Neighbors speak out after Wayne County man arrested, charged with killing daughter, wife in 1995

Ohio investigators cracked case

WOOSTER, Ohio - A Dalton man has been arrested and charged with the 1995 murder of his wife and 16-year-old daughter.

Robert Honsch, 70, is being held without bond in the Wayne County Jail, accused of killing Marcia Honsch, 53, and Elizabeth Honsch, 16, in 1995 and dumping their bodies in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Honsch appeared in a video hearing Thursday in Wayne County where he claimed he was broke and requested a court appointed attorney regarding extradition proceeding.

"I don't know much about all this stuff," said Honsch. "Everybody tells me--both the inmates and some of the police here--that I should get an attorney."

He is being held without bond.

ABC40 in Springfield, Mass. reports that Honsch had a new wife and children in Dalton.

Both women were residents of New York at the time of their murders. Their bodies were found the same year, but not identified until recently. A missing persons report for the women was not filed until June 2014, ABC40 adds.

Law enforcement from Connecticut, Now York and Massachusetts tracked Honsch to Dalton, where he was living under an alias, they said. They questioned him and searched his home Tuesday, and the Richfield crime lab analyzed evidence that was recovered.

Neighbors told NewsChannel5 that Honsch lived in the home for the last 14 months with a new wife and three children they believe have all been in New Orleans "for quite a while".

"He was never any problem," said Jim Nussbaum.

"He was easy to get along with."

Nussbaum's wife agreed saying " We would just not have believed that he would have done anything like that."

Meanwhile, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification used evidence found at the home to link Honsch to the murders.

The bodies of Honsch's wife and teenage daughter were found within weeks of each other in Massachusetts and Connecticut in 1995.

"Some evidence was taken," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

"Our lab processed that and in 24 hours got it back to the authorities in those states."


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