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    FL - Tammy Lynn Leppert, 18, Cocoa Beach, 6 July 1983

    Tammy Lynn Leppert

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    Please read this: Please help me find out what happened to my sister. Is she alive or dead? I just want to know. Her name is Tammy Lynn Leppert, she came up missing in Cocoa Beach, Florida. July 6, 1983. She was let out of a car near the glass bank in cocoa beach, near the Exxon station, after a heated discussion with a male companion. She has never been seen or heard from again. Has anyone seen or heard from her since July 6, 1983. Did anyone here know her? I've looked at the doe network, and have compared a few jane does to her description. This is very hard for me to do. Not all of the unidentified jane does out there are on the doe network though, some are not. How can I find out what is on the NCIC? Is it available to me? Tammy's birthdate is Feb 5, 1965. She was 18 when she came up missing. Her description is approx 5'4" tall, 115 pounds, hazel (blue/brown) eyes. She is very pretty. She was in beauty pagents, modeling, and a few parts in movies (Spring Break, Scarface, Little Darlings, and Video Wars). She was about to go to California for some movie parts, I think, before she disappeared. I dont know for what movies. Her missing persons story was featured on Unsolved Mysteries, some of the things on the story are not correct. The car was not black, it was a white corvette, or blue maverick. She had on a blue blouse with flower appliques on the shoulders, and a blue skirt. The hoouse they were staying at was in Rockledge, Florida, not Cocoa. She may have been 3 months pregnant. She was taller than the 5'3" they say, 5'4"-5'5". The police have looked into her being a Christopher Wilder (Serial killer) victim, but was never linked to him;I do not think christopher bernard wilder had any thing to do with tammy's disappearance.or John Crutchley (The Vampire Rapist), who recently died in prison. Any information on her, alive or dead? What you may have heard? What may have happened? Anything, anything at all. I will look into it, ok? I just want to know. TO THE LIVING WE OWE RESPECT, TO THE MISSING OR DEAD WE OWE THE TRUTH. Someone somewhere has to care about what happened to Tammy Lynn Leppert. I care........
    For more information and pictures of Tammy please go to http://p208.ezboard.com/ficaremissin...opicID=1.topic .
    I beg you.If you know anything at all Please email me.Please help tammy
    You can contact me at e mail (suzannec4444@aol.com)
    Thank you,
    Suzanne
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    do you possibly have a color age progression of her? I would like to see that as the black and white version is really hard to picture what she would look like in person.

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    tammy

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    Age progression?no I do not have an age progression picture of her.I would love one though.In my heart I do not think she is alive and well and out there anywhere anymore.I am looking for any unidentified Jane Does that fit tammy's discription besides the Doe network .If anyone knows of any unidentified Jane Does that fit tammy's discription or anything at all on tammy.please please email me at suzannec4444@aol.com
    Thank you very much
    Sister of missing tammy lynn leppert

    suzanne

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    Your Sister Tammy

    Suzanne:

    I can imagine the frustration you must feel about your sister. When a family member or a loved one for that matter turns up missing, it's terrible, no other way to describe it. You dont know if they are dead or if they are alive someplace in the world and just dont know who they are from an accident or something.
    One of my missing ladies (Carrie Culberson) will finally be eligible for the DoeNetWork in a few weeks. As you know they wont take you unless you've been missing for eight (8) years. Her family cannot find her remains although they know she is dead. While our cases differ somewhat, I wanted you to know that there are many of us who do care and if we can do anything, as small as it may seem to help you, please let me know.
    Whenever you hear of someone who turns up missing, you always have this constant questioning inside your mind how long will we have to go before we find the answers, no matter how bad they may be. I hope that you find the answers you seek very soon so that you may stop worrying and searching for Tammy.

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    tammy

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    Thank you very much.You are sweet.I hope and pray so too.
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    Suzanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzannec4444
    Hi
    Thank you very much.You are sweet.I hope and pray so too.
    ttyl

    Suzanne

    Suzanne, I'm so sorry that you're going through this. My 19-year old sister disappeared in 1984. She also was very beautiful. Her remains were found in 1995 very close to where she disappeared. Amazing that the police could have missed her for 11 years, isn't it? We still don't know who killed her or why. I hope that you find your sister. If you ever need someone to talk to who knows what you're going through, please don't hesitate to email me at dewpea@yahoo.com.

    Stay strong and God bless you!!!!!!

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    tammy

    Hi
    I am sorry.What was her name.I may have heard of her.Is her story featured anywhere?Would you like me to put her case on my board?
    ttyl

    Suzanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzannec4444
    Hi
    I am sorry.What was her name.I may have heard of her.Is her story featured anywhere?Would you like me to put her case on my board?
    ttyl

    Suzanne
    I sent you a PM.

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    Hi
    Ok.My prayers are with you.
    ttyl
    Suzanne

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    Smile

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    Bumped up for tammy

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    Tammy

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    There is a new lead out that I hope the cocoa beach police department is following up on. someone said Tammy wanted some money?back that someone owed her and Tammy said if this person did not pay her back she would tell on this person.Maybe she did.This person threatened to kill her.I feel and think we will find out what happened to Tammy and hopefully where she is through this last lead.I think this person should be the # 1 suspect in Tammy's disappearance.But I still hope and pray all avenues and all suspects are pursued.Also,Does anyone know if a Fat boys barbeque in cocoa?or cocoa beach fla was ever in trouble for anything in 1983 or the years afterward.Drugs?The owner is deceased and the resturaunt is closed.Please if you know anything.Please email me at suzannec4444@yahoo.com
    ttyl
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    Bump for Tammy and Suzanne!

    With HOPE, Lanie

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    Hi
    Thank you so much.You are so sweet.
    I think tammy was on unsolved mysteries today.Has any one else seen this?If you know anything on Tammy Lynn Leppert please email me at suzannec4444@yahoo.com
    Thank you
    Suzanne

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    Hi
    I was wondering if anyone knew more on this.Some wrote to me.this was a rumor with tammy.If you know anything please email me at suzannec4444@yahoo.com. or post it ok?
    I remember watching a show on t.v. within the last 6 months now i cannot remember if it was dateline or 48 hours,but it was about a prince in saudi arabia.It had women on there who had been hired in the states to be models and when they arrived in saudi it was a whole different story.They were held against their will and the prince would have them all come to his mansion and he would pick his women for the night.It shocked me the stories these women told.i went to school with carolyn Pruyser and their were also rumors of the white slavery thing with her dissapearance.I am not sure if this helps,but thought i would mention the t.v. show.Take care.

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    Hi Suzanne,that was me that left you that message on your board.I have been trying to remember more on the t.v. show that I seen,but it has been a few months.I remember women were hired through a modelling agency,and were taken overseas to this princes home.There would be several women there at one time.I will do some research today and try to find out which show it was on.My apologies for not getting back to your board and responding sooner,I have been trying to research Carolyns dissapearance.My prayers are with you.

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    Hi
    Thank you very much.You are nice.Thank you for letting me know about it.I pray they find carolyn too.

    Suzanne

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    Hi
    I am still looking for matches with tammy with unidentified Jane Does.I need matches on the NCIC.If you know of any matches with Tammy Lynn Leppert or any information on her please please email me at Suzannec4444@yahoo.com.
    Thank you very much and God bless you

    Suzanne

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    Fat boys?

    Suzanne, Did you ever get any more info on Fat Boy's restaurant? is this the restaurant in Boca where the owner of the resturant and his manager were killed at the owner's home? I seem to remember a murder case involving drugs and large amounts of money that these people were killed for. But I cannot remember the restaurant's name. This was in Boca, or Ft. Lauderdale, I believe. And would have been in the 80's.
    I frequently look for your sweet Tammy as I look for my Jean Marie. There are too many missing young women from South Florida...lighting a candle

    Lauran

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    Hi
    Thank you very much for posting to me.Fat boys barbeque was in cocoa or cocoa beach.They may have been in trouble for something. I am still trying to find out what.Probably in the early 80's.I am very interested in the the on you are talking about too.Do you have any information on this date it happened ect....There may or may not be a connection.If any one knows of anything on any of this.Please email me at suzannec4444@yahoo.com.
    Thank you very much for caring.You are very sweet.
    God bless you.
    Suzanne

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    The owner of the restaurant I am talking about was found murdered in his home, along with a younger female employee, i thought the restuarant manager or asst manager. There were signs of a great deal of upheaval in the house, as though it has been searched, as I recall. The story in the Miami Herald was that this was drug related,a nd that they believed a large amount of money and drugs were missing from the house. I shall see what else some of my friends from there may remember.

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    Hi
    Ok.Thankyou very much.Can you send me the newspaper article?and the date written.
    Thankyou
    Suzanne

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    Still seaching but found this...

    Quote Originally Posted by suzannec4444
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    Ok.Thankyou very much.Can you send me the newspaper article?and the date written.
    Thankyou
    Suzanne
    Source: JOE MOZINGO AND LARRY LEBOWITZ, llebowitz@herald.com
    The glaring question following Thursday's arrests at Miami International Airport is how a convicted murderer got the security clearance to run a facility that pumps 50 million gallons of fuel into airliners every month. Richard Caride, a former Hialeah officer involved in the 1985 murders of a popular Coconut Grove nightclub owner and his girlfriend, managed the airport's fuel farm and had access to the most restricted parts of the airport.According to the Miami-Dade


    Unfotunately I cannot access the full article at this time. keep getting error messages...

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    working better now.

    I am going to post the entire article because it is a paid archive.

    http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/9221496.htm?1c

    Posted on Fri, Jul. 23, 2004




    STOLEN-FUEL CASE


    Airport suspect slipped through cracks

    A racketeering investigation at Miami International Airport has raised questions about security. The alleged malfeasance never compromised aviation safety, authorities said.

    BY JOE MOZINGO AND LARRY LEBOWITZ

    llebowitz@herald.com


    The glaring question following Thursday's arrests at Miami International Airport is how a convicted murderer got the security clearance to run a facility that pumps 50 million gallons of fuel into airliners every month.

    Richard Caride, a former Hialeah officer involved in the 1985 murders of a popular Coconut Grove nightclub owner and his girlfriend, managed the airport's fuel farm and had access to the most restricted parts of the airport.

    According to the Miami-Dade state attorney, Katherine FernŠndez Rundle, Caride was the ringleader of a racketeering conspiracy that stole jet fuel and bilked the airport through kickbacks, bogus invoices and grossly inflated bills.

    Aside from a rip-off of at least $5.5 million, investigators say they found security at Caride's operation so lax that they warned the federal Transportation Security Administration last year that ``Osama bin Laden could drive a fuel truck right through the back gate and no one would notice.''

    Nothing changed after the meeting, prosecutors said: Truckers continued to enter and leave without even stopping at the guardhouse.

    ARRESTS MADE

    On Thursday, the state attorney's office finished a round of arrests that netted 10 defendants, including a well-connected lobbyist and a project manager at the county Aviation Department. Nine other defendants, including Caride, have agreed to surrender later.

    Caride has been cooperating with authorities. In recent months, the 46-year-old has had a stroke and major brain surgery, sources said.

    Caride last ran into trouble with the law in 1985, when he and two others raided the home of Michael Corso, owner of Faces in the Grove, a popular cocaine-cowboy era hangout.

    Posing as investigators looking into a fight at the club, they were really there to steal dope. Corso and his girlfriend were fatally shot after the robbers didn't find any cocaine.

    Caride, who was not the shooter, agreed to a plea deal and served three years of a seven-year sentence for second-degree murder. After being released, he first became a bartender at an El Torito restaurant and then began working at the fuel depot in 1994.

    On his job application, Caride said he was working at a fence company during the years he was really in prison.

    At that time, the county didn't conduct criminal background checks on workers at the airport. By the time the federal government required checks in 2002, his highly publicized crime was 16 years old.

    The check only went back 10 years. He was given full security clearance.

    ''He qualified,'' MIA security chief Mark Forare said Thursday. ``We gave him an ID card.''

    The county inspector general's and state attorney began investigating the fuel farm last year, following a tip from Aviation Director Angela Gittens.

    Early on, investigators ran Caride's name through Herald archives and found out about the murder. They were flabbergasted.

    BLATANT THEFTS

    But ultimately they were more concerned that 2.7 million gallons of jet fuel from the facility could disappear without anyone noticing. The suspects were so blatant that they pumped the stolen fuel into yachts from a Key Biscayne seawall.

    In May 2003, state attorney representatives met with Miami's then-federal security chief, Ed Guevara, and his deputy, Richard B. Thomas, to warn them of the security concerns at the fuel farm.

    Thomas, the current TSA chief in Miami, said Thursday his agency didn't have jurisdiction over the fuel farm.

    ''We did not evaluate this as a security or physical threat,'' Thomas said. ``Is there some risk involved in a decision like that? Yes, of course.''

    Responsibility for the fuel-farm operation fell to the aviation department, which delegated the management and security to private firms.

    For 10 years, Caride's employer, Aircraft Services International Group (ASIG), ran the fuel farm. A company run by lobbyist Antonio Junior -- a close confidante to County Commission Chairwoman Barbara Carey-Shuler -- handled the security.

    Forare said the airport has tightened security at the fuel farm in recent months. All entries and exits are logged in at the gate now. ASIG no longer runs the fuel farm.

    At a Thursday press conference, FernŠndez Rundle and Gittens said the MIA passengers were never in danger.

    ''This was never a risk to any aviation safety,'' FernŠndez Rundle said.

    The defendants were processed at the state attorney's office and the Miami-Dade County Jail. Junior could not be reached for comment. He is accused of conspiring with a construction firm to bill the airport for unnecessary and overpriced work.

    Patricia Nichols, the sole airport employee arrested, was accused of taking kickbacks to overlook the fraud.

    Her attorney, Don S. Cohn, said ``she is innocent and will be proven to be innocent.''

    Caride's attorney did not return a call for comment.

    READY TO DEFEND

    David Raben, attorney for Scott and Richard Crisafulli of RCR Oil, which allegedly stole much of the fuel, said: ``We are ready to vigorously defend this case.''

    Gittens praised the whistle-blower, a former ASIG employee. But investigators distanced themselves from him after suspecting he was running drugs to Alabama. He allegedly enlisted another ASIG employee who was murdered during one of the trips.

    Gittens said the fuel-farm arrests were a ''proud day'' for the airport.

    ''This is a strong message that wrongdoing will not be tolerated at Miami International Airport,'' she said. ``It's everyone's job at that airport to make sure the right things are being done.''

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    another one

    http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/talla...on/9216007.htm

    Posted on Thu, Jul. 22, 2004





    19 face charges in jet fuel thefts

    The Miami-Dade state attorney launched arrests on charges of conspiracy to bilk millions from Miami's airport by padding contracts and stealing jet fuel. An airport official and a well-connected lobbyist will be charged.

    BY JOE MOZINGO

    Miami Herald


    State authorities late Wednesday began arresting 11 people in an alleged conspiracy to siphon millions of gallons of jet fuel from Miami International Airport, then pump it into commercial trucks, private jets and luxury yachts around South Florida.

    Among those being sought by the Miami-Dade state attorney's office are a businessman with close ties to county commissioners and a high-level Aviation Department official.

    The loss to the county-run airport -- through fraud, kickbacks, massive overcharges and a sea of stolen fuel -- is at least $5.5 million, said State Attorney Katherine FernŠndez Rundle. She said airline passengers will ultimately pay the price through higher fuel charges, which could boost Miami airfares.

    ''These criminals used MIA as if it were a casino and they had all the winning hands,'' she said.

    Most of the defendants will be charged with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. The warrants were signed by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Scola, said state attorney's spokesman Ed Griffith.

    At the center of the case is Richard Caride, who managed the fuel farm. He is a former Hialeah police officer who staged a home-invasion robbery 18 years ago that left a nightclub owner and his girlfriend dead. Caride served three years for second-degree murder.

    Four local companies, including the Fort Lauderdale-based cleanup firm Cliff Berry Inc., are also accused of taking part in a series of brazen schemes centered at MIA's massive fuel depot, tucked away in the southeast corner of the airport off Perimeter Road.

    According to officials, two small oil-transport firms allegedly stole up to 3,000 gallons -- per day -- mixing it with diesel and then hawking it from seawalls in Key Biscayne to passing yachters.

    One of the most disturbing aspects of the case was its implications for airport and aviation security, officials said.

    ''These fuel thieves had unrestricted access to most of the airport,'' FernŠndez Rundle said. ``It was as if the front door was locked tight, but the back door was deliberately left wide open.''

    Guards allowed tanker-truck drivers and others to pass freely through what is supposed to be one of the most secure parts of the airport, where millions of gallons of ultra-pure jet fuel are stored before being piped into the bellies of airliners.

    One investigator quipped that the fuel-farm security ''would have waved Osama bin Laden in'' if he were driving a company fuel truck.

    The Miami-Dade inspector general's office and the state attorney's office began the investigation in April 2003 after Aviation Director Angela Gittens tipped them off.

    Aside from several contractors and subcontractors, today's dragnet is expected to nab a well-connected county lobbyist, Antonio Junior, and an airport project manager, Patricia Nichols. The case involves a total of 19 defendants, some of whom have agreed to surrender later.

    Junior runs the security company at the fuel farm, although it is not in that role he is accused of breaking the law.

    The longtime confidant of County Commission Chairwoman Barbara Carey-Shuler -- he gave her a $20,000 campaign loan in 1996 -- is accused of helping a construction firm get work at the fuel farm that was ''either overpriced, unnecessary or both.'' In return, he got a $70,000 kickback, prosecutors said.

    To convince the firm of his ability to get contracts, he boasted of his relationship with Carey-Shuler, according to a law enforcement source. The commissioner is not implicated in the case, prosecutors stressed.

    Junior has pieces of a number of county contracts, including transporting disabled people, parking cars, providing baggage carts and wrapping luggage in the terminals.

    The construction firm ultimately cut ties with Junior when he started demanding 50 percent of profits, according to investigators.

    His security contract is under investigation.

    CONSPIRACY ALLEGED

    The contractor managing the entire fueling facility was Caride's employer, Aircraft Services International Group, or ASIG, which has not been charged in the case.

    From his position, Caride and others allegedly conspired to rip off the county in several ways, dating to at least April 1999.

    One involved a $297 piece of fueling equipment called a pilot valve. Caride decided to replace all 450 valves around the airport, despite the job being wholly unnecessary, investigators said. ASIG then invoiced the airport $874 for each valve, plus $1,300 apiece for the hour of labor to install each one.

    Caride is also accused of getting the airport to pay $3,428 apiece for more than a dozen gate valves that actually cost $912.

    But the fuel theft is where the big money was made, investigators said.

    The airport gets the JET-A fuel from a pipeline running straight from Port Everglades in Broward County. Every month, the fuel farm pumps 50 million gallons into the airplanes on the jetways.

    In 1999, Caride and a company named RCR Oil launched a ''large-scale, ongoing scheme to steal JET-A fuel from the fueling system at MIA,'' officials said. Good fuel was diverted into waste-fuel tanks and hauled away by tanker trucks for resale to unsuspecting buyers.

    Soon another company, Tropical Oil, got in on the scheme, and altogether 2.7 million gallons of fuel were stolen from the airport, according to investigators.

    SOUGHT BUYERS

    The thieves trucked the fuel around the county looking for buyers. At one point, they allegedly filled up private jets at Opa-locka Airport -- a potentially dangerous prospect because the fuel could have been contaminated in the waste-fuel tanks or trucks.

    Worried that a plane would crash and investigators might trace the fuel back to them, they decided to stick to fueling trucks and yachts, the state attorney said.

    ''Before we got this tip and launched this investigation, this free-wheeling criminal enterprise got $4 million in stolen fuel,'' FernŠndez Rundle said. ``And no one knew a thing.''

    FernŠndez Rundle, who has been criticized in the past as being soft on corruption, said she assigned her top prosecutors, including Richard Scruggs, and investigators to ferret out the case.

    They used simple meteorology to catch Cliff Berry allegedly fudging its bills. The cleanup firm, which holds some big state contracts, was paid 13 cents a gallon to remove contaminated water -- basically rainwater that mixes with spilled fuel and oil on the ground -- from the fuel farm.

    When state investigators looked at airport records, they noticed some odd discrepancies between the amount of water they hauled away and the actual rainfall figures.

    When it rained 12.76 inches one month, Cliff Berry removed 394,000 gallons. Four months later, when it rained only .71 inches, they removed almost the same amount -- 382,000 gallons.

    A Cliff Berry manager, Jeff Smith, allegedly paid Caride a $12,500 kickback to overlook the fraud.

    Nichols, the airport project manager, was also key to the racketeering enterprise, officials said. She was in charge of approving all the expenses racked up at the fuel farm.

    Caride wanted her to keep paying the bogus invoices, so he told a subcontractor to buy her a 32-inch TV ''to keep her happy,'' prosecutors say. Nichols allegedly accepted the gift, followed by a $569 digital camera and a 55-inch TV from other subcontractors. Nichols will be charged with three counts of unlawful compensation.


    <<<<nothing names the victims or the restaurant. I'll keep looking...

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    finally the names

    This last is a very long article, I have posted the only parts that seem relevant to your search
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    The Miami Herald -- Posted by David_Markus on Friday, July 29th 2004
    How did a notorious ex-cop get key job at MIA?

    Richard Caride was notorious, even in a time of notorious criminals.

    Caride, charged last week in a scheme that ripped off $5.5 million worth of jet fuel from the Miami International Airport depot he managed, was hardly an obscure name in South Florida crime lore. He was already infamous. So infamous, it tortures credulity to claim no one around MIA noticed that this convicted murderer, rip-off artist, crooked cop and gang leader -- the very fellow credited with inventing South Florida-style home-invasion robberies -- was in charge of the airport fuel farm.

    It was front-page news in The Herald on March 3, 1985, when Caride was busted for the brutal killings of Michael Corso and Beaulah Del Panta.

    The Herald assigned the story to Edna Buchanan, who reported:. ``Officer Richard Bannister Caride, 26, was on patrol when summoned to headquarters and taken into custody by Metro detectives. A fellow officer slipped Caride a plain shirt so he would not be taken to jail still wearing his police uniform.''

    GANG'S MASTERMIND

    Caride was the mastermind behind a gang of Hialeah cops bent on ripping off supposed drug dealers. His criminal moonlighting enabled him to blow thousands in nightclubs and to finance his own personal fleet of luxury cars, including a Corvette, Jaguar, Lincoln Continental, two Porsches.

    HOME INVASION

    On Jan. 27, 1985, Caride and two accomplices, including his best friend and fellow cop, Carlos Simon, drove to the home of Michael Corso, the former owner of a Coconut Grove nightclub.

    They flashed their badges, barged into the house and ripped it apart in a futile search for cocaine and cash. Days later, police discovered the bullet-riddled bodies of Corso and Del Panta in the bedroom.

    The arrests of Caride, Simon and Luis Perez, an Opa-locka hoodlum, stunned the community. Caride, who understood the system, quickly agreed to plead guilty and testify against his best buddy.

    During an October1985 trial, he claimed that it was Simon who fired both murder weapons that night-- two different caliber pistols. Only Simon. The jury didn't buy it. Simon was acquitted after two hours of deliberation. Jurors told The Herald that they decided Caride was a liar. One juror said, ``All of us decided the same thing at the same time. There really wasn't too much question in our minds.''

    Caride, the artful flipper, served less than three years for his part in the deadly crime spree. He popped back into the news in 1990 when the feds prosecuted Simon in the double homicide, this time for civil rights violations. Simon was represented in 1990 by Milton Hirsch, who, ironically, also has a client implicated in the current MIA case. And once again the wily Caride has flipped ahead of the small fish. I asked Hirsch Wednesday if he was surprised to find Caride back as the star prosecution witness. 'Surprised is not the word. The word we're looking for is `nauseated.' ''

    `SLUDGE TRAIL'

    Hirsch, who is also a crime novelist, said he was stunned that the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, which fashioned the sweet deal for the home-invasion ringleader, would cut him yet another deal in this criminal incarnation, despite a ``sludge trail of lies and criminal misconduct.''

    Beyond that, Hirsch wonders -- anybody who lived in South Florida in the 1980s wonders -- how such an infamous, conniving criminal could be put charge of a huge fuel depot in an age of terrorism.

    With or without a background check, someone around MIA had to remember Richard Caride -- the subject of 38 stories in The Herald in the years before he was hired at MIA.

    ''His name alone meant trouble,'' said lawyer Ervin Gonzalez, who brought a civil suit by Corso's sons against the city of Hialeah for keeping a cop on the payroll with a nefarious record long before the killings.

    'This man came with a flashing billboard on his head: `Do Not Hire Him.' ''

    Someone had to know. Richard Caride was notorious. Even in a notorious time.


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