Triple stabbing murders at Belleville salon get charges 11 years later
A grand jury on Friday issued murder charges against a man believed at one time to be a prime suspect in the grisly stabbing murders of three people in a west Belleville beauty salon in 2005.
Samuel L. Johnson, 50, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in connection with the slayings of Doris Fischer, 79, and her sister, Dorothy Bone, 82, and their hairdresser, Michael Cooney, 62, at Cooney’s home-based beauty salon in West Belleville on March 2, 2005.
Take a look back at some of the Belleville News-Democrat’s coverage of the grisly triple murder since the day it happened. See below for an interactive timeline of the killings and related events.