Man savagely slays his mother, sister and her friend with hammer

Melissa Vanderhall,  Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall and Janel Simpson were beaten to death on Long Island,  August 8, 2017. 


A hammer-swinging homeless man killed his mother, sister and a third woman Saturday inside the blood-spattered Hempstead home where he was recently evicted, police said.

Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested while sleeping inside a parked car about two miles from the house of horrors where the three victims were savagely beaten with a framing hammer.

“He came to kill mom and the sister … because his mother had kicked him out of the house,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, head of the Nassau County Police Homicide Bureau.

Cops were called to the scene around 1:20 a.m. by a fourth woman who escaped with her life after watching the 6-foot, 234-pound Vanderhall smash his sister Melissa in the head with the large framing hammer, said Fitzpatrick.

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Bobby Vanderhall, Jr. (pictured) killed his mother Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, his sister Melissa Vanderhall and family friend Janel Simpson on Perry St in Hempstead, N.Y., early Saturday, August 12, 2017.


According to police, slain mother Lynn Vanderhall had an order of protection against her mentally troubled son.

“When he came here last night, the doors were secured and he became enraged,” said Fitzpatrick. “He went to the garage, he obtained a large hammer … With this hammer, he broke through the basement door.”

Once upstairs, he fatally bludgeoned his mother in the living room before heading toward the second floor. He was climbing the stairs when his sister appeared, rushing down to help their mom, police said.

She soon suffered the same deadly fate, as did a friend visiting with the sister.

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Loved ones of Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, Melissa Vanderhall and family friend Janel Simpson cry Saturday outside the scene of their slaying in Hempstead, Long Island.

(Alex Rud/For New York Daily News)

The victims were identified as Lynn Vanderhall, 58; Melissa Vanderhall, 29; and Janel Simpson, 29. The surviving woman, who suffered a fractured wrist and contusions, was in stable condition at a Long Island Hospital.

Lynn Vanderhall threw her son out of the house after a March 2017 incident where he was accused of slapping and physically harassing her, police said.

Devastated relatives of the slain women stood weeping outside the suburban home hours after the killing spree.

“You can see the blood inside, you can see the handprints,” said a woman who identified herself as Simpson’s sister-in-law. “The door is wide open.”

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Nassau Country police on the scene Saturday of the horrific crime.

(Alex Rud/For New York Daily News)

One wailing relative collapsed to the ground upon reaching the home on Perry St. The street was blocked off by police.

Victim Janel Simpson, 29, attended SUNY-Buffalo State and was visiting Melissa Vanderhall when she was attacked, according to her mother Wendy Simpson.

“I’m not saying it should be anybody else’s child,” said the distraught mom. “But why me?”

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