Murder suspect tells police he went ‘insane over pills’


A man facing a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend told police he was sad and regretted what happened. He stated, “I’m sorry I had to go insane over pills,” according to his arrest report.

John Vannucci, 62, is accusing of stabbing Julie Ray on March 16. 

Friends who had not heard from Ray in a few days requested a welfare check. When police arrived at the residence near S. Decatur and W. Oakey boulevards, they saw a female, who appeared to be dead, rolled up in a comforter on the dining room floor and Vannucci sitting on a bed, the report said.

Vannucci told police he had argued with Ray over pain pills. He accused Ray of stealing pills from him and hitting him in the knees with a hammer, the report said.

Vannucci said, “I lost my mind – she was evil.”  According to the report, he told police he stabbed her approximately six times in the neck and back. He then took around 80 pills in a suicide attempt.

Police did recover two knives from the scene. One is a trash can and one near Ray’s body.

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