AN elderly couple found murdered in their central England home were victims of a "sustained and ferocious attack involving a knife and a hammer," police said today.
The bodies of Giuseppe Massaro, 80, and his wife Caterina, 77, were discovered Friday by their granddaughter Lindsey Booth in the house in Wolverhampton where the couple had lived for 51 years after moving from Italy.
They were found fully-clothed in bed around 8:00pm local time. Autopsy results are yet to be released but police said Giuseppe Massaro had "defensive wounds" to parts of his body.
Booth, 23, spoke today at a press conference to appeal for more information about the killings.
"We are here today after having our beautiful and loving grandparents taken away from us in such a violent and cruel manner," she said. "We can't even begin to grasp the evil that took place in the house and how frightened they would have been."
"They were often described as a charismatic and charming couple," added the couple's grandson, Richard Booth, 22.
Three men, including two aged 32 and 21 from the city and a 30-year-old from nearby Birmingham, are being questioned over the murders.
Police said the couple's house had been "ransacked" and their car and two televisions stolen.