Gunman, Widow Convicted of Murdering Husband for the Insurance Money

The murderers of Terry Camper, a Peekskill 'taxi' driver, have been convicted in the case that shocked the city when he was found dead in his car on a city street in October, 2012.

Locals mourned Camper, a well-known and respected resident, and were shocked when his wife was arrested shortly afterward for conspiring with a prison inmate to kill Camper.

She had taken out insurance policies on him the month before, with herself as beneficiary. The gunman had lured Camper to the scene of the shooting by calling Camper's extra-legal car service for a ride.

Here's the text of the District Attorney's announcement April 17: 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that John Murray (DOB 02/12/52) of 180 Liberty Street, Newburgh, New York, was convicted today after a jury trial of all counts in the indictment charging him with:

• one count of Murder in the First Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
• one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
in connection with the murder of Terry Camper.

Co-conspirator Beatrice Camper (DOB 01/27/52) of 1101 Brown Street, Peekskill, New York pled guilty on February 20th, 2014 to:

• one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
and will be sentenced on June 17th, 2014.

On October 3, 2012 at approximately 2:10 p.m., a postal worker observed a grey Mercury Marquis parked in the area of 118 Pine Street facing the wrong direction. She observed the driver was not moving and called 911. On arrival first responders immediately recognized the driver as Terry Camper, known to them as a local “taxi” driver. 

First responders observed that Terry Camper had blood dripping from the left side of his head behind his ear by his neck area. Camper was transported to Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m.

Peekskill police initiated a wide ranging investigation. Numerous interviews were conducted along with extensive forensic analysis.

Terry Camper’s wife Beatrice Camper was interviewed by detectives on October 4th.

Based on various sources and information, on October 4, 2012 members of Peekskill Police Department set-up surveillance on John Murray’s home and he was taken into custody in the area of Ann Street and Clark Street in Newburgh.

Search warrants were executed at the residences of both Murray and Camper.

While Murray was in state prison awaiting parole for a two unrelated murders committed in 1977, he began to plan the murder the victim, Terry Camper, his co-conspirator’s husband. 

Murray utilized the prison telephones to gather information on his intended victim. Throughout his planning, he and Beatrice Camper had numerous telephone conversations.

“An ongoing affair between a prison inmate and the scheming wife of the deceased culminated in a plan to collect her husband’s life insurance money. Their scheme ultimately unraveled leaving a decent hard working man murdered and the defendant now facing the rest of his life in 
prison,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Sentencing will be on June 10th, 2014.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole.
Assistant District Attorneys Laura Murphy and Kerrie Williams of the Homicide Bureau are prosecuting the case.
francinayoung April 19, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Mommy may have Daddy may have But God bless the child that has his own. We need to think more of this than to take something that doesn't belong to us.
Tucker J April 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Let them rot in jail. WHY IS "taxi" in quotes? Did he drive something 'like' a taxi?
brandie April 19, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Tucker it doesn't really matter what he did for a living, i will simply state he was one of the best people i ever had the pleasure to meet and become friends with, if you were having a bad day he had an uncanny knack of bringing a smile to your face.
Tucker J April 19, 2014 at 07:22 PM
"Brandi" I in no way was disparaging his employment. Just the Patch's grammar.
shakemdown April 21, 2014 at 01:55 AM
this lowlife dirtbag should be hung by his feet over that cinco de mayo banner hanging on route 6 near beach shopping center, if you notice there are always about 20 buzzards flying around in circles in that area they will be glad to have their own fiesta,and we the taxpayers would'nt have to pay for his three hots and a cot. if there ever was a case that warrants the death penalty, this is it, it wasn't a murder, it was a execution, Terry was a good friend of mine, he would give you the shirt off his back, and if that shirt didn't fit you he would buy you one that would, his passion was to make everyone he met happy and he would do that every day from 5:00am to midnight and get up the next day and do it all again with his famous smile. MY FRIEND YOU ARE GONE, BUT I WANT TO LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, NOT AS LONG AS I'M ALIVE. and to the lowlife, may you rot in hell you lowlife scum.


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