History of violence led up to murder-suicide

By Chuck Weber - bio | email

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Six people dead, four of them children, in a tragic murder-suicide in Riviera Beach Monday. It was, apparently, the culmination of a tumultuous and violent relationship which is documented in court paperwork.

At the end of last year, police respond when Natasha Whyte-Dell and a friend say Natasha's husband, Patrick Dell, ran at them with a knife. The women say they could hear Patrick screaming. "Your family is going to cry today... You will be going to the morgue."

The report says Patrick carved an "X" into the driveway, and then flattened all four of Natasha's tires.

Natasha told police, "Patrick accused her of cheating on him with the neighbors".

Police write, the couple had been trying to separate, and that is true.

A check of court records shows Natasha filed for divorce three different times in 2007 and 2008. Records indicate each case ended with a voluntary dismissal.

In 2008 and 2009, Natasha filed for and won restraining orders against Patrick.

In 2008, Natasha wrote in her request, "My children hear him call me names, cursing at me, and hitting me".

In the 2010 filing, Natasha wrote Patrick was living in his car outside the house, and "he threw something through my glass door breaking it".

Natasha said she heard Patrick was trying to buy a gun, and added, "I am afraid for my life and my children because he keeps telling me my last days are going to be bitter".

The last legal filing, in July, was a petition for child support for the couple's two small children. That case was still pending when, police say, Patrick ended it all for both him and his estranged wife and four of her children.