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Prominent Westside couple identified in murder-suicide off Soquel Drive {Democrat of the year}
Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 9/25/10 | Jennifer Squires

Posted on 09/25/2010 9:52:53 PM PDT by SmithL

SANTA CRUZ -- Two well-known Westside Santa Cruz residents were killed in a murder-suicide in a residential neighborhood off Soquel Drive late Thursday, authorities reported.

Gayle Mozee-Baum, 54, shot and killed her estranged husband, James "Jimmy" Baum, 61, around 11:15 p.m., then turned the gun on herself, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Sheriff's Sgt. Ian Patrick called the deaths "a tragic event."

Friends were taken aback at the news.

"Jimmy was just kind-hearted. He was a gentleman," said Steve Robertson, a drummer from Aptos who knew Baum for 25 years. "Gayle was a very nice person. Everybody is just shocked by the whole thing. The sadness of it is just overwhelming."

Baum was a respected jazz drummer who worked at Ace Hardware on the Westside for several years but recently quit to drive a cab for Santa Cruz Taxi. He had separated from his wife a few months ago and moved to a home on Lucca Lane, a small street off of Soquel Drive that parallels Dover Drive, about a half-mile east of Dominican Hospital.

Mozee-Baum, who oversaw a legal team of 200 for the international law firm Townsend & Townsend, won the Democrat of the Year award from the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party in 2009.

Thursday night, she went to Baum's home to confront him. The couple was arguing outside when Mozee-Baum shot her husband before using the handgun on herself, according to Patrick.

He died at the scene. She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Patrick reported.

The neighborhood includes single-family homes and, across the street, a large apartment complex. There also is a senior living community in the area and a smattering of businesses along Soquel Drive. The old drive-in and the hospital are to the west of the scene; 41st Avenue is to the east.

Detectives believe Mozee-Baum acted alone. The gun was found at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The fatal shooting is the 12th homicide in the county this year. Three other violent deaths have been related to domestic violence.

"The details of their conversation and Gayle's motive for murdering James are still under investigation," Patrick said in a prepared statement.

County records show the federal Internal Revenue Service filed a lien on the couple's assets in June but those documents were unavailable Friday because county employees were furloughed. Friends said they knew the couple had separated but didn't know the extent of the problems.

"I guess she was having a harder time accepting it than any of us knew," Robertson said. "He would make short asides to the fact that things weren't great with Gayle but never got too deep into it."

News of the double-shooting trickled through the Santa Cruz music community Friday.

"It's kind of unbelievable," said David O'Connor, a local guitarist who met Baum 35 years ago.

O'Connor and Baum played together in a band named "Wave" at Shadowbrook for three years and had gigs at the old Cooper House with Don McCaslin before Baum set his drumsticks aside to raise his children with Mozee-Baum. The couple is survived by three adult sons, Cameron, Tjader and Parker.

Baum was a dedicated father and husband, friends said. He had recently started to play again.

"He was doing well, it seemed like," Robertson said.

Friends recalled Baum as happy and always laughing. He was "just a ray of sunshine, always kind and thoughtful with a dry sense of humor that was great," Robertson said.

They also applauded his musical talent and humble nature that led him to mentor and befriend other musicians, rather than compete with them.

"He never carried himself like a star but he played with so many of them," said Glen Rose, a local musician who knew Baum since the 1970s.

Charles Levin, former jazz writer for the Sentinel, said Baum "was the most inspiring jazz drummer in town. He was oozing with talent, could swing as well as any New York drummer and, for other local drummers, generous with his wisdom and talent."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: democrat; democratoftheyear; democrats; murdersuicide; rats; santacruz
"Gayle was a very nice person.

Uh, nice people don't murder other people, even if they are "Democrat of the Year"!

1 posted on 09/25/2010 9:52:55 PM PDT by SmithL
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I understand she’s been nominated for “Attack-Layer of the Year” also.


2 posted on 09/25/2010 9:53:47 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

LOL!


3 posted on 09/25/2010 9:55:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: SmithL
"She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries..."

Huh?
4 posted on 09/25/2010 9:57:08 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: SmithL

She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries

Eh?


5 posted on 09/25/2010 9:57:40 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: SmithL
She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Patrick reported.

Not nice to laugh at a story like this, but I can't help it here...

6 posted on 09/25/2010 9:58:16 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: SmithL

Obama voter remorse syndrome?


7 posted on 09/25/2010 10:00:36 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SmithL
Dems.

8 posted on 09/25/2010 10:02:24 PM PDT by I see my hands (Unintentionally not left blank)
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To: KJC1
She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Patrick reported.

Not nice to laugh at a story like this, but I can't help it here...




The perils of copy and paste without proofreading.
9 posted on 09/25/2010 10:02:27 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: SmithL

Upset and mentally very unbalanced...
I guess I would be, too, if I had put all my faith in the
FALSE messiah.


10 posted on 09/25/2010 10:02:33 PM PDT by AlexW
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11 posted on 09/25/2010 10:04:11 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
I'm about to dump Cruzio.

They're no longer worth the extra money.

12 posted on 09/25/2010 10:06:46 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Democrats were the Slave Party then; they are the Slave Party now.)
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To: SmithL

It must have been a slow news day for the Sentinel to puff up a unemployed Jazz musician. My late sister lived in a mobile home park on Rodeo Gulch Road just west of 41st. Her daughter still lives in Santa Cruz. I have gone to flea markets at the old drive-in...


13 posted on 09/25/2010 10:07:52 PM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: SmithL

The wife is some hotshot lawyer (or something where she “oversees 200 of the legal team...)

The guy is a jazz drummer and quit his job at Ace Hardware to drive a cab.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think I have a guess as what the argument was about and why they were separated.


14 posted on 09/25/2010 10:08:49 PM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: rahbert
"She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries"

Yes, they are the worst kind. Very difficult & expensive to treat.

15 posted on 09/25/2010 10:10:46 PM PDT by sjmjax
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To: SmithL

OMG....you CANNOT make this $hit up.....a democrat dumba$$ trophy???

16 posted on 09/25/2010 10:13:54 PM PDT by MamaLucci (I will not comply.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
"She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries..."

Must have had flashing neon blood.

17 posted on 09/25/2010 10:18:59 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: SmithL
Kind of sounds like he wanted 1/2 of everything plus alimony.
18 posted on 09/25/2010 10:19:48 PM PDT by fella (.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough." Pv.28:19')
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To: SmithL

Guns for she, but not for thee.

19 posted on 09/25/2010 10:20:36 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL
The gun was found at the scene

as you'd EXPECT at a murder-suicide.

It is tough to not laugh at the amatuerish reporting despite the tragic news. There are some other "master of the obvious" details in this report.

20 posted on 09/25/2010 10:27:54 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: KJC1; musicman

I can’t help it either.

Too many items.

“Nice person” ; “mortal Advertisement injuries”; “democrat of the year”;

(snort)


21 posted on 09/25/2010 10:35:12 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: martin_fierro

Please ping me to the Cruzio list. Always nice to know what’s up in Sodom by the sea.


22 posted on 09/25/2010 10:36:02 PM PDT by tanuki (Obamacare, Cap and Tax, Amnesty, in that order....)
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To: sjmjax

She could no longer deal with her husbands “Sintax”


23 posted on 09/25/2010 10:38:44 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: martin_fierro

I wonder what “Lead” her to that?


24 posted on 09/25/2010 10:40:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: tubebender

My brother lives not far away. That flea market is pretty big!


25 posted on 09/25/2010 10:46:58 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: OrangeHoof

In some neighborhoods the gun would be quickly removed for later sale.


26 posted on 09/25/2010 11:21:43 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: MamaLucci

He resembles Joseph Stalin, she’s ‘Democrat of the Year’ and it didn‘t last?


27 posted on 09/25/2010 11:35:01 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: martin_fierro

It must be love - can’t be his looks or money.


28 posted on 09/25/2010 11:54:03 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SmithL

Reads like the reporter’s TomTom should be on the byline.


29 posted on 09/26/2010 12:27:25 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Vendome

Rage


30 posted on 09/26/2010 2:19:25 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: OrangeHoof
as you'd EXPECT at a murder-suicide.

Precisely why that detail was added. The prior sentence said that police believe that she acted alone. This detail adds to the evidence.

31 posted on 09/26/2010 3:42:29 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: SmithL

Lawyer, Democrat of the Year. Sounds like a slug to me.


32 posted on 09/26/2010 4:09:19 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: SmithL
"She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries"

I've heard those are bad, painful too.

Stay away from women with hyphenated names.

33 posted on 09/26/2010 5:22:58 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: SmithL
She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries and was pronounced dead

The worst kind!

34 posted on 09/26/2010 5:27:46 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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He died at the scene. She suffered mortal Advertisement injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Patrick reported.

I'm hoping this was a cut-and-paste error and not a new medical condition.

This whole tragedy could have been prevented if we had rigorous gun-control laws...against liberals and Democrats.

NO Cheers, unfortunately, as two people are dead.

35 posted on 09/26/2010 5:28:50 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: MamaLucci
If they gave the award here in Iowa, I would nominate a lesbian "married" couple where one of them embezzled over six million dollars from the insurance company where she worked and they gave big bucks to the Democrat party as well as all kinds of Democrat candidates.

Republicans are putting pressure on the Democrats to return the stolen money.

36 posted on 09/26/2010 5:35:09 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: martin_fierro

LOL! I now feel guilty sitting here roaring, while reading these posts. Your pic is toooooo funny while being appropriate!


37 posted on 09/26/2010 5:54:31 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-2-10!)
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To: SmithL

“Mozee-Baum, who oversaw a legal team of 200 for the international law firm Townsend & Townsend, won the Democrat of the Year award from the Santa Cruz County Democratic Party in 2009.

Thursday night, she went to Baum’s home to confront him.”

So Baum won an award, she confronted him about the award and shot him.

Okay...

We are seeing the worst writing in print journalism in its history. Another reason newspapers are dying.


38 posted on 09/26/2010 5:54:49 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

“Lawyer, Democrat of the Year. Sounds like a slug to me.”

That’s why she got the jacka$$ trophy!


39 posted on 09/26/2010 5:56:12 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Professional Politicians are a Threat to the Republic! Remove them on 11-2-10!)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Huh? Double - and nore here - on the 'mortal advertisement'.

Had to move my laptop into better light, thinking I was misreading this one.

40 posted on 09/26/2010 5:57:34 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . .and Obama, not made in the USA either. . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Hey, it’s more common then you think. Just watch the Nascar race today...


41 posted on 09/26/2010 7:58:24 AM PDT by tubebender (Life is short so drink the good wine first...)
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To: Nailbiter

mortal advertisement ping


42 posted on 09/26/2010 8:38:52 AM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history.)
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To: SmithL

Hell hath no fury like a democrat woman scorned...what’s gonna happen when their entire party is scorned on Nov. 2?


43 posted on 09/26/2010 8:54:26 AM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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To: 21twelve

Well..Nazi Pelosi did tell voters they could pursue their artistic dead beat dreams now that she and the dems are redistributing the wealth of the producers in society. I guess this dem of the year woman didn’t like when her wealth was going to be redistributed...lol.

Hypocrites...the lot of them.


44 posted on 09/26/2010 9:00:27 AM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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