Realtor murdered with a baseball bat in New Jersey home, stepson charged with her death

A realtor was allegedly killed by her stepson in her Cresskill, New Jersey home. The victim, Irma Daniels, 48, was found dead with blunt force trauma in her gated community residence. John Daniels Jr., 30, the son of Irma’s husband, has been charged with her brutal murder. The arrest came after authorities responded to a 911 call reporting the incident. Irma Daniels’ husband, attorney John A. Daniels Sr., identified his son as the perpetrator. The suspect was apprehended the following day after attempting to flee.

Neighbors reported that John Daniels Jr. had been displaying odd behavior, including sprinting between driveways and pacing in front of other people’s houses. The suspect’s actions had raised concerns among residents, with one neighbor describing him as deranged.

Irma Daniels, a Realtor sales associate at Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, had been married since 2011. In March, she celebrated receiving a Circle of Excellence award from the company, highlighting her perseverance and dedication to her career. She tragically lost her life in a townhome similar to the ones she helped sell.

John Daniels Jr. recently obtained an MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management. He had previously worked as a marketing manager for Benzel-Busch Motor Car. However, it appears that he was unemployed at the time of the murder. The accused killer has been charged with murder, hindering apprehension, and unlawful weapons possession. He is currently held at the Bergen County Jail.

Cresskill, a town with a population of 9,000, is located just 16 miles from Manhattan. Local authorities continue to investigate the motive behind the crime and gather evidence to build their case against John Daniels Jr.