Ex-Con Charged With Murdering His Prison Pen Pal And Her Boyfriend

PARMA HEIGHTS, OH — An Ohio man has been accused of murdering his jailhouse pen pal and her boyfriend — just one month after being released from prison.

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Regina Capobianco [Courtesy Parma Heights PD]

Regina Capobianco [Courtesy Parma Heights PD]

Thomas Knuff, 42 (above), is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of John Mann, 65, and Regina Capobianco, 50, according to a Parma Heights Police Department press conference on Monday.

John Mann [Parma Heights Police Department]

John Mann [Parma Heights Police Department]

Capobianco’s sister reported her missing in May — and police say they believe that she and her boyfriend were killed on May 11. Both Capobianco and Mann suffered multiple stab wounds in the neck and shoulder areas.

According to investigators, Knuff allegedly moved the bodies into a bedroom and continued to live in Mann’s home. The couples’ decomposing remains were not found until five weeks later, and Knuff was arrested on June 30.

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Bizarrely, Knuff and Capobianco had reportedly been pen pals for the past 10 years while Knuff was incarcerated. After Knuff, who had been serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a weapon, was released in April, the couple made the fateful decision to invite him to stay in their home.

Investigators are reportedly still trying to determine a motive for the murders.

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Knuff was also charged with two counts of breaking and entering from a separate alleged incident that occurred a week after the alleged murders. His bond has been set at $50 million.

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Main photo: Thomas Knuff [Parma Heights Police Department]