Son Charged With Murdering His Mother in First Union County Homicide of 2013

John Quakenbush has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Gail Vandewalle.

This release was provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division arrested a city man early this morning and charged him in the death of his mother, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Police were called to a Watson Avenue home on Sunday for a welfare check after the victim, Gail Vandewalle DOB: 10/25/1943, had not been heard from since February 19, 2013. Police searched the residence and discovered Vandewalle in the living room, underneath a blanket. The death was ruled a homicide, and marks the first in Union County for 2013.

An investigation was launched which revealed that Vandewalle had been living with her adult son, John Quakenbush, DOB: 06/03/1968, and evidence gathered during the course of the investigation revealed the son to be a suspect in the homicide. He was located a short time later at a motel in Green Brook, N.J. and was transported to Plainfield Police Headquarters. He was later arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. He is being held at the Union County Jail on $1 million bail.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

C February 26, 2013 at 07:18 PM
and to be fair this could happen in any town... "adult son" sounds like a nice way of saying he is crazy or just a POS.....
C February 26, 2013 at 07:20 PM
first in union county also sounds like the fist charges.... i'am sure there are other murders but they dont know who did it or who did it was unable to be charged for a hand full of reasons. ( don't know who did it or who did it currently is dead).
C February 26, 2013 at 07:21 PM
I know just say iam correct patch! if you want ill type the storys up for you, i wont charge that much.
C February 26, 2013 at 07:29 PM
lol what happened to your first post Ralph? Embarrassed that you looked like a fool?
Bill LaDue February 27, 2013 at 12:51 AM
What kind of man would kill his mother, I love my mother and would do any thing for her including giving my life for her, this man was living at home with his mom at 44 years old he should of been able to take care of himself so moms helping him out and he kills her , what a waste of life I think he should get the death penelity


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