Double Murder in Jerusalem: Couple in Their 60s Found Stabbed to Death in Their Home

The couple’s children called the police after being unable to contact their parents for several days ■ Police said the couple's apartment was locked with no sign of a break-in

Police at the crime scene in Jerusalem, January 13, 2018.
Olivier Fitoussi

A couple in their sixties was found dead in their Jerusalem apartment on Sunday with multiple stab wounds.

Police suspect the couple was murdered and are pursuing various motives behind the crime.

The couple’s children called the police after being unable to contact their parents for several days. Police and rescue crews went to the apartment, in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanetziv neighborhood, and found it locked, with no sign of a break-in.

Upon entering, they found both parents dead, with stab wounds on their bodies.

Paramedic Yoav Frankel said that when the medics arrived, both the man and woman, whose names were not published by publication time, were declared dead at the scene.

A neighbor said the couple had lived in that apartment for more than 30 years, and that the husband was an accountant. “It’s a disaster that’s hard to fathom,” he said. “This was an ordinary, quiet family that never caused any problems.”

Another acquaintance described the husband as “a really special person. He gave a lot of money to charity, a man head and shoulders above the rest.”

The wife, he added, had suffered from anxiety following two terror attacks, “and this affected her. She was introverted and quiet.”

David, a close friend of the family, said he was supposed to meet the husband on Thursday, but those plans never materialized. He added that the woman had been sick for many years and her husband took care of her.

Last week, a girl of 15 was stabbed and wounded in the same neighborhood. She said she was attacked from behind not far from her home by an unknown assailant, who fled immediately after the assault.