View Full Version : NJ - Eric Josephs, 7, strangled by dad in murder-suicide, 29 Sept 2003

10-07-2003, 06:34 AM

10-07-2003, 10:49 AM
So Sad, he was such a cutie. Why does a parent have to kill their child just because they want to end their life?

10-07-2003, 11:33 AM
I can't understand any parent killing their child PERIOD, but to watch his little face as life drained away? Full of horror that his Daddy was hurting him?
I've gone cold at the thought.

I hope his mother knows that her little boy will entertain the angels in heaven, just as he entertained her on earth, and the angels will adore him.

Old Broad
10-07-2003, 02:50 PM
So very sad!! IMO the father wanted to hurt his wife in the worst possible way and he certainly did that.

10-07-2003, 03:06 PM
Reading this makes my heart ache so badly. Her description of Eric is in many ways how I would describe my 2 year old. He loves to sing and make up songs about everything and is a joy to be around.....I just can't imagine his life being taken away from me so tragically. I feel for this woman in so many ways that are hard to express. So tragic.

01-26-2016, 03:14 AM
No follow up. Just original stories added since the link above doesn't work. So tragic.

What they know so far is that the out-of-work Wall Streeter killed his adopted son early Monday morning some time after his wife, Vivian Pliner-Josephs, left for Manhattan and her job at the United Nations. They also know that about eight hours later, at 4:15 p.m., Josephs ended his own life by crouching down on railroad tracks a half-mile from his home as a rush-hour train rounded a blind curve, heading toward him.
Eric’s body was discovered at 5 p.m., when police, investigating his father’s suicide, went to the family’s $1 million Tudor style house on winding Hobart Gap Road.


He was such a great little boy, he really was,” said a teary Vivian, as she described the outgoing child.“The minute somebody laid eyes on him, a connection was made. Eric had the most amazing eyes and this wonderful smile. He just drew you in.”
Eric was, said his mother, “like a little ambassador, or a mayor.”
Vivian and Richard, who married in 1989, had hoped for years to have children.
“It had been difficult for me to have a child – we tried and tried,” Vivian said. “So for me to, at last, end up with this glorious boy was just the most precious gift. I was so blessed – it was beyond comprehension.”