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Police: Santa Gunman Planned To Flee To Canada [SUIT MELTED ON SKIN]
AP ^ | 12/26/08 | CHRISTINA HOAG

Posted on 12/26/2008 3:36:41 PM PST by BunnySlippers

COVINA, Calif. – Law enforcement officials in Southern California say the gunman who killed nine people in a Christmas Eve bloodbath at his ex-in-laws' Covina home intended to flee to Canada but was severely burned before he killed himself.

Police said Friday that after the shooting, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo used a homemade device to spray racing fuel around the home and that the vapor was ignited by a pilot light or candle. He suffered third-degree burns on both arms when it exploded.

Authorities say Pardo's Santa suit actually melted onto his body before he fled.

After Pardo shot himself to death at his brother's home, authorities found $17,000 on him and a plane ticket for a flight from Los Angeles to Canada.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: badsanta; christmaseve; covina; gunman; massacre; pardo; santa

1 posted on 12/26/2008 3:36:42 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: BunnySlippers

I know this will be made into a Horror B-Movie.


2 posted on 12/26/2008 3:38:31 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: BunnySlippers

Terrible tragedy


3 posted on 12/26/2008 3:39:22 PM PST by gogov
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To: BunnySlippers

I understand he just had a very unfavorable divorce resolution. Had the same thing happen here in Randogville; a guy slashed his ex, who died, and shot the divorce judge, who lived. The town was really torn up about the whole thing, thought he got it all bass-ackwards.


4 posted on 12/26/2008 3:40:20 PM PST by randog (Hope is a bad business plan.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Good thing he shot himself.

Causing that much pollution, global warming, and damage to the Earth would net him a lot of jail time in Kalifornia.


5 posted on 12/26/2008 3:40:36 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: randog
The town was really torn up about the whole thing, thought he got it all bass-ackwards

I have to agree with that sentiment

6 posted on 12/26/2008 3:41:54 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: BunnySlippers

A local nutbag hereabouts got served divorce papers the day before Christmas eve, then shows up at his wife’s workplace on Christmas eve and kills her and then himself. There’s nothing quite like the holidays for unfettered violence and mayhem.


7 posted on 12/26/2008 3:47:59 PM PST by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: BunnySlippers

The guy apparently went completely ‘round the bend after a divorce court awarded nearly every penny he had, which wasn’t much, to his ex. He was an unemployed electrical engineer, out of a job since July.

But he shot a small girl in the face, who answered the door and let “Santa” in, then went on a rampage, ending in torching the whole place, killing nine people on Christmas Eve, at a party. I just can’t wrap my mind around it.

He got what he deserved in the end, I guess. I just don’t know. I suspect we’re going to be seeing a lot of this sort of thing going forward, and it sickens me.


8 posted on 12/26/2008 3:55:05 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: BunnySlippers
Anybody know if his brother is the comedian Jimmy Pardo? I did a little poking around but didn't find any connections. There is some similarity to their appearances based on photos, but that could just be coincidence.

I hope there's no relation. Jimmy Pardo is usually pretty funny and I would hate for his career to take a hit because a family member or relative came unstuck.

9 posted on 12/26/2008 4:04:18 PM PST by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Crispy Kringle.


10 posted on 12/26/2008 4:05:25 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Pablo64

An article said his brother’s name is Brad.


11 posted on 12/26/2008 4:07:09 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

An ugly tragedy in which nobody wins and nobody is any the wiser.

We read this and think “what a moron!” and at some level we’d be right. But something or somebody made his upstairs do the bolt, and they tell me that an acrimonious divorce can often do that — particularly if the outcome is unfair.

Was he mentally ill? Probably. If so that diminishes his responsibility to just about nil.

That being true, then who is to blame? At this point it doesn’t matter.

Tragic.


12 posted on 12/26/2008 4:08:29 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Thanks. The early articles I had read didn't state the brother's name, so I thought maybe they were keeping it quiet. I didn't go to the link on this one since I hadn't found anything previously.

I still feel bad for the brother and any other family he left behind. They are likely in for a rough time.

13 posted on 12/26/2008 4:12:10 PM PST by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Was he mentally ill? Probably. If so that diminishes his responsibility to just about nil.

No, it does not.

That being true, then who is to blame?

He is to blame.

At this point it doesn’t matter.

Yes, it does.

Tragic. - Truly so.

14 posted on 12/26/2008 4:12:16 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: randog

In light of the horrible events that followed, just how ‘unfavorable’ was that divorce settlement?


15 posted on 12/26/2008 4:12:33 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: BunnySlippers

Not that I wish this on anyone, but couldn’t he have just killed the lawyer?


16 posted on 12/26/2008 4:16:14 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: bill1952

> No, it does not.

Yes, it does. Medicine says so, the law says so, and commonsense says so.


17 posted on 12/26/2008 4:16:44 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: BunnySlippers

I don’t care that he got screwed by the courts, when he shot an eight year old girl in the face he lost all rights to my sympathy.
I hope when that Santa suit caught fire and melted to him it gave him a taste of what to expect after he pulled the trigger on himself.


18 posted on 12/26/2008 4:16:46 PM PST by Taichi (Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse)
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To: BunnySlippers

Sounds like a project the Coen Brothers would be interested in.


19 posted on 12/26/2008 4:22:07 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: BunnySlippers
With them type burns he must have suffered terribly.

Lousy creep and of course all the neighbors say how great he was. I don't for minute think they are lying either, you just can't tell who will blow up and who will bear down and become stronger after a rotten deal.

20 posted on 12/26/2008 4:27:49 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Common sense certainly does not. - the term "mentally ill" is a popular brush that paints a very wide - and liberal - swath. - like doping your son with Ritalin because he is in some way "ill."

Medicine has no place in legal issues, or moral ones either, for that matter.

The law is simply a crystallized prejudice of the current social mores and changes all of the time.

21 posted on 12/26/2008 4:37:48 PM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: bill1952

> Common sense certainly does not.

If somebody has diminished mental capabilities then commonsense certainly does dictate that such a person has diminished responsibility.

That is why you must be compos mentis to sign a Will or to take out a bank loan or to drive a car.

> the term “mentally ill” is a popular brush that paints a very wide - and liberal - swath.

Have much to do with the mentally ill? Or is this just your opinion?

From my viewpoint, I sit on a Board of Trustees of an organization that provides care and services to mentally ill people. They require help in order to function: some more than others. We are not in the habit of providing care and services to healthy people, if for no other reason than we cannot afford to: hardly a “liberal” swath.

> - like doping your son with Ritalin because he is in some way “ill.”

If you are treating your son with Ritalin he will probably have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: both perfectly sensible uses for the drug... except, of course, for medical luddites.

> Medicine has no place in legal issues,

Arrant nonsense! Tell that to the cops next time they blood test you for drink-driving.

> or moral ones either, for that matter.

Sure it does. That is why hospitals have Ethics Committees.

> The law is simply a crystallized prejudice of the current social mores and changes all of the time.

Tell that to the judge just before he sentences you, see how sympathetic he is to your viewpoint.


23 posted on 12/26/2008 5:03:15 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: SolidWood

When I told my husband about it he even asked “Are you sure it wasn’t a movie plot?” It does sound like one.


24 posted on 12/26/2008 5:04:49 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: BunnySlippers
Authorities say Pardo's Santa suit actually melted onto his body before he fled.

There's a lot to be said for using the traditional animal hide with natural fur lining.

25 posted on 12/26/2008 5:07:06 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Kill the English their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants)
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To: Continental Soldier

Mrs. randog tells me that his wife got all the merchandise w/ a lifetime monthly stipend of $1500.


26 posted on 12/26/2008 5:25:09 PM PST by randog (Hope is a bad business plan.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Police: Santa Gunman Planned To Flee To Canada [SUIT MELTED ON SKIN]

Too bad, so sad. He got what he was dishing out.

I sure hope that none of those people in that house burned to death, but that they were dead before the fire started.

In the meantime, he got his.

27 posted on 12/26/2008 5:50:18 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Continental Soldier

Considering everyone was saying what a nice guy he was, his wife must have picked up on something. Unless she was a real piece of work, she is the one who moved out and filed for divorce so something must have warned her to get out.


28 posted on 12/26/2008 5:53:17 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: BallyBill; Taichi
With them type burns he must have suffered terribly.

For which I feel very little sympathy, especially since it's likely that some of the dead burned to death themselves, and he deliberately did that to them.

He only got what he deserved, IMO.

29 posted on 12/26/2008 5:55:10 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: BunnySlippers
But one incident that led to that divorce was a long-held detail of his past that Pardo hid from his wife.

About nine years ago, he and a girlfriend had a child. As a 1-year-old, the boy fell into a pool, nearly drowning. As a result, the child was left physically handicapped. Although Pardo did not support his son financially, he claimed the boy as a dependent for seven years on his tax returns. When Pardo's wife found out about it from a family member, she demanded he stop claiming his son as a dependent. The situation helped lead to the divorce, sources close to the family said.

As part of the settlement, the couple waived spousal support. Earlier in the year, Sylvia had asked the court for spousal support, telling the court her $2,000-a-month salary was not enough for her 6-year-old daughter and herself to find an apartment of their own.

According to court records, Sylvia had asked Pardo to let her and her daughter stay in his Montrose home until the girl finished kindergarten.

"He said I could 'commute,' " the woman told the court, according to transcripts. "When I returned after a weekend at my parents' home, he had moved my belongings out to the driveway."

From this source it sounds as if the guy was a creep for a long time. Anger and the inability to control it, not insanity, seem to have been his problem. Good riddance. Tragic that it came after his murderous spree. He had plenty of sympathy for himself but didn't recognize others as truly human.

30 posted on 12/26/2008 6:03:44 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
In fact, I believe this was a long time coming. The divorice settlement was just not that bad. This guy snapped from long standing something ... anger, rage ...
31 posted on 12/26/2008 6:08:25 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BallyBill
Lousy creep and of course all the neighbors say how great he was.

That's why I do not trust quiet, settled, nice people!
In this guy's case, the divorce was the "trigger" for something, he was hiding for many years.Remember he was 45 Years old, so an Year old marriage(who didn't work after all) it will be hardly the reason for this evil, heinous and calculated mayhem.

He, must've had much more baggage brought in to his marriage for which I presume hastened the divorce. (remember, did not even last a year)
Furthermore, the elaborate planning of his rampage (...rented car, cash for travel, passport in the shoes, elaborate flame thrower, plenty of ammo for the 4 pistols, rigged out Santa clothes in case somebody removes them) points out to a very deranged individual who is very nice, quiet individual, minding his own business, every day Joe in your neck of the woods.
Well, I will take on the loud ones if you want to know...

32 posted on 12/26/2008 6:21:33 PM PST by danmar (Reason obeys itself,and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it! Thomas Paine)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

A man that had this man’s elaborate and carefully planned escape (cash, passport, ticket, etc) is not mentally ill. Cerntainly not to the point of diminished capacity to discern right from wrong which would diminish his legal and moral culpability.

His actions were in fact those of a “guilty mind” who knew exactly what he was doing and exactly how wrong it was.


33 posted on 12/26/2008 8:52:20 PM PST by Valpal1 (Always be prepared to make that difference.)
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To: SoDak
The worst story along those line I've ever heard.

Guy kidnaps ex, and ties her up, and drives out into the country, far from anything.

He then shoots himself while sitting next to her in parked car after telling her "This is what you've done to me."

She was found a day or so later still tied up inside the car with his body.

34 posted on 12/26/2008 11:05:29 PM PST by Jotmo (Has 0bama fixed my soul yet? I can't tell.)
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To: danmar
That's why I do not trust quiet, settled, nice people!

And this is why we can't have nice things...

35 posted on 12/26/2008 11:21:34 PM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

There’s nothing quite” like divorce” and the holidays for unfettered violence and mayhem.

blame the feminist court system for driving him over edge

Bruce Pardo asked the judge to order his wife to start supporting him. Her lifestyle, he alleged, was proof that she had money to spare.

“Since the date of separation, she bought a new 2009 luxury car, has gone several days gambling in Las Vegas, has frequently been out dining at finer restaurants . . . took a trip to Primm Casino-Resort . . . purchased golf school lessons, has taken a recent vacation to Magic Mountain Amusement Park and visited massage parlors,” he wrote in court filings earlier this month.


36 posted on 12/27/2008 2:16:51 AM PST by wiseone (india)
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To: RegulatorCountry
"The guy apparently went completely ‘round the bend after a divorce court awarded nearly every penny he had, which wasn’t much, to his ex."

I read that she got $10,000, the dog, and her wedding rings.

37 posted on 12/27/2008 2:44:56 AM PST by Mila
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To: Taichi
I don’t care that he got screwed by the courts, when he shot an eight year old girl in the face he lost all rights to my sympathy. I hope when that Santa suit caught fire and melted to him it gave him a taste of what to expect after he pulled the trigger on himself.

Agreed. I only wish that someone, anyone else at that party had been armed. As much of a tragedy as the little girl's murder was... perhaps the killing of innocents would have ended then and there.

ALWAYS carry. NEVER tell.

38 posted on 12/27/2008 3:57:11 AM PST by PalmettoMason (Can't we all just get along? At least until I'm finished reloading?)
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To: PalmettoMason
Agreed. I only wish that someone, anyone else at that party had been armed

I was thinking the same thing.

P.S. I do believe the little girl lived.

39 posted on 12/27/2008 4:24:09 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: BunnySlippers

He seemed to have a lot of baggage:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-santa-divorce27-2008dec27,0,1591349.story


40 posted on 12/27/2008 6:37:28 AM PST by jabchae
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To: beaversmom
P.S. I do believe the little girl lived.

That's good to know.

Thanks!

41 posted on 12/27/2008 8:03:36 AM PST by PalmettoMason (Can't we all just get along? At least until I'm finished reloading?)
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