The holidays aren't always merry for all. Sometimes they are downright nightmarish. In these incidents, men dressed as one of the holiday's most loved characters ruined holiday parties and families. Incidents like these are the basis of the new season of Homicide For The Holidays, premiering Sunday, December 9 at 8/7c.
1. Christmas Eve 2008
On Christmas Eve in Covina, California, Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, 45, went on a deadly rampage while dressed up as Santa. He showed up to a party on a quiet cul-de-sac, carrying a large present. An eight-year-old girl opened the door and Pardo shot her in the face. After stepping over her, he began shooting other partygoers, including several children. Pardo even shot a teen in the back, according to the Telegraph. In addition to the shooting, he set the house on fire. People jumped from windows to avoid getting shot or burned. In all, nine perished including his ex-wife, whom he recently divorced, according to the New York Times. Pardo died in the massacre, and the fire melded parts of his Santa costume to his body. Authorities cited marital problems as a possible motive.
2. Christmas Day, 2011
Seven people were found shot to death on Christmas Day in Grapevine, Texas in an apparent murder-suicide, according to NBC Dallas Fort Worth. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 58 years old. The suspected shooter, a middle age man, was found amongst the dead wearing a Santa Claus costume. Sgt. Robert Eberling said of the victims, "It appears they had just celebrated Christmas. They had opened their gifts.”
3. New Years Day, 2017
A man dressed up as Santa Claus opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul as people were celebrating the start of 2017. At least 39 people were killed and 70 others wounded during what was supposed to be a New Year’s celebration, according to the Associated Press. There is just something deeply unsettling about someone in a Santa suit committing such a horrible act.
4. Halloween, 2017
Two days before Halloween, a man dressed as Santa Claus shot and killed one person and injured three others at a Halloween party in Austin, Texas. Randall Gaston Jones, 32, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, according to the Star-Telegram. The man who died, 37-year-old Michael McCloskey, chased Jones and died trying to protect his friends.
[Photo: Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.