Thursday, November 22, 2012

New York Serial Killer Stopped

Yahoo News reports

A balding garment salesman was arrested Wednesday for systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores and had been poised to strike again, police said.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, was taken into custody after a pharmacy worker recognized him as the man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, last Friday, with a duffel bag, police said.

Another shopkeeper came forward and said Perrone had gone into his store and questioned him on whether he worked alone and when he closed, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Police devoted scores of detectives to the case, he said.

"It's reasonable to assume he was going to keep doing this, and, by arresting him, we saved lives," Kelly said at a news conference.

Perrone, of Staten Island, was arrested on charges of murder. 

Detectives said they found the duffel bag at his girlfriend's home. Inside, they said, was a sawed-off rifle used in the killings, along with .22-caliber ammunition, black gloves, women's clothing, a bloody knife and a bottle of bleach.
The gun-rights folks love to ask what gun control laws would have prevented this or that specific crime.  Obviously that's a trick question with no answer.  But, if proper gun control laws were in effect, many people with his background would not be allowed to own guns.
Perrone was arrested in Franconia Township, Pa., in 2001 and charged with stalking, harassment, burglary and public drunkenness, but those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.


  1. It's hard to tell from the picture, but that rifle appears to be illegal under New York and Federal laws. But consider these possibilities:

    1. He may have had the gun before 2001. That gun may have been bought long enough ago that there's no record of its sale.

    2. He may have bought the gun from a fellow criminal.

    But the real question here is why all those charges were whittled down to mere trespassing. This sounds like a case of letting a potentially violent criminal get a pass because there are too many druggies in prison.

  2. "But, if proper gun control laws were in effect, many people with his background would not be allowed to own guns."

    What background? He pleaded guilty to trespassing. That doesn't disqualify someone from owning firearms.

    1. He plea bargained DOWN to trespassing. Anyone reviewing his case would have disqualified him.

    2. There should have been no plea bargain to begin with. The crimes that he was accused of committing are indicative of more dangerous behavior to come.

  3. That is the gayest ass "rifle" I've ever seen.