Police: Man fatally stabbed ex-girlfriend and her mother; set fire to cover up scene

Chicago Police officers say a man they arrested during a disturbance call Friday admitted to murder.    They were called to Thadeus Ridley’s appartment in the 2300 block of East 70th Street in Chicago for a fight and Ridley reportedly said “I murdered someone.”
Ridley is now charged with the deaths of Curtria Duncan, 24, and her mother Cherie Adams, 43, who were founded last Wednesday inside Adams’ burning apartment in the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue.

Ridley allegedly stabbed Adams more than 60 times in her torso and head, struck her and tried to rip out her vocal cords, according to Cook County court records. He also allegedly stabbed Duncan in her neck twice, smothered her face and then put her body in the bathtub.   Investigators say Duncan is Ridley’s ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Ridley set fire to the apartment to hide the murder scene and then he took a bus home to his apartment.

Ridley is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated arson.  He was ordered held without bond Saturday. His next court date is scheduled for Monday.

14 comments

  • sugarbabe

    " Maniac" in every sense of the word. Cold, heartless and sub-human. Details are too gruesome to read. Hurry and put him away!! Mom may have been trying to protect her daughter.

  • Guest

    I bet money he has a long criminal record and is currently on probation or parole and belongs to a gang. Also his Ex- girlfriend and her mother knew of him being a criminal and gang member when she bagan their relationship. Mothers, please teach your girls not to date gang members and other criminals. Please, they are criminals and have been jail for a reason. Ladies, please stop thinking that he is okay to be with and thatg he only robs, and beat other people. If he can devalue someone else's life than he can devalue yours.

  • Blacquerose

    He had no criminal record. He was not a gang member or thief just mentally I'll. stop trying to spin a dumb ass racially charged story and stick to the facts.

  • guest

    you guys are funny. he was the top of his class he was the one to beat after he finished he started to work for the school saw him the day after he did this giving us instructions on how to get our diplomas we were all EXTREMELY SHOCKED this has nothing to do with race its one of those things were even the most put together person can have problems o one knows about and its terrifying to not know how you work/school/shop with. i feel sorry for his career he was the best of us all. i hope justice is served and i hope others get the help they need so something like this never happens again

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