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March 28, 2023

Journalist kills her mother, commits suicide

They were living in Bucharest’s Primaverii district. The two corpses were found in advanced stage of putrefaction inside the apartment.

Two women, mother and daughter, were found dead of what appears to have been a violent death, in Bucharest’s Primaverii district. One of the victims, found hanging from a radiator, had multiple cuts on her body. Bucharest Police spokeswoman Diana Sarca said that neighbours had called the emergency number 112, alerted by the strong smell of putrefaction emanating from the victims’ home. It was established the deaths happened  more than 72 hours before the bodies were found.

The victims are Cristina Verona, 44, a former journalist and PR expert, and her mother, Elena Parvulescu, 77. Cristina Verona, who had multiple cuts on her body, was found hanging from a radiator. Her mother was found dead, naked in the bathroom.

Bucharest Police spokeswoman, Diana Sarca announced yesterday evening that the first conclusions of the investigation is pointing that Cristina Verona killed her mother and then committed suicide. According to the forensics specialists, the old woman died by asphyxiation. As police found no signs of forced entry, nor any evidence of the apartment having been ransacked, investigators has taken from the start the following three suppositions into account: Natural death, the younger woman committing suicide, neighbours say she had mental problems, although there is no medical evidence to back such claim, and her mother’s consequent death from an emotional shock, and finally, the daughter allegedly killing her mother and then taking her own life.

“Evenimentul Zilei” quotes neighbours saying the former journalists had mental health problems indeed, whereas people close to the two women say she had some sentimental disappointments and had been divorced for a couple of years. Cristina Verona, who was fluent in English, French, Serbian, Italian and Slovene, had an extensive experience in public relations and journalism. She had been a former editor-en-chief at the magazines “The Reader’s Digest” and “Elle”, a PR director at Grafitti BBDO Advertising and public information officer at the United Nations Organizations.
The building where the tragedy happened is located across the street from the United Nations Information Centre Romania and the residence of Syria’s ambassador to Romania.

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