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Murder, Suicides, Murder-Suicides Index

The Index of Death 

Jineva Driscoll, Emery Strack, Gavin Buchanan, Sara Hoda and then Pete Bennett at Kaiser Hospital

Meet Pete's Dead Friends and Family

Pete Bennett former activist taken down by public corruption and witness murders began collating incidents in the 1980s.

Meet MORE OF Pete's Dead Friends

Pete Bennett published this collection of fatalities, murders, accidents and suicides.


Dino Ghilloti - UofM Fatal Accident after graduation 

Michael McNulty: Alleged Suicide in Humboldt State Park - immensely funny patron at Tiki Toms Walnut Creek. 

Chuck Silverman: Bartender at Havana Bar located on Bonanza Street Walnut Creek, good tipper for busking Walnut Creek - perished in bizarre car accident on Pleasant Hill Road went airborne into power poles at high rate of speed. Bennett connected with witness who shared he appeared terrified.  

Lorette Hale: Resident of Blackhawk married to Alan Hale, who mysteriously appeared in San Francisco when Bennett was running and hiding from unknown stalkers that were actually the police officers on the bottom row. 

The Homeless Candidate

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Estate of Donald Joseph Fontaine and of Judy Lynn Scroggins - A most painful event

The Murders of Donald Joseph Fontaine and Judy Lynn Scroggins

A tragic accident, a most painful event and the CIA Cover-up connected to Colonel Oliver North air-traffic controller for Mena Airport.  

Putting flowers on old best friends graves. RIP Donny Fontaine and Judy Scroggins. 41 years later and it's still sad.


Nos. 81-2068 to 81-2071.

436 So.2d 136 (1983)
CITY OF CAPE CORAL, Appellant, v. Kathy Jean DUVALL, a Minor, by Her Father and Next Friend, William R. Duvall, Appellees. CITY OF CAPE CORAL, Appellant, v. Richard FONTAINE, As Administrator of the Estate of Donald Joseph Fontaine, a Minor, Deceased, Appellee. CITY OF CAPE CORAL, Appellant, v. Camita BEDDOW, As Administratrix of the Estate of Judy Lynn Scroggins, Appellee. CITY OF CAPE CORAL, Appellant, v. John Thomas TKAC and Angela Tkac, Appellees.
District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District.
Rehearing Denied February 22, 1983.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Chris W. Altenbernd of Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A., Tampa, for appellant.
Wagner, Cunningham, Vaughan & McLaughlin, P.A., Tampa, Joe Unger, Miami and Joel D. Eaton and Joel S. Perwin of Podhurst, Orseck, Parks, Josefsberg, Eaton, Meadow & Olin, P.A., Miami, for appellees.

RYDER, Judge.
The City of Cape Coral appeals from the final judgment awarding appellees damages for personal injuries. We reverse.
This action began as four lawsuits filed concerning an automobile accident occurring February 15, 1975 in Cape Coral. The plaintiffs/appellees are personal representatives of two parties killed in the accident, Scroggins and Fontaine, Kathy Duvall Ellis and her parents, as well as John Tkac and his wife. The plaintiffs/appellees brought suit against the City of Cape Coral, John Patrick McNally, Margaret McNally, Randall Industries, Inc., William Adkins and three insurance companies. The amended complaint alleges that all the plaintiffs were occupants of a taxicab struck in the rear by an automobile operated by McNally. The complaint alleges McNally had been stopped a few hours earlier by the Cape
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Coral Police Department. McNally was very intoxicated. The police department did not arrest McNally, but rather delivered him into the custody of Adkins, a cab driver for Jack's Radio Cabs, a subsidiary of Randall Industries. The complaint alleges that the officers negligently failed to determine the correct whereabouts of McNally's residence and the cab company failed to deliver him to his home. The cab company returned McNally to his car and gave him the keys. McNally drove away and shortly thereafter caused the accident and injuries to appellees. Following detailed proof of these allegations at trial, the jury returned a verdict finding McNally, Jack's Radio Cabs and Cape Coral to be at fault, and awarded damages.
On appeal, appellant argues that the lower court erred in giving or refusing various instructions and in failing to direct verdicts on several grounds. We hold that the court erred in failing to instruct the jury on an applicable statute, and do not discuss the other issues raised.
Section 856.011(3), Florida Statutes (1981), provides as follows:
[A]ny peace officer, in lieu of incarcerating an intoxicated person for violation of subsection (1), may take or send the intoxicated person to his home or to a public or private health facility, and the law enforcement officer may take reasonable measures to ascertain the commercial transportation used for such purposes is paid for by such person in advance. Any law enforcement officer so acting shall be considered as carrying out their official duty.
Upon appellant's request to so instruct the jury, the court ruled that the statute did not apply and refused the request. We hold that the statute could be applied to the facts below and that the lower court erred in refusing the instruction.
Additionally, during the pendancy of this appeal, this court has considered a case with nearly identical facts. In Everton v. Willard, 426 So.2d 996, (Fla. 2d DCA 1983), we held that neither a county nor deputy sheriff may be held liable for the exercise of discretion not to arrest a drinking driver, when that driver subsequently causes injury. We adopt the holding and rationale of Everton, and hold that it precludes relief for appellees below.
Accordingly, the judgments below are vacated and the cases remanded for entry of judgment for appellant.
HOBSON, A.C.J., and CAMPBELL, J., concur.


Morris County officials close case on Mountain Lakes shooting

Morris County officials close case on Mountain Lakes shooting


Family and colleagues still don't know why Leonardo Parera shot and killed his co-worker before dying in a police shooting.

MOUNTAIN LAKES — After a nearly four-month investigation, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has ended its investigation into Leonardo Parera, the man who murdered his co-worker at the Exit Realty Gold office in Mountain Lakes and died in what authorities said was likely a "suicide by cop."
But what possessed Parera to walk into the real estate office on Route 46 on Oct. 14 with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, stand behind Chris Capone King and fire 15 shots as she sat at her desk may never be known, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said Thursday.
During a press conference in Morristown, Bianchi also said there was no evidence King and Parera had anything more than a professional relationship.
"The investigation involved an extensive forensic examination of Christine King’s computer and phone records, both of which revealed no contacts from her to him," Bianchi said. "The computer of Mr. Parera did not reveal any contact with Christine King."
After shooting King, Parera left the office and walked toward his car.
He then made a chilling call to 911 in which he told the police dispatcher he had just killed someone.
During the call, the 39-year-old Kearny man falsely claimed to have a long gun, Bianchi said. Before hanging up, Parera also told the dispatcher he had to make another call.
That call, the prosecutor said, was to his mother and sister.
Then, he made one final plea to the dispatcher: Send the police. But, he warned he would shoot officers when they arrived.
"You know what? I’m armed. I’m dangerous. Send the cops out," Parera said. "I can see from every angle. I will shoot at anyone who approaches the car."
Parera made good on his threat, firing at least eight shots at police while sitting in his white Honda Civic, Bianchi said.

"One came very close," to hitting an officer, the prosecutor said.
Police ordered Parera to surrender but he refused and continued to fire, Bianchi said.
Police returned fire; 10 officers fired 65 shots in 23 seconds, Bianchi said. Parera was shot 11 times, while another 53 shots hit his car, he said.
A grand jury Thursday morning determined the police shooting was justified, Bianchi said.
"No officer, even when use of force was justified as is the case here, enjoys being responsible for taking another person’s life," Bianchi said. "The actions of these officers were nothing short of heroic."

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