Man Lines Up Kids for Massacre

A man stabbed his wife to death and lined up his four children, killing one and seriously wounding another, before he took his own life, police said.

Steven Ryder, 46, and his 32-year-old wife, Louise, quarreled Sunday night after she requested a ride to work, according to police.

Steven Ryder called his wife "a Lucifer" and she then tried to run away but was attacked with a knife, said Police Chief Thomas Roche.

During the attack, the couple's children fled outside, but were ordered by their father to return to the house, Roche said. Steven Ryder then lined them up and attacked his 12-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son.

The couple's two other children escaped without injury. One ran to a nearby home and told a neighbor what happened.

The 12-year-old girl died from her wounds, police said. The son was hospitalized in serious condition.

Members of Monroe County's SWAT team (search) found Steven Ryder dead in the home from apparent self-inflicted stab wounds, according to the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester.

"It was a really ugly scene," Roche said. "Had the kids not revolted, I think he would have done them all."