06-11-2012, 04:41 PM #1
NJ - David Emerich, 32, & Bonnie Pellicer, 24, Camden, 2 Feb 1980
I apologize if this is posted elsewhere, but when I searched I was unable to find any mention of this.
On February 9, 1980, Bernice Raymond went to a house used by David Emerich, a 32 year old sex film producer and convicted cocaine dealer. Ms. Raymond's 24 year old sister, Bonnie Pellicer, lived with Emerich. Bonnie, from a prominent St. Augustine, FL family, was a law student.
In the kitchen, Ms. Raymond found blood-stained meat cleavers and knives along with pools of dried blood. A bullet from an automatic pistol was lodged in a cupboard. Near the basement furnace she found a pool of blood and a cutting board containing what was later determined to be human flesh.
Later articles mention a bloody chainsaw.
There a several newspaper articles regarding this case.
Neither are listed in NamUs, Charley Project or Doe Network.
06-11-2012, 04:56 PM #2
The "sex film producer" description of David Emerich isn't exactly accurate. He produced movies with sexual themes, and his most recent one prior to his disappearance was R-rated. Maybe he also produced porn.
I wonder how a young law student from a prominent family got hooked up with a convicted cocaine dealer?
From the description of the crime scene I'd say this one is definitely drug-related.
06-12-2012, 06:24 PM #3
10-10-2012, 07:08 PM #4Registered User
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I knew David and Bonnie at the time.
They both visited my home several months prior to their disappearance although I did not hear about it until some time later that year.
I know how David and Bonnie met.
David did mention going to CA but never said anything about making a film.
02-04-2016, 05:56 PM #5Registered User
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The old reports for this case seem to end in the late 80's without resolution. I believe David & Bonnie are still missing and I don't think anyone was ever charged for their deaths. Someone wrote a story on them last year but I think you have to order the whole book to read the piece.
However, his biggest Wheatpenny piece in this half-ish deals with the tragic story behind Dracula Sucks, namely the mysterious disappearance/presumed murder of one of the film’s producers and his girlfriend. In typical Wheatpenny style, it’s a thoughtfully researched and conceived piece that deals with the story behind the film, the connection between classic-era porn financing and drug dealing and the history of drug-related crime in New Jersey. It’s a gripping read that captures both the dark fascination and the tragedy of its subject.
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