Divorce By STIHL – The World’s Best Selling Chain Saw Brand


The gruesome murder-suicide in Lower Moreland, Pennsylvania on Tuesday orphaned the couple’s three sons, and shocked a close-knit Montgomery County community that knew Nicole and Christopher Peppelmans as caring and attentive parents.

Nicole Peppelman, 43, had also been choked and stabbed, coroner Walter Hofman said Wednesday. Christopher Peppelman, 48, killed himself, according to autopsy results.

What motivated Christopher Peppelman to kill his ex-wife and himself remained unclear. Those who knew the Peppelmans described them as loving parents whose lives centered on their boys, who are in the third, sixth, and eighth grades.

“This is horribly tragic for the whole family, especially the boys,” said Cheryl Young, an attorney who represented Nicole Peppelman in the couple’s divorce proceedings.

Kevin Steele, the Montgomery County first assistant district attorney, said a chainsaw and a knife were recovered at the scene. He declined to discuss the investigation or a possible motive.

Hofman cited “gaping sharp-force injuries” to the stomach as a cause of death for both victims, though he wouldn’t say if the injuries came from the chainsaw. Christopher Peppelman had a similar wound to his right thigh.

Really now? What the heck else could it have been?


Yeah, could have been a Saber-Toothed Cat, but I’m ‘STIHL’ leaning toward power tools.

The part that gets me, as if the after-mentioned tale of gore were not enough, but how much dedication does it take to KILL YOURSELF with a chainsaw? That’s gotta hurt like the dickens!

  • Cripes, what a way to go.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Chainsaws are very unforgiving.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      They are a harsh mistress.

  • Brett_McS

    I don’t have to read the name at the end to recognize a D.B.Cooper post.

  • cmh

    Obviously those who ‘knew them’ really didn’t know them at all. They were the opposite of ‘loving parents’.

    • Frances

      He was, at least.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        “Love” is such a hard to define term. It means different things to different people.
        Maybe it was a ‘non-traditional’ kind of love, and who are we to judge the love they shared?

        I will say this.
        Unless the future ex-husband was a complete nut job psycho, just how far did she have to push that envelope to get him worked up and into a homicidal chainsaw frenzy?
        I bet it was a lot.

        • Frances

          Not necessariiy. There are people, both men and women, who can not tolerate having the spouse walk away from the relationship, and will attack when as an opportunity presents. Am thinking of a man who killed his second wife and then, as his children came home from school, killed them with an axe.

          That being said, I agree that ex-spouses can really push the envelope. Heck, spouses can do that as well.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            You could be right.
            My take on it is that dudes who hack people up with a chainsaw are either comfortable with that form of conflict resolution, or they have gone totally berserk.

            If they have killed before, then there’s part of your answer.
            However, if we have Joe Schmo the software engineer who has no previous record of mayhem or criminality, then I tend to think it was probably the woman who LIKELY bears a whole lot of the blame (for now I’ll go with half) for being a side-dish on the murder suicide blue plate special of the day.

            Yeah, he could be some clingy and possessive a-hole, but when you have these kinds of events in otherwise stable middle class households with children, then probably not.
            Likely we will never know what really happened, but I can almost guarantee you the wife was not exactly Laura Engels from “Little House on The Prairie” who suddenly found out that she was married to Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Very perceptive, funny and true. I especially like the “blue-plate special” line. 😉

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