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Police: Peekskill Woman Murdered Husband for Insurance Money

Beatrice Camper and John Murray charged with second-degree murder of a local cab driver.

PEEKSKILL, NY -- A local cab driver shot dead on Wednesday was killed by his wife and her lover, police said in a Friday morning press conference.

Terrance Camper's wife, 60-year-old Beatrice Camper, was arrested Friday morning and charged with second-degree murder, a felony. John Murray, a 60-year-old Newburgh resident, has also been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Terrance Camper's death.

Police believe Beatrice Camper and John Murray were having an affair, and killed Terrance Camper, 53, to collect insurance monies.

Beatrice Camper had taken out two insurance policies in her husband's name, with her as the beneficiary, in the month before the alleged murder, police said.

Police believe Beatrice Camper and Murray planned the murder together.

Beatrice Camper and Murray began their affair while Murray was in prison, authorities added. Murray was serving time for murder, and was released 11 months ago on parole.

The two defendants were arraigned in Peekskill City Court Friday, and are being held without bail. Their next court appearance will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Terrance Camper was shot twice in the back on the head with a small caliber handgun, police said. He was discovered by a local postal worker.

Authorities said Friday morning that Murray liked called Terrance Camper's taxi to the scene of the crime.

donna amodei October 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I hope they go to hell! That poor man respected everyone
Peekskill80 October 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
When I told my 12 yr old daughter she was very upset about his death, he uses to drive my daughter back and forth to school. He only charged me $20 a week because I was only working part time and I was a full time student. When I would try and give him more, he would refuse!! He told me $20 was enough and that will pay for his lotto. I knew Terry Lee since I was a lil girl, my mother and him were such good friends. His sister Junco, used to babysit me. I am so mad that they did this. And justice will prevail. Good job Peekskill PD, and on behalf of me and my family I want to say you guys acted fast and you did exactly what you promised!!
sammie October 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Was his life worth the money... He was a kind and caring man to everyone and now his life was taking by two idiots.... I hope justice is done and that lady and her boyfriend get what they deserve....
Cathie Anderson October 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
wow give her a emmy Because when I saw her interview on News12 she certainly had me fooled as the grieving widow. What a shame he was a great man
Ed Dunleavy October 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
If having your husband shot for insurance money by your ex con boyfriend is second degree murder........what is first degree?RIP Terry
Rexford Tugwell, III October 05, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Kudos to the police department and everyone else who broke the case. This was a disgusting act and the perpetrators must be held accountable. I never knew Mr. Camper but it's clear from the comments that he was held in high regard. "He is not dead; he hath awaken'd from the dream of life" - Shelley
JM October 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Very sad when greed for money overwhelms someone's sense of humanity.
Not as clever as I think October 05, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Couldn't be stupider..oh..who could have possibley done this? who took out insurance policies a month go? f'n stupid and it cost a life.
leesther brown October 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
She gets nothing it wasn't hard to tell..she gave an interview and was talking funeral plans 4 hours after the Murder,she knew what the skell took (keys, phone and wallet) and when the Police wouldn't confirm that put up all kinds of flags then she interviews in her bedroom...How she someone that was given all kinds of Blessings would allow Satan to fool her to go astray baffles the mind.....R.I.P Terry Lee....#twodown....
NoisyNeighbor October 05, 2012 at 07:31 PM
@ Cathie .... I thought the same thing about her interview!!!! WOW, didn't see that coming.......
ANTOINETTE FIELDS October 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
GOD BLESS..I DIDNT KNOW MR CAMPER BUT FOLLOWING THE STORY ONLY GOOD, NICE, RESPECTFUL THINGS WERE SAID AND MEANT. I SEND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SURPRISINGLY HIS WIFE WAS REALLY A STRANGER SLEEPING IN HIS BED. NOTHING GOOD WILL COME TO HER. BURNING IN HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR HER. ITS JUST A SHAME.
SHORTI- LOC October 05, 2012 at 07:41 PM
VERY NICE JOB! .THANK YOU CITY OF PEEKSKILL POLICE!
johnny mcleod October 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
IF WE ONLY WOUD OF GOTTEN THE SAME RESPONDS MY BROTHER JONATHAN EVERYTHING WOULD B GREAT BUT HEY 1 OT OF 2 IS GOOD BUT WE WILL STILL GET JUSTICE 4 BIG SCOOT THE LORD HAS HIM SEWED UP N HIS WING SO NEVER B SAD THEY R BOTH N A BETTER PLACE BOTH AT HOME WITH THERE 2 FATHER'S THE LORD & UNCLE OTIS & JOHN J.C.
Laura P-Bey October 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
SMH, Give thanks to my higher power -God, Terry Lee's murders were caught. Terry sorry your life was taken so soon. However, I do understand on a spiritual level there is a reason. You will alway be remembered as Peekskill's Teddy Bear and that how I will continue to carry you on in spirit. PBUY Terry Lee, for now you are at the table,feasting with our friends and family who are celebrating your homecoming.
Ray Adamick October 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Peekskill has lost a good man!
Ray Adamick October 05, 2012 at 09:38 PM
It's now time for Mayor Foster to step up!
WEST SIDE RESIDENT October 05, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Thank you Peekskill Police for acting so swiftly and finding the killer. It's just such a relief to know that you guys are out there getting results and making Peekskill a safer place. I'm sorry for the loss of Mr Terry Lee he was absolutely a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. R.I.P
JoAnna October 05, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Every time I read where some evil, greedy person kills for insurance money, I get so angry. May they both rot in jail. Life without parole.
Diana Rivera October 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
My deepest sympathy to this family. May god grant you peace and strength during this difficult time. DR.
Joanna Sands October 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Why is premeditated murder, second degree?
Reason October 06, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I have a friend who is a Police Officer in the Peekskill Police Department. He said everyone worked hard and together to find the killers. He also said the Acting City Manager had a press conference and said more Cops would not have prevented the murder. Whether or not that is true (I say not) to use a Terry Lee's death for political gain is disgusting. Let Terry rest in peace. Now I know why you are called an acting City Manager and not the City Manager. I hope our good Mayor sees what a callous person you are and you are laid off instead of the dedicated Fireman and Police Officers in this fine City.
Alexis Cole October 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
God have mercy on the murderous couple. To be both that dumb and that cold hearted surely puts someone in their own hell. It's a reminder to everyone that it is entirely possible to live a delusion. Pray and guard against it.
dora holliman October 06, 2012 at 02:47 PM
it would take thousands life times to understand the manipulative mind of a killer and especially that of one who has vowed before God to love you. Gives new meaning to the phrase "till death do us part" when greed is the ultimatum in the final days of ones life. Terry was a quiet, sincere soul of a man with a remarkable likabilty. All who came in contact with him, walked away with either sound advice or a smile to last the day. My family is truly sadden at his loss and ask for continued prayers for our strength and understanding of this evil deed that has taken such a dear friend, brother, uncle, son, cousin, godfather, and above all, true human being from all who loved him. I would like to extend at this time my sincere thanks and depth of gratitude to the men and women of the Peekskill Police Department for their dilegent round the clock efforts to apprehend and subsequently arrest the two individuals responsible for this haneous act of violence that has nothing more than shatters our family. Thanking also all the public for its help and well wishes and prayers for our family. Together, as a whole community, we will get through this tragedy.
steven Jacobs October 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Just when you think you have seen the limits of human stupidity-something like this comes along.
Joyce Berh October 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Because in NYS, only police and court officials are considered good enough to get a first degree murder charge.
Le'Roy De'Shawn Washington October 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
SMH. Had the pleasure of meeting Terry in August when he drove my sisters and I to the airport. He was a child hood friend of my mother and my grandmother knew him well. Glad the people involved were caught. Sad thing is he talked about his wife on the way there. RIParadise Mr Terry Lee. Salute!
Andrea Barrett October 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
You know, after all it was in fact premeditated
Odessa October 07, 2012 at 11:54 PM
VERY HEART BROKEN..I FEEL LIKE IF U CAN TAKE A PERSONS LIFE U CAN BE TAKEN OUT THE GAME YOURSELF BUT N.Y.P.D. THANKS SO MUCH FOR DOING YOUR PART BUT AS A WIFE HER ASS NEED TO BE FRIED AND THE MAN SHE WAS CHEATING WITH YOUR ASS AINT NEVER GOING NO WHERE AGAIN..YOUR ASS JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL FOR TAKING A LIFE AND THEY LET U BACK ON STREETS...O HELL NAW FRIE BOTH OF THERE ASS....R.I.P. TERRY LEE MY FIRST COUSIN I LOVE U MISS U SEE U SOON....TRAGEDY MAN...
TEE FOSTER October 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
FIRST LET ME START OF BY SENDING MY PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE ( SORRY THAT IT HAS TO BE USED AS ONE, BUT EVERY TRAGADY IS A LESSON ) OF WHY WE MUST KEEP OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL! I DNT AND WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND: HOW THE HELL DID THEY THINK THAT WAS GONNA WORK!!! I MEAN, IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN FOREVER TO GET THAT MONEY IF ANY. LIKE THE INSURENCE COMPANY WASN'T GONNA INVESTAGATE THIS FOUL LOOKING MESS THAT WAS CREATED. IT WAS TOOO MANY THINGS GOING ON THAT MADE ABSOULTLY NO SENSE WHAT SO EVER! I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR MR TERRY'S FAMILY! NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS WHAT YOU ARE FEELING RIGHT NOW. I BELIEVE THAT THIS TRAGEDY CAN AND SHOULD BE USED TO MAKE THE LAWS STRONGER!! MURDERS ( DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT OF THE CRIME) SHOULD NEVER BE RELEASED!!! THIS MAN WAS IN JAIL FOR THIRTY ODD YRS AND CAME HOME TO DO THE EXCAT SAME THING THAT PUT HIS ASS IN THERE!!!! IT IS THE DEFINITION OF INSANE! HE THOUGHT HE WOULD GET A DIFFERENT RESULT!! NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF TAKING WHAT OTHERS WORKED HARD TO GET. IN THIS CASE THE HARDEST THING THIS OLD HAG DID WAS USE HER BRAIN!!!! ( INSERT SARCASIM ). IT IS SUCH A SHAME THAT THE HAG TOOK AN OTH AND A VOW AND LET MONEY GET THE BEST OF HER. IM TRULY SAD BY THIS STORY AND WISH THAT IT NEVER TOOK PLACE. BUT GOD DOES EVERYTHING FOR A REASON!
Jean Sapione October 12, 2012 at 03:07 AM
When I first read the details of this man's death last week, I KNEW something was off. It seemed motiveless.....he was so loved by all. Now I see how low people can sink. To trade this good man's life of service for a sum of money and a future with a killer! ?? Oh no. Oh no. What a loss. Safe with Jesus Christ now. That's the only consolation.

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