Saturday, June 18, 2005

Power, Intimidation, and the Threat of Death or Serious Injury

is a hallmark of any Mafia-like organization.

Michael Bochicchio, a retired Major in the Connecticut State Police Posted by Hello

Someone that can easily obtain large amounts of money and then just waste it, such as losing $176,000 gambling in just 6 months, begs many questions.

Large amounts of cash begotten by schemes, payoffs, and/or white collar crime capers can’t be used to just buy a home or other large purchase, but pursuits like gambling are an easy way to ‘launder’ and waste large amounts of cash. If there was no effort in earning it and the money wasn’t earned in a legitimate way, why not gamble it?

The former Chief of Staff for the former Connecticut State Police Commissioner,
Arthur L. Spada, was nailed for fraud and other serious infractions. Spada had a cavalier attitude indicating that this was not uncommon State Police behavior and should be overlooked given the amount of time officers have been getting ‘freebies’ and on the take. What!!!???

Do we have to worry about other high ranking officials, police, and members of the judiciary going postal during a divorce having to explain where they were able to easily get large sums of money to piss away? Shooting the estranged wife and then themselves, would keep the Blue Code of Silence intact.

Given the depths into the sewer too many police, judges, officials, and legislators sank to during the Governor John G. Rowland administration in Connecticut should have their finances investigated for evidence of corruption and racketeering. The public wasn’t being screwed wholesale because of just a few that are getting ‘light’ sentences. Why did Rowland get such a light sentence, was it payment for his silence and not singing name after name?



Divorce Marked By Ugliness


Hartford Courant Staff Writers

June 16 2005

By the spring of last year, Donna Bochicchio was taking a tape recorder to bed,ready to capture any angry outburst, threat or sexual advance her husband might make.

The Bochicchios were still living together with their two children in a small Harwinton (Connecticut) ranch house, but their relationship had sunk to a petty, pathetic bottom. Michael Bochicchio would come to the dinner table and only three places would beset - for Donna and the two children - and he would ask whether there was anydinner for him.

The accusations, according to transcripts of divorce hearings, went back and forth.

He was a high-stakes gambler, but a skinflint when it came to their two children. She wasted money on fad diets and dressed "like a stripper."

He took the kids to casinos. She was a sloppy housekeeper who focused more on expensive clothes and plastic surgery than the state of her home or her kids' schoolwork.

The hearings last year in Superior Court in Litchfield exposed a couple consumed with bitterness, jealousy and anger about their kids, their house, money, sex and the free-falling marriage that had once seemed so permanent.

The divorce case was more than two years old and had grown so bitter it was transferred from Superior Court in Litchfield, where no settlement could be reached, to Middletown, to be handled by a special unit. Court officials were keenly aware of the tension between the two, noting that they would sometimes argue in the hallway outside the courtroom.

"His attitude was, `I'll settle, but I want to keep all my stuff,'" said a lawyer familiar with the case who would only comment if not identified.

Bochicchio "didn't understand that it's not a football game. You can't out muscle the person on the other side."

"The judge who handled the settlement negotiations told him his expectations were not reasonable," the lawyer said.

"That judge told him, `I think this is how this is going to turn out, you might want to make a deal.'"

Michael Bochicchio, the lawyer said, was losing the legal fight - and he stood to lose a lot. In a motion on May 24, Donna Bochicchio set out her demands. Among them: That the children continue to live with her in Harwinton; that Michael pay $288 a week in child support and $300 a week in alimony; that he sign over to her their house, appraised at $245,000, on Lake Harwinton Road; that he pay her an additional $135,000 for what she put into the house; that she be given 60 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Northfield real estate valued at $393,500.

She also wanted a 1967 Chevelle valued at $29,000, the car's racing engine worth$9,450, and the trailer used to haul the antique car.

Michael Bochicchio, according to court transcripts, was adamant that his estranged wife would get nothing from him.

"He tells me ... that I'm making a big mistake," Donna Bochicchio said at a hearing on May 20, 2004.

"He's very, very persistent about - about alimony. He says, `You'll never ever see a penny of alimony. God strike me dead, you'll never see a penny.'

He's very adamant about that.

I said, `Well, what if a judge ordered you to do that?'

He said, `It won't happen.'

I said, `Why?'

He said,`You'll see.' "

When the marriage began failing is unclear, but a friend of the couple said shenever could have foreseen such a sad ending.

"They were a good family," said Lisa, a Harwinton neighbor who only wanted her first name used.

"A really good, happy family. I don't get it. We were always jealous of them. They did everything together."

Donna Bochicchio, whose maiden name was Seitz, was a dark-haired beauty, a popular girl from Torrington High School's Class of 1980. She liked to gardenwith her daughter. Michael Bochicchio was a confident, well-liked state trooper who enjoyed classic cars and racing.

Glancing up at the family's ranch house, Lisa said, "I look at this and I think they were the perfect family."

When he testified last May in the Litchfield hearing, Michael Bochicchio said he had not had sex with his wife for about 1 and ½ years and he didn't expect to ever have sex with her again.

Donna, however, testified that he was always after her. She was in the bathroom one day, for instance, and he came in to throw somedirty clothes in the hamper, Donna Bochicchio testified.

He came toward her.

"And I said, `Just leave. Leave me alone.'

He says, `Why do you have to act like this? We've been married for 18 years. Do I repulse you that much?'

And I said,`Just leave me alone. I don't want you touching me.' "

Michael Bochicchio told the court she was just trying to set him up.

"My wife has ... tried to elicit arguments when she was secretly tape recording me. However, as you'll hear even on those tapes, I'm the calm one. She's the one who is inciting the argument and getting agitated. That's the norm."

Michael Bochicchio's gambling was another point of bitter contention.

His wife had claimed he lost $94,000 in 2004 alone, according to court records.

During a withering, nearly four-hour hearing in April 2004, Michael Bochicchio acknowledged losing $5,000 in a half-hour of blackjack at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas at a time when he refused to reimburse his wife $10 a month for art lessons for his daughter or to pay a $46 bill at a CVS for his wife's Atkins bars and nuts.

Julie Porzio, Donna's attorney and a victim in the shooting Wednesday, tried toget Bochicchio held in contempt of court for violating an agreement that he wouldn't use any of the couple's joint assets for gambling.

Less than a month after signing that agreement, Bochicchio violated it by taking out a $5,000 marker at the Mohegan Sun casino against his State Police Credit Union account, according to the transcripts.

As the divorce proceeded, the mistrust between the couple worsened to the pointthat Michael Bochicchio acknowledged reviewing every receipt and credit card bill. By the time of the April 2004 hearing, Bochicchio had refused to pay morethan $4,000 in bills, ranging from $100 to house the family dog in a kennel to $500 for his daughter's braces.

When they started going to court, neighbor Art Narvesen recalled, Bochicchio complained that "she was bleeding him ... she was talking all his money."

But when it came to gambling, Bochicchio spent freely, according to the court records. He and a small group of friends traveled to The Bellagio, Atlantis in the Bahamas, and mostly to the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Court records show Bochicchio did not dispute that he may have gambled $176,000 in a six-month period between August 2003 and January 2004, but he could not say how much he won or lost.

At the Litchfield hearing last year, Porzio read all of the entries on Bochicchio's Wampum Card, which is used by the casino to track a gambler's activities.

On a March 13, 2003, visit to Mohegan Sun, Bochicchio admitted losing $1,000 in 10 minutes.

But there were also successful days, such as Oct. 3, when he won $26,000, all of it on blackjack.

Bochicchio admitted that he had taken out the $5,000 marker against his credit union account but denied that he had gambled so much money. Bochicchio said most of it was his friends' money.

But the couple's feud was fired by many issues. The children were always tired because Donna kept them up too late, and each of them said inappropriate things about the other in front of the children, according to court transcripts.

"He makes comments ... in front of the kids, making it like I'm the bad person all the time. They go, `How come - how come you're taking Daddy's money?' "
Donna Bochicchio testified.

Despite the acrimony, Donna Bochicchio acknowledged that her husband never hither and was never violent. Julie Fasano, the family relations counselor appointed to study the child custody issue, testified last year, that Donna Bochicchio "was afraid that[Michael Bochicchio] was going to hurt her, or something like that.

And when she brought it to his attention, he said, `If I was going to hurt you, I would havealready done it.'"

After at least three days of hearings in Litchfield last year, Superior CourtJudge Robert C. Brunetti found that the situation at the Bochicchio home was"intolerable."

He ordered Bochicchio out of the home, but gave him joint custody of the children. Despite their troubles, the Bochicchios had raised their children properly, said Bridget A. Garrity, a lawyer appointed to represent the children.

"These children are literally the light," she said during one hearing.

"They are- these parents have done a really good job with these kids."

Courant Staff Writers Tom Puleo, Josh Kovner, Lynne Tuohy and Stephen Busemeyercontributed to this story.

Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking scumbag all the Connecticut State ZPolice are fucking scumbags!!!! They deal drugs, beat people up, and go out take whatever pussy they want Fucking bastards!!!! Fucking assholes!!!!

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