Money motive for murder? Virginia woman allegedly staged deaths of sister, mom as murder-suicide

The sister of a young woman found dead with her mother in what at first appeared to be a murder-suicide has now been charged with both of their murders.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Pamela Hargan, 63, and her 23-year-old daughter Helen Hargan were both found fatally shot in their McLean, Virginia, home in July 2017. Investigators initially believed the deaths were a result of murder-suicide but later came to suspect that the scene had been altered by an outside individual to appear that way.

Pamela had two other adult daughters; it was the boyfriend of her daughter Megan Hargan who alerted police to the bodies. He reportedly said in his 911 call that Megan had called him from the home after discovering her mother and sister dead.

WUSA9 reports that Megan is now facing two counts of first-degree murder. Police began to suspect Megan, who had been living in the home at the time of the murders, after finding that she attempted to make unauthorized transfers from her mother’s bank account the day of and the day before Pamela and Helen were killed, law enforcement sources told the news station. She moved to West Virginia after the murders.

Pamela’s sister Tammy North told WUSA9 that she suspected Megan all along.

“Oh yeah, there’s never been any question. I believed from day one that she did it,” North said, reportedly telling the news station that Pamela, a longtime employee of Lockheed Martin, had recently bought a home for her younger daughter, sparking Megan’s jealousy.

Megan Hargan was reportedly arrested in West Virginia on Friday, and is awaiting extradition to Fairfax County.


[Feature image: Pamala Hargan (L), Helen Hargan (R)/Handout]