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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

[NJ] Barbara Vanaman shot & killed by police officer husband

Initially the news reported that last week Millville Police Officer Robert Vanaman shot his wife Barbara to defend himself from her knife attack. But after a day the quoted law enforcement spokespersons and media alike have been asking aloud - who stabbed him? Vanaman decided to not freely talk to investigators and has retreated with a lawyer.

Police: Millville Officer Kills Wife In Domestic Dispute
Wife Allegedly Stabbed Officer
(NBC 10 Philadelphia)
May 11, 2006

MILLVILLE, Pa. -- Millville police said they are investigating a homicide that involves one of their own.

According to the Cumberland County prosecutor, the wife of a Millville police officer allegedly stabbed her husband and the officer then shot her in a domestic dispute at their home at Wedgewood Court and Shamrock Lane.

The wife was killed. The officer is being treated at a hospital.

Police have not released the names of the couple involved

Neighbors told NBC 10 News that the officer and his wife were the "perfect couple," and that they were very social.

The Millville Police Department have not released any other details and the investigation is continuing.


  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2006

    could someone other than Robert have killed barb?

  2. AnonymousJuly 28, 2006

    he shot his wife the mother of his children dead he should be prosecuted and never carry a gun again

  3. the guys a murderer and a wife mother killer end of story

  4. lets go to the county seat and protest his not being charged

  5. another cover-up, typical in this political county which is run by the "almighty white men" who continue to have no respect for women. women are still fighting for their rights here.

  6. another political cover-up in this "white mans" county; no respect for women here, the abuse continues

  7. I beleive there are alot of political cover-ups in Cumberland County NJ. It is a good ol' boy network.

    There are many "good" cops in Millville; however, there are more "bad" cops...and they do have a "blue" loyalty to one another.

    I am aware of more than a few domestic issues that were ignored, swept under the rug, or simply discounted. There is definately a lack of respect for women, and especially single women. A very provencial mentality.

    I don't think anyone will ever really know what happened to Barbara... and her family will not have peace.

  8. Just a couple of days ago in Millville:

    Restraining order is vacated
    Bridgeton News
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006
    MILLVILLE - The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division has vacated a restraining order placed on city police officer Bruce Cornish in 2005 by his wife...

    And yesterday:

    Millville officer may rejoin force
    September 28, 2006
    From staff reports
    A suspended police officer may be able to rejoin the police force because a state appellate court has reversed a court order that prevented him from carrying a gun...

  9. AnonymousJune 01, 2008

    I just passed this and I want to say that I knew barb personally, she was a secretary at the creative achevement school in vineland, nj. I lived with her sister Cindy Locke and I also was a student of her aunt Elkie Spinato, I knew her and her husband and children and they had a couple of bumps and bruises like a normal family and what happened to her I will say was wrong. No one can bring my friend Barb back... and robert, I had lost my respects for him but I adore his mother dearly, she is a very nice lady and I feel sorry that she has to burden all of this due to it was her son who did this... *shakes head* after these few years this still bothers me...

  10. Thank you for leaving the thoughts about Barbara...

    There are more posts on the blog too -

  11. What's even more outrageous, is the law deemed the penalty for taking this woman's life should be MAX: 11 years. And the judge sentenced him 9 years. This is appalling.This judge said he relied on testimony he was an engaged hands on father. So what?? He in not being sentenced for child neglect. Murder. Murder?? Does that even mean anything anymore??


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