Bertie County Man Indicted In 1972 Murders Of Wife And Two Kids

A Bertie County man has now been indicted for the murders of his wife and two small children 37 years ago.

The grand jury on Monday indicted Roy Rascoe on three counts of first degree murder and one count of arson.

Rascoe was arrested in late August for the November 26, 1972 deaths of his wife, Annie, his one-year-old daughter, Retta, and his two-year old son, Tony. The fire destroyed the couple's home outside of Windsor.

Sheriff Greg Atkins says because of the indictment, a probable cause hearing scheduled for later this week will not take place.

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  • by james Location: ahoskie on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    does anyone know when this case goes to trial
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    This was my Aunt. She was the only daughter my grandparents had. Right to this day, my father and uncles still grieve over her and her children. We are dealing with this and trying to keep our heads up.
  • by Shannon Location: New York on Oct 10, 2009 at 10:29 PM
    well as we know there was no investigations going on in Bertie County 38 years ago this is a new day even here in N.Y. people are getting arrested for something done in the 1960-1970
  • by lisa Location: windsor on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Well, maybe they will find the Belo murderer. NOT. I think they just stumbled on Mr. Rascoe. They were lucky. It had nothing to do with skill, just plain dumb luck! There also are other murders in this county that need solving. Maybe lady luck will continue to be on their side. Everyone except BCSD has known this man's location for the last 30 yrs. Try using the internet local officers. Have they solved the murder of a teeenager shot in broad daylight,walking distance from their dept? What about the Harrell guy in Colerain? What about Clarence Smith Jr? Natural causes my foot. According to the US Justice Dept. a person being taken in custody for mental issues can not be shackled and tasered to death or tasered at all. What about the stomping in Merry Hill? (no indictment) Oh yea, he was a crackhead or an alleged predator. Dead is dead, murder accidental or not will get consequences;by law or nature.
  • by me Location: martin co. on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    You think Bertie co. is slow in solving a case try living in Martin co. RIDICULOUS!!
  • by Angela Location: Washington on Oct 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    I am very proud of the LEA in Bertie County that has solved this. As MOST of us know, crimes can not be solved over night. And many times it takes hard evidence, DNA, etc. to solve a crime. And sometimes that is not good enough for a conviction. Kudos to Bertie!!
  • by z Location: somewhere on Oct 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    That's the bertie county justice system for you.
  • by Nate on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    Gee, justice is sure slow in Bertie County, 37 years?
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      by jt on Oct 13, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to Nate
      does anyone knows when this case goes to trial

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