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In 911 call, man confesses to killing family, hints at mental illness

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -

It's a chilling 911 call. A Goodyear man told a 911 operator he killed his wife and his son.

64-year-old Eugene Maraventano told police he killed his wife because he was afraid he gave her HIV. He's not emotional at all during that call.

He just confesses to grabbing a knife and killing his wife and son. He waited 4 days before he called 911.

Operator: "911 what is your emergency?"

Maraventano: "I killed my wife and I killed my son... I tried to kill myself."

Out of breath, Eugene Maraventano admits to stabbing his wife and his 27-year-old son.

Operator: "Where is your wife and child?"

Maraventano: "They're dead."

Operator: "Where are they?"

Maraventano: "My wife is in the bedroom. I stabbed her last week and then I went up and stabbed my son."

For the next four days, Maraventano tried to take his own life before calling for help.

Maraventano: "I stabbed myself numerous times over the week. I've tried putting a bag over my head it and taping it. I just keep surviving."

Maraventano told detectives he used to hire prostitutes and was afraid he gave his wife Janet HIV. He said Janet was sick and he didn't want her to test positive for cancer or something he gave her. He also hinted at struggling with mental illness.

"I'm not a violent person and I've been dealing with this thing for years. It just overtook me. I had a problem like this years ago and I took Paxil and it brought me out of it."

Maraventano says he killed his 27-year-old son because he didn't think his son could survive on his own without his parents. His son wasn't working. Maraventano also has an older son who is still alive and living in Texas.

"I wrote a letter to my only son explaining to him everything. I just, I just, I just let it go too far. I should have got some Paxil."

Paxil is an anti-depressant. Maraventano is being held on $2 million bond.

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