NEW YORK – The woman who leaped from the George Washington Bridge hand-in-hand with her boyfriend after murdering her uncle Monday left a lengthy, apologetic note addressed to her children at the scene of the crime, local police said.
“To the 4 most amazing kids this world has ever seen or ever will” reads the note, penned by Nickie Hunt, according to police.
It concludes with the line, “I love you. Love, Mom.”
According to the New York Post, the note did not mention why Hunt and her boyfriend, Gary Crockett, decided to murder the woman’s uncle, William Valenti, 70, inside of his Suffern, New York home.
But police said they believe the murder and subsequent suicide pact stemmed from a family dispute that began when Valenti discovered that the couple, whom he had allowed to live with him, had been stealing money from his bank account.
“The two individuals that had jumped off the bridge had taken Valenti’s checks, forged them and cashed them and the total amount we know is $1,300, approximately,” said Detective Raymond Sheehan.
“The couple had promised to pay him back … but we heard that he made a deadline of the 30th [of April] and if they didn’t make the deadline, he would take legal action and go to the police,” Sheehan said.
Valenti was found dead of asphyxiation Monday by a nephew. It’s believed that either Crockett or Hunt strangled or smothered the elderly man.
The two then stole Valenti’s 1990 Chevy Malibu to drive to the George Washington Bridge, where they jumped to their deaths.
The couple were pulled from the Hudson River Monday afternoon, barely alive, and later died at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
After learning of the suicide at the bridge, Suffern police contacted Port Authority cops, informing them that the jumpers were likely the culprits in Valenti’s killing.
Both Hunt and Crockett have criminal records, with Hunt being charged in Orange County with forgery and grand larceny, and Crockett being charged with possession of narcotics.
Police said Crockett was also being eyed in the theft of an AR-15 assault rifle from a home in Mahwah, NJ, in March.
The two were also said to be known drug users, police said.