Family Shocked by Alleged Murder Plot

Family members were shocked to learn that Terry Camper's wife may be behind his murder on Wednesday.

No one saw it coming.

When Peekskill resident and cab driver Terry Camper was killed Wednesday, it was a shock to his family, friends and everyone else in the Peekskill community who knew him.

When police announced that the suspects in the killing are Terry Camper’s wife—Beatrice Camper, and her lover, John Murray—the news was even more puzzling.

“This is very painful because we’re a close, tight knit family,” said Jacqueline Campers, Terry Camper’s sister. “He didn’t deserve to die like this....all she had to do was leave him.”

Peekskill police police gave a glimpse of what happened in the time leading up Terry’s death during a press conference at police headquarters Friday.

At some point, Beatrice Camper, who is 60, met John Murray, also 60, while he was still serving time in prison for another murder.

The suspects started a romantic relationship that lasted more than a year. Murray was released on parole 11 months ago. Sometime after his release, Murray began plotting with Beatrice Camper.

She had taken out two insurance policies on Terry a few months ago and police believe she planned to split the proceeds with Murray.

On Tuesday, police said Murray called Terry Camper for a cab ride. He met Murray on Pine Street. It was at that time that Murray shot him two times in the back of the head with a small handgun.
Police believe Terry Camper did not know Murray was having an affair with his wife. It’s unclear if he ever knew Murray at all.

“That’s one of the elements of this that makes it as tragic as it is...not only is it selfishness and greed, but it’s also deception,” Eugene Tumolo, Peekskill’s police chief said.

Jaqueline Camper, who flew to Peekskill from California, said she advised her brother to end the marriage, which began about 10 years ago. Beatrice Camper would fly into rages and tell Terry Camper that she hated him, according Jacqueline Camper.

“We would talk to him about leaving, but he would always say that ‘I’ll give her another chance. That’s my wife.’ I said, it’s up to you, but I would leave her. If someone constantly spits in your face and says they hate you, I would leave.”

Even after the murder, Beatrice Camper distanced herself away from her husband’s family.

“She hadn’t even started funeral arrangements,” Beatrice Camper said. “She’s the wife. You look at that...she didn’t want to talk to us. I don’t know what she had planned. She probably planned to cremate him.”

Chief Tumolo said Terry Camper was well known and well liked in the community.

“He came from a large family here in Peekskill and I believe they also had roots in Highland Falls,” Tumolo said. [He] never was a problem, the kind of guy who’s in all of these communities that you meet everyday. You never give them a second thought until something like this happens. Just a real loss to no only his family, but a lot of his friend as well. We’ve gotten a lot of calls. People are really overwhelmed.”

Otis Camper, Terry Camper’s brother, said the family planned to take care of funeral arrangements today.

Otis Camper said he heard his brother and his sister-in-law had gotten into one or two fights. But he never suspected she would murder his brother.

“He was a good guy,” Otis Camper said. “That’s why It shocked me so bad when they said he was killed.”

Shawn Griffin October 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. From Joyce Griffin & Family,
Shawn Griffin October 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
melissa thompson October 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
RIP Terry, my prayers are with the camper family.
Robin lemon October 15, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Thank you ppd for a good job well done im gonna miss you terry that smile R.I.P My brother my good friend and my thoughts and prayers go out to the camper family!
Lucille Warren January 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
To the family of the deceased I am truly sorry for your lost, It’s never easy to lose someone you love. The pane can sometimes be unbearable at the time, but there is hope! it is human and natural to grieve and we should not feel ashamed to let our grief be manifest. Even when tempered by the hope of the resurrection, the death of a loved one is still a traumatic loss, which is deeply felt. YES resurrection! Jesus performed that unforgettable resurrection in front of many eyewitnesses. It was a token of the future resurrection that he had predicted on an earlier occasion, when he said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [the Son of God’s] voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”—John 5:28, 29 With this HOPE you can see your loved ones again. When death strikes a loved one, for example, hope can make a world of difference to the survivors. The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica: “We do not want you to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping in death; that you may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.”—1 THESSALONIANS 4:13. If you would like to know more, you can reach me at: . Lucille Warren 155 Orawaupum St. White Plains NY 10606


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