On May 14, firefighters and police discovered a grisly scene when they responded to a house fire in an upscale neighborhood in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Inside the large brick home were four bodies showing signs of being bound, tortured and killed by blunt force trauma. The victims were identified as Mr. and Mrs. Savopolous, their 10 year old son, and their housekeeper. Mr. Savopolous is the CEO and President of American Iron Works, and he and his wife were active in social and charity circles in the Washington D.C. area. Their home is worth over 3 million dollars, and is not far from the home of Vice-President Joe Biden.
It was readily apparent that Savopolous’ wealth notwithstanding, the crime was not a random robbery-homicide. From the outset there appeared to be a connection between the perpetrator(s) and the victims. When a half-eaten discarded pizza was discovered and tested for DNA, the connection was revealed: the DNA matched that of Daron Wint, a former employee at American Iron Works. Wint has a long criminal record that includes convictions for assault and restraining orders issued against him. He was apprehended in Northeast D.C. on May 21, a week after the murders.