John Grazioli: The Man from Erie Who Confessed to Killing His Wife

On March 8, 2017, John Grazioli murdered his wife and planned on killing himself before he spoke to a Catholic priest. Since his arrest, more information on Grazioli, the murder, and his apparent confession became public.

It’s time to take a look at both John Grazioli as a man as well as a murderer.

What We Know about John Grazioli

John Grazioli is currently 44 years old and listed as living in Millcreek, Pennsylvania. According to his Linkedin page, he was the president and CEO of Grazioli Asset Management, which he appeared to start in 2017.

He was driving a nice Mercedes, and lived in a $340,000 home that was located in the upscale Whispering Woods subdivision of Millcreek. Grazioli just married his second wife, Amanda, on September 30, 2016.

John Grazioli

Photo: Linkedin/johngrazioli

Before Amanda, he was married to Erica Grazioli. The couple were married in 1998 and divorced in February 2016. By all accounts, the two were in the midst of a very heated custody battle over their children. Initially, the custody split was 50/50, but Erica sought to change that.

It also appears that custody battle expanded to Grazioli’s current wife, Amanda, as she was subpoenaed as part of the proceedings. Erica accused Amanda of accosting her in public and making disparaging remarks about her on the Internet. Amanda was set to be in court on March 19.

The Murder of Amanda Grazioli

The exact detail about Amanda Grazioli’s murder is still being investigated, but here are the facts as we know so far.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2017, Erica Grazioli called 911 to report a phone conversation she had with her ex-husband.

Erica told the dispatcher that John called her to let her know that he killed Amanda, and she could be found in their home, in bed.

Amanda Grazioli

Photo: Facebook/Amanda Grazioli

Millcreek police headed to the home and went inside to find Amanda just as Grazioli said. She was dead in her bed due to a single gunshot wound to the head. Beside her body was a note from Grazioli. The note read:

“I killed Amanda Schmitt Grazioli – next of kin Denise Katz. I killed myself I am profoundly sorry. Sorry for all of this, John Grazioli.”

The Hunt for John Grazioli

Millcreek police immediately began to search for John Grazioli. If he wasn’t dead, there was a chance he could be a danger to other people. They didn’t have to search long as they received a call from Saint Peter Cathedral in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Crying and emotional, Grazioli told Rev. Michael Polinek the entire story. While official Catholic confession is protected, this confession was not done in an official capacity. Polinek encouraged Grazioli to give himself up. A call to police placed by the priest as Grazioli sat beside him.

Grazioli gave himself and his weapon, a 9 mm Glock 43, up without incident. John Grazioli was charged with criminal homicide, first-degree murder, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of an instrument of crime, and firearm not to be carried without a license.

When interviewed by police, Grazioli reportedly confessed to his crime. As of this writing, no motive was officially presented to the public. He is currently being held without bond at Erie County Prison.