In a chilling turn of events, 38-year-old twin sisters, Danielle and Jennifer Pamula, are facing murder charges for allegedly killing their 70-year-old father, Joseph J. Pamula Jr., in their Rhode Island home. The sisters’ mysterious and brutal crime has left their community in shock, especially since they had no prior criminal history or known issues with their father.
Danielle initially told police that she discovered her father and sister on the floor after waking up from a nap on January 30. According to her, Jennifer and Joseph were arguing about selling their home and dealing with a dozen cats before she fell asleep. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Joseph with garden shears sticking out of his neck and Jennifer lying unconscious nearby, surrounded by pills.
Upon regaining consciousness, Jennifer reportedly told authorities that she “had to do it.” She was promptly taken to the hospital for treatment and later charged with first-degree domestic murder. Danielle’s involvement in the crime emerged after police noticed matching injuries on both sisters’ hands, leading to her eventual confession.
Special Assistant Attorney General Jessica Villella confirmed that both women had participated in their father’s horrific murder, with Joseph suffering from blunt force trauma in addition to the garden shears injury. Danielle made her first court appearance on March 31 but has not yet entered her plea, while Jennifer pleaded not guilty. The sisters are currently being held without bail.
Chief Thomas Oates of Woonsocket Police revealed that authorities had responded to the home for minor incidents in the past, but none involved violence. As the case continues to unfold, the community struggles to make sense of the sisters’ actions and the motive behind the murder remains a haunting mystery.