Family member, neighbor of doctor's accused killer speak about bizarre twist

HOUSTON – There are still many questions as to who Joseph Pappas was and what triggered him to kill a prominent doctor 20 years later.

He was not married, didn’t have any kids and was not close with extended family.

A family member of Pappas spoke with KPRC Channel 2 News over the phone. They asked to remain anonymous but said the last time they spoke with Pappas was 20 years ago, after his mother died.

The family member said they had a falling out with him after his mother died. They said Pappas told them they couldn’t attend her funeral or else they would be escorted out by police.

“I was shocked,” said the family member about what Pappas was accused of doing.

They said the relationship with Pappas was so estranged, they didn’t even know he was an officer at one point.

His relative said Pappas even had a falling out with his sister after their mother passed away because he wouldn’t allow her to collect keepsakes from their parents' house.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of relief for the entire city that it’s over,” said the family member after the news broke that Pappas had killed himself. “It’s very unfortunate he had to take someone’s life before he took his own.”