Secret handgun used to kill Millcreek woman

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It was a secretly purchased 9mm handgun that was used by John Grazioli, 44,  to kill his 31 year old wife Amanda Thursday in their home in the Whispering Woods subdivision in Millcreek.

That fact revealed in the Affidavit of Probable Cause from the Millcreek Police Department.  Grazioli told Millcreek police that he purchased it a month ago, kept it loaded and hidden in their master bedroom closet, and that his wife Amanda had no knowledge of it.

Thursday afternoon, authorities received a call from the suspects ex-wife, Erica Grazioli, indicating that her ex-husband had called from his cell phone and told her he had just killed his current wife Amanda and that she was in home in their bed.

Upon arrival, Millcreek police found the victim, Amanda Grazioli, deceased in her bed with a gunshot wound to her head.   Nearby was a note that stated “I killed Amanda Schmitt Grazioli –  next of kin Denise Katz.  I killed myself I am profoundly sorry.”   The note was signed, “sorry for all of this, John Grazioli.”

Instead of committing suicide, the suspect John Grazioli drove himself to the rectory at St Peter Cathedral, where he told a priest that he had killed his wife.  Fr Michael Polinec called 911 and Grazioli eventually surrendered to Erie Police without incident.  The Affidavit reveals that the suspected murder weapon was found inside Grazioli’s coat at the rectory.  Authorities say Grazioli did not have a concealed carry permit for the weapon.

Grazioli was taken to the Millcreek police department, where in a video taped confession, he admitted being responsible for the death of his wife.

The suspect is currently in the Erie County Jail without Bond.

Grazioli has been a financial advisor.   The victim and her husband were married last fall.   She was formerly a nanny for the Grazioli children.  The victim was employed as a local physical fitness instructor.   

Team coverage on Erie County’s first homicide of 2018 tonight on JET 24 Action News

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