Wife stabbed, strangled in Closter murder-suicide, autopsy shows
Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide that occurred in a
High Street home in Closter Friday evening. (Justin Zaremba | NJ
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On February 08, 2015 at 10:15 AM, updated February 09, 2015 at
Michael Tabacchi and Denise Iran Pars TabacchiMichael Tabacchi
(left) and his wife, Iran Pars Tabacchi (right), who went by Denise,
died in an apparent murder-suicide Friday evening, authorities
CLOSTER -- Iran Pars Tabacchi was strangled and stabbed Friday
evening, according to autopsy results released Sunday.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Iran Pars Tabacchi
died from strangulation and a single stab wound to the chest. Her
husband Michael died of a self-inflicted stab to the chest.
The husband and wife were found dead in their Closter home Friday
evening, leaving behind a 15-month-old son. The 27-year-old husband
and 41-year-old wife were taken to Englewood Hospital and Medical
Center and pronounced dead, Molinelli said.
Autopsy on Closter couple shows wife died from strangulation and
single stab wound to chest. Husband died from self inflicted stab
— John Molinelli (@johnlmolinelli) February 8, 2015
Molinelli said in an email to the Record that authorities believe
Michael killed his wife, but have not determined a motive.
The two married in May, a few months after the birth of their son,
according to their wedding registry and Facebook posts.
Michael Tabacchi had worked at J.P. Morgan in New York since 2009,
according to his LinkedIn page. He attended Bergen Catholic High
School in Oradell and Manhattan College.
Iran, who went by the name Denise, recently started work as an
administrative assistant at the Joseph Sanzari Children's Hospital
at Hackensack University Medical Center. Both of their Facebook
pages are filled with pictures of their young son, often dressed in
Rangers or Yankees jerseys.
She had also worked as an actress, according to a page on
Clyde Baldo, who was her acting coach for about a year, said he
hadn't seen Denise in about five years, but remembered that she
"She always had a lot of joy," he said. "She really loved being
creative. She loved to sing. She always had a lot of fun."
More recently, Denise had expressed the misgivings of a working
mother, writing in November:
"Had a pang today that I can't do fun things like take Augie to the
library because I work during the week...then Mike and I took a walk
and passed the Closter library...it hit me, " duh, library's are
open Saturday"... And our little man doesn't know what day it is, he
just knows Mommy and Daddy read fun books to him today."
She credited Michael's mother, Silvana Tabacchi, with helping to
take care of their son. A call to the Tabacchi family home in
Demarest went unanswered.
The boy was found at the scene, Molinelli said, but was unharmed.
Neighbors were at a loss to explain the apparent murder-suicide. A
woman who performed CPR on the couple said they had "protected" the
child, despite the killing.
"The love that they had for that little baby never wavered with
whatever transpired last night," she said. "They protected him."
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