"the mystery of why this happened is still a mystery."
According to investigators, a US Indian man admitted to killing his wife and mother after their bodies were found inside a Delaware County home.
The accused, identified as 62-year-old Iqbal Singh, called the police on August 23, 2020, at around 9:45 am and admitted the crime.
When police arrived at Singh’s home in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania, they found him covered in blood, having suffered self-inflicted stab wounds.
Officers asked him if anyone inside the home was hurt. Singh allegedly said that he had killed his wife and mother and their bodies were inside the house.
Police found his mother, Nasib Kaur, in a first-floor bedroom with her throat slit. His wife, Jaspal Kaur, was discovered in a second-floor bedroom, also with her throat slit.
Both victims were pronounced dead.
Singh was taken to an area hospital for treatment before being remanded in custody.
On August 24, 2020, Singh was charged with first and third-degree murder. Given the nature of the charges, he was denied bail.
Court records said there was no indication that he had hired an attorney.
The motive for the killings was unclear.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said:
“At this point, there’s been no previous criminal contact with this individual and so the mystery of why this happened is still a mystery.”
A chilling phone call between Singh and his son brought the responding officers to his home.
The US Indian told his son:
“I killed both of them. I killed your mother and grandmother. Call the police to come get me.”
Mr Stollsteimer said: “He then talked to his daughter, who was with her brother and told her the same story.
“That’s when law enforcement was contacted, they arrived and they found Mr Singh covered in blood, injured. But they also found the two deceased individuals in the home.”
It was revealed that the suspect was a former shot put athlete for India. He competed at the 1983 Asian Athletics Championships in Kuwait where he won a bronze medal.
He later moved to the United States where he worked as a taxi driver.
Neighbours say the US Indian man was well-known as he was often seen walking and meditating in the neighbourhood.
However, they admitted that something seemed off a day before the killings.
Neighbour Sue Davison said: “He didn’t seem to be his usual self. When he was doing his prayers, I just kind of sensed that he was maybe a little bit off or agitated about something.
“Next thing you know, they were bringing a man out, handcuffing him, and he was covered with blood on his chest.”