An ex-dance teacher from Suffolk who became a TV presenter in the US has been found shot dead in his Louisiana home.
Louisiana police said that 52 year-old Scott Rogers was shot dead by his son-in-law, who then failed to take his own life in a failed suicide attempt.
Mr Rogers, who was a presenter for local television channel WAFB-TV, was found in Iberville in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Brett Stassi, the Iverville police sheriff, said it was believed that Mr Rogers was shot by Mathew Hodgkinson, who was also his former lover, in a “murder and attempted suicide. Scott was shot in his bed, under the covers, tucked neatly in.
“It looks like Mathew put the gun to his own head… he was seriously wounded but still alive. He’s still in a critical condition in an induced coma.” Mathew Hodgkinson is married to Mr Rogers’s daughter Kimmy and had previously worked as a producer on WAFB-TV’s Around Town Show.
Before Mr Rodgers left for the US he was known as Richard Scott-Rogers; in 1994, Suffolk County Council issued a warning to parents about a school for the performing arts that had been started in Bury St Edmunds by Mr Rogers. Local newspapers reported claims of an “unhealthy atmosphere” similar to that which might be found in “a religious or supposedly religious cult.”