Archive for Friday, December 26, 2008

Man in Santa suit kills 8, self on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2008

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— Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least eight people before killing himself hours later.

Bruce Pardo’s ex-wife and her parents were believed to be among the dead. Investigators planned to return to the scene today and sift through the ashes of the home, which Pardo set ablaze using a bizarre homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid.

Pardo, 45, had no criminal record and no history of violence, according to police, but he was angry following last week’s settlement of his divorce after a marriage that lasted barely a year.

“It was not an amicable divorce,” police Lt. Pat Buchanan said.

Pardo chose to exact his revenge at the annual Christmas party his former in-laws held at their two-story home on a cul-de-sac in a quiet Covina neighborhood 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

Comments

BuffyloGal 6 years, 6 months ago

“It was not an amicable divorce,” police Lt. Pat Buchanan said. - Really?

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

saw this storty yesterday and just cryed, the report yesterday said he started by shooting a young girls when she opened the door. I am so glad I do not understand people like this.

Confrontation 6 years, 6 months ago

When boys are raised to believe that women are to be controlled, then this is the type of stuff that happens.

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