30-year-old Matthew Perkins of Tullahoma, Tennessee has been arrested and charged with three counts of murder after the bodies of his 26-year-old girlfriend Stephanie Hershman and he two sons, 3 and 6, were found stuffed in plastic garbage bags in a closet at their home in Manchester, Tennessee.
Perkins, and Army recruiter and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, allegedly told someone Wednesday night that he had killed the family and that person went to police.
So far police have not released a motive in the gruesome murders and Perkins is lodged in the Franklin County Jail on $6 million bond. According to an investigator in Manchester, which hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival each summer, it was the worst crime scene he had seen in 30 years.
Perkins is currently separated from his wife of ten years. Police questioned her about Matthew on Thursday. They also have two children together as well. While Jennifer Perkins described Matthew as a good father you’ve got to wonder if she is breathing a sigh of relief for her own kids.
Perkins is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on September 28th.
Matthew Perkins is not the father of Hershman’s children. Their natural father is Jeremy Hershman, who is currently locked up on drug charges.