Familicide in US: Accused techie has roots in Hanagod near Hunsur
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Familicide in US: Accused techie has roots in Hanagod near Hunsur

October 18, 2019

Hanagod:  The software professional, who allegedly killed four of his family members in San Francisco in USA hailed from Hanagod village near Hunsur that lies on the border of Nagarahole National Park. Soon after the murder case was reported, villagers and local journalists identified the family’s roots. 

A Familicide is a type of murder or murder-suicide in which a perpetrator kills multiple close family members in quick succession.  

The software professional is 53-year-old Shankar Nagappa Hanagod and he walked into a Police Station in northern California two days back along with a dead body in his car and allegedly confessed to have killed three other people in his apartment.

Driving a red Mazda, Shankar arrived at the Police Station in Mount Shasta with a corpse in his car. He allegedly told officers that he had killed three other people in his apartment in the Placer County city of Roseville. While the Roseville Police is yet to reveal the identities of the victims, it confirmed that the four victims were two adults and two juveniles and were related to Shankar. 

Confirming this to Star of Mysore this morning, Hanagod villagers said that the family had left Hanagod 30 to 35 years back to Bengaluru. Some of his family members live in Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 

Villagers said that the family had over four to five acres of land and a house at Hanagod and it was sold before they left Hanagod. His father is Nagappa and whereabouts of other family members is not known. The property was purchased by a villager in Hanagod and it still has a house that is in a dilapidated state, said villagers. 

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A criminal case has now been lodged against Shankar Nagappa. The Roseville Police said that the four victims were killed over the span of a week. While two were killed on Oct. 7, the third victim is believed to have died a day later. All three were found dead at Shankar’s apartment. 

6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Familicide in US: Accused techie has roots in Hanagod near Hunsur”

  1. What a World! says:

    Most of these greedy Indian techies have family issues when are settled in the US. Their job of coding-not software engineering,but writing lines of programs drives them crazy as they have to deliver. Add to this the drink, drugs and women problems they develop means that they get deranged. From very restricted upbringing in India to a freedom that US offers turns their head round.

  2. Sunil says:

    You should change your name to ,What an Asshole”¡ most of the techies are highly merited people who could not get a decent job as programmers! Also, most of the tech companies do not hire MORONS like you it is a competitive position where only 15 to 20 percent at the best are recruited! And in countries like USA their competency is tested all the time during their project! So, sitting in your home and criticizing about others work makes you the king of MORONS Also, in western countries, there is Dignity of labor! For a dumb person like you it means what every you do if you do it honestly and don’t rob, steal or break the law and earn an honest wage, it is respected For doing his job! Like Nitin Gadkari paid fine at the traffic stop and showed appreciation to the police that is Dignity of labor! You worthless such thinking that coding is a low job only demonstrates you are a low life!
    Just for your info, most of the people move out of voting in less than 5 years unless they have don’t special interest
    YOU SHOULD GET A LIFE,There are millions of techies! As per you there should be Lakhs of crimes! Does it sound like that? Please get some psychiatric help soon !

  3. Mahesh says:

    @What a world: i want brain surbeons to examine your brain to see if it actually exists! Or may be actually need a proctologist ! Because brain may be appearing in the colon like a giant pollyp! Otherwise a human brain is incapable of thinking such nonsense!
    Killing your own family members or anybody for that matter is a very sad and horrific incident! And 99.99 percent is related to mental health issues, not realated to coding or work related stress! Some idiot armchair experts like you seem to know all the answers and become an object of ridicule especially when tgey open up! This is nonsense similar to Nithyananda videos of quantum physics!
    One of the main reasons people lose their judgement is, as you get older, getting a job is difficult! If you don’t have a support system to reassure you it may cause mental issues !
    The other giant reason that people do not talk about is, some of the drugs prescribed by doctors especially for mental issues may cause visually hallucinations!
    I heard of an Indian lady who threw her 2 year old from the first floor and called the police. The child had minor injuries, but mother did not know that she threw the child nor calling the police,
    I am an senior manager of an IT company and travel to US, and Europe 5 or 6 times a year! I started with a coding job 13 years ago which you call something inferior! All my friends who went to US were highly merited people who found jobs in US based companies or statred their own companies and making an honest and good living! So, as you perceive, Coding is not the end game! And does not cause mental health issues, rather it keeps the Brain sharp! And in IT, people have to retool themselves every 5 years or they will not find a new job So, what you call Coding has moved past its original definition 2 decades ago!
    If you find this brutally honest opinion about you disturbing, dont be stressed ! May there is hope at rebirth

  4. HalliHaida says:

    “What a World, What a World,” cried the Wicked Witch while she was melting!

  5. dr.shanthakumar says:

    what sunil saya is 100% correct.

    hangondnear hnusur mustbe immediately tried in psychiatry and must be deported from usa

    as i know only the best in the field survive in usa. this fellow could not survive even in hunandhe is fit to be sent out of US.

    he seems to be a maroon fellow somehow graduating in india.

  6. Rajiv says:

    @What a world .. , where did you read that this person was greedy or He was coding? If you must know the truth, he was working as a Data scientist and an architect! So, his coding days must have been past a couple of decades! There are nearly 5 million Indian software professionals in US ! And one or two crimes does not give licence to paint everybody red! Also, almost all these people are merited, belived in there competence and did not get a suitable job due to corrupt society ! It is only for 5 6 years that looters are seeing the prison So, people who wanted better life for thrm their family! Accusing them of drinking, drugs and sex without any proof is nothing but prejudice or “Sour grapes” syndrome! On an average most of the people work for 10- 12 hours a day and because tgey have to drive, very rarely tgey drink or do drugs!
    So, if you want to abuse better pick some low life politician !
    Abdul Kalam respected his cooks and even janitors for the work they did and never was respectful! He respected the dignity of labor ! You ,seem to talk like coding is some inferior and diisrespectful work !
    Many people in India and world have mental health issues ! I believe he was without a job and must have some financial distress and probably some family problem too, that may have pushed him off the edge! Taking cheapshots about this tragedy is morall and ethically wrong and inhuman !

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