Why is this guy still not taking up at least
five minutes at the top of the national news on every radio and TV network? Why are there no experts dissecting every aspect of what happened? Why are we not inundated with the minutiae of the lives of the perp, his victims and the survivors?
Because there is absolutely no crazy involved. None what so ever. If there's no crazy then reporters can't be lazy. So there was one day
of top-of-the-hour coverage, and that was it. It still averaged five minutes. On Christmas, a slow news day.
Yet the story has everything to be so damn compelling. More so than the never-ending saga of JonBenet Ramsey.
He dressed up as Santa on Christmas eve.
The first person shot was an eight-year-old girl.
He managed to kill his ex-wife, her parents, her brothers and their wives, and one of her nephews. That left 15 kids with one or both parents dead.
He built his own flamethrower to torch the house. Too bad for him that it worked too well and his Santa suit melted onto his arms. His burns were so bad his plan to escape to Canada was ruined. So he killed himself instead.
That escape plan was pretty good. He rigged the rental car he used to explode, using the black powder from a shitload of ammo. He had $17,000 in cash stashed in his underwear and taped to his legs. He had that plane ticket. He had a second rental to drive to the airport.
And what caused his marriage to fail? His wife found out that he abandoned his brain damaged son that he had from a previous relationship. He may have been responsible in some way, even by neglect, for the accident that left his son requiring constant care.
Divorce. Loses his job. Loses practically everything in the divorce, including the family dog. His wife has money, he's drowning in debt, yet he has to pay alimony.
Except for not planning on killing himself at the end, Bruce Pardo fit the pattern of a family annihilator.
But no crazy, so it's off the radar for national news. If there's an update that might get a mention, but nothing more. The local papers, including where he used to live, are covering it. The wire services are writing up stories, but it looks like this is getting more coverage overseas than in the US.Santa gunman lost job, wife before gory attack
- AP story that gets into the background events as well as details of the attack.Marriage splintered over man's stunning revelation
- LA Times
article with more details on the divorce.After Christmas Eve killings in Covina, grief
- LA Times
article on the aftermath.