Murder Caught on iPad Video Chat
(BOSTON) — A Massachusetts man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death as their daughter’s friend watched via an iPad video chat is being held in jail without bond Tuesday.
Christopher Piantedosi, 39, allegedly showed up at the Burlington, Mass., home of his longtime girlfriend Kristen Pulisciano’s on Thursday and got into a raging argument with her in the kitchen.
The couple’s 15-year-old daughter was in her bedroom video chatting with a friend on her iPad. She heard the commotion and went to check on her parents, according to authorities.
The girl found her father holding a knife and her mother fled to the girl’s bedroom, shutting the door behind her. “The defendant then kicked in the door, threw the victim on the bed and began stabbing her with a butcher knife and it was visible to the daughter’s friend,” Middlesex assistant district attorney Nicole Allain said in court.
The daughter’s male friend witnessed the attack on video.
“He could hear the victim saying, ‘Please, please,’ and he could hear the daughter yelling, ‘No! No!'” Allain said. “He then heard the defendant say, ‘You’ve got to die. You’ve got to die.'”
The daughter rushed out of the house and called 911 while Piantedosi fled the scene.
When authorities arrived, they found Pulisciano’s body with a knife still in her neck after being stabbed 34 times in the neck and chest, according to ABC News’ Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.
He surrendered to Massachusetts State Police on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was charged with one count of murder. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Woburn District Court on Monday.
“We allege that the defendant brutally and fatally stabbed the victim, a loving mother of two, inside her home,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a statement. “We intend to hold him fully accountable for this unspeakable act of violence.”
Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney, told ABC News that the iPad is being studied and examined for forensic evidence.
A doctor told the court that Piantedosi has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had recently attempted suicide.
Piantedosi’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 7.
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