*How does a man that neighbors describe as “a nice man” end up visiting his wife in a hospital only to murder her? Doesn’t make any sense at all, but allegedly, that’s what one man did last Wednesday before he tried to kill himself. Add to that, puzzled investigators decided to go and search the couples’ home, and found their son, 35, fatally shot, authorities said.
The Camden County prosecutor’s office is investigating whether the same handgun was used in the two deaths and in the man’s suicide attempt.
According to officials, Raymond Wychowanec signed in at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, a Philadelphia suburb, at about 9:25 a.m. to visit his wife.
In initial interviews, hospital staff members said they heard nothing unusual coming from the room of Wychowanec’s wife; but then, at 10:10 a.m., they heard two shots fired, according to Capt. Ron Moten of the county prosecutor’s office. The shots killed 62-year-old Denise Wychowanec, authorities said.
When hospital staffers entered the room, 63-year-old Raymond Wychowanec shot himself, authorities said. He was flown to another hospital, where he was being treated for life-threatening injuries.
It was when authorities visited the couple’s home in nearby Glendora as a routine step in their investigation, that they found the body of the couple’s 35-year-old son, Ryan Wychowanec.
It is unclear why the woman was hospitalized, but neighbors say she had been using a wheelchair for a long time and ambulances had been at the couple’s home lately.
Neighbors said they did not hear shots coming from the home. They said the couple’s son worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and stayed at the home often.
Laura McCafferty has lived in the neighborhood for 18 years and although she did not speak to the mother and son much said Raymond Wychowanec, who cared for his wife, was “…a nice man.”