End of marriage may have driven Cross River man to murder

Police are continuing to try to piece together information on the triple murder-suicide in Cross River.

Sam Friedlander and his wife Amy, 46, were going through a divorce and had a scheduled court hearing today. Friends of Amy Friedlander tell News 12 she was looking to have Sam evicted from the house.

Police say they have received information that Friedlander had some significant emotional shifts during the past few months. State Police Maj. Michael Kopy says, "His behavior over the past weeks and months had been inconsistent with his previous behavior."

However, published reports say some of Sam Friedlander's friends say his wife Amy allegedly belittled and emotionally tormented him, and that may have played a role in the gruesome crime.

Still, investigators say there was nothing to indicate Sam Friedlander was capable of murdering his entire family.

Police, as well as people living in the tiny hamlet of Cross River, are still trying to figure out just what could have caused the 50-year-old attorney to bludgeon his wife to death with the leg from a table. He then shot his sleeping children, Gregory, 8, and 10-year-old Molly and himself.

To watch extended video of a news conference on the Cross River murder-suicide, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select 'iO Extra.' Police and town officials discuss murder-suicide in Cross River

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