Christopher Vaughn arrived at a funeral home Saturday morning to bury his wife and three children but never made it to the service, the Chicago Tribune reports. Illinois State Police were waiting to arrest him on murder charges, a startling climax to an investigation that has transfixed and horrified those who have watched it unfold.
The inquiry played out in the days after police discovered four bodies in the Oswego family’s Ford Expedition June 14. Step by step, interviews, crime scene analyses and searches of the Vaughns’ home added to the pile of facts, leading authorities to what they said was only one conclusion.
“It was a convergence of evidence,” Will County State’s Atty. James Glasgow said Saturday afternoon in Joliet. ” … There was forensic evidence. There was physical evidence. There were interviews.”
Vaughn, 32, is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder. Glasgow said his office will decide in the next 120 days whether to seek the death penalty.