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DENIED. Parole has been denied for child killer Keith Vischio.
Vischio will not have another hearing until May 2016. Thank
to everyone who submitted a petition to block this parole.
Story Lorraine Pacifico was abducted
and murdered while on her way to play with her friends
Murder 2nd Degree
Min/ Max Sentence:
20 Years - Life
Next Parole Hearing:
A Fun Summer
In the summer of
1980 Lorraine Ann Pacifico, age 10, was excited
to be in the middle of her summer
break from school. She was an avid swimmer, loved
basketball, and spent hours riding her bike and
playing hop-scotch with her many friends. She also
loved animals and spent countless hours with her
dog "Snoopy" and her cat "Bamboo."
Lorraine stood four
feet ten inches tall, had long brown hair, hazel
eyes and braces on her teeth.
She was the only daughter of Peter Sr. and Ann
Pacifico and Lorraine was her parents pride and
joy. She was especially close to her mother and
the running joke was Lorraine's mother would tell
her she was her favorite daughter and Lorraine
would respond "I'm your only daughter." Lorraine
also looked up to her two big brothers, Peter Jr.,
age 21, and Anthony, age 18, and both of them were
protective of their little sister.
On July 7th 1980
Lorraine's mother called the house and told Lorraine
she was heading home from
her job at The New York Stock Exchange. Lorraine
told her mother she was going to finish her peanut
butter and jelly sandwich and then go out to play
with friends. Moments later Lorraine headed out
the door and as she left her brother Anthony told
her to "be careful." She would never
be seen alive again.
A Disappearance Turns To Tragedy
Lorraine's mother arrived
home from work and started preparing dinner. When
Lorraine did not return
home to eat with her family Mrs. Pacifico searched
the neighborhood however she could not find Lorraine.
By 8PM Mrs. Pacifico became extremely worried and
called police. Authorities knew immediately something
was very wrong and a massive search began to find
Lorraine. By the next day police had set up a temporary
command post at the Pacifico home and helicopters
began searching the area. The were no witnesses,
no leads, and no motive for Lorraine's disappearance.
Three days later, on July
10, 1980, three auxiliary policeman found Lorraine
Pacifico. Her beaten and
mutilated body was found beneath a Staten Island
Rapid Transit Overpass. Her body was found on a
ledge 5 feet below street level. Her blue jumpsuit
was pulled down to below her waist.
The coroner determined
Lorraine had suffered six fractures of the skull
times in the head with a rock the size of a loaf
of bread. The murderer also used a sharp object
to slash Lorraine three times from her chest to
below her waist. While there was no physical evidence
of sexual assault police found a pubic hair on
her body. Lorraine's corpse was badly decayed and
had been eaten by maggots. The coroner determined
she had been killed three days earlier, the day
she went missing. Police then began the hunt for
An Arrest And A Confession
As police searched for the murderer, Lorraine's
older brother Pete kept hounding them about an
acquaintance named Keith Vischio. Pete told police
that while on his way to a rock concert at Central
Park he saw the 20-year-old Vischio loitering on
the platform of the train station. He said he saw
Vischio put his arm around a girl he did not know
and when she pushed Vischio's arm away he then
watched Vischio follow two girls off the platform.
Pete said the next day, while searching for his
sister, he spotted Vischio on the street and stopped
to talk to him. Pete said Vischio kept rubbing
his arms and neck nervously and he had scratch
marks on his arms. On July 18, 1980, Keith Vischio
was arrested and became the prime suspect in murder
and attempted sexual assault of Lorraine Pacifico.
body was found behind one of the arches
beneath the Oakwood Train Station
Almost immediately after
his arrest Vischio admitted to police that he had
killed Lorraine. He made
four confessions both verbally and in writing.
According to Vischio he left home the morning of
July 7, 1980 and quit his job as a clerk at a brokerage
firm. He then began drinking and took two Quaaludes.
He hung out with friends and at one point briefly
spoke to Lorraine's brother Pete. At 1PM he tried
to pick up a high school girl however she rejected
his advances and got on a bus. Vischio then began
harassing two other girls who ran into the Guyon
Market. The store manager chased Vischio away.
At 5 PM Vischio said
he met Lorraine on the train station platform
and spoke with her for five minutes.
He then told Lorraine to follow him to an area "under
the street." Realizing something was wrong
Lorraine got scared and tried to leave. Vischio
then grabbed her by the arm and when she screamed "let
me go" he pulled her to the ground. Authorities
believe at this point Vischio was attempting to
sexually assault Lorraine. When she resisted Vischio
hit her head "on the floor." According
to Vischio, "She was alive but her head was
bleeding. The next thing I knew I was hitting her
in the head with a rock." He claimed he hit
little Lorraine in the head twenty times. Vischio
then grabbed a beer bottle from the ground and
hit Lorraine in the head. He pulled her jumpsuit
down to her waist, grabbed a pipe from the ground,
and cut her three times from her chest to below
her waist. When he realized Lorraine was dead Vischio
threw the bloody pipe in some weeds and ran home.
After throwing his bloody pants in the garbage
he took and nap. The next day he hung out with
his friends and acted like nothing had happened.
Overwhelming Evidence And A Murder Plea
In addition to Vischio's
confession authorities also had solid physical
evidence linking Vischio
to the crime. His palm print was found on the bottom
of the broken beer bottle and one of his bloody
fingerprints was found on the side of the bottle.
They also determined the pubic hair found on Lorraine
was "comparable" to samples taken for
Vischio. The manager at the Guyon Market identified
Vischio as the man she chased away from two girls
shortly Lorraine's murder.
Facing overwhelming evidence Vischio agreed to
plead guilty to second degree murder. In exchange
for his plea the attempted sexual abuse charge
was dropped. The judge, New York Supreme Court
Justice Norman Felig, sentenced Vischio from 20
years to Life in prison. Vischio was emotionless
throughout his sentencing hearing.
At the time of Vischio's conviction New York law
stated that in order to be adjudicated a sex offender
a defendant must have been convicted of a sex crime.
Since the attempted sexual assault charge was dropped
Vischio was not labeled a sexual offender. Thus
he cannot be listed on any sex offender registry
and will have no sex offender reporting requirements.
This means he can live anywhere and no one in the
community will be notified of his criminal history.
A Lack of Rehabilitation And Responsibility
young Lorraine Pacifico
While Vischio has
behaved in prison during the past several years
there is still clear evidence
that he refuses to take responsibility for his
actions and that he is not determined to rehabilitate
himself. Parole records indicate that as of 2010
Vischio continued to refuse to take any sex offender
classes. Vischio told the parole board members "I
don't remember" when they asked him questions
about the sexual nature of his crime. Vischio also
stated he had no ongoing mental health treatment.
The parole board
concluded "due to the bizarre
and violent nature" of the crime, "the
vulnerability" of Lorraine, and the "lack
of sex offender program completion" that Vischio's
parole be denied. They concluded "There is
a reasonable probability" that Vischio "would
not live and remain at liberty without violating
The Aftermath: A Mother's
Pain (written by Ann Pacifico, Lorraine's Mom)
"To say Lorraine
is missed is not enough. She was and still is
loved by me and her brothers.
It has been 34 years and the pain is still there
as if it was yesterday. To me she will always be
10 years old. She never had a chance to grow up,
or marry because someone else who had no right
to do what he did decided otherwise."
"I have masses said for her every year for
her birthday and each year on the day she died
I put flowers on her grave. That is all I can do
for my daughter now. I will never hear her laugh
again, smile or just simply hug and kiss me like
she did. She used to call me "Silly Mommy." We
did things together. We played games together.
Her brother taught her how to play chess. We sat
together at night on the couch watching TV together,
her in my arms and resting, safe and secure but
that day I could not help her anymore"
Keith Vischio is the perfect example of the most
dangerous kind of sexual predator. After unsuccessfully
stalking three young girls Vischio lured 10-year-old
Lorraine Pacifico to a secluded area and attempted
to sexually assault her. When she resisted he hit
here in the head 20 times with a rock and mutilated
her body. He then went home and acted like nothing
had happened until the day he was arrested for
Lorraine's murder. Although he has spent over 30
years in prison he still refuses to take responsibility
for his actions and take classes critical to his
Releasing Keith Vischio
would be a complete injustice to Lorraine Pacifico
and her family. It would also
demean his cruelty to Lorraine. In addition, placing
Vischio back on the streets would create a profound
and imminent risk to the community, especially
to young girls. Based on the horrific and brutal
nature of his crimes, his refusal to take responsibility
for his actions, and the fact Lorraine Pacifico
is not alive as a direct result of his actions,
we believe Keith Vischio should receive the maximum
continuance of two years at his current parole
hearing and all subsequent hearings until he dies
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