Berrien County Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

BRIDMAN, MI – The Bridgman Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of two individuals in the 9700 block of Baldwin Rd. in the City of Bridgman.

[Facebook Photo: Donald & Pamela Ackerman]

On Saturday September 16th, 2017, Sgt. Tom LaVanway was dispatched at 12:47PM at the request of a family member to check on the welfare of the victims, who are identified as Donald James Ackerman, 63 years old and Pamela Sue Ackerman, 67-years-old, as they had not been heard from in the past few days.

Once Sgt. LaVanway arrived, he made entry into the residence & discovered both Donald and Pamela dead from gunshot wounds. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Technicians were requested to assist the Bridgman Police Department in the investigation.

Preliminarily, the deaths appear to be possibly murder-suicide. The incident remains under investigation & autopsies will be performed in the next few days.

It appears that the family had been going through a rough time financially and also were having to cope with some very serious medical issues. On March 10th of 2015 Donald Ackerman established a Go Fund Me account. Ackerman had a goal of $99,000 that he was hoping that others would donate to the fund. The following are entries that he placed on the page of the account:

FORECLOSURE 10/6/2017 @ 10 am. I am 62. My wife is 66. Built in the 1850’s, I renovated my mom’s home in 2000 after a fire. In 2011 (at 90) mom’s annuity ran out. We cared of her for 6+ years with help of a reverse mortgage. I must save this family’s centennial home!

We have only Social Security ($1,189). In 2010 the fire dept. wiped out our own home. Our insurance company never paid. Prestigious legal firm “let go” of our lawyer!

We have to raise $99,000 before foreclosure of the family’s Centennial Home. All of you can be a part of it. It’s late in the process, I know. I’m relying on YOU and God’s Will to provide. I believe in Him. Our goal:
“His Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

My wife, Pamela, was hospitalized 13 times over 18 months. Pam’s operations depleted us. I have genetic disabilities. My heart attack didn’t help. Our insurance skyrocketed. The economy tanked. Our income sources bankrupted. Credit rating was destroyed by companies that were “too-big-to-fail”. The USA saved the banks and insurance companies but not the share holders. All we had left was our home. Now, we are losing mom’s Centennial Home to a reverse mortage, the only home she lived in since 1944. Dad passed in 1981. My dad and his 4 siblings were born here!

Please, YOU may OWN this home though my wife and I have nowhere to go. God will provide if He so chooses. I have total FAITH in the Lord. I did not build this home for me and my wife. I built it because God’s Word is to care for widows and fatherless boys. God gave me the strength, uncommon to men, through His Will; 2000.

Some wealthy one out there believes as well, we pray in the Lord Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.

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