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HPD: Mom killed sons
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Eleven months after finding three bodies of three family members inside a residence on DeLoach Drive in Hinesville, the investigation has drawn to a close.
The final autopsy and toxicology results helped Hinesville police detectives put together the pieces of the puzzle and determined Betty Klingbeil killed her sons, Philip, 35 and Roger, 37, Farley, and then took her life.
“This is what we suspected happened, but we had to wait for all the final reports to be sure,” detective Maj. Thomas Cribbs said Thursday.
At about 5 p.m. Sept. 19, 2006, Charles Klingbeil and the sons' grandmother discovered the bodies inside a room at 402 DeLoach Drive. Hinesville police were dispatched and found all three bodies were covered in blankets.
One of the men was lying on the floor, the other was on the bed and the mother was seated in a chair.
“Based on the evidence we found, we thought initially this was a murder suicide,” Cribbs said.

Notes found
At that time, police issued a press release indicating suicide was a possibility based on several notes discovered inside the residence.
The complete contents of those notes have not been released and Cribbs would only say some of them were addressed to family members.
He said one of the notes provided some insight into the reason for Betty Klingbeil's actions.
Although the detective did not elaborate on the notes, he said a notarized will was also among the documents found.
Cribbs said toxicology results indicate medication was found in the sons' systems although he would not elaborate on the type found.
He said the mother strangled her sons with a ligature and then tied a pair of pantyhose around her neck and covered herself with a blanket before committing suicide.
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