for a headlight violation in 1996, he has no criminal record. And there are no records of him living anywhere other than his parents' home.
Court records show that John Knudson left the nest for awhile. He married in October 1991, and he and his wife had a daughter the following year.
But the marriage didn't last. John Knudson worked as an independent contractor for Primerica Financial Services, the same company his father worked for. But John Knudson earned little in commissions and couldn't support his young family, according to divorce records.
John borrowed money from his parents and depended on state aid for his daughter. But it wasn't enough.
Court records show the couple divorced in 1999 and John Knudson moved back into the Connecticut Woods home with his parents.
Times weren't easy, however, for James and Pat Knudson. In 2003, with two grown sons living at home, a bank filed a foreclosure against their house. Court records show the Knudsons turned to James Knudson's father for help, borrowing money to make ends meet.
Things only worsened, however. In 2004, James Knudson fell off a ladder at the house. After several days in the hospital, he died, leaving behind an estate that included nothing but four vehicles: a 1989 Audi; a 1992 Ford; a 1985 Chrysler and a 1987 Toyota. Estimated value:$4,185.
Pat was an architect by trade, but neither she nor John and Michael apparently made enough after her husband's death to pay the bills. Court records show that creditors and members of her late husband's family came after her.
--->In 2006, the estate of her late father-in-law filed foreclosure proceedings against the Connecticut Woods house, which ultimately led to the sheriff's sale last year.<----
Plain Dealer researcher JoEllen Corrigan contributed to this story.
To reach these Plain Dealer reporters:
[email protected],
[email protected], "
HushHush

Hudson, OH

#8 May 19, 2009
Why has there been ZERO news on this guy??????????

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Since: Jan 08

Boston Hts

#9 May 20, 2009
Ironically there was an update yesterday
HushHush

United States

#10 May 22, 2009
I know...I saw a brief "he was indicted" update later in the day after I posted. Wonder if Big Brother is listening?:) You'd THINK there would be plenty on this story every single day like they do with so many others that have seemingly less interest. I'm actually shocked this wasn't NATIONAL news with Greta or Nancy Grace giving minute by minute updates on what this guy's jail food is.

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Since: Jan 08

Boston Hts

#11 May 22, 2009
LOL...I like you Hush....
Nancy isnt on this one bcuz there werent any children victims.

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