A Massachusetts man was arraigned on Tuesday on murder charges after his wife was found stabbed to death.
Christopher Fratantonio, 36, is charged with killing Mary Fratantonio, 35, in their Barnstable home. WBZ-TV said that their children were in the home at the time of the murder. The two children are aged 2 and 6.
Police responded at 1:15 a.m. to multiple calls reporting a violent crime at the home. Christopher had a breaking and entering charge from 1999, but an otherwise clean criminal record.
His wife Mary, who also went by “Molly,” was a special education teacher at Barnstable High School. Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown said in a statement that Mary had only been at the school since September, but she had already made an impression on the staff and her students.
“Staff and students are deeply saddened by her death.”
Mayo-Brown said that support services will be provided to any student that needs them.
When police arrived at the Fratatonio residence, Christopher was standing in the front yard. Police found Mary’s lifeless body in the bedroom, stabbed to death.
Prosecutors said that the man spoke to police when they arrived at the home. Christopher allegedly made incriminating statements.
“He made statements to the police, leading officers to believe he had stabbed his wife, the victim, to death.”
Joy Pineo said that she walked her son home from the bus to tell him about Mary’s death. She didn’t want him to hear the news from anyone else. Pineo said that she wouldn’t have suspected anything like this to happen because “he seemed like just a normal dad.”
Luke Pineo said that Christopher was someone that he trusted and who always helped him with his homework and school projects.
Joy said that Mary was a kind, and loving person who just wanted to help everyone she could.
Christopher is being held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.