Autopsy results revealed in four person murder-suicide

Shown is the home on Gooseneck Road in Terry Township where a four person murder-suicide occurred on Friday.

TERRY TOWNSHIP — Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman released autopsy results on Sunday evening for the four person murder-suicide that occurred on Gooseneck Road in Terry Township on Friday.

According to a report from Pennsylvania State Police on Saturday, Jesse Lee Northrup, 31 of Wyalusing is believed to have killed his stepfather Edwin Bidlack Jr., 54 of Wyalusing, his mother Candy Bidlack, 60 of Wyalusing and Johnnie Johnson, 48 of Monroeton late Friday morning at a Gooseneck Road residence, before taking his own life.

Carman said in the report that a clear motive is still under investigation, but he was aware that Northrup, the shooter, had stopped taking his prescribed medications, three of which are concerning to stop abruptly and for an extended period of time. The medications were “behavioral modification” prescriptions, according to Carman.

According to his obituary, Northrup graduated in 2006 from Wyalusing High School and then joined the Army infantry, from which he was honorably discharged in 2009.

The report also said that Northrup had been terminated from his place of employment, Cargill in Wyalusing, in the days proceeding the shootings.

The autopsies showed that Candy Bidlack was killed first, by a single gunshot wound to the face by the element of surprise. Then, Edwin Bidlack was killed second with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, execution style. Thirdly, Johnnie Johnson was also killed execution style with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. The three killings all happened in the late morning on Friday in succession. There were no signs of struggle.

Northrup was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Carman confirmed that Mrs. Bidlack was found in a camper in front of the home, Mr. Bidlack was found inside of the garage and Mr. Johnson was found in the basement of the house.

Northrup was found in the bathroom of the home.

“All deaths were immediate,” said Carman.

Carman also confirmed to The Review that the bodies had blankets placed over them before they were found by police, and that Northrup’s death occurred “some time” after the three killings.

The gun used in the shootings was a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun, Carman also confirmed. A picture of a gun matching that description was posted onto Northrup’s facebook account on Thursday.

Neighbors of the family said that the Bidlacks were a happy family that “would give you the shirt off of their back,” and that their business, Ed Bidlack Heating Co., was well respected in the community.

Johnson was an employee of the heating company.

They added that the family loved to play corn hole in their driveway, sometimes late into the night.

“They will be missed,” the neighbor said.

A toxicology report is expected in two to three weeks.

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