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Murder Mystery Haunts Lancaster, Pa.

'Go Get Help' Dying Mother Whispers to Daughter

By CHRIS FRANCESCANI
ABC News Law & Justice Unit

May 25, 2007 —

If not for the murders of the Amish schoolgirls last fall, these might have been the most disturbing homicides Lancaster County, Pa., has ever seen.
Two weeks ago, a young woman woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of a scuffle in her home on a quiet street in the idyllic Blossom Hill section of the county.
She went to her parents' upstairs bedroom and found both stabbed repeatedly. Down the hall, unseen, her younger brother was dying of similar stab wounds.
"Go get help," her mother whispered.

The daughter ran across the street and called 911, but by the time ambulances arrived, all three victims were dead.
Police have no clear suspects and are reminding residents to lock their doors at night and keep as many lights on as possible. They have asked the FBI for assistance.
The county coroner is suggesting a "psychotic killer" may be on the loose.
And so once again, the postcard-perfect farmland communities of Lancaster -- the bucolic home of the agrarian Amish -- are steeped in shock, grief and fear.
At a church memorial service Saturday, a relative of the murdered couple raised the troubling question that was on many people's minds when he implored the killer to come forward and seek forgiveness.
"I say this to you, knowing that the killer of our loved ones might be in the audience today," Tom Brown told congregants from the pulpit of the Otterbein United Methodist Church last Saturday, according to the Lancaster Sunday News.

Blossom Hill Murders

On May 12, 20-year-old Bucknell University student Margaret Haines woke up to the sounds of a commotion in her home on Peach Lane and got out of bed to investigate. She went to her parents' upstairs bedroom and found her father lying on the bed and her mother sitting on its edge.
Her mother was able to calmly tell her daughter to leave and get help, authorities said. She reportedly didn't see her brother's body lying in the hallway. All three died of stab wounds, according to the Manheim Township police. They said the back door was open and there were no signs of forced entry.
Manheim Township Police Sgt. Thomas Rudzinski said Thursday that they have not turned up any evidence that would indicate that anybody wanted to hurt Thomas Haines, 50, a salesman at a local industrial supply company, his wife Lisa, 47, a preschool teacher, or their 16-year-old son Kevin.
"He was about to become an Eagle Scout," Rudzinski said ruefully. "He was a good kid."

He said the murder weapon has not been located.

"At this point we are looking at all options," Rudzinski said. "We don't know if this is random or targeted."
Lisa Haines' nephew Lucas Brown told ABC News that his family is coping as best they can.
"It's been OK now, after the funeral and everything's gotten over with, it's starting to get a little better," he said. "But it's still a little scary, knowing he's still out there."

History of Violence

Remarkable, uncharacteristic bursts of murder have haunted Lancaster County in recent years.
The county made national headlines in 2005 when a teenager ambushed and murdered Michael and Cathryn Borden in their home in Lititz and kidnapped their 14-year-old daughter Kara Beth. An amber alert was issued as word spread quickly through the county. It was later determined that David Ludwig, 18, Kara Beth's boyfriend, had killed the parents because they'd ordered him to stop seeing their daughter. Ludwig pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal homicide and is serving a life sentence.
Then last fall, a local milkman named Charles Roberts walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse in a small Lancaster town called Nickel Mines and held 10 young girls hostage before opening fire on them, killing five and wounding five, before shooting himself to death.

'Scared Out of Their Wits'

"The coroner of Lancaster County used to be a part-time job taken by a general practitioner who did it sort of on the side," Lancaster County coroner Gary Kirchner told ABC News. "We've gone way beyond that."
Kirchner said the Haines murders are as troubling and unexpected as the Amish schoolhouse shooting.
"The thing that attracts the human mind are contrasts," he said. "Here is a gorgeous fall day ... beautiful fields, great clear blue skies. And in the middle of all of it sits a humble, one-room Amish schoolhouse, trashed and bloodied and with bodies in it. That is what the human mind has trouble getting around. We've been subjected to that contrast over and over again here in Lancaster."
Kirchner visited the Blossom Hill crime scene and examined the bodies. He declined to comment on either the crime scene or his preliminary conclusions, but indicated the depth of violence when he said the Haines murders were "another level of horror.
"Does this have the markings of a psychotic killer? Sure, it's got a lot of the markings of a psychotic killer," Kirchner said.

There was no apparent robbery or any clear motivation for such a violent series of attacks, he said. But police say they have no clear motive or suspect yet and no reason to concur with the coroner's speculation. Rudzinski added that he strongly disagrees with Kirchner.
"We have not drawn that conclusion from the information we have,'' Rudzinski said.
Kirchner said that besides the Amish schoolhouse shooting, these killings are the "worst I've seen" since he was a naval officer in Vietnam.
"I was a surgeon for 38 years, and a trauma surgeon for 10 of those," he said. "When I took this job, I never thought it would be anything like this. Nobody in the county can believe this sort of thing would happen here. The people of Lancaster are scared out of their wits."

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Marcie Brody, a spokeswoman for the Manheim Township School District, where victim Kevin Haines was a well-regarded quiz champion, agreed.
The students are "shocked, they're terrified, and they're in the middle of final exams," she said, referring to the high school students.

Of the approximately 5,500 students in the district schools, 1,750 attend Manheim High School.
"We're telling them they're definitely safe coming to school, and we're finding out they feel safe at school," she said. "It's just when they're home at night."
Brody said extra guidance counselors and security were brought in to the schools since the homicides, and that experts are working with parents to identify signs of trauma in the children.
"It's the community itself, not just the students. Everybody's still on edge."

She said she's even gotten calls from community residents unaffiliated with the school, seeking out guidance counselors and other mental health professionals.

'Everyone Is Locking Their Doors'

Local security firms are feeling the impact too.
"We've been slammed," said Patrick Egan, president of Select Security and former president of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. "Our sales for residential security systems are up about 800 percent. We normally do four or five residential systems a week, but we've sold 35 to 40 systems in the last two weeks.
"The awareness has been raised," he said. "You're not seeing as many garage doors open when you drive through a neighborhood. Everyone is locking their doors. People are very, very concerned that there is a killer or killers on the loose in Lancaster County."
He said customers are adding deadbolts to their doors and installing floodlights.
"They're not concerned about possessions," he said. "They're not saying that at all. This is a personal protection system they want. They're scared, they're paranoid, they're fearful."

'God Is With Us'

Blossom Hill Mennonite Church Pastor Jane Peifer said she is counseling congregants and community members who seek her guidance to find strength and faith in numbers.
"There's really no way that we can say there's nothing to be afraid of, because there is," she said. "This is extremely frightening to have this kind of trauma that's unsolved. The police are telling you to leave the lights on and lock the doors. It's foolish to say there's nothing to be afraid of, but I somehow believe that God is with us through all hard times in life."
Peifer said she was in the midst of writing her sermon for Sunday's services.
"I was just reflecting on how being with each other is so encouraging and strengthening. In my experience, [being together] is the greatest comfort, and one in which I've very often experienced the presence of God."

Anonymous Tipster Sought

Police have been inundated with tips to the county Crimestoppers line, but one tip in particular got the authorities' full attention last Thursday. A caller dialed into the tip line and provided some information that "investigators felt might be valuable," Rudzinski told ABC News, declining to elaborate.
"But in this particular case, the [caller] gave some quick information and then hung up before we could ask questions or assign them a number that would enable them to collect a reward later should their information help lead to an arrest.
"We have literally no way of identifying this person, so we can't even go public and say, 'No. 5, please call us.'"
Rudzinski said police need the public's help on this case.
"We continue to look for information on the family members, any background information, anything of importance about this family, or about the homicides, we are very interested in hearing," he said. "We are still trying to work up a victimology on each of these victims -- their backgrounds, their interests. Anybody who has any information that they think might be helpful should get in contact with us."
Rudzinski urged anyone with any information to contact Manheim Township police at (717) 569-6401. He said the phones are staffed around the clock.

New Reward Money Sought

Since the murders, Lancaster's Crimestoppers program posted a $1,000 reward but on Thursday, Manheim Township commissioners approved creating an account for soliciting donations to a rewards fund. Rudzinski said that the contributions to the rewards fund should be sent to Manheim Township, Attention: Finance Director, 1840 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, Pa. 17601.


An undated family photo shows Thomas Haines, 50, who was killed Saturday, May 12, 2007, in his suburban Lancaster, Pa., home, along his wife, Lisa Haines, and son Kevin Haines. Relatives and friends of the three members whose slaying remains unsolved held a memorial service at a Lancaster church. (Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal/AP Photo)
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A quiet community in fear of a faceless killer

By Kathy Boccella
Inquirer Staff Writer

Peach Lane, where the Haines family lived, is a vision of gracious living. Meticulously kept houses perch on wide lawns behind stands of towering pine trees and a profusion of rhododendrons.
Yet in this bucolic corner of Manheim Township, away from the inelegant tangle of highways and shopping centers in nearby Lancaster, Thomas and Lisa Haines and their teenage son, Kevin, were stabbed to death shortly after midnight on May 12.
"It was a real violent murder," Lancaster County Coroner Gary Kirchner said yesterday, the work of a madman, maybe even a serial killer, he speculated.

It's hard for the community to accept that the grotesque murders happened inside their snow globe of a neighborhood. And as the days pass, fear has settled in.
The possibly random killings and the knowledge that a murderer remains loose have created a cauldron of anxiety at Manheim High School, where Kevin, 16, was a student. Classmates and adults report that teens don't want to stay alone in their houses and that some have asked to sleep with their parents.
"You could probably land a plane here at night with all the floodlights" people are leaving on, said Michael Huegel, who lived down the street from the Haines family and who has taken to sleeping with a hunting rifle by his side.

Chase and Molly Reynolds are having a security system installed. They get chills knowing that police can't say why the Haines house, a two-story stone Colonial hidden behind a tall hedge, was targeted.
"Any way you look at it, it's scary," said Molly Reynolds, on the lawn with her 6-month-old, Jack, while her other little one stayed inside.
Police still know little about the crime that took the lives of Kevin and his parents, Thomas, 50, and Lisa, 47. As far as they can tell, nothing was stolen from the house.

Investigators have offered $1,000 for information about the killings and asked the public to look out for anyone with cuts on his or her hands or arms. Tipsters can also submit information anonymously at Victimpower.org.

Authorities have said that on the night of the stabbings, daughter Maggie Haines, 20, just back from Bucknell University, heard a commotion. She went into her parents' upstairs bedroom and discovered her father lying on the bed and her mother slumped over on the edge.
"Go get help," her mother told her in a low voice, Maggie said.
Maggie ran across the street and called 911 from a neighbor's house at 2:24 a.m.
When police arrived five minutes later, they found her parents dead. Kevin's body was in the upstairs hallway.
Authorities said that the back door was open - not unusual in that neighborhood - and that no murder weapon had been found. Father and son were stabbed several times, Kirchner said: Tom Haines in the chest, Kevin in the neck and chest. He would not discuss Lisa Haines' cause of death.

Police have talked to neighbors, friends and classmates and used dogs to search for the killer.
"We haven't eliminated anybody" as a suspect, Manheim Police Sgt. Thomas Rudzinski said on Monday. "We're keeping an open mind on every single person involved."
He wouldn't say in what order the Haineses were killed, or whether Lisa was wounded when she sent her daughter for help. Maggie, now staying at an undisclosed location, told police she did not see an intruder or notice her brother.

Other details are yet to come out. The case "has some twists and turns that I can't really talk about yet," Rudzinski said.
Police are trying to learn everything they can about the father and son, he said. What's made it hard is that "these are nice people. The kids are nice kids," Rudzinski said.
Rumors that Kevin was picked on in school were investigated, but "nothing jumped out," Rudzinski said.
Among other things, an FBI profiler hopes to figure out why the killer used a knife over a more efficient weapon.
Knives are often associated with crimes of passion, said Richard Walter, a crime-scene expert and co-founder of the Vidocq Society, a Philadelphia group of investigators who assist with cold cases.
"The question then becomes who has that kind of angst or emotional involvement" with the family, Walter said.

So far, the facts of the case "don't make all that much sense," he said. "I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop."
On Monday, three police cars guarded the house, which had a fresh layer of mulch around new plants and four cars in the driveway and garage, one sporting a Bucknell sticker.
Thomas Haines, a manager at Motion Industries, a machine-parts manufacturer, and a former track star at Manheim High School who still ran marathons, was a trustee of the Methodist church the family attended. His wife taught preschool and Sunday school at Lancaster Church of the Brethren.
Kevin, a sophomore, wrote for the school paper and was a member of the Quiz Bowl team and German Club. He was looking forward to a trip to Germany with classmates this summer.
At a memorial service at Otterbein United Methodist Church on Saturday, the Lancaster Sunday News reported, Lisa Haines' brother, Tom Brown, implored the killer "to come forward and ask forgiveness of Maggie" and her family.

"I say this to you knowing that the killer of our loved ones might be in the audience today," he said. The Haineses were married in the 82-year-old sanctuary and would have celebrated their 22d anniversary on May 18, the day before they were eulogized.
At Manheim High, psychologist Julie Sergovic has talked with dozens of students.
"It's terrifying for them to think, 'Oh, my God, this could happen to me,' " said Sergovic, who held a counseling session for parents and pupils on Monday night.

At a Turkey Hill convenience store near school, two of Kevin's classmates were also grappling with the unthinkable.
He was a smart, nice kid - on the quiet side but with lots of friends, they said.
"The family was real nice," said J.C. Hevener, 16, a sophomore who was Kevin's history partner last year. "I have no idea why somebody would do that to them."
At nearby Caruso's Pizzeria, another hangout, owner Ignazio Caruso said his daughter, who knew Kevin, was having a hard time with the tragedy.
"We had to tell her," he said. "She's doing pretty bad."
With no students in his restaurant after school, when it's usually crowded with teenagers, he wondered whether parents were keeping a tighter rein on their children.

"I hope that they solve this," he said, sitting at the only occupied table. "It would make us feel relieved a little bit."
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Still no suspects in triple homicide

By BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff
Intelligencer Journal

Published: May 31, 2007 1:27 AM EST

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - Local investigators, with the aid of more than three dozen state police academy cadets, took one last look around the Haines family home Wednesday.

Manheim Township police officers, state police troopers and 37 cadets conducted the two-and-a-half-hour search, covering the area within a one-block radius of the Haines home, where three members of the family were stabbed to death May 12.

The search, however, failed to turn up anything pertinent to the investigation, police said.

Part of Peach Lane in the Blossom Hill neighborhood was shut down while the search party combed a heavily-wooded section of the neighborhood for a possible murder weapon or other clues that might have been left behind by the killer.

"Today was a day of wrapping things up at the crime scene itself. It was the appropriate time to have one last sweep to ensure we haven't missed anything," Manheim Township police Sgt. Tom Rudzinski said. "It's a mature area with a lot of vegetation. The brush is thick, and it's a rough area to search."

The search was the last one investigators plan for the site of the grisly triple homicide.

"Nothing significant was found, but we wanted to make sure before turning the house back over to the family," he said. "We wanted to give it back, so they can move forward, too."

Surviving members of the Haines family will get back the house at 85 Peach Lane more than two weeks after the killings.

"No Trespassing" signs stood outside the home Wednesday afternoon. A car covered by a gray tarp was parked in the driveway.

Physical evidence recovered inside the house, including blood and fingerprints, is being examined. Rudzinski would not comment on the results of those tests.

It was unclear Wednesday what the family plans to do with the 2,368-square foot home and its surrounding half-acre of land.

"I imagine that is something they are discussing," Rudzinski said, "and that would be a hard thing to do."

Tom and Lisa Haines and their 16-year-old son, Kevin, were stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant early May 12. The Haines' 20-year-old daughter, Maggie, escaped the house unharmed during the attack.

Police said Wednesday they have no suspects and have yet to recover the knife believed to have been used in the slayings.

Maggie has cooperated with authorities and has not been linked to the killings, but police have yet to rule her out as a suspect.

"We are looking to, and at, everybody," Rudzinski said.

The cadets, who were transported to the Blossom Hill neighborhood in a gray school bus Wednesday morning, are about two-thirds of the way through their schooling in Hershey as they train to become state troopers.

Wednesday's search was believed to be the first time since 2003 that state police cadets assisted a Lancaster County homicide investigation.

Cadets assisted FBI agents and local investigators in the aftermath of the brutal stabbing and drowning death of 38-year-old federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna. Luna was found dead Dec. 4, 2003, in a small Brecknock Township stream. Investigators said he had been stabbed 36 times with a penknife in his neck and chest, probably in his car, which was found idling nearby. Luna was put into the stream.

That case remains unsolved.

Many questions and countless rumors about possible suspects and motives are swirling around the community in connection with the Haines killings.

Rudzinski Wednesday discounted one rumor — that police had linked one of Kevin Haines' classmates to the killings. Police had been conducting interviews at Manheim Township High School, where Kevin was a sophomore.

"We are pretty much done with that" questioning, Rudzinski said. When asked if a person of interest has been identified at the school, he said "not specifically — no suspect at the school."

Rudzinski said the investigation has progressed and police knew more Wednesday than two weeks ago.

"This far into the game, we have things we are more comfortable with," he said.

A cash reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case is still being offered. Anyone with information is asked to contact Manheim Township police at 569-6401, or Lancaster City-County Crimestoppers at (800) 322-1913, or go to www.victimpower.org.

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By Mark Scolforo
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Published: Jun 16, 2007 6:23 PM EST


LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy was arrested Saturday on three counts of murder in the fatal stabbings of a Lancaster couple and their teenage son last month, authorities said.

Alec Devon Kreider, 16, of Lancaster, was arrested after his father informed police that he had confessed to the killings, Manheim Township Police Chief Neil J. Harkins said at a news conference.

Police said Kreider knew the teenage victim, but they declined to comment on a possible motive.

Thomas Alan Haines, 50, Lisa Ann Haines, 47, and their son Kevin, 16, were found stabbed to death on May 12 at their house in a leafy neighborhood in Manheim Township. Their college-age daughter ran to get help and survived.

Margaret "Maggie" Haines told police she was awakened by a noise at about 2 a.m. and went into her parents' bedroom, where she said she found her father lying on the bed and her mother sitting nearby. The mother quietly told her to get help, according to police.

When police arrived a short time later, they found the parents dead in their bedroom and the son in a hallway.

Police said they found the family's back door open, and no signs of forced entry. Nothing was taken from the house.

Kevin Haines was a sophomore at Manheim Township High School, where he was a member of the German club and Quiz Bowl team.

Maggie Haines, a 2005 graduate of Manheim Township, had returned home just days earlier after finishing her sophomore year at Bucknell University.

Thomas Haines was a salesman at Motion Industries in Lancaster, while his wife taught at Lancaster Brethren Preschool.

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Police arrest teen in slaying of Lancaster family
By Mark Scolforo
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Published: Jun 16, 2007 9:24 PM EST

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A high school student broke into a Lancaster home last month to kill a classmate and went on to slay both the teenager and his parents, police charged Saturday.

Alec Devon Kreider, 16, of Lancaster, was arrested after his father told police that he had confessed to the killings, Manheim Township Police Chief Neil J. Harkins said at a news conference.

Kreider and the teenage victim were friends and fellow high school sophomores, officials said. Authorities described Kevin Haines, 16, as the intended target, but declined comment on a possible motive.

"This was not a random act," said Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro, who added that authorities believe Kreider acted alone. "He broke in with the intent to kill."

Thomas Alan Haines, 50, Lisa Ann Haines, 47, and their son were found stabbed to death on May 12 at their house in a leafy neighborhood in Manheim Township. Their college-age daughter ran to get help and survived.

Margaret "Maggie" Haines told police she was awakened by a noise at about 2 a.m. and went into her parents' bedroom, where she said she found her father lying on the bed and her mother sitting nearby. The mother quietly told her to get help.
When police arrived a short time later, they found the parents dead in their bedroom and the son in a hallway.

Kreider went to the home intending to smother Kevin, but instead stabbed him in the neck and chest, according to a police affidavit. Thomas Haines was stabbed in the chest and his wife in the abdomen.
Kreider, who attends Manheim Township High School, was charged as an adult with three counts of murder. He was being held without bail following an arraignment Saturday.
Defense lawyer John A. Kenneff said he has asked to postpone a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, but otherwise declined comment.
Kreider allegedly confessed Tuesday to his father, Timothy Kreider, who went to police Thursday evening. Police spent the next two days investigating before making an arrest.
Police had previously interviewed the suspect, who continued to go to school until it let out for the summer.

"He was certainly someone who had been looked at and interviewed by police," Totaro said.

The Kreider family does not plan to comment, their lawyer said.
"The Haines family remains and will continue to remain in the forefront of their thoughts and in their prayers," said lawyer Robert Beyer, who attended the news conference.
Police previously said that they found the family's back door open, and nothing taken from the house. Kreider was also charged with burglary.

Several people coming and going at the Kreider home, about two miles from the crime scene, declined comment Saturday.
A police forensics unit visited the home Friday night, neighbor Alan Isacson said. He did not know the family, but said he was relieved by the break in the case, which had led police to advise residents to lock their doors.
"Any time a murder is solved, it's good news," the 37-year-old Isacson said.
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To Mr. Kreider = Who did the best thing, though it no doubt broke his heart to learn not only was his son a triple murderer, but also had the guts to turn him in to LE.
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SON TELLS DAD HE KILLED 3
Manheim Township student charged in Haines case; friends say Haines son and accused were good friends

By GIL SMART, Associate editor
Sunday News
Published: Jun 17, 2007 12:18 AM EST
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa - For more than a month, authorities say, Alec Devon Kreider kept the horrible secret from his friends, from his classmates and from the police.

In the end, he couldn't keep it from his dad.

Kreider was arrested late Saturday afternoon and charged with criminal homicide in the May 12 stabbing deaths of Tom, Lisa and Kevin Haines in the family's Blossom Hill home. Kreider was one of several Manheim Township High School students questioned in the case — but police say the big break came Tuesday, when he admitted to his father that he was the killer.

According to the police affidavit, Kreider told his father, Timothy Scot Kreider, that he entered the Haines home intending to smother Kevin Haines, 16. Friends say Kevin and Alec were close buddies.

But instead of smothering his friend, Alec told his father that he "intentionally used a knife to kill" Kevin and his parents, Tom and Lisa. Maggie Haines, 20, escaped after hearing a yell for help, running to a neighbor's house to call police.

Two days after his son's admission, Timothy Kreider called the police.

Officials Saturday were releasing very little information, with Manheim Township Police Chief Neil Harkins saying during a late-afternoon press conference that "We possess a significant amount of information we will not be able to share at this point."

"We're not holding or hiding anything," he added.

Lancaster County District Attorney Donald Totaro did say that after committing the crime, Alec Kreider returned to his mother's home at 1264 Cobblestone Lane, less than half a mile from the Haines home.

Kreider's parents are divorced, and Totaro said he did not know whether Kreider lived with his mother, in the Cobblestone Court development, or at his father's home on Dolly Drive in Bloomingdale.

Police refused to speculate on a motive, and would not say whether they had recovered the murder weapon.

Kreider was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David P. Miller just prior to the 5:40 p.m. press conference and charged with three counts of criminal homicide and one count of burglary. He was being held in Lancaster County Prison without bail.

"This was an intentional, premeditated, deliberate crime," said Totaro. "It was not a random case."

Though Kreider is being charged as an adult, Totaro said authorities could not seek the death penalty because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty cannot be imposed on a juvenile.

'Great friends'
Kreider is being represented by Jack Kenneff, a former Lancaster County assistant district attorney. Kenneff said a preliminary hearing is scheduled in the case for 1:30 p.m. June 20, but that he will seek a continuance.

He declined to speculate on Kreider's frame of mind.

But one Manheim Township student who knew both Kreider and Kevin Haines said he was "stunned" to hear the news.

"They were great friends. Kevin talked about Alec all the time," said Ben Opp, a sophomore who was in Alec Kreider's German class.

Opp described Kreider as "a smart kid, kind of like Kevin, but less approachable. Once you got to know him, he was really funny.

"But he could be kind of dark sometimes."

Kreider reportedly attended the May 19 memorial service held to remember the Haines family.

The case had riveted the community, prompting frightened residents to buy guns and security systems after Manheim Township police warned them to lock up tight.

The killings also generated national attention; an update was featured on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Thursday, and dozens of local residents, frustrated with the lack of new information in the local media, turned to online sources like CrimeBlog.us to share theories and tidbits of information.

Steve Huff of CrimeBlog, who has written extensively about the case, theorized in a May 17 post that "The person who murdered the Haines family is either young or at the least, very immature. I'm opting for young, maybe still in his teens. He acted alone, and he planned the crime for some time. ... He is probably a bright young man (the 'he' being a given, to me), and I wouldn't be surprised if he went to school with Kevin Haines. In fact, he could be someone whom Kevin didn't consider a threat. As has been indicated by Manheim Township police, this killer is someone who has been hiding in plain sight, in some ways. He just doesn't seem like the type who might commit a triple homicide — whatever that type is."

Family response
At the press conference, Lancaster attorney Robert Beyer, representing the Kreider family, asked the media to respect the family's privacy and not contact them to ask about the crime.

But he said the family had passed along two statements, one noting that the Haines family "remains in the forefront of [their] thoughts and prayers," and that the Kreiders were gratified by the consideration and compassion shown by members of law enforcement.

Officials said Alec Kreider continued to attend Manheim Township High School after the slayings. "We were in German class" shortly after the crime, said Ben Opp, "and he wasn't crying, but he was noticeably sad.

"This is a huge shock," said Opp. "I don't believe he did it."

In a statement, the Manheim Township School District noted that staff members are also "shocked and saddened by the charges." Because it is an ongoing matter, the district said it will not comment on the charges or the student.

"This is a difficult time for our district," read the statement. "Please, continue to support one another and keep our community in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much."

Manheim Township Chief Harkins praised the "collaborative efforts" of several different police agencies in investigating the crime, including the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and the district attorney's office.

Said Totaro, "We have been committed since this occurred to working tirelessly to find out who did this."
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Alec Devon Kreider is escorted from David P. Miller's office in Manheim Township after being arraigned for the murders of Tom, Lisa and Kevin Haines.

Is it just me or is this kid about to break out in a smirk? At least the daughter was able to get out of there before she was his victim too.
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Is it just me or is this kid about to break out in a smirk? At least the daughter was able to get out of there before she was his victim too.

I believe that she was saved because she had only recently returned from being away at college = and he probably didn't realize that she'd returned home for the summer vacation.
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I believe that she was saved because she had only recently returned from being away at college = and he probably didn't realize that she'd returned home for the summer vacation.

I think you're right Pook. From the sound of it, he was probably in her brother's room when she found her parents and her mother told her to go get help. I just don't see any remorse on this kid's face. As I always ask, what is wrong with people these days? Entire families are being wiped out every day.
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