Man Charged With Murdering Future Mother-in-Law Days After Attending Her Funeral

Over the years I’ve covered many murder cases, including interviewing the relatives of victims and the killers themselves. Very little shocks me when it comes to this sort of crime. But a recent story has thrown up all sorts of questions in my mind for a variety of reasons.

It’s the case of sixth grade teacher Melinda Pleskovic from Strongsville, Ohio. On Oct. 23 she was found dead at her home. Her husband Bruce and her daughter Anna’s fiancé Jeffrey Scullin Jr. found her.

According to police this is what the two men said happened: They had been out to dinner that evening. Melinda was supposed to have joined them but she didn’t show up. Instead when they went home they told the cops that they found the front door locked and the garage not working. Bruce and Melinda’s 18-year-old son, who has Down’s syndrome, opened the front door to let them in.

Once inside they found the teacher dead, lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Obviously the murder shocked the local community but they are now reeling after learning new information – the identity of the person who allegedly killed her.

Melinda Pleskovic with baby
Credit: Facebook / Melinda Showman-Pleskovic

How do police believe Jeffrey Scullin Jr. allegedly tried to set up the murder of his fiancée’s mom?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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