Anthony Rapoport Beat Aunt To Death With Baseball Bat On Christmas, Police Say

12/27/2010 03:43 pm 15:43:12 | Updated May 25, 2011

A Wilmette man beat his aunt to death with a baseball bat Saturday because he was tired of being "nagged" by his relative, police said Monday.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a possible homicide at 3115 Hill Lane in the northern suburb, according to a release from the Wilmette police department. There, police found 49-year-old Nancee Rapoport unconscious with severe head trauma. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.

A man on the scene told police that his nephew, 24-year-old Anthony Rapoport, called him and said he had killed someone inside the home before fleeing the scene.

Officers found Anthony Rapoport a short time later with blood on his clothing, and he "admitted to striking the victim about the head with an aluminum baseball bat," according to the release.

The department had responded to the Rapoport residence on Christmas Eve as well, after the man and his aunt had an argument about doughnuts. He was arrested that day on an outstanding warrant for an aggravated assault case in Skokie, but posted bond Christmas morning and returned to the residence where he allegedly murdered his aunt.

"The motive for the homicide appears to be the culmination of a series of ongoing minor disputes between the two parties," police said in a release.

After his arrest, Rapoport told investigators he was tired of being "nagged" by the victim.

Rapoport's bond was set at $8 million during a Monday afternoon hearing.


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