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The Daily Record
03/14/03 – Posted 11:34:03 PM from the Daily Record newsroom
By Peggy Wright, Daily Record
A 69-year-old man who had been undergoing psychiatric treatment was indicted Thursday on a charge of killing his companion, Jean Marie Glennon, with a razor at their Boonton Township home in April.
A Morris County grand jury handed up an indictment that charges Ralph DeLillo with murdering the 66-year-old Glennon on April 21 at their home on Wetmore Drive. He also is charged with possession of a razor for an unlawful purpose.
DeLillo, a widower who met Glennon about 10 years earlier at a social function in Dover and purchased the Wetmore Drive home with her in October 2001, was treated briefly after the killing at Morristown Memorial Hospital for a neck wound. He has spent the last 11 months being treated for an unspecified psychiatric disorder at the state-run Ann Klein Forensic Center.
Glennon was discovered at about 11:15 a.m. on April 21 by a friend who entered the house to keep a shopping engagement with her. Police responding to the friend’s 911 call found Glennon’s body on the living room floor. DeLillo was lying on top of her, with a razor in his hand, authorities said.
The couple had no history of domestic violence. Glennon’s sister, Eleanor Sala of Rockaway, said DeLillo told her a year before the killing that he felt very depressed and had begun psychiatric treatment and was taking medication.
“He had what I’ll call a nervous breakdown in 2001. This is such a tragedy. They were together 10 years. My sister was a lovely person, and he was such a gentleman, such a nice man,” Sala said.
“No matter what he did to my sister, the illness just took over. We all tried to help him, to get him out of the depression,” Sala said.
At the time of her death, Glennon, who has a son and daughter, was working as an office manager for a direct-mail business, Vestcom in Randolph. DeLillo worked part time as a clerk. Glennon was sociable, with many girlfriends, and she and DeLillo had enjoyed cruises, outings and dinners together before his illness. They had lived together in the Glennon family home on West Main Street in Boonton before they decided to move to Boonton Township, Sala said.
DeLillo is to appear in Superior Court, Morristown, in the next few weeks to be arraigned on the indictment. The appearance, however, will hinge on whether he is deemed mentally stable.
Pam Ronan, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, which runs the Ann Klein hospital, said a judge has reviewed DeLillo’s psychiatric progress every 30 days since his arrival. If and when he is considered fit enough to leave the facility, he would be transferred to the Morris County jail.
“He’s been under really close watch. He was quite distraught” when he first arrived at Ann Klein, Ronan said.
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