Charges laid in Bible Hill killings

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Man, 47, facing two counts of first degree murder in Valley women’s deaths

By Monique Chiasson

TRURO DAILY NEWS

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VALLEY, Colchester County – A 47-year-old man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of two women were found in a home here on Friday.

Gerald Rushton is set to appear in Truro provincial court today in connection with the deaths of Elizabeth MacPherson, 54, and 24-year-old Brittany MacPherson.

Rushton was found seriously injured at the home just after a 3 p.m. call to police on Friday, and was formally charged after being released from the hospital in Halifax on Saturday. He’s remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.

Local residents expressed their shock and disbelief on Saturday over the double homicide.

“It’s startling … this is a community that leaves doors unlocked,” said a woman on Saturday morning who wanted to remain anonymous, adding “but nothing surprises me” in the times we live in.

The woman lives behind the house on Pictou Road and said the community has traditionally been a safe place.

However, she said, “despite what happened, I still feel safe.”

George Jbeili, manager of Ravana Pizza Ltd. on Pictou Road, said his business has often delivered food to people at the residence.

“They seem to be very nice people. For a small community it’s a shock. It’s a very quiet community … there’s never any issue here. It’s not as much scary as shocking,” said Jbeili, who has lived in Bible Hill for eight years.

Bible Hill resident Jim Barry used to live next door to where the incident happened about five years ago.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s horrible but this time of year there’s stress on people … it’s a sad situation,” Barry said.

RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said the investigation continues into the incident, with autopsies having been scheduled for Sunday.

The cause of death, however, has yet to be released.

The older MacPherson and Rushton lived together in the home, and it’s believed Brittany was visiting from Halifax.

Cpl. MacRae wouldn’t comment on the relationship between the victims, but it’s believed they are mother and daughter.

 

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnMonique

 

 

Organizations: Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.Local, Ravana Pizza, RCMP

Geographic location: Bible Hill, Colchester County, Pictou Road Truro Halifax

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  • Jeff
    December 30, 2013 - 07:06

    Doesn't surprise me at all. In my community a fellow put a gun down a woman's throat and threatened to pull the trigger. The general consensus at the local pub was, "well you know what he's like when he gets drunk". Small communities are very likely to ignore problems like this because they don't want to believe it could happen. Everyone says they are surprised when their neighbor kills someone, but everyone knows what he's like when he's been drinking.