A false conspiracy theory about the COVID-19 vaccine may have forced a Maryland man to kill three people last week, including his brother, a pharmacist, officials said.
Police say Jeffrey Burnham, 46, of Cumberland, killed a longtime family friend last week, stole his car, then drove about 130 miles to Elliott City, Maryland, where he found his brother and sister-in-law at his home. Shot dead
According to a charging document filed by police in Howard County District Court, he was convinced that his brother, Brian Robinette, 58, was working with the government to poison people with vaccines. Rumors and misinformation. The vaccine has been widely circulated for months, despite overwhelming scientific evidence that it is safe and effective.
Detectives say Burnham’s mother, Evelyn, called Cumberland police on Sept. 29, worried about her son’s mental health and concerns that the FBI was after them.
Evelyn Burnham, who lived with her son, also said she believed the government was trying to use the vaccine to kill people and that her brother was involved.
“He kept saying, ‘Brian knows something.’
On Sept. 30, Howard County police said they found the bodies of Robinette and his wife, Kelly Soo, in the foyer in their upstairs bedroom in Elliott City. Both were shot.
According to a statement filed by police in Howard County Circuit Court, .40 caliber shell casings were spent throughout the home. Less than 400 yards from the house, authorities found a car belonging to Rebecca Reynolds, 83, of Cumberland, who had befriended Evelyn Burnham.
Police say Jeffrey Burnham, who lived eight miles from Reynolds, killed him sometime on September 29, stole the Lincoln Corsair 2020, then moved east to his brother’s home.
Burnham has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and was released on bail. It was not clear from court documents if Burnham had a lawyer.
Police said a neighbor of Reynolds discovered his body around 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, when he went to his home to investigate.
The man told investigators that he and Reynolds spoke daily and that he was upset because he had not seen her that day, according to a lawsuit filed by Cumberland police in Elgin County District Court.
When he entered the house, the neighbor found Reynolds on the sofa. His throat was slit and he was leaning on his face. According to a police report, a bouquet and a stick were knocked down, indicating a struggle.
After tracking Lincoln to his address, police found the robots.
After killing the couple, authorities said, Burnham stole his brother’s red carpet and fled. The killings intensified the search for Burnham. Police called him “armed and dangerous.”
A tipster called Maryland State Police and told them that, at 4:45 p.m., Sept. 30, Burnham went to his home and asked for gas, police said.
The man told investigators that Burnham had said he would “watch it on TV.”
“Burnham added that his brother was” killing people with a coveted shot, “police said in court documents.
At 9 a.m. Oct. 1, West Virginia police found Corvette and Burnham on a roadside in Davis, a small mountain town 190 miles west of Elliott City.
Howard County Police Said in a statement West Virginia State Police arrested him without incident.
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