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Brian J Charles
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Birth: Jul. 19, 1977
Death: Mar. 2, 2009

Brian J. Charles, age 31, was called home by the Lord on Monday, March 2, 2009.

Survived by his children, Liam, Cora and Sean; his parents, Robert L. and Mary Charles, III; his siblings, Robert (Kristina) Charles, Michael (Jessica) Charles and Maggie Charles; his grandmother, Hazel Charles, nieces and nephew, Emilie, Catie, Josh and Marie Charles.

Joined in death by his loving wife, Angela. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Charles Jr., Daniel and Frances Hennessey.

Brian was a dedicated and loving father and husband. He enjoyed computers and video games. Brian was a talented artist and avid reader.

Memorial visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Rd from 2p.m. til time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers send contributions to:

Liam, Cora and Sean

Scholarship Fund

Cal Poly Federal Credit Union

3801 W. Temple, Bldg 35

Pomona, Ca. 91768

Arrangements by:

Tapella Funeral Services@

For information: 815-726-4054

JOLIET TOWNSHIP Kathleen Rundle was supposed to see her ex-husband in court in a couple of weeks as part of a bitter child custody dispute. Instead she saw him on the floor of his Preston Heights home, shot to death with his new wife.

Detectives grilled Rundle for 12 hours in connection with the Monday morning slayings of her ex-husband, Brian Charles, and his wife, Angela Charles. Brian Charles, 31, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Angela Charles, 23, took a single bullet to the head.

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Brian and Angela Charles, of Joliet Township, were found slain in their home Monday.

2-year-old escaped harm in Joliet murders
The Charles' 2-year-old son was spared. Police found him in the house unharmed.

Brian Charles took Rundle's last name when he married her in 1996. They divorced in January 2004 and have two children together, a son, now 11, and a daughter who is 8.

Shocking motion

Rundle won sole custody of the children, but Brian Charles got custody in August after he entered a shocking emergency motion against his wife.

Brian Charles accused his wife of moving the children to a house in Painesdale, Mich., that had no heat, electricity or running water.

Not only that, Charles alleged, "The family is defecating in buckets of sawdust; The family uses rags instead of toilet paper; The rags have been observed lying on the floor The children were observed sharing a bug-infested box of Rice Krispies cereal with the dog ... The home is bug-infested ... the children had not bathed in two weeks;" and one of the children was forced to beg at garage sales.

The motion succeeded in convincing a judge to send the children to live with their father, his new wife and their 2-year-old son.

On Tuesday, Rundle referred questions to her attorney, Steven Haney. Haney declined to comment.

Rundle accused her husband of abusing her and their two children. No criminal charges were filed in connection with the allegations, but she secured a pair of protective orders against Brian Charles in 2003. One remained active for a month and a half. The second was dismissed after three weeks.

Custody battle

Detectives working the double homicide case had identified no suspects in the double homicide, said Pat Barry, the spokesman for the sheriff's department. Investigators were checking the couple's computer and cell phones to see who they have been communicating with.

Angela Charles left a few computer clues about her ex-husband's tumultuous relationship with Rundle on her Facebook page.

In a game of 25 questions about her husband and herself, Angela Charles wrote, "The current custody battle with his ex-wife" was the "situation hardest on you as a couple."

To the question, "Who has the craziest ex?" she replied, "Hahahaha, do we really need any other response ... his is by a long shot."

On her status updates, Angela Charles lashed out at times that corresponded with her ex-husband's custody ordeal.

On July 11, she wrote, that she "is missing (her stepson and stepdaughter) why did she have to move all the way to Michigan." On Sept. 2, soon after her husband won custody, she made two updates, saying she was "going back to court on Friday morning!" and asking readers to "please say your prayers for us this morning we are going to court!"

Ominous update

A Plainfield South High School graduate, Angela Charles recently applied to return to school. She planned to finish general education classes at Joliet Junior College and transfer to the University of St. Francis.

She was employed as a studio portrait photographer, and her husband worked with computers.

Angela Charles said she and her husband, who is from Los Angeles, have been "together" since she was 17 and began dating three months after they met.

Only hours before she was found dead, Angela Charles left an ominous Facebook status update at 11:09 p.m.

She was "frustrated," she wrote, "that the ones who 'love' us the most are the ones that manage to hurt us the most."

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  Angela Rinkenberger Charles (1986 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Mar 04, 2009
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Gone 6 years ago today. You are not forgotten.
- Grace Flynn
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- Lance
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You are gone but not forgotten cuz, families are forever. Till we meet again...
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