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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    NJ - Mary Ellen Touris, 45, found murdered, Cranford, 1 Jan 2006

    Days before she was killed, a bloodied Mary Ellen Touris was seen at a Jersey City mall parking lot with an unidentified bearded man in what police suspected was an abduction.

    Shoppers at the Newport Centre Mall told authorities on Dec. 27 that the 45-year-old woman had a head wound and was being forced into a car. The shoppers were so concerned that they tried to stop the silver Nissan Sentra but were unsuccessful, according to police reports.

    On Jan. 1, the Cranford woman was found dead in her house, beaten and battered at the foot of her basement stairs. An autopsy showed Touris suffered severe head and body trauma.

    Jersey City police were never able to talk to Touris to determine what happened to her at the mall that afternoon because they could not find her. Touris moved to Cranford two months ago.

    "They (police) don't know whether she fell or whether she was struck," Romankow said. "She was being driven by someone believed to be the defendant. We are continuing to investigate all aspects of this homicide including this incident."
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From January 2006:


    According to police, 45-year-old Mary Ellen Touris was found on her basement floor with severe head trauma on Sunday night. On Monday morning, Cranford police arrested 44-year-old Christopher Pessolano at a motel in Springfield.
    MSM very scarce on this case, but I found a little more detail in the book, "Behind the Yellow Tape: On the Road with Some of America's Hardest Working Crime Scene Investigators" (you'll have to scroll down a little):


    It says Pessolano pleaded guilty to murder and got 25 years. New Jersey DOC says he pleaded to manslaughter:


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