Murders of Leslie Mazzara and Adriane Insogna
Late on Halloween night 2004, roommates Leslie Mazzara, Adriane Insogna, and Lauren Meanza went to bed after handing out candy. Meanza was woken up at 1 AM by the sounds of a scuffle. Not knowing what was happening, she ran in terror from the house and hid in the backyard, watching an assailant climb out of a window. When the coast was clear, she ran back upstairs and found both of her roommates dead.
Throughout the investigation, FBI agents found cigarette butts near the scene of the crime that matched blood evidence inside the house, but found no known matches in any DNA databases. Officers and FBI agents spoke to nearly 1,500 persons of interest during the investigation of the double murder including one of Insogna’s friends, Lily Prudhomme. Her husband, Eric Copple, became a person of extreme interest during the investigation when he refused to give a DNA sample to exclude him from the suspect pool. Nearly a year after the crime, Copple turned himself in and confessed to the deaths of his wife’s friends while giving no motive for his crime.
At the time of the murders, Copple was only engaged to the friend of one of his victims and carried on with the wedding thinking the crimes would not be tied to him. This quote from Adriane Insogna’s mother, Arlene Allen, gives a chilling insight into a murderer who thought he got away with it:
“You are the man who is so cruel as to invite me, the mother of the woman you murdered, to stand up for you at your wedding, to read scripture to you of love and death and to bless your union. Throughout that weekend you brought me into the heart of your family, knowing all the while it was you who destroyed mine.”