Category Archives: Posts From 2007

Phillip Zagarella

This charming fellow entered his boss’ ex-wife’s house at night and killed the ex-wife’s 59-year-old mother while she was babysitting her grandchildren.

After Phillip slit the elderly woman’s throat, he left her in lying on the floor of the garage in a pool of blood, to be discovered at around half past midnight by her daughter.

Phillip Zagarella tried his very best to get the daughter to come into the house, but she ran off, calling police from a neighbor’s house to let them know that a crazy guy with a rifle was in her house with her children and that he’d killed her mother.

50-year-old Phillip Zagarella barricaded himself in the family’s house for about 14 hours while police attempted to negotiate his surrender.

While holing up inside the residence, Mr. Zagarella took the opportunity to sexually assault one of the children.

Police negotiated with Zagarella by telephone for hours and determined he was drunk. A robot was sent towards the residence to try to get inside (what good it would do, I don’t know), but Phillip Zagarella shot at it.

Tear gas was thrown into the house at just before three in the afternoon, followed by a full assault by police.

As they assaulted the house, Zagarella killed himself with his rifle.

Public records show that Phillip Zagarella pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in Nassau County in 1998 and served earlier prison sentences for burglary and assault committed upstate. Zagarella also had a prior conviction for attempted murder.

Michael Rex Clark

Michael Clark conspired with his son, Ben Clark, to kill Michaels’ father – 74-year-old Ernest “Dick” Clark – so they could split the inheritance, estimated at $660,000.

Michael Clark, on a disability pension and concerned about being over $60,000 in debt, disapproved of the fact that Earnest Clark was spending a lot of money on home renovations and that Earnest was planning on buying a fish and chips shop for his live-in girlfriend.

What’s wrong, Mike? Your dad was spending his own money? The money he got from selling the business he built?

Could you feel your “rightful” inheritance slipping away?

Well, that just wouldn’t do.

So Mike talked to his son, Ben, who seems to be a chip off the old block, and convinced him to put two bullets into his grandfather’s head.

Earnest Clark was shot dead at the home he shared with his girlfriend, Jessica Chung, in April of 2005.

24-year-old Ben Richard Clark has pled guilty to murdering his grandfather.

George Hooper, who worked for Earnest Clark in his refrigerator business for nine years, said he had regular contact with him after George left the job.

He told the jury that in a phone call Dick Clark told him his son Michael wanted to borrow some money.

I think it was $20,000, but Dick said he wanted the loan to be in writing, like a contract. They just had an argument about it.

George Hooper also told the jury that Dick Clark appeared to have a “soft spot” for his grandson, Ben – the grandson who has admitted shooting him.

Peralus Edwards

An obviously well-balanced 35-year-old Montgomery belle.

While arguing with her 59-year old boyfriend, George Mays, she grabbed a wooden club and beat Mays to death and then dragged the corpse into their bedroom – where it lay undisturbed for four days.

When Mays’ daughter came over to see her dad, she looked around the house after sensing that something “wasn’t quite right” with the situation.

Edwards explained that there had been an argument, probably while Mays’daughter was running out the door to call police.

Edwards has been charged with murder.

Shawn Dailey and Michael Fitzgibbon

“Parents aren’t supposed to do something like this,” a detective with the Muskegon Heights police said.

Now come on, what did they do?

Well, Shawn Dailey was a little upset with her body.

Ms. Dailey had just had a tummy tuck and the mean ol’ doctors said that she wouldn’t be able to satisfy her boyfriend, Michael Fitzgibbon, sexually for a while.

Now, any normal person would sigh and possibly look into alternative ways of pleasing her boyfriend, maybe bake him a nice ham.

Instead, Shawn Dailey suggested that Mr. Fitzgibbon should have sex with her 14-year-old daughter.

She went so far as to persuade her daughter to sign a contract that obligated the then-14-year-old girl to have sex with Fitzgibbon in exchange for clothing, body piercings and the ability to stay with her teenage boyfriend on some nights.

Ms. Dailey, her daughter and Michael Fitzgibbon all signed the contract.

Mr. Fitzgibbon and the girl allegedly had sex about 20 times over a two-month span of time, during which time she turned 15 years old.

After the authorities uncovered all this, it also turned out that Mr. Fitzgibbon had had sex with his own daughter – who had been staying with him after living with her biological mother.

He didn’t have to pay much for that, just a few packs of cigarettes for the 12-year-old girl.

Mother of the year Ms. Dailey has been sentenced to 12 to 22.5 years.

Michael Fitzgibbon was sentenced to 60 years.

Demetrius Myshawn Pepper

At the start of the day on a Saturday morning, Demetrius shot his boss, Nora Johnson, in the face while he was robbing the convenience store he worked at.

Two witnesses called 911.

When police arrived, they saw Nora Johnson bleeding on the floor from a shot to the cheek. There was money scattered all over the floor.

Demetrius Pepper had taken about a thousand dollars from the cash register, along with some cigarettes.

Pepper escaped in his car, a beat-up old junker of a Ford Taurus that broke down on the way to the Williams-Brice Stadium, where his younger brother Nathan Pepper, a University of South Carolina defensive tackle, was playing in a scrimmage.

His car happened to break down on the way, about a half-mile from the house of 60-year-old retired teacher Ellie Felker Halfacre.

Demetrius Pepper made the hike to her house.

Two cars were sitting outside, each car had the keys in the ignition and was unlocked.

Instead of just taking one of those cars, Demetrius Pepper went inside the house, found Ellie Halfacre alone, and shot her in the head.

He then took a few items from the home, some cash, got into one of the cars and continued his drive to his brother’s scrimmage.

Demetrius Myshawn Pepper was arrested that morning outside the Williams-Brice Stadium, trying to get in.

After being arrested, Demetrius Pepper admitted that he shot 60-year-old Ellie Halfacre at her home and took her car. Pepper told authorities that he drove to Williams-Brice Stadium to look for his father, who was watching the younger Nathan Pepper play in a spring football scrimmage. He pled guilty to murder, armed robbery and assault, receiving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In court, Demetrius said that the events that day were not planned and that he would take them back if he could.