Editorial by Patricia Tedesco
in response to the Bergen Record's
most recent article humanizing brutal
double murderer Thomas Trantino
(Patricia Tedesco is the sister of
Gary Tedesco who was one of the
two Lodi police officers murdered by
Thomas Trantino in 1963)
Gary Tedesco and Pete
Voto are dead!
Trantino killed them!
Why does the media
continue to feature this guy, Trantino, and provide him with what I
call “celebrity status?”
Why place this large
arrogant picture of him sitting on his leather sofa with his
flip-flops with a caption of him becoming an accomplished artist?
Lodi Police Officer
Lodi Police Officer
In Memory of Slain Lodi Officers
Gary Tedesco and Peter Voto
An accomplished artist
being put in the same league as Dali and Picasso? Give me a break! And
who cares about his book being published in Japan!!
Why not tell the whole
story by featuring the lives of the families of his victims and what
their plight has been like; trying to learn how to live again versus
just survive after your loved one has been taken by such a horrific
Why not publish the
side-by-side the pictures of the crime scene and Trantino’s on his
couch and let the public decide which story to read?
For the families of the
two innocent men murdered, it is not only insulting but also extremely
painful to see a murderer like Trantino being honored like a
celebrity. A man who obviously assumes that a simple apology for his
crimes and a claim to be repentant erases his deeds.
Personally, I do not
believe that he really changed! Actions speak louder than words! If he
were really driven by a different desire than 42 years ago, he would
not consider writing a book about his life, rather he would live a
quiet existence without attracting attention to himself as he
continually enjoys doing. He could do his deeds and his “work” without
all the media attention. Is this not the same arrogant attitude that
led him to kill my brother Gary and Pete?
Obviously he is permitted
to victimize the victims once again and continues to benefit
financially. Did he or the media ever ask who paid all the bills for
all the therapists that the families of the victims had to see?
What is wrong in this
picture? Is it me or do others experience this the same way as I do?
Does anyone realize that
Trantino was not only successful at committing two murders of innocent
police officers but was also successful at destroying and killing off
many of the victim’s families? While he was painting and writing a
book in prison, paid by us the taxpayers, the families were trying to
find a way to survive this horrific crime and his victims were buried
in the ground!!
I am a Professional Member
of the National Speakers Association. I have some “great” real life
Would the colleges like to
hear me speak and offer me a seat on their panel to have them hear how
murder destroys lives and disrupts families?
I’m ready, willing and
I would like to go face to
face with Priscilla Adams from the Haddonfield Quaker Society, but I
doubt if she will have the courage to face me!!
Hollywood is interested in
producing his movie. Publishers are interested in publishing his book.
I have a book as well
about what truly happens to victims’ families. Are there any
publishers out there for us? Is it that we need to be a murderer to be
heard? Sure seems like crime pays!
Saying I am sorry Trantino
doesn’t cut it!! If you stepped on our toes perhaps, but not for
knowingly and brutally torturing and murdering two innocent people!
And perhaps Trantino
should have found art and religion before he became a murderer. Why is
it, all of these murderers, rapists and child molesters find religion
Maybe it’s time for the
media to take a huge leap forward and stop sensationalizing the
criminal and begin featuring victims of crimes providing information
and connecting the victims and their families to those who can assist
the victims. Let’s turn the tables and provide “Celebrity Status” to
the victims and victim assistance organizations. Let people see the
challenges to be faced in rebuilding lives. Perhaps this will help our
country reduce crime. It’s sad, but it sure seems that in this country
“Crime Pays” … and pays well!!!
As the owner and founder
of training and consulting business, I focus on assisting companies
and individuals to be successful. Recently, I had the good fortune to
work with someone who has created the most unbelievable process to
free people of the painful experiences that haunt their lives. I truly
believe his process can help the victims to overcome the lingering
traumas that inhibit our ability to be truly successful and free of
the pain. If there are others victims and families out there who want
to move forward and do more than just survive, I would like to share
this information with you. I know that it is personally changing my
life. As a matter of fact as I write this I am quite certain that some
of these criminals and those youth on the path to a life of crime
would benefit from this amazing process.
Why would we want to
listen to a murderer’s story that only creates more pain with no
Why should we see more
replays of murders on TV, in the movies, on video games, especially
since the research is clearly indicating that seeing all this
aggression does have an impact on behavior.
Do you believe that there
are people who would like to hear a positive outcome to a horrific
experience, to learn how to solve the painful affects of traumas like
our families went through?
Does anyone want to listen
to someone who wants to help these people and organizations as well?
My last words here are
that I would like someone to talk to me and support me on my mission
(and I don’t mean a 5 minute segment on a TV or Radio show and a
sentence in the newspapers…those I have done and they don’t have any
I want to tell the real
story of what happens to victims of violent crimes. But I also want to
give something to the world. I want to talk to them about how I am
finally finding relief after all these years. How a scientifically
based new method is giving me my life back step by step. I am sure
this can assist other victims of violent crimes. For that matter it
can help anyone who wants to move forward to be more successful in his
or her life.
Instead of listening to
Trantino, does anyone have the guts to listen to a process that can
help victims of violet crimes live rather than just survive?
I wonder, will I will hear
You can reach me at any