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Police: Daughter, Son-in-Law Not Cooperating in Nadell Investigation

Clarkstown police released a statement this weekend about their progress in the homicide investigation in Valley Cottage: 

The investigation into the death of Peggy Nadell at her Valley Cottage home by the Clarkstown Police Department is progressing.  It is still believed the victim knew her assailant, and that there was no forced entry into the home.  The Police Department continues to work closely in this case with the Rockland County  District Attorney's Office, the Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office, and the New York State Police Forensic and Crime Laboratory.

As the investigation moves forward, most of the victim's family, friends and acquaintances have been cooperating and assisting the police in their efforts to find justice for Peggy Nadell.  However, the victim's daughter, Susanne Scaccio-Nadell has retained an attorney and has since refused to answer any questions in regards to this investigation.  Likewise, her husband Robert Scaccio has advised the police that he is also being represented by an attorney.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Ms. Nadell is asked to contact the Clarkstown Police Department Detective Bureau at 845-639-5840 of the anonymous tips line at 1-877-639-6233.

Marcos Mess February 03, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Well, you think you would want to help the police find her killer. Unless, of course, if it were YOU! Now, i have lost any doubt that I had
Herb Roberts February 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Why would " Innocent " people need a Lawyer??
Curious Cathy February 04, 2014 at 02:53 PM
We have such a safe community I doubt if neighbors had security cameras. I hope justice is served here and the ball is not dropped. All the signs are there; the finances were frozen by the police, now make the arrest so it does not look like there is a killer roaming Valley Cottage. The community deserves some closure.
Terri Friedman February 04, 2014 at 06:44 PM
How about needing a lawyer because even when you cooperate fully with police, at some point you want to say enough is enough. so much for innocent till proven guilty. The family needs closure! Can you imagin the nightmare they are sufferning and to know there friends and neighbors are jumping to conclusions with the only evidence is her pulling the knife from her mothers chest. Do you mean to say that if it were YOUR mother you would not try and help her? The police have said it was not random so you needing to know there is not a killer running around VC has alreadt been addressed.
Curious Cathy February 05, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Pulling a knife from a person's chest is not helping them. Do we even know where Peggy was stabbed on her body? Your post is the first I am reading that it was her chest. You could dislodge any possible stoppage of the bleeding by the knife blade itself. If you want to know who killed your mother, you do not touch the evidence, which is the knife handle. You call 911 immediately and wait for the paramedics and the police to show up. I would not dare disrupt that knife or the evidence on the handle, unless, I wanted to create reasonable doubt. We do not know what happened here, but the behavior is extremely suspect. If innocent, come out and make a statement. Lawyering up and hiding usually makes one look guilty.
Buster February 07, 2014 at 12:01 AM
I’ve known this family for 4 decades and I seriously doubt the daughter had anything to do with it. The fact the neighbors were alarmed by the daughter’s screams is a clue that she was innocent since a guilty person would be too tied up in calculating how to get away with it to react. I’m also surprised by the willingness of some people to convict the daughter with zero evidence. It scares me and makes me fearful of ever ending up in front of a jury of these people. That is mobbism that I thought Rockland was smarter than. For those who ask why an innocent person would need a lawyer I advise them to check out the US media record of the last decade and how many innocent people the Innocence Project has freed from the American jail system. The police have the forensic ability to narrow down the time of death to less than a half hour. I’d also imagine there are phone records and other critical evidence like additional fingerprints and the type of knife etc. At some point the public will have a right to know what they have as will the daughter and her lawyer. The freezing of assets is a significant move because it suggests nothing other than suspicion of the relatives in a murder for gain. You’re into a touchy legal area because unless the police have evidence to justify this they technically don’t have any right to do so. If I were the public I’d be more worried about the police burning precious investigation time on a likely suspect because they didn’t have any clues. The removal of the knife is the perfectly understandable reaction of a daughter finding her mother stabbed. As is the suggestion such an unlikely victim, in such a safe neighborhood, might have fallen on the knife. These are panic/denial reactions and perfectly normal and meaningless. Truth is we have too little information to make any meaningful judgments.
Rick Langley February 07, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Just because the daughter is not cooperating with police doesn't mean she is guilty. You should NEVER talk with police. Here is James Duane, American law professor, explaining why: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc
Curious Cathy February 08, 2014 at 01:16 PM
I hear you, Buster, and I agree that we have too little information. I guess we need more information regarding the forensics and on what basis were the police able to freeze the finances. Are there no other prints on the knife? The time of death? Is there an alarm system in the house that one would need to disarm before entering and who had the code? Which room in the house was she in at the time of death? Was the body moved? Did she refuse to lend a family member money recently? Does a family member have a drug habit? Was a family member managing her finances and making withdrawals from her account? All we have from the police is a statement that the finances were frozen and that the daughter and her husband have legal representation. Could this be a terrible accident that took place in an argument and was not a premeditated murder but an argument where Peggy was threatened with a knife and things got out of hand and an accidental killing took place? Not a cold blooded murder? Some crutial information is missing and the police seem like they are going to pressure the suspect to come forward and explain what happened. I am sorry, but it appears as if they know exactly what happened. Seems like they are giving her the benefit of time and legal representation to do the right thing.
Buster February 08, 2014 at 04:32 PM
It seems to me that if things were that out of hand with the daughter we would have had witnesses come forward and speak of her problems. Your best route here is to find the closest friends of the mother and see if she spoke of any such family problems. While I lived in the neighborhood for 35 years I don't pretend to know the family's personal business. This is a tough one because family members have a sort of 5th amendment. If the situation you speculate existed it would most likely be known within the family and the pattern would be seen by the police. But let's not forget the startling screams the daughter alarmed the neighbors with. At that point she's either a very good and sinister actress or innocent because usually the guilt of such a crime prevents a faker from reacting that way. Also, the fact she pulled the knife out might be a sign of genuine panic. And the claim that her mother fell on the knife might be a sign that she just couldn't accept that her mother would be murdered in her Applewood house where that would be very unlikely to happen. Instead of being incriminating all these things actually bespeak innocence because they are the panic and denial reactions of an innocent person going through the predictable mental processes involved in stumbling upon such a scene. Sometimes the cops try to smoke out a suspect. But sometimes that's all it is - smoke. There's things I can't say here without compromising an active police investigation but I can say they potentially exclude the daughter.
Curious Cathy February 09, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Now, if there is really evidence that may exclude the daughter, if I were her, I would make it known to the public somehow by anonymously divulging some information to one of these local rags. Kind of like throwing the ball in another direction so everyone will stop chasing after you for the ball. Also, it will create resonable doubt if she ever ends up in court for this crime. Unless of course, she is protecting someone, which was my first theory when I read about this murder. Because the mother was 81 and the daughter had to be in her 40's or 50's, I assumed she had an adult child. I quickly dismissed that notion when I found out she had no children. If innocent, her behavior was very frantic and erratic, and not typical of someone who wants the police to identify the killer either out of fear that she will be implicated or may be in some sort of danger based on who the perpetrator was, who I believe she knows (if Peggy knew them well enough to let them in her house, then the daughter did too). Am I making sense? Alot of questions here and very few answers. The screams I attribute to the shock of the reality of the whole situation, guilty or not guilty. Who knows what goes through a person's mind when they see someone close to them in such a state? It could have been an "after the fact" freakout, like when you do something, or have something done, and come to the realization of the horror of the whole situation.
Buster February 09, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Again Cathy, you seem to have things backwards. If the cops really had anything on the daughter they would have arrested her by now. The whole idea of our system of individual rights and innocent before proven guilty means you don't have to go out and prevent public suspicion. The police probably put a gag order on the daughter as far as the evidence I'm aware of. As far as your instincts, they are very good and you are sniffing in the right direction for my personal theory which is probably what the police are busy at as we type. This reminds me of the OJ Simpson case. OJ was at the scene and had the exact same public damnation cast upon him, but he was innocent. Still, it could be anyone at this point and this will be a very interesting case. Sad, because this was an original settler Applewood family that now has a killer determining their final history.
Pat February 09, 2014 at 10:24 AM
If the police wanted to question me a second time regarding a homicide investigation, I would also secure an attorney even if I was playing poker with a group of Nuns at the time of the murder. Hiring an attorney doesn't mean you are not cooperating in the investigation, it means you are not cooperating in their investigation of you.
pj February 12, 2014 at 08:12 AM
O.J. innocent??!! Ha!! He was as guilty as the day is long. You probably think Casey Anthony was innocent too. Buster...any logical statements you have made in this post have just been completely discounted by me.....
pj February 12, 2014 at 08:14 AM
The facts that O.J. and Casey Anthony were found innocent are because of two completely inept and ignorant juries....they were both guilty as sin!
Buster February 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
PJ's a perfect example of what I was talking about. He needs to view detective Bill Dear's video showing OJ was innocent. Go ahead and Google Bill Dear's video and watch it. OJ was completely innocent. I thank PJ for showing a perfect example of the danger and ignorance of the American public, its willingness to stereotype and frame innocent people, and perfect example of why innocent people more than anybody need lawyers. If a statement is logical it isn't discounted - again a perfect example. America drops deeper into the PJ FOX pit by the day.
pj February 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Buster ......I am neither ignorant nor a stereotyper. If you think O.J. was innocent, it is you who are the ignorant one! I don't care if O.J. himself made a video trying to prove his innocence!! You make me laugh.... And Casey Anthony was innocent too, right? Where's that video??? You are comical....they were both guilty of the crimes they were tried for but just very, very lucky to have stupid jurists deciding their fates! Two murderers walking free. Oh wait...sorry...karma came back to bite one in the butt and O.J. is now where he belongs!! Casey Anthony will get what's coming to her too.
Buster February 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Mm hm. Not only have you made me say Casey Anthony was innocent, which I never did, but you have condemned Susan Nadell as well without ever showing any evidence. The more you type the more you show people like you are dangerous. Watch Bill Dear's video if you think OJ is guilty.
Buster February 12, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Watch this and see how easy it is to frame a relative who shows up at the scene. Keep in mind they had proof the cops framed OJ with blood evidence but those cops walked away untouched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG5CPhGoT3M
pj February 12, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I am not a danger...i am a realist.

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