Family Shocked by Alleged Murder Plot

Family members were shocked to learn that Terry Camper's wife may be behind his murder on Wednesday.

No one saw it coming.

When Peekskill resident and cab driver Terry Camper was killed Wednesday, it was a shock to his family, friends and everyone else in the Peekskill community who knew him.

When police announced that the suspects in the killing are Terry Camper’s wife—Beatrice Camper, and her lover, John Murray—the news was even more puzzling.

“This is very painful because we’re a close, tight knit family,” said Jacqueline Campers, Terry Camper’s sister. “He didn’t deserve to die like this....all she had to do was leave him.”

Peekskill police police gave a glimpse of what happened in the time leading up Terry’s death during a press conference at police headquarters Friday.

At some point, Beatrice Camper, who is 60, met John Murray, also 60, while he was still serving time in prison for another murder.

The suspects started a romantic relationship that lasted more than a year. Murray was released on parole 11 months ago. Sometime after his release, Murray began plotting with Beatrice Camper.

She had taken out two insurance policies on Terry a few months ago and police believe she planned to split the proceeds with Murray.

On Tuesday, police said Murray called Terry Camper for a cab ride. He met Murray on Pine Street. It was at that time that Murray shot him two times in the back of the head with a small handgun.
Police believe Terry Camper did not know Murray was having an affair with his wife. It’s unclear if he ever knew Murray at all.

“That’s one of the elements of this that makes it as tragic as it is...not only is it selfishness and greed, but it’s also deception,” Eugene Tumolo, Peekskill’s police chief said.

Jaqueline Camper, who flew to Peekskill from California, said she advised her brother to end the marriage, which began about 10 years ago. Beatrice Camper would fly into rages and tell Terry Camper that she hated him, according Jacqueline Camper.

“We would talk to him about leaving, but he would always say that ‘I’ll give her another chance. That’s my wife.’ I said, it’s up to you, but I would leave her. If someone constantly spits in your face and says they hate you, I would leave.”

Even after the murder, Beatrice Camper distanced herself away from her husband’s family.

“She hadn’t even started funeral arrangements,” Beatrice Camper said. “She’s the wife. You look at that...she didn’t want to talk to us. I don’t know what she had planned. She probably planned to cremate him.”

Chief Tumolo said Terry Camper was well known and well liked in the community.

“He came from a large family here in Peekskill and I believe they also had roots in Highland Falls,” Tumolo said. [He] never was a problem, the kind of guy who’s in all of these communities that you meet everyday. You never give them a second thought until something like this happens. Just a real loss to no only his family, but a lot of his friend as well. We’ve gotten a lot of calls. People are really overwhelmed.”

Otis Camper, Terry Camper’s brother, said the family planned to take care of funeral arrangements today.

Otis Camper said he heard his brother and his sister-in-law had gotten into one or two fights. But he never suspected she would murder his brother.

“He was a good guy,” Otis Camper said. “That’s why It shocked me so bad when they said he was killed.”

Christine Yalanis October 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thank you Peekskill Police! Job well done! My condolences to the Camper family, what a shocking, tragic loss for you and the community. God bless you.
Mike October 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Good job Peekskill pd not to jump off coarse but 3 Peekskill cops just got called to stuhr gardens for a fight 13 witnesses watched a man punch a woman in the face was on the ground like a bar brawl and no one got arrested so I guess domestic violence laws don't apply to Peekskill it is ok for a man to BEAT a woman
Mike October 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Lets stop the violence against our people but the only ones to stop it is the police I am shocked what I just witnessed I guess if it isn't a murder you can do assaults rip terry those 2 low life's will get there day in hell
Beach Girl October 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
DEAR Terry , YOU were a kind person , a gentle giant . You had a smile that could light up a room . May your beautiful heart rest and find enternal happines in heaven . Going to miss seeing your face at the school dropp off . OXOXOXOXOX
Silent Majority October 06, 2012 at 01:48 AM
1st off rest in peace my man. I don't know you, but have seen you around Peekskill. Everyone who is from Peekskill and who has lived here for a while somehow seems to know everyone, their families, or at the very least their faces. Thats what makes this City great. Lets not forget that. 2ndly, lets not forget that there are many families grieving and will be for a long while. 3rdly, my heart goes out to ALL of the families, his and hers for their loss. Just because she has a heart that has turned to stone and turned into a selfish little *&BNJBG who ...(words turn beyond sour here) does not mean that her family did not love him or has had a loss. I am sure, no guaranteed that Terry was not only a good man to his family, but to his nieces and nephews as well. Please don't forget that. THEY need healing too. 4th, lets please keep in mind that Peekskill and I mean ALL OF PEEKSKILL needs the good hands of God to heal over this Great City and that WE need to come together to heal a City, a Community, and need to stick together for the future of our Children. RIP Mr. Terry Lee Camper. May God rest you in peace for eternity.
leesther brown October 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
bruiser October 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I will start with terry,he was one of the kindest,sincere,generous,people i have ever had the pleasure to meet,every time i seen him he had a smile on his face,if i was having a bad day he knew how to bring me out of it.There are no words that could cover this man and how he treated everybody,nobody excluded i will miss him, and from the bottom of my heart terry i can say with pride i love you my friend To his family,even though we have never met i want to thank you for allowing him to be in my life.
sayitsnotsojack October 06, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The justice system has no justice when a bum like Terry is released after committing murder and is free to do so again. Now the lovers will become wards of the state and the rest of us will be paying for their upkeep. Rest in peace Mr. Camper you deserved much better.
Kwame Madden October 06, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Terry Lee Camper will surely be missed he was a great guy!He was always kind and soft spoken I'm glad his killers have been apprehended,we pray for his family and we will miss Terry this community may you rest in peace!
Missingyou, friend October 06, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You never know who you are living next door to??????
Odessa October 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
stephanie October 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
first i want to thank the peekskill police department for a job well done second my heart goes out to terry lee family and third i want to also thank terry lee family for not only bringing terry to my life but to the whole city of peekskill that knew him terry was a beautiful person when i would be upset about something terry would tell me cheer up it is going to be ok he would always find a way to cheer me up by what he said to me when i heard that he had been shot i had tears coming down my face and my hands started shaking i could not believe i heard this terry lee was and will always be a kind soul he was the BEST FRIEND YOU COULD EVER ASK FOR terry lee we your friends and family will always love and miss you YOU ARE OUR ANGEL now i will always keep your friendship in my heart it hurts inside that someone would do that to such a sweet kind man i am very glad to have met terry lee camper it is sad to loose a sweet heart of a man like him as i sit here writting this the tears keep coming down my face it hurts so much terry lee camper rest in peace i will truly miss you but you will always be in your family and friends heart for ever we all love you very much your friend
gloria ducady October 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
my heart goes to Terry Camper family. he was taken too soon from a friend who cares. gloria ducady.
J.P. DOWD October 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Rest In Peace Terry Camper . My condolences go out his family and friends
Shawn Griffin October 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. From Joyce Griffin & Family,
Shawn Griffin October 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
melissa thompson October 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
RIP Terry, my prayers are with the camper family.
Robin lemon October 15, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Thank you ppd for a good job well done im gonna miss you terry that smile R.I.P My brother my good friend and my thoughts and prayers go out to the camper family!
Lucille Warren January 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
To the family of the deceased I am truly sorry for your lost, It’s never easy to lose someone you love. The pane can sometimes be unbearable at the time, but there is hope! it is human and natural to grieve and we should not feel ashamed to let our grief be manifest. Even when tempered by the hope of the resurrection, the death of a loved one is still a traumatic loss, which is deeply felt. YES resurrection! Jesus performed that unforgettable resurrection in front of many eyewitnesses. It was a token of the future resurrection that he had predicted on an earlier occasion, when he said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [the Son of God’s] voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”—John 5:28, 29 With this HOPE you can see your loved ones again. When death strikes a loved one, for example, hope can make a world of difference to the survivors. The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica: “We do not want you to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping in death; that you may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.”—1 THESSALONIANS 4:13. If you would like to know more, you can reach me at: . Lucille Warren 155 Orawaupum St. White Plains NY 10606


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