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Santa admits he killed his cousin
Boston Herald ^ | 12/21/05 | Laurel Sweet

Posted on 12/22/2005 9:57:04 AM PST by raccoonradio

A Dorchester man named Santa gave his conflicted family the yuletide gift of contrition yesterday by ’fessing up to killing his cousin at a Christmas party two years ago.

Torn between anguish and fidelity, Benjamin Santa’s tearful mother would speak no evil of her son, even as he was spirited away in chains from a Boston courtroom.

“I couldn’t even hug or kiss him,” Luz Caban said of Santa, 24, the oldest of her four children. “There’s no Christmas for us.”

Santa, wearing sunglasses, his braided hair pulled back in a ponytail, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 14 to 15 years in state prison by Suffolk Superior Judge Elizabeth Donovan.

A middle-school dropout who picked up work as a cook, Santa fatally stabbed his cousin, 44-year-old Jose Acevedo, Dec. 28, 2003, when Acevedo stepped in to defend their grandmother, Angela Caban, from Santa’s wrath.

Santa, who is bipolar and suffers from an anxiety disorder, had not medicated himself in two weeks when he plunged a kitchen knife into Acevedo’s gut after Acevedo tossed a chair at him.

Hours after the attack, Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Mark Hallal told Donovan Santa turned up at Boston Medical Center and said, “he was depressed and suicidal. He stated that he had stabbed his cousin by accident while shielding himself from a chair.”

Fearing his 70-year-old grandmother won’t live to see him hang another stocking, Santa was granted permission to pose for a photo with her.

Santa’s mother said his sentence amounted to a lump of coal.

“Nobody holds a grudge against him,” she said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: badsanta; benjaminsanta; bipolar; bostonherald; santa; santaclaus; skippedmeds
I remember reading about this 2 years ago (sorry if this is in bad taste, but...) and thought, "What did Jose get from Santa? A fatal stab wound..." (Sorry. Continued prayers for the victim's soul.)

Still, an attention getting headline this time of year.

>>Santa, who is bipolar

(sorry again, but...) I thought he stuck to the North Pole...

>>had not medicated himself

How many times have we heard this... Remember the guy shot dead at Miami airport? Hadn't taken his meds

>> Santa’s mother said his sentence amounted to a lump of coal.

1 posted on 12/22/2005 9:57:05 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Here comes Santa. Benjamin Santa is led in to Suffolk Superior Court where he pled guilty.
2 posted on 12/22/2005 9:58:20 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Maximus of Texas; Millee; EX52D
Santa, wearing sunglasses, his braided hair pulled back in a ponytail, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 14 to 15 years in state prison

Santa wearing his hair braided these days??

Santa please...your killing my view of you
3 posted on 12/22/2005 10:00:53 AM PST by PaulaB (Gėzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!)
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To: raccoonradio

In his piece "Why I Love Christmas", John Waters mentions
the 1980 horror film "Christmas Evil", aka "you Better
Watch Out". (" A psycho in a Santa suit gets to decide who's been naughty and who's been nice")

Tag line? "He'll sleigh you."


4 posted on 12/22/2005 10:05:17 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
“Nobody holds a grudge against him,” she said.

Okaaaaaaay.

5 posted on 12/22/2005 10:06:03 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: PaulaB; raccoonradio
You better watch out,
You better not cry
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus will stab you to death...

6 posted on 12/22/2005 10:09:33 AM PST by Millee ("Life is just one damned thing after another" - Elbert Hubbard)
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To: PaulaB

LOL...think of a "happy" Santa.


7 posted on 12/22/2005 10:10:13 AM PST by EX52D ((I have shifted to "Christmas Survival Mode"))
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To: Millee

"The Night The Reindeer Died!"


8 posted on 12/22/2005 10:11:53 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Millee

LOL


9 posted on 12/22/2005 10:22:26 AM PST by PaulaB (Gėzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!)
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To: raccoonradio
A Dorchester man named Santa...

This ranks right up there with naming your kid "Seymour Butts" or "A Boy Named Sue."

Maybe you would be bipolar and nuts too with a family like this.

10 posted on 12/22/2005 10:32:55 AM PST by Tamar1973 (There's NOTHING I need at 5 a.m., except more sleep!!!!!)
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To: Tamar1973

Well, it's his last name which he might not have control over (unless he decided to change it).

>>A Boy Named Sue

I got a book about radio humorist Jean Shepherd (A Christmas Story) who was named after a character in Les Miserables, I believe. Yes, a man, but named Jean (and not from France).
He got more than a bit of ribbing about his first name. So
Jean's friend Shel Silverstein wrote a song about it called...
A Boy Named Sue


11 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:59 AM PST by raccoonradio
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