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Published On: Sun, Nov 11th, 2018

Megan Hargan arrested for 2017 murder of her sister and mom, Helen Hargan, Patricia Hargan, staged to look like a murder suicide

A shocking turn in a Virginia case as a woman, Megan Hargan, has been arrested for murdering Helen Hargan and Patricia Hargan, then staging the scene to look like a murder suicide.

Fairfax County police arrested Hargan, 35, on Friday for the July 14, 2017 deaths of her mother Patricia, 63, and sister Helen, 23, in their home in McLean, Virginia.

“It was made to look one way,” Maj. Ed O’Carroll said at a press conference Friday. “Our detectives are smart and we realized that that necessarily wasn’t the case, and we followed up on every lead.”

Helen was found in a bedroom with the gun by her side, while Patricia was dead in the laundry room with shell casings on the floor – all indicating Helen killed her mom and then turned the gun on herself.

Police then learned that Megan had allegedly attempted to transfer money out of her mother’s bank account both the day before and the day of the murders, which seemed suspicious.

“Megan Hargan attempted fraudulent money transfers from her mother’s account on The date of the murder in the day before,” Carroll explained.

“We always try to inform our community,” O’Carroll said about keeping the news quiet for so long. “[But] investigative strategy . . . is of the utmost importance.”

Hargan has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. She has not yet entered a plea.

Megan Hargan

“I’ve known that it was coming, and now it’s here. It was like it all blew up in your face,” said Tammy North, Pamela Hagan’s sister, told CBS WUSA 9.

Shs has been waiting for charges to be filed against Megan for a year and a half.

“Oh yeah, there’s never been any question. I believed from day one that she did it,” said North.

She said the motive was money and jealousy. North said Pamela had bought the younger daughter Helen a house that she was about to move into, before she and mother were killed.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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