Ep 21 Xmas Special – Bruce Pardo, the Flame Throwing Santa

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Bruce and Sylvia (left)

On Christmas day 2008, children all over the world were waking up early to see what Santa had left for them under their Christmas trees. The parents of these hideous, greedy, and totally dependent children most likely watched television and their spawn violently ripped wrapping paper to uncover new toys and electronic devices that they would undoubtedly break or lose within the week. Parents in California were met with news reports of a massacre that had taken place in the town of Covina, CA. Throughout the day, the death toll would rise, the details of the attack would come to light, and the world would find out that Santa Clause had shot people, he’d set a home ablaze with a flamethrower that he’d made himself, and that in the end, Santa turned the gun on himself.

Biff Tannen

Also in this episode, Samantha and Kevin recount stories from Christmases past, and Samantha introduces Kevin to a very special stuffed animal from her childhood.


“Covina Gunman Was in Bitter Divorce, Lost Job.” Whittier Daily News, Whittier Daily News, 26 Dec. 2008, http://www.whittierdailynews.com/2008/12/26/covina-gunman-was-in-bitter-divorce-lost-job/. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

“Downward Slide of Gunman Bruce Pardo Ends in Christmas Eve Slaughter.” Daily News, Daily News, 28 Dec. 2008, http://www.dailynews.com/2008/12/28/downward-slide-of-gunman-bruce-pardo-ends-in-christmas-eve-slaughter/. Accessed 29 Nov. 2019.

Butler, Mike. “The Story of the Tribune and ‘The Man Who Killed Santa.’” East Valley Tribune, East Valley Tribune, 25 Dec. 2016, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/news/the-story-of-the-tribune-and-the-man-who-killed/article_10d9020c-c87a-11e6-b439-47013198ef36.html. Accessed 4 Dec. 2019.

CBS News. “Santa Slayer Planned More Murders.” Cbsnews.Com, 30 Dec. 2008, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/santa-slayer-planned-more-murders/. Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

“Cops: Suspect in Santa Massacre Had Planned to Flee – CNN.Com.” Cnn.Com, 2019, http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/12/26/santa.shooting/index.html#cnnSTCVideo. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

FLACCUS, GILLIAN. “Ex-Wife’s Friend: Gunman Distant after Marriage.” San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2008, http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-santa-shooting-123008-2008dec30-story.html. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

Flaccus, Gillian. “Santa Gunman Left behind Brain-Damaged Son.” The Pottstown Mercury, 28 Dec. 2008, http://www.pottsmerc.com/news/santa-gunman-left-behind-brain-damaged-son/article_87fcb5e4-3ff3-5b34-beb7-e37452d63988.html. Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/32027560. “Santa-Suit Killer Lost Job, Wife before Attack.” Msnbc.Com, 28 Dec. 2008, http://www.nbcnews.com/id/28385277/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/santa-suit-killer-lost-job-wife-attack/#.XepqCZNKhUM. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

LA Weekly. “Did Losing His Dog, Saki, Detonate the ‘Killer Santa’ Bruce Jeffrey Pardo? – LA Weekly.” LA Weekly, 27 Dec. 2008, http://www.laweekly.com/did-losing-his-dog-saki-detonate-the-killer-santa-bruce-jeffrey-pardo/. Accessed 6 Dec. 2019.

Lozano, Alicia, and Abdollah Tami. “Pardo Called Intelligent and ‘Quirky.’” Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2008, p. B5.

Ryan, Harriet. “Marriage Splintered over Man’s Stunning Revelation.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2008, http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-santa-divorce27-2008dec27-story.html. Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

Safe Handling Information. 2008.

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SCHACHTER, JIM. “ITT Unit in Van Nuys Fined $200,000.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 1988, http://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-12-07-fi-923-story.html. Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

Tami, Abdollah. “Inside the Mind of a Killer ‘Santa.’” Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2009, pp. A1, A10.

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