Originally created 01/23/04

Police: Man tried to use tape to induce fratricide



HOUSTON, Pa. -- A man tried to induce his 10-year-old stepson to kill his 4-year-old brother by playing a tape while the older boy slept that urged him to smother or strangle his sibling, police said.

Donald Winniewicz, 36, was arrested Wednesday and jailed on charges of solicitation to commit homicide. Authorities said his wife found the tape in a file cabinet and gave it to police earlier this month.

On the tape, Winniewicz urges the boy to smother his younger brother with a pillow or strangle him, said James Horvath, police chief in Chartiers Township, outside Pittsburgh.

"It sent chills down my spine," Horvath said, declining to give a possible motive.

Winniewicz played the tape in October as the boy slept, Horvath said. The boy told his mother he remembered hearing voices, authorities said.

Winniewicz was jailed on $50,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.