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Santa gunman was in bitter divorce, lost job
http://www.startribune.com ^ | December 26, 2008 | By CHRISTINA HOAG

Posted on 12/27/2008 9:37:19 AM PST by Maelstorm

COVINA, Calif. - A man who carried out a Christmas Eve massacre and arson dressed as Santa at the home of his former in-laws apparently intended to flee the U.S., but his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body, police said Friday.

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, a laid-off aerospace worker, apparently shot some of his nine victims execution-style in a plot to destroy his ex-wife's family after a costly divorce that was finalized last week. He had an airline ticket for a Christmas morning flight to Canada and $17,000 in cash on his body, some attached to his legs with plastic wrap and some in a girdle, Covina police Chief Kim Raney said. He did not know the Canadian destination.

Armed with four guns, wearing the Santa suit and carrying a fuel-spraying device wrapped like a present, Pardo showed up at the home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday as a party of about 25 people was under way.

Raney said Pardo, 45, fired a shot into the face of an 8-year-old girl who answered the door and at first fired indiscriminately, then apparently targeted relatives of his ex-wife as other guests fled.

"There's some information that he stood over them and shot them execution-style," Raney said.

Pardo retreated to the front door and retrieved a device that mixed carbon dioxide or oxygen with high-octane racing fuel, police said. Fleeing guests saw him spraying the fuel inside the house when the vapor was ignited, possibly by a pilot light or a candle, and exploded.

"Mr. Pardo was severely injured during that explosion," Raney said. "He suffered third-degree burns on both arms and it also appears that the Santa Claus suit that he was wearing did melt onto his body."

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Hell finds men best when they feel they have no place left to go.
1 posted on 12/27/2008 9:37:19 AM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm
his plans were dashed after the inferno he created severely burned his arms and melted his red costume onto his body
Don't you hate when that happens?
2 posted on 12/27/2008 9:39:18 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Maelstorm

The MSM was quick to mention that he was an usher at his church. Had this been a ROP member, there would have been silence.


3 posted on 12/27/2008 9:39:32 AM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Maelstorm

Yeah? So? Me too.


4 posted on 12/27/2008 9:39:57 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: null and void

You are now subject to a five day waiting period to buy or rent a red suit.

Santa Suits don’t kill people, people do.


5 posted on 12/27/2008 9:41:56 AM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: xmission

Speaking of which, have you ever seen anyone dress up for Halloween as Santa?


6 posted on 12/27/2008 9:44:09 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: Maelstorm
Pardo retreated to the front door and retrieved a device that mixed carbon dioxide or oxygen with high-octane racing fuel...

I think we've found a journalist who was a D student in chemistry.

7 posted on 12/27/2008 9:44:20 AM PST by seowulf (Discipline knows no emotion and frequently runs counter to the whims of panic or elation.)
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To: xmission

Yes they are always silent. Let a person be a associated with the left or a homosexual organization then you seldom hear it except in really outrageous cases like the two lesbians. This is a horrible case. That he was an usher in church should simply highlight that no one is safe from the influence of evil. How many times a person is challenged. I know in my life that had I not had a relationship with God there were moments and trials that would’ve been too much.


8 posted on 12/27/2008 9:45:07 AM PST by Maelstorm (Ignorance is bliss. When no one knows what you are doing you can do what you want.)
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To: samtheman

That’s why I prefer 100% cotton clothing, but it’s hard to find quality Santa suits.


9 posted on 12/27/2008 9:45:56 AM PST by AZLiberty (I hope Obama changes.)
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To: seowulf
I think we've found a journalist who was a D student in chemistry.

Highest score in the whole newsroom...

10 posted on 12/27/2008 9:46:11 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: seowulf

Give him a break he was channeling Al Gore.


11 posted on 12/27/2008 9:46:35 AM PST by Maelstorm (Ignorance is bliss. When no one knows what you are doing you can do what you want.)
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To: Maelstorm
I can see why his wife left him - and why why he was fired.

He's a self indulgent bully - guess he 'deserves' the respect and love other men earn.

This killing was an ugly temper tantrum.

Too bad he didn't bother to grow up.

12 posted on 12/27/2008 9:46:41 AM PST by GOPJ (GM's market value is a third of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Why is GM "too big to fail"? Steyn)
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To: seowulf

The journalist probably figured that someone this evil must be using that evil substance, carbon dioxide.


13 posted on 12/27/2008 9:46:56 AM PST by AZLiberty (I hope Obama changes.)
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To: null and void

Me too what? You lose your job, and wife?


14 posted on 12/27/2008 9:47:54 AM PST by Maelstorm (Ignorance is bliss. When no one knows what you are doing you can do what you want.)
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To: AZLiberty

What a low-life, huh? His first act was to shoot an 8-year-old girl in the face.


15 posted on 12/27/2008 9:48:08 AM PST by samtheman
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To: null and void

Can’t say I have.


16 posted on 12/27/2008 9:48:11 AM PST by xmission (www.iwilldefendtheconstitution.com)
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To: Maelstorm
I can see why his wife left him - and why why he was fired.

He's a self indulgent bully - guess he thinks he 'deserved' the respect and love other men have to earn.

This killing was an ugly temper tantrum.

Too bad he was too lazy to grow up...

17 posted on 12/27/2008 9:48:13 AM PST by GOPJ (GM's market value is a third of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Why is GM "too big to fail"? Steyn)
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To: Maelstorm

Rage. Rage of a nice guy who always gets beat up and gets that final straw on his back, or else paranoid rage of a psycho convinced the world is out to get him. Seen both kinds.


18 posted on 12/27/2008 9:49:53 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Many come here to merely strike poses, posture and feel superior to others.)
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To: Maelstorm
A search of Pardo's own home in Montrose, a suburb northeast of Los Angeles, turned up racing fuel, five empty boxes for high-powered semiautomatic handguns and two high-powered shotguns.

Uh... what exactly is a "high powered shotgun"?

I have several shotguns. The power of each one depends on the ammo used.

19 posted on 12/27/2008 9:51:01 AM PST by earlJam
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To: GOPJ

The article doesn’t actually say he was fired.

Lots of tech workers these days are losing their jobs, not for what they do, but because jobs are being sent elsewhere.

It’s a shame to think - “free trade” just might have contributed to this awful situation.

Guy loses his job. His confidence crumbles - and he is no longer the man his wife married. She divorces him, and he goes insane.

First step in that descent into the abyss: outsourcing.

He was clearly an evil, criminally insane violent nutball, but if he hadn’t lost his job all the rest may not have happened.


20 posted on 12/27/2008 9:52:05 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Free Trade" = Fire Americans. Buy another company then fire more Americans.)
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To: Maelstorm

That he shot an 8 year old who thought she was answering the door for Santa tells me all I need to know about this animal.


21 posted on 12/27/2008 9:52:54 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Maelstorm

lost job, no money.....

What a dumb a$$! If only he could have held on till Jan. 20 when the Redistribution Plan would’ve kicked in!


22 posted on 12/27/2008 9:52:59 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: xmission

Oh how clever you are. Made me laugh out loud today. :)


23 posted on 12/27/2008 9:53:20 AM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: seowulf

No, you don’t understand — carbon dioxide causes global warming, er.. climate change. Not only was the guy a murderer, he was environmentally irresponsible which makes him even worse.


24 posted on 12/27/2008 9:54:58 AM PST by 353FMG (The sky is not falling, yet.)
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To: wombtotomb

This is a really bad nightmare version of ‘trading Places” the movie. I fear it will be rerun hundreds of times this year as the God of money will fail as all false gods do.


25 posted on 12/27/2008 9:56:01 AM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: samtheman

That was one sick bastard. No matter how humiliating the divorce, he had no excuse to do anything like that.


26 posted on 12/27/2008 9:56:15 AM PST by AZLiberty (I hope Obama changes.)
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To: Maelstorm
You lose your job, and wife?

Yep. You don't see me flipping out do you?

A little adversity is no excuse for behaving badly.

27 posted on 12/27/2008 9:58:53 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: seowulf
No, I think the carbon dioxide reference is there because it is, in the journalist's playbook, a "dangerous greenhouse gas". It was referenced for pure shock value. Then there was this little gem:

...five empty boxes for high-powered semiautomatic handguns and two high-powered shotguns.

So what exactly is a "high-powered" shotgun? I seriously doubt that Christina Hoag knows herself. Again, right out of the journalist's playbook.

28 posted on 12/27/2008 10:01:37 AM PST by randog (Hope is a bad business plan.)
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To: wombtotomb
I fear it will be rerun hundreds of times this year as the God of money will fail as all false gods do.

"Head Like A Hole"

God money i'll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don't want everything he wants it all.

no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me
no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me

head like a hole.
black as your soul.
i'd rather die than give you control.
head like a hole.
black as your soul.
i'd rather die than give you control.

bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.
bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.

God money's not looking for the cure.
God money's not concerned with the sick amongst the pure.
God money let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised.
God money's not one to choose

no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me
no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me

bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.
bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.

bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.
bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.

no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me
no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me

bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.
bow down before the one you serve.
you're going to get what you deserve.

you know who you are.

29 posted on 12/27/2008 10:02:56 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: Maelstorm
This story just gets more and more tragic. You couldn't write a movie script more violent and bizarre.
30 posted on 12/27/2008 10:03:37 AM PST by LiberConservative ("We gonna get PAID!" - Obama voter)
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To: LiberConservative

Wanna bet?


31 posted on 12/27/2008 10:05:18 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Guy loses his job. His confidence crumbles - and he is no longer the man his wife married. She divorces him, and he goes insane.

A woman so morally bankrupt that she'll leave a man when he's down was probably chosen for her looks. Again, the man needs to grow up - even if it means ( in the case you describe) that "growing up" means he realizes he's lucky the bimbo left and that he now has a chance to find a good woman.

In any case - throwing a killing tantrum isn't the answer.

32 posted on 12/27/2008 10:05:50 AM PST by GOPJ (GM's market value is a third of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Why is GM "too big to fail"? Steyn)
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To: null and void
Speaking of which, have you ever seen anyone dress up for Halloween as Santa?


33 posted on 12/27/2008 10:06:18 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: AZLiberty

And if you read the whole piece it sounds like he was given a reprieve, at least temporarily, on some of the worst of the settlement, like the spousal support, which, with no children involved, might have been an injustice in the first place.

But still, injustice or not, to go from that to acting like a damn Palestinian...

What a dirt-bag. A late dirt-bag.


34 posted on 12/27/2008 10:07:40 AM PST by samtheman
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To: GOPJ

Understatement of the year.


35 posted on 12/27/2008 10:08:04 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Free Trade" = Fire Americans. Buy another company then fire more Americans.)
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To: Maelstorm

“That he was an usher in church should simply highlight that no one is safe from the influence of evil.”

Dennis Rader comes to mind.


36 posted on 12/27/2008 10:08:16 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Hmmmm. Aqualung as St. Nick...


37 posted on 12/27/2008 10:08:22 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
The article doesn’t actually say he was fired.

Lots of tech workers these days are losing their jobs, not for what they do, but because jobs are being sent elsewhere.

It’s a shame to think - “free trade” just might have contributed to this awful situation.

Guy loses his job. His confidence crumbles - and he is no longer the man his wife married. She divorces him, and he goes insane.

First step in that descent into the abyss: outsourcing.

He was clearly an evil, criminally insane violent nutball, but if he hadn’t lost his job all the rest may not have happened.



LOL, do you run a union?

Quit making excuses for this bastard of a specimen, please.

38 posted on 12/27/2008 10:10:19 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: LiberConservative; MyTwoCopperCoins
Hmmmm, again. Old Nick as St. Nick.

That give me an idea for a a movie script...

39 posted on 12/27/2008 10:10:48 AM PST by null and void (Petroglyphs. The original cliffs notes...)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“Guy loses his job. His confidence crumbles - and he is no longer the man his wife married. She divorces him, and he goes insane.”

Not exactly.

His wife discovered he had a brain-damaged son who he abandoned but still was using the boy for tax purposes.

She was understandably disturbed at his secrecy and disgusting behavior.

This may come as a suprise to many bitter freeper men - but sometimes it ain’t the woman’s fault.


40 posted on 12/27/2008 10:11:13 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: earlJam

Journalists are know-nothings. Every time I read a news account about a subject I know something about, I can see that they get it wrong, wrong, wrong. Every time. This “reporter” apparently thinks that calling a shotgun “high powered” makes it sound ever so much more evil.


41 posted on 12/27/2008 10:12:22 AM PST by ducdriver (99% of liberals give the other 1% a bad name.)
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To: null and void

“A little adversity is no excuse for behaving badly.”

amen


42 posted on 12/27/2008 10:12:48 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: xmission
The MSM was quick to mention that he was an usher at his church. Had this been a ROP member, there would have been silence.

I don't think it's a conspiracy to make his church look bad. It's pertinent information, along with his lack of police record and prior jobs in the aerospace industry.

All these facts put together would leave the typical reader (like myself) asking how this apparently normal, well-adjusted, church-going man could go off the deep end so violently. And it looks like we're finding our answer in his divorce settlement saddled on top of his job loss and unemployment denial.

43 posted on 12/27/2008 10:13:08 AM PST by Drew68
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To: GOPJ

“A woman so morally bankrupt that she’ll leave a man when he’s down was probably chosen for her looks. “

She discovered he had abandoned a disabled son but was still claiming the boy for tax purposes.

In other words - she discovered he was a lowlife - and HAD been a lowlife for a long time.


44 posted on 12/27/2008 10:14:38 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
It’s a shame to think - “free trade” just might have contributed to this awful situation.

You're right about this - part of what our elites don't understand it that much of "wealth" IS the job. Not what the job earns, but the actual "job".

If I call a company for support ( or to vacation cancel my paper) and I get people in India or the Phillipines - I mentally mark it - and don't do business with the people when my contract or subscription runs out.

45 posted on 12/27/2008 10:15:44 AM PST by GOPJ (GM's market value is a third of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Why is GM "too big to fail"? Steyn)
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To: Maelstorm
Anyone who hides the fact that he has a disabled son except to the IRS for a tax write off, has wasted too much time on this planet.

Santa should have killed HIM.

46 posted on 12/27/2008 10:17:51 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Scotswife

I was referring to the example that “Cringing Negativism Network” had used. He was not defending this man either - but was referring to men who lose their jobs and confidence and wives. He was NOT talking about the man in this article - who was clearly a psycho. There is NEVER an excuse to do what that evil man did - shooting children in the face? Revenge tantrum? Awful. No, there IS NO EXCUSE for the animal.


47 posted on 12/27/2008 10:20:10 AM PST by GOPJ (GM's market value is a third of Bed, Bath and Beyond. Why is GM "too big to fail"? Steyn)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

I’m not making excuses.

He’s a nutball. Or that is, he was.

But fact is, there’s a statistically meaningful portion of society, whose connection with good behavior is shall we say, tenuous?

Our society increasingly is devoid of right/wrong. Everything becomes about feelings, and victim mentality. And Covina is pretty much gang central. Violence in that part of LA, is a pretty common thing.

Gangs and violence trend upward. Respect of right and wrong, continues to dissolve - in part because of liberal “relativism”.

Cal is becoming a mess.


48 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:02 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Free Trade" = Fire Americans. Buy another company then fire more Americans.)
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To: GOPJ

She truly was a morally bankrupt bimbo. Great choice of words. She demanded that he stop claiming a tax deduction on his brain injured son who he had already abandoned years before. This coward shoots an 8 year old girl in the face and you make some kind of rationalization that the ex wife is somehow to blame because she didn’t stand by her man. There is a God and the bad news for Santa is that he is the God of perfect justice.


49 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:26 AM PST by freefdny
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To: GOPJ

And I’m trying to add a bit more fact into the circumstances of this particular case.

She was appalled at his behavior.
This had nothing to with having a job - losing a job - outsourcing, or anything like that.

It sounds like he lost his job after she had already filed.


50 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:53 AM PST by Scotswife
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