Pete Patriarch’s Musings

December 26, 2008

Man kills ex-wife on Christmas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Pete @ 12:11 am

Oh shit. A recently-divorced man dressed up as Santa, went to his ex-wife’s house, shot her entire family that he could see and then set fire to her home using a home-made flamethrower, and then finally shot himself.

Oh shit. The media is going to have a field day with this one.

COVINA, Calif. – Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least eight people before killing himself hours later.

Bruce Pardo’s ex-wife and her parents were believed to be among the dead. Investigators planned to return to the scene Friday and sift through the ashes of the home, which Pardo set ablaze using a bizarre homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid.

Pardo, 45, had no criminal record and no history of violence, according to police, but he was angry following last week’s settlement of his divorce after a marriage that lasted barely a year.

“It was not an amicable divorce,” police Lt. Pat Buchanan said.

Pardo chose to exact his revenge at the annual Christmas party his former in-laws held at their two-story home on a cul-de-sac in a quiet Covina neighborhood 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

“Christmases were that special time of the year, it meant so much to them,” Rosa Ordaz, a family friend of the victims, told KCBS-TV.

In past years, a neighbor dressed as Santa Claus and entertained guests. But the neighbor had moved away and there was no Santa — until Pardo arrived around 11:30 p.m.

The massacre began when an 8-year-old girl answered Pardo’s knock at the door. Pardo, carrying what appeared to be a large present, pulled out a handgun and shot her in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as about 25 partygoers tried to flee, police said at a news conference.

A 16-year-old girl was shot in the back, and a 20-year-old woman broke her ankle when she escaped by jumping from a second-story window. Those two, and the 8-year-old, remained hospitalized Christmas Day. All were expected to recover.

The gift-wrapped box Pardo was carrying actually contained a pressurized homemade device he used to spray a liquid that quickly sent the house up in flames. Police said Pardo had recently worked is the aerospace industry.

David Salgado, a neighbor, said he saw the 8-year-old victim being escorted to an ambulance by four SWAT team members as flames up to 40 feet high consumed the house.

“It was really ugly,” Salgado said.

Another neighbor, Jan Gregory, said she saw a teenage boy flee the home, screaming, “`They shot my family.'”

When the fire was extinguished early Thursday, officers found three charred bodies in the living room area.

“They were met with a scene that was just indescribable,” police Chief Kim Raney said. Investigators found five more bodies amid the ashes later in the day and planned to return Friday to continue looking.

None of the dead or missing has been identified. Authorities were unable to immediately determine whether the victims were killed by the flames or the gunfire.

Following the shootings, Pardo quickly got out of the Santa suit and drove off, witnesses told police. He went to his brother’s home about 25 miles away in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles. No one was home, so Pardo let himself in, police said.

Police were called to the home early Thursday, and officers found Pardo dead of a single bullet to the head. Two handguns were found at the scene, and two more were discovered in the wreckage of his former in-laws’ house.

A car that Pardo apparently parked near his brother’s home exploded Thursday evening and more ammunition was found in it, Los Angeles police Sgt. Francisco Wheeling said. She had no immediate details on what set off the explosion. No one was hurt.

Investigators seeking further information about Pardo’s motives have begun searching his home in the suburban Los Angeles community of Montrose.

Pardo’s next-door neighbor, who did not want her name published to protect her privacy, said he moved in more than a year ago with a woman and a child. She said they kept mostly to themselves and the woman later moved out with the child.

Pardo was often seen walking a dog around the neighborhood and working on his lawn, the neighbor said.

He also served regularly as an usher at evening Mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montrose, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Jan Detanna, the head usher at the church, was stunned when told about the violence.

“I’m just — this is shocking,” Detanna told the Times. “He was the nicest guy you could imagine. Always a pleasure to talk to, always a big smile.”

Bong Garcia, another of Pardo’s next-door neighbors, told the Times he saw Pardo between 9 and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and spoke briefly to him. Pardo told him he was on his way to a Christmas party, Garcia said.

Just for once, I’d like to see a small tiny little bit of discussion on how men are fucked six ways from Sunday in a divorce. Why is it that an “acrimonious” divorce always means “She got the house, the kids, the alimony and child support. He got the bills and the restraining order.”



  1. I understand why men go crazy, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

    These guys will commit mass murder, but they won’t pick up a picket sign and picket the scummy judges at the local court house. Nor will they write letters to their legislators, nor op-eds to the local newspaper. That is so sick.

    I have done the protest stuff, but as far as I can remember have never committed mass murder. Heh, heh.

    The protest stuff makes you feel like a man, trust me on this. I have no idea what murder makes you feel like, in this man’s case mostly dead, I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous age 66 — December 26, 2008 @ 7:57 am

  2. He should have just killed his wife; and, then started going after family court judges & D.A.’s who throw “dead beat dads” into prison for losing their source of income. If you’re going to go on a killing spree then at least go after the guilty. Hopefully you can kill the worst offenders to send a message. Shooting an 8 year old girl in the face is fucked up no matter how you look at it.

    Comment by Mike Hunter — December 26, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  3. Protests don’t work as a cadre of evil men make a significant amount of money of the present divorce industry. Men have *always* worked to enslave other men and the fact that they are using stupid and otherwise worthless feminists to do it shouldn’t be surprising. Ask yourself, would anyone with significant pull *ever* be affected by this? Would Bush or Clinton or anyone with political clout lose their kids and be hounded into the jail house? Of course not these laws like most are for other people.

    Protest to your hearts content and feel whatever you want but it won’t do any good. I’m sorry but the way this guy acted out is the only avenue left, there is no honest way to protest what is going on as this has been made impossible and/or irrelevant. Such is life in the USSA and it will stay that way until the whole mess collapses under its own evil weight (which it will do but this may take decades sadly). The purpose of the divorce industry isn’t to provide for mothers or children, it is to enrich lawyers and judges and enslave men to the state (with matching federal grants!!!). Can anyone think of a better way to tax a man 88% of his earnings yet completely deny him a moral basis for violent insurrection? IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!

    Comment by Me — December 27, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  4. As long as the system exists in its current configuration, there will be more Bruce Pardos and Darren Macks.

    Comment by sestamibi — January 6, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  5. The guy are like a weird nerdy kid who some a-holes pick on him and when he finally gets up the guts to do something about it, he kills innocent kids and leaves the scumbag tormentors alone. These types deserve what they get. You harm those who directly harmed you and no one else. Men should not marry in the 1st place under these insane laws, especially divorced women with kids. Hedid himself in and died as a piece of shit by killing kids and innocent people.

    Comment by Marco — August 3, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

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