A month before Jennair Gerardot donned a wig, grabbed her revolver and took a train from Delaware to Pennsylvania to kill her husband's mistress, she took to social media desperately seeking help to save her crumbling marriage.
Philly.com first reported Wednesday that Gerardot, 47, went on the neighborhood app NextDoor asking for recommendations for 'an EXCELLENT marriage counselor for couple on brink of divorce.'
She went on, writing: 'We will need someone who is very educated and experienced dealing with couples issues including infidelity, depression, traumatic experiences, child/parent dynamics, being accountable for actions, etc.'
It remains unknown whether Jennair and Mark Gerardot ever went into counseling. What is certain, according to police in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, is that on Monday, the scorned wife broke into 33-year-old Meredith Chapman's home and shot her when the woman opened the door. She then turned the gun on herself, as part of what investigators have described as a calculated and planned murder-suicide.
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Trouble in paradise? A month before Jennair Gerardot, pictured above with husband Mark, killed his mistress and then herself, she had tried to seek help to save her unraveling marriage
Rivals: Gerardot, 47 (left), on Monday ambushed and killed Meredith Chapman (right), 33, and then turned the gun on herself
Crowd-sourcing: On at least two occasions within the last two months, Jennair had gone on the social media app NextDoor asking for marriage advice
Jennair's March plea seeking help with her unraveling marriage was not her first foray into crowd-sourcing relationship advice.
In February, the woman went on the app, writing that she and her husband had just moved to Delaware for his new job at the University of Delaware, and that not long after Mark asked for divorce.
'I don’t know anyone and am completely clueless to the area,' Jennair wrote. 'Can someone please recommend a reputable and successful and driven divorce attorney?'
New details have emerged about a grisly murder-suicide that rocked a quiet Pennsylvania town on Monday and resulted in the deaths of two women who were locked in a sordid love triangle.
Radnor Township police said the killing of Meredith Chapman, 33, on Monday night was carefully 'calculated' and planned by Jennair Gerardot, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware.
Meredith, the newly hired assistant vice president of Villanova University, was having an extramarital affair with Jennair’s husband, 49-year-old Mark Gerardot, according to police.
The scorned wife somehow found about her husband’s infidelity and set into motion a deadly plan of revenge targeting her younger romantic rival – a plan that Jennair detailed in a series of text messages and emails.
Cry for help: Jennair went online in February, asking for recommendations for a divorce lawyer. A month later, she was trying to find an excellent marriage counselor
Police say both women suffered fatal gunshot wounds but there is no danger to the community
‘Detectives are still sorting that out,’ Police Superintendent William Colarulo said of Jennair’s incriminating writings.
On Monday, Jennair donned a wig to disguise her appearance, grabbed a Taurus Tracker .357 revolver and took a train from Delaware to Pennsylvania, where she knew Meredith had relocated about a week earlier for her new job at Villanova, reported Philly.com.
There, she broke into three-store brick house and proceeded to wait for her nemesis to come home.
The 33-year-old woman was married to former Newark, Delaware, City Councilman Luke Chapman for nearly a decade, but Colarulo revealed on Tuesday that the couple had separated.
Meredith, a 2007 graduate of the University of Delaware, worked for the school in media relations and marketing and ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in