A former candidate for the Delaware State Senate was shot dead by her alleged romantic rival, who then took her own life as part of what police are calling a planned and calculated murder-suicide.
Officers responded to a home on Lowry Lane in Radnor Township at around 7pm on Monday and discovered the bodies of Meredith Chapman, 33, and a 48-year-old woman who has not been named.
According to neighbors, Meredith, who had been married to former Newark City Councilman Luke Chapman for nearly a decade, had just moved into the house in Radnor Township a week ago.
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Murder plot: Meredith Chapman, 33 (pictured left and right with her husband), was found dead in Pennsylvania along with another woman as a result of a murder-suicide
The bodies of Meredith and the 48-year-old gunwoman were found inside this home in Randor Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday night
Police say both women suffered fatal gunshot wounds but there is no danger to the community
Philly.com reported that the older woman suspected that Meredith was having an affair with her husband, so she decided to take revenge on her by ambushing her.
The female assailant had broken into the three-story brick house on Lowry Lane while Meredith was away, picked up shards of glass to cover her tracks and waited for the victim to return.
When Meredith opened the door, police say the attacker opened fire, killing her, and then committed suicide.
When police responded to the scene, they found the bodies of both women on the first floor of the residence, which was splattered with blood. The suspected murder weapon was found under the older woman's body.
Radnor Township Police Superintendent William Colarulo shared additional details concerning the deadly plot, including how the jealous wife took a train from Delaware to Pennsylvania wearing a wig to hide her identity, and how she cleaned up the shattered glass from the