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Elvis impersonator held in machete murder
The Daily Item ^ | 9/20/03 | Phoebe Sweet

Posted on 09/21/2003 9:52:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro

REVERE -- A Revere Elvis impersonator is being held without bail after allegedly hacking a man to death with a machete early Friday morning.

Robert Daigle, 67 of 4 Frye St. in Revere, was arraigned in Chelsea District court Friday for allegedly murdering James Surette, 39, of Revere, in his apartment after hours spent drinking beer.

Daigle called police at approximately 3:54 a.m. Friday to report an altercation saying, "Someone may be dead," according to Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Tim Bradl.

Bradl said Daigle admitted to stabbing Surette in the chest with a knife and then attacking him with a large machete with a serrated edge. The defendant also said he stopped to check the Surette's pulse and then continued with the attack, bludgeoning the victim in the head and back with the machete and then plunging the weapon into the victim's back.

Revere firefighters were the first to arrive on the scene, where Daigle asked if they could read him his Miranda rights and then said, "I was defending myself."

Bradl described a gruesome scene with a broken coffee table, spattered blood and a mangled Surette lying facedown on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood with a machete protruding from his back.

Surette was found wearing pants, but no shirt, and had no identification with him. He was described as being in his late 30s or early 40s.

Bradl said there were "signs of a violent struggle" in the living room of Daigle's Frye Street apartment.

But downstairs neighbor Rob Reed, who owns Daigle's apartment, said he heard only a minor disturbance and finds it hard to believe his tenant of two years would kill anyone.

"He was quiet. I never heard any type of anger... or disturbance," said Reed. "If he knew you were sick he would wish you well. It doesn't make sense."

Reed also said that Daigle rarely had male visitors and only seldom saw either of his two daughters. He described Daigle as a loner.

He also said that Daigle occasionally dressed up as Elvis and put on convincing impressions.

"For the amount of violence that was done there I just can't imagine it was coming from this man," said Reed.

But Daigle reportedly told firefighters at the scene that he had taken a shower and changed his clothes after the murder, and said, "I probably shouldn't have done that."

According to police, after being taken into custody, Daigle initially asked for an attorney, but later gave a full statement to Revere police. He told them that he met Surette near his apartment after purchasing an undetermined quantity of beer Thursday night.

According to Daigle's statement:

Surette asked to accompany him to his apartment to drink the beer. Daigle said Surette became belligerent at about midnight. Daigle said he and Surette had several skirmishes, after which they would make up, hug and continue drinking.

Early Friday morning Daigle told police he began to fear for his life. He asked Surette to leave the apartment and the victim refused, saying his father wouldn't let him into the house at such a late hour. Surette fell asleep on the couch with his hands crossed on his chest and a knife in his hands, according to Daigle.

While Surette slept Daigle approached him with the intent to kill him, removed the knife from his hands and stabbed him in the chest

Daigle told police that Surette lurched to his feet, made a gurgling noise and struggled with Daigle. During the struggle, Daigle says he grabbed the machete and slashed the victim several times.

When Surette fell to the floor facedown, Daigle checked for a pulse and, finding one, attacked the victim again.

Bradl told Chelsea District Court Judge Robert Ronquillo that Daigle then stabbed and slashed Surette three or more times in the head and eight to 10 times in the back before plunging the machete into the Surette's back.

Bradl said that he had seen the machete but declined to describe it.

Bradl also said that Daigle has a five-page arrest record dating back to 1954, including a conviction for a threat involving a machete in South Boston 10 years ago.

Bradl said the defendant has a record of "numerous previous incidents of violence," and alcohol abuse. Daigle was also on unspecified medications for leukemia.

But defense attorney Stephen Neyman painted a different picture of Daigle, who wore a hospital johnny at the arraignment.

He said that the 67-year-old Daigle has been disabled since 1991 and has "limited strength." Although Daigle was once a bodybuilder, he attacked the victim only in self-defense, said Neyman

Neyman also questioned the validity of the defendant's statement, made without an attorney present but after he requested counsel.

"The first thing he did was ask for a lawyer," said Neyman.

Dailge will appear again in Chelsea Distrtict [sic] Court on Oct. 17.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: elvis; machete
Don't Be Cruel! OW!
1 posted on 09/21/2003 9:52:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: martin_fierro
Shucks, he was just lookin' for a "hunka hunk of burning love."
2 posted on 09/21/2003 9:53:23 AM PDT by EggsAckley (..........I *LOVE* hitting the abuse button...............)
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To: annyokie; bedolido; Bloody Sam Roberts; Chad Fairbanks; Charles Henrickson; Constitution Day; ...
Industrial Strength
Humor
No amateurs, please.
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ELVIS HAS CLEFT THE BUILDING!

3 posted on 09/21/2003 9:53:32 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Great Googlymoogly!)
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To: martin_fierro
I'm all chopped up.
4 posted on 09/21/2003 9:55:12 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: martin_fierro
Machete? Come on now...the real King preferred handguns. Everybody knows that. If you're going to be an Elvis impersonator, be a good one.
5 posted on 09/21/2003 9:58:57 AM PDT by RichInOC (Two-block the Jolly Roger. Set Condition 1SQ. Commence unrestricted warfare. Arrrrrgggh....)
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To: martin_fierro
My guess is that he's singing a lot of "Jailhouse Rock"!
6 posted on 09/21/2003 10:10:20 AM PDT by AlaskaErik
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To: EggsAckley

7 posted on 09/21/2003 10:14:01 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Great Googlymoogly!)
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To: martin_fierro
It was a knife,you know it really was,well it really was such a knife.
8 posted on 09/21/2003 10:19:40 AM PDT by ditto h
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To: RichInOC
This one was very close to the real Elvis in age...perhaps a year younger. The machete must have come from the jungle room.
9 posted on 09/21/2003 10:19:55 AM PDT by xp38
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To: martin_fierro
Your one-liners are more amusing than the stories you post and PING too. LOL!
10 posted on 09/21/2003 11:57:56 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: martin_fierro
I think I used to play gigs with this guy.
11 posted on 09/21/2003 12:01:36 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance?)
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To: martin_fierro
Elvis has *NOT* left the building,
(and is not going to for 40 years.)
12 posted on 09/21/2003 12:50:02 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: MotleyGirl70
Why thanky, darin'! <|:)~
13 posted on 09/21/2003 1:17:15 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Great Googlymoogly!)
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To: martin_fierro
Bradl told Chelsea District Court Judge Robert Ronquillo that Daigle then stabbed and slashed Surette three or more times in the head and eight to 10 times in the back before plunging the machete into the Surette's back.

This stuff is going to hurt his self-defense plea.

14 posted on 09/21/2003 1:21:40 PM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: martin_fierro
I grew up in Revere and this crime occured about a five minute walk from my childhood home. Just two streets over. I knew that neighborhood well but I don't recognize the name Daigle. Must be a newcomer.

Anyway, I'm glad I'm out of that town. It was a nasty place to grow up and it's much worse now.

15 posted on 09/21/2003 1:24:25 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (214.2 (-85.8) Homestretch to 200)
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To: martin_fierro
If ever a gentleman on FR, it is you!

Now enough of my kindness :) , I must go watch Packers kick some ass in 100+ heat......('Da Pack don't like heat!)

16 posted on 09/21/2003 1:24:59 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: martin_fierro; mhking; dighton; hellinahandcart; aculeus; BlueLancer; chance33_98; general_re
Daigle called police at approximately 3:54 a.m. Friday to report an altercation saying, "Someone may be dead,"

Hint: it wasn't Elvis.

17 posted on 09/21/2003 1:25:57 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal (<541>)
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To: RichInOC
naw man, Elvis would've Judo Chopped someone
18 posted on 09/21/2003 1:28:11 PM PDT by Johnbalaya
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To: martin_fierro
....after which they would make up, hug and continue drinking.

Oh yeah, real tough guys.

We may hug, but it's for a hello or goodbye, never inbetween rounds of beer drinkin' and fightin' and knife throwin'! Buncha homos. Right up your alley Marteeeeen :-)~~

19 posted on 09/21/2003 2:14:25 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA - Bring 'em home, or send us back! Semper Fi)
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To: martin_fierro

"Than' ya', thank ya' very much"
20 posted on 09/21/2003 2:20:59 PM PDT by putupon (I'll put a Cross for the Constitution beside the Highway of History, if the Courts will let it stay.)
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To: martin_fierro
Ick...My Pack lost! I called the interception in the end zone by Favre before it even happened.

I should be making money for such visions!

21 posted on 09/21/2003 6:27:44 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: martin_fierro
We had a quarrel~
A lover's spat~


22 posted on 09/21/2003 6:49:09 PM PDT by csvset
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To: MotleyGirl70
Yeah, I saw the ESPN excerpts from that game.

UUUUUUUUGLY.

The Pack really does not play well in extreme heat.

My Steelers won (against Cinci, BFD), but my Niners lost ... to the (Replacement) Browns, no less!
23 posted on 09/21/2003 6:52:41 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Great Googlymoogly!)
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To: martin_fierro
Daigle called police at approximately 3:54 a.m. Friday to report an altercation saying, "Someone may be dead,"

You can see from that, the dude wasn't the real thang! If he had been, he would of said" "Someone may be dead, ma'am!"

24 posted on 09/21/2003 6:58:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Far out, man!)
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To: Interesting Times
Wondered if you might have some insight on this one!

;-)

TS

25 posted on 09/21/2003 7:00:44 PM PDT by The Shrew (Radio Free Republic - The New NPR!)
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks for sharing this.

Now back to my blessedly boring, mundane life.
26 posted on 09/21/2003 7:06:34 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: aculeus; general_re; Thinkin' Gal
Yet one more for the Secret History files.
27 posted on 09/21/2003 7:12:44 PM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: martin_fierro
I guess all the perp will be singing from now on is "Jailhouse Rock"!!!
28 posted on 09/21/2003 7:13:13 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: martin_fierro
Well, I gotta tell ya, it's better the other guy than the Elvis impersonator. After all, we couldn't live with one less Elvis!
29 posted on 09/21/2003 7:15:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Far out, man!)
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To: dighton; general_re; Thinkin' Gal
Yet one more for the Secret History files.

Yep.

30 posted on 09/21/2003 8:23:22 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: The Shrew
Nope... not the psychotic Elvis impersonator I knew... seems to be a different psychotic Elvis impersonator.
31 posted on 09/21/2003 8:24:07 PM PDT by Interesting Times (hurricanes are not our friends...)
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