JPMorgan Worker Choked Wife to Death Before Suicide, Police Say

A JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee strangled and stabbed his wife to death before turning the knife on himself, according to police who are treating the couple’s death in Bergen County, New Jersey as a murder-suicide.

Michael A. Tabacchi, 27, and his wife, Iran Pars Tabacchi, 41, were found dead Friday about 11:30 p.m. in the bedroom of their Closter home after a 911 call placed by the husband’s father, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said in an interview. Closter is located in northern New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from midtown Manhattan.

Autopsy results on Sunday showed the wife died of strangulation and a stab wound to the chest while Michael Tabacchi died from a single self-inflicted stab to the chest, he said.

The couple’s infant son was found unharmed at the house and is staying with the paternal grandparents, Molinelli said.

Tabacchi was an associate for JPMorgan in its global custody product unit, according to his profile on Linkedin.com. Brian Marchiony, a JPMorgan spokesman, declined to comment.

In July, Julian Knott, an executive director of JPMorgan’s global technology network, fatally shot his wife before committing suicide in their home in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, police said in a statement at the time.

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