Update: Celebration Murders: Mother, Sons Stabbed to Death Jan 27, 2020 11:03:42 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jan 27, 2020 11:03:42 GMT -5
Celebration Murders: Mother, Sons Stabbed to Death
On Monday, January 13, Osceola County deputies went to the home of Anthony “Tony” Todt, 44, in Celebration, Florida, to serve a federal warrant for insurance fraud related to his physical therapy business in Connecticut. When they entered the house, they became immediately aware of an extremely foul odor, however, Todt insisted Megan Todt, his 42-year-old wife, was sleeping upstairs and the children were probably at a sleep-over.
The deputies didn’t believe Todt and when they went upstairs, found Mrs. Todt and their three children, Aleksander, Tyler and Zoe, aged 13, 11 and 4, respectively, in the master bedroom and all were dead.
According to sheriff’s office documents, family, friends and the landlord, as well as the FBI, were concerned about the family because no one had heard from them since before Christmas. Deputies made welfare checks on both January 10 and 11, but no one answered the door and they did not enter the house.
An arrest report released Thursday (January 23) reveals investigators knew Todt was in the home when they arrived January 13 because they saw him through the door as they were checking the location.
A preliminary autopsy report has been released indicating all four bodies were in early stages of decomposition. It is believed the woman and children were killed in late December, which means Todt had been living in the house with the bodies – all wrapped in blankets – for two or more weeks.
The report indicates Todt could “barely stand and appeared to be shaking” as he walked down the stairs from the second floor. “While standing outside of the master bedroom, I could see a person laying on the floor who was wrapped in blankets,” one deputy wrote. “Sticking out of the blankets was a foot that was black and blue in color.”
Meghan Todt was lying on a bed with two stab wounds to her upper abdomen, according to the arrest affidavit. Their two sons, Alek and Tyler, each with a single abdominal wound, were on the floor beside the bed. The 4-year-old girl was wrapped in a blanket at the foot of the bed beneath her mother’s feet. She did not appear to have suffered any stab wounds.
“They’ve been really sick, I guess they’ve had the flu,” Todt’s sister told law enforcement when she called on December 29 concerning the family’s whereabouts. “They’ve had the flu for probably a couple weeks. They were really down and out during Christmas. The only person we’ve been able to talk to is my brother, and now ... we can’t get a hold of any of them.”
Before arresting Todt, deputies transported him to the hospital because he made threatening comments and downed several Benadryl pills.
Todt has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of animal cruelty for killing the family yap dog. He is being held without bail in the Osceola County Jail.
Celebration, Florida, is (was) a picture-perfect community of approximately 10,000 designed by the Walt Disney Company. Homes with old-fashioned front porches, tree-lined streets, picket fences and well-kept lawns reminiscent of small U.S. towns of the early 1900s and the American Way. For a while, Celebration was tranquil and the residents happy in their nostalgic bubble, but as the moral fiber of the country deteriorated, it became impossible to stop the barbarians at the gate, as it were. Additionally, Disney had been gradually divesting control of its model town and in 2010, Celebration had its first murder
On Thanksgiving weekend, Matteo Patrick Giovanditto, a retired homosexual schoolteacher from Miami, was murdered in his condominium. The killer was David-Israel Zenon Murillo, a 30-year-old illegal alien with no fixed address and a long criminal history that included charges in 2008 of battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of a concealed firearm. He also was accused of improperly touching a female employee at a tourist attraction. However, despite numerous run-ins with the law and the fact he was a sexual predator, he wasn’t deported.
Just two days after the badly bludgeoned body of Giovanditto was discovered on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, San Diego native Craig Foushee, 52, an American Airlines pilot, barricaded himself in his Celebration home and held police at bay for 14 hours before shooting and killing himself.
“I’ve always thought of Celebration as a very safe community,” Heather Hardy told reporters following the murder and suicide in the once perfect community.
“Everyone calls it the bubble here,” Katie Sobczewski added. “You don’t want people to pop your bubble.”
But the bubble had popped and now a man has annihilated his family.
Sources: Stephen Sorace, Fox News, January 26, 2020, and Sarah Wilson, WFTV, January 24, 2020; Henry Pierson Curtis, The Orlando Sentinel, April 26, 2013; Nina Mandell, The New York Daily News, December 3, 2010; and Celebration residents.