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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Another Peter Porco. Another Parental Unit Murdered.

Coincidences can be very odd things. You know the old story--President Lincoln took office in 1860, JFK took office in 1960; Lincoln had a secretary named Kennedy, Kennedy had a secretary named Lincoln, etc. I don’t give coincidences much weight, but here is one about the Porco case that is interesting.

Peter Porco was murdered on November 15, 2004. Laurie Waterman of Craig, Alaska was murdered the day before, on November 14, 2004.

Peter Porco’s son Christopher was arrested for his murder. Laurie Waterman’s daughter Rachelle was arrested for her murder.

One of the most interesting things about the Laurie Waterman murder, however, is the name of the reporter who first reported it. His name is Peter Porco. So while the Albany media was reporting on the death of Peter Porco of Delmar, Peter Porco of The Anchorage Daily News was reporting on the death of Laurie Waterman in Craig, Alaska.

In both cases there was an older sibling.

In both cases the surviving parent supported the child who allegedly killed the other parent.

If you read all of the stories about Rachelle Waterman, you see a person whose personality is similar to Christopher Porco‘s. Both showed little emotion about the death of their parent. Rachelle often referred to her mother as her “female parental unit.“ Here is Rachelle Waterman’s final entry on her blog.

“Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered. I won't have computer acess [sic] until the weekend or so because the police took my computer to go through the hard drive. I thank everyone for their thoughts and e-mails, I hope to talk to you when I get my computer back.”

Sounds and awful lot like Christopher’s “Yo Dad.”

The internet played a large role in each case. In Christopher’s it was his e-mails and IMs. In Rachelle’s case it was her blog. Rachelle’s last journal entry received over 7,000 comments, which became a story in itself. Up until recently, you could still access the journal, but it has since been deleted both on livejournal.com and on a mirror site.

Videotaped interviews by the police of both Porco and Waterman were not allowed into evidence.

Both defendants come from fairly properous, middle class families. Rachelle’s father was president of the local school board. Her mother worked as a teacher's aide.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.

Rachelle Waterman has her own Wikipedia entry. There is also an ongoing Live Journal community for people interested in the murder.

By the way, Rachelle Waterman was freed because of a hung jury, even though it seems apparent she played some role in her mother’s murder. We will have to wait until the jury comes in on Christopher Porco before we'll know whether or not there will be another coincidence here.

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