Mother, teen daughter charged after love triangle leads to double murder

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Ann Anastasi and Gabriel Struss (Anne Arundel County Police)

Ann Anastasi and Gabriel Struss (Anne Arundel County Police)

LOTHIAN, Md. — Police say a mother, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend have been charged with murder in the killing of the woman’s husband and a lover.

Anne Arundel County police say the wife and her husband had been part of a love triangle with a women they let move into their basement over the summer.

The husband and the woman Jacqueline Riggs were found dead in the Lothian home Oct. 5.

According to the Washington Post, Ann Anastasi, 42, carefully crafted her story.  She told police that her husband, Anthony J. Anastasi Jr., 40, killed himself after killing Riggs in their home.

The husband was found dead in the master bedroom with a gun next to his body and Riggs was discovered dead in the basement with stab wounds.

But as investigators probed deeper, inconsistencies and evidence pointed to something far more bizarre. Prosecutors say the wife had meticulously staged a murder-suicide.

Police say the wife plotted with her 13-year-old daughter and they recruited the teen’s boyfriend to kill her husband and Riggs.

The boyfriend was identified as Gabriel Struss of Annapolis. The teen has not been identified.

The couple was married for 18 years. The 13-year-old’s grandfather says the girl is one of the couple’s five children.