Sellersville Wife Killer Pleads Out, Gets 22 to 44 Years in Prison
Stephen Capaldi will spend 22 to 44 years in state prison after pleading guilty today, to killing his wife Elizabeth “Beth” Capaldi, dismembering her body and hiding her remains. Capaldi, 57, of 254 High St., Sellersville, entered guilty pleas to third-degree murder, possessing an instrument of crime, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function and abuse of a corpse.
He was charged on Dec. 9, 2022, almost two months after his wife was reported missing from their Sellersville home.
Common Pleas Judge Charissa J. Liller accepted Capaldi’s negotiated plea agreement. Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler said the plea agreement was not entered into lightly by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, but it allowed “for swift closure for the victim’s family, which was one of the wishes of the family.”
Additionally, she said, as part of the negotiated plea, Capaldi fully cooperated with investigators, told them what he did to his wife and led them to her remains, allowing her family to give her a proper burial.
In addition to the state prison sentence, Liller also sentenced Capaldi to pay $8,308.50 in restitution to his daughter for funeral expenses, ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation and ordered that he have no contact with his daughter, unless she chooses to contact him.
In an emotional victim impact statement, their daughter said she has struggled every day since she lost her mother, who was like a best friend to her. Making it harder for her is that her father was the killer and lied to her for several weeks about what happened to her.
“My mother is dead, and my father killed her,” she said. “I have the love of friends, family, even strangers, but my own father took the person who loved me most.”
While he said she cannot hep but feel grief and love for her father, she said “he should never be free from prison to finally leave my mother’s memory in peace.”
This investigation began on Oct. 12, 2022, when Elizabeth Capaldi, 55, was reported missing to the Perkasie Borough Police Department by her daughter. Elizabeth Capaldi lived with her husband, Capaldi, who last saw her in the early morning hours of Oct. 10, 2022, but never contacted police.
An investigation led by Detectives from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Perkasie Borough Police Department concluded that Capaldi murdered his wife, lied to investigators on several occasions, took steps to destroy evidence and hid her body.
Capaldi killed Elizabeth Capaldi on the morning of Oct. 10, 2022, while she was sleeping in their bed, by strangling her and using a pillow to smother her. He then moved his wife’s body from the master bedroom to a back bedroom and then the basement where he dismembered her and disposed of her remains on Oct. 12, 2022, prior to ever meeting with law enforcement. ]
Capaldi purchased items to carry out the disposal of his wife’s body, the investigation found.
This case was investigated by Detectives from the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and the Perkasie Borough Police Department, with the assistance of the Bucks County Investigating Grand Jury. Other law enforcement agencies that played a key role in this investigation include: The Regional Forensics Computer Laboratory (RFCL); Delaware County Detectives; Tinicum Township Police Department; Pennsylvania State Police and their cadaver dog K-9 Jack; Bensalem Township Police Department; the Bucks County Coroner’s Office; the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office; the Bucks County Correctional Facility; the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC); Upper Saucon Township Police Department; Quakertown Borough Police Department; Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Association; the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS); Delaware State Police and Keystone K-9s. The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office would also like to thank the Borough of Sellersville, Home Depot Asset Protection, and the community for their assistance during the search for Elizabeth Capaldi. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler.