Chicago man charged with killing wife, disabled daughter

Anthony Marcus (Courtesy of Lake County Sheriff's Department)

Anthony Marcus (Courtesy of Lake County Sheriff's Department)

Mary Wisniewski, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

CHICAGO - Leaving a note saying he was "a failure at everything," a suburban Chicago man killed his wife and teenage handicapped daughter and then tried to kill himself, officials said on Monday.

Anthony Marcus, 53, was held on a $5 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder on Monday in the deaths of his wife, Sun Marcus, 50, and 17-year-old daughter, whose name was not disclosed, according to Lake County State's Attorney spokeswoman Cynthia Vargas.

Marcus called police on Sunday evening to say he had killed his wife and daughter and slit his own wrists, according to Vargas.

The bodies were found in the basement of the family's town house in Waukegan, about 43 miles (60 km) north of Chicago. A dog also had been killed, Waukegan Police Commander Joseph Florip told local television station WGN-TV.

Officers found a note by the front door that read in part, "For Michelle, I'm sorry. Your dad is a failure at everything," Vargas said.

Florip and Vargas did not disclose the nature of the daughter's handicap, but local media quoted neighbors as saying she used a wheelchair.

Authorities did not say how the woman and the girl were killed. Autopsies are pending. (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski)

 


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