That’s the text I got from my cohort Jennifer Myers on Thursday night.
She wasn’t kidding.
Back in August, Christopher Piantedosi was dubbed “the remorseful robber,” because after stealing a wallet, $90, and a GPS unit from a woman’s purse in a New Hampshire grocery store, Piantedosi showed up on the doorstep of the woman who owned the purse, and returned all the items, the cash, plus an extra $10.
He apologized in a letter that he signed “stupid.”
I messaged Piantedosi on Facebook to see if I could interview him. He declined, because he was told not to talk to the press before his case was adjudicated. He seemed polite. I forget whether I added him or vice versa. He wished me happy birthday this year.
Thursday night he was identified as a suspect in the fatal stabbing of Kristen Pulisciano, 38, of Burlington. She was Piantedosi’s long-time girlfriend and the mother of his 15-year-old daughter.
Piantedosi now lives in Methuen, and I’m told by a woman who called me Saturday that he moved there after splitting up with Pulisciano a while back. The woman who called me didn’t give her name, and said she was nervous about calling, but she said that despite having plenty of problems in his life, Piantedosi had never been violent.
She was hoping someone would print that there was more to Piantedosi than what has been reported so far.
“This was totally out of character,” said the woman, who didn’t give her name. “They had their issues, but nothing violent like that.”
The woman never gave her name and eventually hung up and didn’t call back. Her number was blocked from caller ID, so I have no idea if what she had to stay was legitimate. I’ll let you all judge for yourselves. I’m not going to print comments from someone so anonymous in the actual paper.
I never talked to Piantedosi after our initial conversation, but I did notice this status on his Facebook profile from a few months ago.
“He was angry about the breakup but he was hoping it would eventually work out like it usually does,” the woman said.
She said he worked at Haymarket in Boston, but that he had trouble keeping other jobs because of allegations he stole from a previous employer.
She said Piantedosi had been upset recently, partially due to the breakup.
“A couple weeks ago we talked because he was depressed about them breaking up and about stuff he had done in the past. He said he wanted to kill himself,” the woman told me. “When I heard what happened, I thought for sure he was going to kill himself and not turn himself in.”
She said Piantedosi had a close relationship with his 15-year-old daughter, Bryanna, who called 911 about the stabbing. District Attorney Gerard Leone has declined to say whether Bryanna witnessed the killing, but a status she posted on Facebook earlier this week made it appear she did.
Pulisciano also has a 20-year-old son named Cody from a previous relationship.
I blacked Bryanna’s picture out of the status. My editor and I agreed there is no need to show her picture.
Leone said it will come out on Monday during Piantedosi’s arraignment whether his daughter witnessed anything.
The anonymous woman who called me said she doubts the court proceedings will ever make it to a trial.
“If I know him the way I do, he’ll never let this go to trial,” the woman said. “He’d never put Bryanna though that. He’ll take a plea deal, or just plead guilty. He’ll never put Bryanna through that.”
The woman hung up before I could ask more questions, but Piantedosi frequently posted about Bryanna on Facebook, and his profile confirms that he worked at Haymarket. Her story seems to match up.
He posted that he loved his daughter, but now his daughter is 15-years-old, she’s lost her mother, and if her father is found guilty of murder she will have lost him too.
I hope her family and friends can help her get past the hand life has dealt her. Good luck kid. This story is awful.
UPDATE: When I wrote yesterday that “this story is awful,” it looks like I didn’t have the slightest idea.
Follow this link to read what my colleague Lisa Redmond wrote after covering Piantedosi’s arraignment today. This is one of the worst killings I’ve seen described in over a decade of doing this job.
Here is a video Lisa took of the arraignment. Watch for yourselves.
I’m not sure what else to say. Pulisciano’s son and daughter, and the entire family will be prayers.