Christopher Porco was recently convicted of killing his father and brutally injuring his mother with a fire ax. This 22 year old student at the University of Rochester will soon be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison. Christopher studied biomedical engineering and economics and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He scored higher than 1400 on his SATs, but was not noted for his academic success. But why did he do it?
Christopher was said to have recently been fighting with his parents. He had forged his father’s signature for loans to pay for school and a new car. Angry emails were exchanged, but they had supposedly reconciled prior to the attacks. Christopher, however, had been accused of theft in earlier instances. But can financial problems lead to the murder of your parents?
The evidence did not seem overwhelming for the accusation of Christopher. Even his mother Joan continually testified for his innocence. His father, Peter, was related to the Bonanno crime family in New York city. He was said to have been on bad terms with a certain member nicknamed “The Fireman.” Here is a link to the prosecution’s allegation and the defense’s rebuttals: http://timesunion.com/specialreports/porco/graphics/porcocase.pdf. Do you think that the evidence is enough to accuse? It scares me to think that someone of my generation could lose his entire future if wrongly convicted.
CBS “48 hours Mystery” will be showing a segment on the murder on November 4 at 10pm ET/PT.