Man guilty of murder in mom-in-law's death: William Appleton continued to profess his innocence yesterday even after a jury of six men and six women convicted him of slaughtering his mother-in-law, Ilona Petzoldt, in a failed attempt to get his wife's inheritance. Hans Petzoldt returned home later to find his wife of 40 years lying dead in a pool of blood in the main-floor bathroom just outside the kitchen. She was lying on the floor with five bullets in her brain and had been hit on the head 65 times. - Toronto Star (Dec 08, 1994)