Thursday, December 22, 2005
Sailor Home for Christmas Was Murdered...
I hate reading and writing about stories like this one. A sailor, Paul Berkley, (and fellow blogger) home for a short time to spend Christmas with his family was murdered....(allegedly) by his wife's teenage boytoy that have moved into the marital home after Paul deployed and Paul's teenage daughter's boyfriend. Sickening --and heartbreaking to see that his blog had a countdown to when he got home and talked of how excited he was to spend time with his family. And eerie that this was his last entry about his daughter:
"Last night Becky and I watched Hindi movies and ate pizza. She had never seen any Hindi movies and was really amused...we started dancing and doing the melodramatic moves they do in the movies, cracking ourselves up in the process. We also did a sentry training program called "shoot don't shoot" which gives you scenarios and asks you if you would shoot the person or not. Becky didn't shoot anyone, preferring to give them the benefit of the doubt, and she was blown up or shot a few times. I had to do four of them, and knew the correct answers, so it was fun seeing the scenario play out after she decided the best course of action was "verbal command" or "wait and see". (Paul's Blog: Far From Home in a Strange, Hot Land)
Daughter Becky also has a Xanga blog --last I looked people were leaving some "not nice" comments in the guest book. They haven't said whether she was involved, but it's hard to imagine she wasn't...or didn't know something...or didn't tell her dad that his wife had moved some kid into their house that she was having sex with. Though, in her defense, maybe the other dude wasn't her boyfriend as her site is pretty covered with rainbows and gay marriage banners... If she was involved I hope she is made to listen to the call recording on which her father's "gurgling, tortured breathing could clearly be heard on a 15-minute 911 tape".
"Home for Christmas after nearly a year in the Middle East, Navy Reservist Paul Berkley was making up for lost time with his family.
By Sunday, the 46-year-old sailor was dead, shot once in the head during a walk in the park with his wife, Monique. She now stands charged with his slaying, along with two men -- her alleged teenage lover and her stepdaughter Becky's boyfriend." (source)
In Honor and Memoriam: Paul Berkley, US Navy
H/T: Keystone Soldiers