Dateline NBC to feature Brighton ax murder case: What to know

The brutal murder of Cathy Krauseneck is the focus of Friday’s episode of Dateline at 9 pm on Rochester’s NBC affiliate (Channel 10.)

In the episode, titled “The Bad Man,” journalist Andrea Canning interviewed Krauseneck’s relatives and friends, and police investigators about the 1982 killing of the wife and mother.

In September, more than 40 years after she was killed, a state Supreme Court jury found Cathleen’s husband, James Krauseneck Jr., guilty of second-degree murder. The jury determined that on Feb. 19, 1982, James Krauseneck picked up an ax and savagely brought it into the head of his 29-year-old wife as she slept in the couple’s bed in their home on Del Rio Drive in Brighton.

The couple’s daughter Sara, who was a 3-year-old toddler and inside the home at the time her mother was killed, steadfastly stood by her father. Now 71, James Krauseneck Jr. is serving 25 years to life and is currently housed at the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Clinton County.

Cathleen Krauseneck was killed in 1982 by an ax blow to her head in her Brighton home.

The case against Krauseneck was entirely circumstantial. The prosecution’s central argument was this: There was no evidence of other perpetrators, so who else would it likely be?

During the two-hour-long episode, Canning interviewed former Brighton Police Officer Markus Spakerone of the first officers at the homicide scene who found Cathy dead “with an ax buried in her head,” and retired Brighton Police Investigator Richard Corrigan, who interviewed James Krauseneck – and other relatives – days after the killing.

“I’ve had nightmares about it,” Corrigan said, “because the thought that the little girl was in the house all day with her mother.”

Annet Schlosser speaks with Dateline NBC about the 1982 killing of her sister Cathleen Krauseneck.

Annet Schlosser speaks with Dateline NBC about the 1982 killing of her sister Cathleen Krauseneck.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley and Cathy Krauseneck’s sister Annet Schlosser were both also featured in the episode.

Brighton ax murder case: Our past coverage

Local defense lawyers William Easton, left, and Michael Wolford, represented James Krauseneck Jr.  in the 1982 ax murder killing of his wife.

Local defense lawyers William Easton, left, and Michael Wolford, represented James Krauseneck Jr. in the 1982 ax murder killing of his wife.

From 2016:

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From 2019: :

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Democrat and Chronicle story on Brighton ax murder

Democrat and Chronicle story on Brighton ax murder

From 2020:

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From 2021:

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From 2022:

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More: James Krauseneck jury foreperson talks about the verdict

More: James Krauseneck sentenced to 25 years to life in Brighton ax murder case

This article originally appeared on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Dateline to feature 1982 ax murder of Rochester mom: What to know

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