Coroner: Shooter in triple murder-suicide was fired from job
WYALUSING — A man who killed his mother, stepfather and another man before taking his own life in northern Pennsylvania had recently been fired from his job and stopped taking medications, a coroner said.
Authorities in Bradford County have said Jesse Lee Northrup, 31, shot Edwin Bidlack, 54, who installed and repaired furnaces, and also killed his wife Candy Diane Bidlack, 60, and his employee Johnnie Johnson, 48, before killing himself in a Wyalusing home.
Coroner Thomas Carman said Northup had stopped taking several medications, and added that three of them — all mental health medications — “are concerning to stop abruptly and for a long period of time.” A few days prior to the shootings, he said, Northrup was fired from his place of employment.
Northrup used a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun he had picked up the day before the shootings, Carman said.
Candy Bidlack, his mother, died first of a single gunshot wound to the head in the late morning Friday in an act the coroner called “by ultimate surprise.” Her body was found in a camper on the property.
Her husband, Northrup’s stepfather, was shot second, “execution style” with a single gunshot to the back of the head, Carman said. He was found in a garage.
Johnson died third, shot in the back of the head, his body found in the basement, Carman said. Northrup himself died of a self-inflicted wound in the early evening hours, he said.
The Elmira Star-Gazette reported that Northrup’s Facebook page included a photo of a handgun and a comic panel about murdering someone. The post featuring a gun, published a day before the murders, described the ammunition as “military grade hollow point,” the newspaper said. A comic panel on a May 28 post described Northrup viewing “Making a Murderer,” ”The Ted Bundy Tapes,” ”Silence of the Lambs” and then a “recommended” viewing of a made-up show, “How to Just Straight Up Kill Someone.” The final panel said “I need help.”