Cops unsure if Cross River murders were pre-meditated

Investigators have revealed that the Cross River father who killed his entire family wrote letters just hours before, but state police still aren't sure if the murders were pre-meditated.

Investigators say Sam Friedlander was taking anti-depressants for years, sent suicide notes to a family member and left another suicide letter in his law office. However, in these letters he never mentions wanting to kill his family; the notes instead set out who gets what of his belongings. Just hours after writing one of those letters, police say the 50-year-old attorney beat to death his wife, Amy, with a wood rolling pin, shot to death their two children and then turned the gun on himself.

News 12 has also learned that Friedlander bought the murder weapon, a shot gun, at a Yonkers supply shop just weeks after he lost physical custody of his children.

According to police, there's currently no indication that Friedlander had stopped taking his anti-depression medication.

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