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Vitale suspect linked to pot scheme
Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/20/5 | Kelli Phillips, Nathaniel Hoffman and Kiley Russell

Posted on 10/20/2005 4:29:25 PM PDT by SmithL

Investigators have arrested a 16-year-old boy in the slaying of Pamela Vitale, a Contra Costa Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed today.

The boy, Scott Dyleski, was arrested at the home of a family friend in Walnut Creek, where his mother dropped him off Wednesday evening.

"His mom dropped him off so his dad could come get him," said the friend who asked not to be named.

Investigators believe Dyleski struck Vitale dozens of times with a piece of crown molding and another object, a law enforcement source said. She was also stabbed and slashed with a sharp object and the killer carved into her back a double-crossed "T," which the source described as some kind of gothic symbol.

High tech fraud detectives were already investigating Dyleski and a teenage friend, who has not been implicated in the killing, in connection with a scheme that involved stealing credit card bills from mailboxes and using the numbers to buy merchandise on-line.

The two allegedly devised a plan to grow marijuana and were trying to procure lighting and other equipment.

On Wednesday, someone tipped off police that Dyleski was involved in the Vitale slaying. He was arrested at the family friend's home later that night.

One police theory is Dyleski had merchandise sent to the Horowitz property and that he went to the home Saturday to see if it had been delivered -- possibly running into Vitale, the source said.

As she lay dead in the entryway, Dyleski allegedly cleaned up, washing his hands in the bathroom sink and taking a shower at the home. He had a glass of water and left, leaving the murder weapon behind, the source said.

A law enforcement source said shortly after the slaying, detectives found clothing at a residence on Hunsaker Canyon Road that had recently been scrubbed with OxyClean, a household cleanser that breaks down organic stains such as blood.

Dyleski lives at a crowded, unkempt straw-bale house on Hunsaker Canyon with two other families.

The family friend who asked that his name be withheld said he knew that Dyleski had obtained some special lights but was not aware of any involvement in drugs.

Dyleski did not talk much Wednesday night. He did not appear to have any scratches or injuries, the man said. The man was shocked when detectives told him about the alleged connection to the Vitale killing.

On Wednesday, when the boy's mother dropped Dyleski at the Walnut Creek house, she left instructions that he was "on restriction" and could not use the phone or computer or be left alone.

The friend took Dyleski on a drive to Vallejo and back. A short while later sheriff's deputies swarmed the house and took Dyleski away in handcuffs.

The man met Dyleski about seven years ago through his sister and took him out to play golf and tried to be a mentor.

"To me he's a nonviolent person," the man said.

Vitale's husband, defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, said he's done a significant amount of free legal work for a family Dyleski lived with on Hunsaker Canyon.

Sheriff's detectives served search warrants at a home in Walnut Creek and another at a residence on Hunsaker Canyon Road in Lafayette late Wednesday, spokesman Jimmy Lee confirmed today at a press conference.

The boy was questioned and taken to Juvenile Hall.

"Although we have a suspect in custody, the investigation is on-going. We are still interviewing people and waiting for test results," Lee said.

Detectives have yet to determine a motive for the slaying, he said.

Lee refused to take questions from reporters or confirm the suspect's identity, although sources said the boy was recently a junior at Acalanes High School in Lafayette.

Early Thursday, the school was grappling with the notion one of its own might be responsible for such a violent crime. Students were in tears and a few of police officers were on campus to keep media representatives from swarming over the campus, said Lafayette Police Detectuve Craig Jiminez.

School officials refused to comment.

Horowitz, known nationally for his on-air legal commentary during such high profile cases as the O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson murder trials, discovered his wife's badly beaten body Saturday evening at the couple's home on Hunsaker Canyon Road.

Detectives finished processing the modular home for clues early Wednesday morning and returned the Hunsaker Canyon Road property to Horowitz. Within several hours, he was leading CNN television personality Nancy Grace through the home.

CNN's camera zoomed in on the front door of the modular home, digitally blurring smears of blood as Grace talked about what she saw inside: Vitale's blood spattered 4-feet up the entryway wall and dark swirls of fingerprint powder dotted throughout the home, including the inside of the bathroom door.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: danielhorowitz; dyleski; pamelavitale; potheads; susanpolk
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1 posted on 10/20/2005 4:29:26 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Thay had better charge this slime as an adult.


2 posted on 10/20/2005 4:32:19 PM PDT by blinachka (Vechnaya Pamyat Daddy... xoxo)
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To: SmithL

Who released his photo?


3 posted on 10/20/2005 4:32:23 PM PDT by Dog (Lives for the day Mr. Potatoe Head Russert does the frog march...)
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To: Dog
Scott Dyleski in the 2005 Acalanes High School yearbook.
4 posted on 10/20/2005 4:33:46 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: Dog

he will have a new shorter, conservative look for the trial.


5 posted on 10/20/2005 4:35:51 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SmithL

why exactly is the title misleading as a "pot scheme?" that seems rather demagogic to me. it could also be a "goth scheme" or a "satanic scheme" or a "scheme to buy stuff online."

sorry but i give even less credit to such charges as i do to charges that video games or music made a kid do _____.


6 posted on 10/20/2005 4:38:45 PM PDT by DMinus
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To: tioga

Yep, reefer madness baby, reefer madness, I mean, just look at him, he's a marijuana addict. He shoulda stuck to booze.


7 posted on 10/20/2005 4:40:31 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: SmithL
Dyleski lives at a crowded, unkempt straw-bale house...

How many of these straw bale home bastards must kill people before we ban these dwellings??? How many, I ask dammit??

8 posted on 10/20/2005 4:41:36 PM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: SmithL; All

A law enforcement source said shortly after the slaying, detectives found clothing at a residence on Hunsaker Canyon Road that had recently been scrubbed with OxyClean, a household cleanser that breaks down organic stains such as blood.

9 posted on 10/20/2005 4:44:07 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: SmithL

Will the maker of the Straw Bale house be sued? What the hell is a Straw Bale house???


10 posted on 10/20/2005 4:47:48 PM PDT by Waco
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To: SmithL

Will the maker of the Straw Bale house be sued? What the hell is a Straw Bale house???


11 posted on 10/20/2005 4:48:41 PM PDT by Waco
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To: ExpatCanuck

I looked it up, exactly seven.


12 posted on 10/20/2005 4:52:15 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: SmithL

fresh meat for cellblock delta


13 posted on 10/20/2005 4:53:59 PM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: SmithL

Father? Isn't there a father?


14 posted on 10/20/2005 4:55:58 PM PDT by kitkat (Democrat=Socialist=Communist. Hillary the RED)
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To: Waco

It's a house made from straw bales duh. Googel "straw bale houses".


15 posted on 10/20/2005 4:56:20 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: SmithL
"Dyleski did not talk much Wednesday night. He did not appear to have any scratches or injuries, the man said. The man was shocked when detectives told him about the alleged connection to the Vitale killing."

It was reported on Dan Abrams show that he DID have scratches on his face and legs.

She must have still been fighting when she was down on the ground. Being an attorney's wife she probably knew that if she scratched him his DNA would be under her fingernails. [just guessing on that last part]

Those injuries are nothing compared to what he will get when he goes to prison for life.

16 posted on 10/20/2005 5:00:43 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (I'm not gonna send our cowboy back out there to get hurt. We need him healthy for the next rodeos.)
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To: Waco
I thought the same thing. It appears to be some eco friendly nonsense where they use hay for insulation. Looks like a fire trap to me. Check it out.
17 posted on 10/20/2005 5:02:02 PM PDT by Musket
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To: SmithL

Is this photo included with the article?
I am not signing up to find out.


18 posted on 10/20/2005 5:04:07 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: onyx

The image is http://www.contracostatimes.com/images/contracostatimes/cctimes/12954/167809431224.jpg

It is located the Contra Costa Times website.


19 posted on 10/20/2005 5:07:50 PM PDT by counterpunch (Save the GOP - withdraw Miers now)
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To: SmithL

Thanks to the five liberal demogogs on the SCOTUS, CA will be maintaining this scum for the next 70 years in prison instead of giving him a much more humane death sentence than he gave his victim. I think Souter, O'Connor, Ginsberg, Breyer, and Stephens should have had to clean up that crime scene and wiped her brains off the walls. Maybe they'd rethink their sympathy for these poor "children" who are the most cruel and merciless criminals among us.


20 posted on 10/20/2005 5:12:23 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: SmithL
"Dyleski lives at a crowded, unkempt straw-bale house on Hunsaker Canyon with two other families."

Sounds like what used to be called a Commune and he looks like what we used to call hippies. The whole thing is shaping up to be the Manson Family Reborn complete with strange symbols carved into the victim. Nothing new under the sun it seems.
21 posted on 10/20/2005 5:13:19 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: SmithL
Where did this "journalist" or editor go to school? The article is extremely fragmented.
22 posted on 10/20/2005 5:14:29 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Waco

A straw bale house is a nest for rats and rodent-humans.


23 posted on 10/20/2005 5:19:15 PM PDT by billndin
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To: SmithL

Thanks for posting. Condolences to Mr. Horowitz, other family members and friends.


24 posted on 10/20/2005 5:20:32 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: kittymyrib
"Souter, O'Connor, Ginsberg, Breyer, and Stephens should have had to clean up that crime scene and wiped her brains off the walls"

Absolutely, and same goes for all naive libs who babble about capital punishment being against "human rights"..... this scumbag was quite old enough to know what he was doing and to suffer the consequences. The taxpayers (all of us) have to support vermin like him with free meals, housing, and health care for life.
25 posted on 10/20/2005 5:26:08 PM PDT by Enchante (Bill Clinton: "I did not have sex with any of the skeletons in my closet!")
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To: Waco

why is it eco nonsense, what's wrong with doing your part? Or is that too liberal for you.


26 posted on 10/20/2005 5:30:34 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: LoofaBoy

Why not a hemp bale house? Maybe he intended to grow his own house?


27 posted on 10/20/2005 5:36:17 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: blinachka

Since leaving the Bay Area six years ago, I tell people that I really miss the weather and the scenery, but I like not worrying that my kids may grow up to be Courtney Love or Jihad Johnny. Now I have a new name to add to that list, this Scott Dyleski POS.


28 posted on 10/20/2005 5:45:06 PM PDT by Gaetano
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Now there's a thought, lighten up folks, a straw bale house is just different that's all, I've seen hundreds of them, some of the owners had short hair, some long, none of them were satan spawn. If this kid is guilty, it had nothing to do with living in a straw bale house, quit being so paranoid or I'm migrating to Seans' site.


29 posted on 10/20/2005 5:52:38 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: billndin

It's also one of the most energy efficient homes you can build, not to mention far far cheaper than conventional housing. Think about that this winter (or next summer since they stay far cooler) open up your minds people, you're beginning to get a bit frightening.


30 posted on 10/20/2005 5:56:18 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: LoofaBoy

Back in the day, some people built their houses out of sod... or GRASS!


31 posted on 10/20/2005 5:56:24 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SmithL
"His mom dropped him off so his dad could come get him," said the friend who asked not to be named.

Sounds as if the parents are not together.

32 posted on 10/20/2005 5:57:14 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: SmithL

Now that's a face I'm going to have to try to forget. That poor woman. Imagine being trapped in your house with something that looks like that? I haven't seen eyes like that since Manson.


33 posted on 10/20/2005 5:59:10 PM PDT by thathamiltonwoman
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Why not a hemp bale house? Maybe he intended to grow his own house?

That will probably be his defense!
34 posted on 10/20/2005 5:59:32 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Amen


35 posted on 10/20/2005 6:00:11 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Why not a hemp bale house? Maybe he intended to grow his own house?

LOL! Wish I thought of that one.

36 posted on 10/20/2005 6:01:25 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: LA Woman3

No doubt, no doubt, you're definitely on top of this one, ever consider running for SCOTUS?


37 posted on 10/20/2005 6:02:03 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: LoofaBoy; All
... Googel "straw bale houses".

Ah yes, Googel. The French "Google."

Seperately...perhaps there is an argument for sterilization, after all. /gallows humor

38 posted on 10/20/2005 6:03:17 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (denial is the opiate of the masses.)
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To: LoofaBoy; All
... Googel "straw bale houses".

Ah yes, Googel. The French "Google."

Seperately...perhaps there is an argument for sterilization, after all. /gallows humor

39 posted on 10/20/2005 6:03:40 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (denial is the opiate of the masses.)
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To: counterpunch

Thank you.
He looks like he needed that long shower.


40 posted on 10/20/2005 6:04:39 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: SmithL
The man met Dyleski about seven years ago through his sister and took him out to play golf and tried to be a mentor.

"To me he's a nonviolent person," the man said.

Doesn't look violent to me. Another peaceful pothead just snaps. He should have gotten a medical marijuana card instead.

41 posted on 10/20/2005 6:05:28 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it

Wish I would have thought of that!

42 posted on 10/20/2005 6:09:01 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: the invisib1e hand

So now we're dragging the French into this, next thing you know it will all be because of a directive from Bin Laden. By the way, you only need to push "enter" once.


43 posted on 10/20/2005 6:10:11 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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To: operation clinton cleanup

It's from Reagan of course.


44 posted on 10/20/2005 6:12:07 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: DMinus
why exactly is the title misleading as a "pot scheme?" that seems rather demagogic to me. it could also be a "goth scheme" or a "satanic scheme" or a "scheme to buy stuff online."

It is a little misleading. It's really a combination of some or all of those. It seems to be happening a lot near me, except for the murders (so far). Drug dealers from the big city recruit people to 'grow' for them in rural areas, we were told in the police report, generally teen potsmokers, who lately happen to be punk or goth or both, and as so many teens are, computer savvy. Our local police have busted a huge pot ring of local teens and non-local dealers who were scheming to grow (gathering supplies) and to fund this venture, they used identity and credit card theft. And a few smaller groups as well. And it's not just pot anymore, but heroine, too. It's happening all over the rural area where I am in the small towns, a couple hours drive from the 'cities'. The son of acquaintances of mine is serving time now, awaiting trial, for identity theft, computer fraud, drug posession. It's not his first arrest. And the family is well to do and are involved in their kids lives - or were.

45 posted on 10/20/2005 6:15:57 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: Moonman62

Of course!


46 posted on 10/20/2005 6:16:00 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: DMinus
why exactly is the title misleading as a "pot scheme?"

He was ordering lights, etc. and having them delivered to the construction site to avoid suspicion. The lights etc. would then be used in an indoor pot factory.

47 posted on 10/20/2005 6:17:24 PM PDT by WildTurkey (When will CBS Retract and Apologize?)
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To: Musket; LoofaBoy

It's great, just as long as you keep the cattle out of the living room.


48 posted on 10/20/2005 6:17:27 PM PDT by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: WildTurkey

and that of course drove him to murder? sorry if i call that a little bit "reefer madness" BS.


49 posted on 10/20/2005 6:20:14 PM PDT by DMinus
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To: SmithL

good one, LOL!!


50 posted on 10/20/2005 6:22:17 PM PDT by LoofaBoy
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