Elderly woman killed, dismembered, and decapitated after ‘botched burglary’

A man in Indiana, USA was arrested on Tuesday after he murdered a woman, dismembered her body, and set her house ablaze in what police believe was a burglary gone wrong.

When emergency services responded to the fire at an apartment in Clarksville, they discovered the body of Melody Gambetty, 67, which was dismembered and decapitated.

According to police, tragic Gambetty's fingers had also been cut off, and it appeared she had been stabbed – although her official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Authorities believe that 36-year-old Brian Williams killed Gambetty on Monday afternoon before setting her home on fire the next day to conceal evidence, reports Wave3News.

CCTV footage allegedly shows Williams entering the victim's apartment building just before 1:00am before leaving three hours later carrying suitcases in each hand.

He then allegedly drove off in Gambetty's car. It remains unclear when he allegedly returned to the apartment complex and started the fire.

According to the news source, when police conducted a search warrant at Williams' home, they found suitcases that belonged to the victim.

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Each suitcase contained human remains and Gambetty's personal items, along with a small saw which was found to have human tissue and blood on the blade.

According to reports, police have not established a link between Williams and Gambetty, and are instead led to believe that the brutal killing came as a result of a botched burglary or home invasion.

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The News and Tribune – who Gambetty worked for before she retired just four months ago – claims that Williams has been charged with murder, arson, and theft and remains in jail without bond.

Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull told Wave3News that he intends to seek an accelerated sentence in this case.

He said it is possible Williams will face the death penalty, but it is not a certainty as their investigation is ongoing.

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