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Monday, July 17, 2006

Did Christopher Porco Plan To Kill His Parents? Part Two.

If you haven’t read Part One of Did Christopher Porco Plan To Kill His Parents, you should do so before reading Part Two. Part Two will make a lot more sense if you have read Part One.

When Christopher Porco left Rochester, I don’t believe he had any plans to kill his parents. I believe he was going home to talk to his parents and try to weasel his way out of the mess he had made with college, his finances, forging his father’s name on the loan, etc. That explains why he took the Thruway, instead of an alternate route, parked the jeep in the driveway, and forgot to remove the key from the lock after he disabled the alarm.

My next conjecture is that one or both of his parents woke up. Either they heard his jeep pull into the driveway, Christopher coming in the door, or possibly the dog barking when Christopher entered the house.

Next, even though it was a late hour, I believe one or both parents welcomed him and they talked. (I have two sons in their twenties so I know that late hour arrivals and talks are not unusual). The talk turned to what Christopher had done, then became a nasty argument. Finally, the parents ended the argument and went to bed.

It was at this point that Christopher decided to kill his parents. At this point, he had some time to plan, but not to plan adequately. He waited for his parents to go back to sleep, put the dog in the cellar, donned a pair of gloves (he may have even had gloves with him as it was already the middle of November), then went and got the ax and began hacking away.

Following the attack, which I believe occurred around 4:45a.m, he smashed the security system console and cut the telephone cable to make the attack look like an attempted burglary. In his panic to get away, he bungled the effort to make the attack look like a bungled burglary.

While this theory may not be perfect, it does get rid of some of the problems in the prosecution’s current theory. One of the biggest problems for both the defense and prosecution is explaining what the attacker was doing in the house for three hours. According to the prosecution, the alarm was deactivated around 2:00a.m., Christopher’s jeep was spotted by a neighbor around 4:00a.m. and the phone line to the house was cut around 5:00a.m.

Assuming that Christopher was the attacker and that the attack took place near 5:00a.m, then what was he doing in the house for three hours? Did he plan to kill his parents while in Rochester, get cold feet when he got home and have to work up the courage for two to three hours to do what he did? Possibly, and there are other possible explanations, but I believe my theory is more plausible.

Another difficulty for the prosecution is how was Mrs. Porco able to identify Christopher. Did Christopher turn on the light when he entered the bedroom? How could she have seen him in a darkened bedroom. The defense claims in their opening statement that Peter Porco had sleep apnea and in order to sleep better always slept in a very dark bedroom, therefore Joan Porco could never have seen her attacker. But if Joan and Peter had talked and argued with Christopher when he first arrived home, there would be some plausible explanation for her identification of Christopher as the attacker.

The above theory also explains the ferocity of the attack. The attack, like O.J. Simpson’s vicious knife attack on Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, appears motivated by incredible hatred and anger not money.

My theory, like the prosecution’s, is not without holes. One reader has already pointed out that if Christopher was just going home with the intent of seeing his parents rather than killing them, then why wouldn’t he have just used his EZ Pass? One answer to that question is that he had no money in his EZ Pass account, just as he seemed to have no money in his bank account. Anyway, the amount of money he had in his EZ Pass account wouldn’t be difficult information for either the prosecution or the defense to obtain.

Well I guess I’ve done enough speculating for now. After hearing what the lynch mob on local talk shows and blogs have been saying, it seems necessary to repeat, although it will most likely fall on deaf ears, that we are still at the beginning of the trial, and no one has yet to prove Christopher guilty.

While it may be fun to be an armchair lawyer, it is still important to keep an open mind on the subject of Christopher’s guilt or innocence. From what I have been reading and listening to, it’s a good thing that Terry Kindlon got a change of venue for his client. If the trial had remained in Albany County, Christopher’s only chance of getting a fair trial would have been to waive his right to a jury trial and go with a bench trial.


  • I am a bit of a slacker when following this case. I thought at first Christopher's mother insisted that it was not Christopher, is she now saying he is the attacker?

    By Blogger fxrsjoe, at 9:44 AM  

  • It's the other way around. The police say she nodded her head up and down when they asked her if Christopher did it. Now she says he didn't do it.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 5:32 PM  

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