The New Boyfriend

David Angelo Paradiso was with his girlfriend Eileen Pelt, 20, and his mother late on Monday afternoon. Paradiso and Pelt had only been dating for a short time, they had met through a friend of a friend. His mother had met her for the first time on Monday. Apparently there was no sign that anything was amiss. They were in the mother’s car, with the mother driving Parasido and his girlfriend in the back seat enroute to Eileen Pelt’s home.

Allegedly an argument developed. According to media reports, the mother heard the couple talking, and at some point she looked into the rear view mirror and saw blood on Eileen Pelt’s face. She wanted to take her to the hospital, but allegedly Parasido told her to drive out of town unless she wanted to be the next one stabbed. According to some reports they were about 3 blocks from a police station when it occurred, a couple of miles from a hospital.

Allegedly still holding the knife Paradiso forced his mother to drive about 2 hours away, where he dumped the body along side of a rural road. Then he had his mother return to the area where it all began. There he ordered his mother out of the car and he fled in her vehicle.

At 7:59 pm, the mother walked into the police department notified them of what happened. Police put out an alert for Paradiso. While the mother was still with investigators, her cell phone rang.

It was the first of several calls she received from Paradiso while she was with investigators.

Police did sight the mother’s vehicle and attempted to pull Paradiso over. He failed to pull over and a chase began which reached speeds which at times exceeded 100 mph. The chase ended when a tire blew on the vehicle Paradiso was driving.

With his vehicle surrounded by 19 armed officers from 5 different agencies, Paradiso was taken into custody. He began cooperating and led officers to Eileen Pelt’s body. Paradiso was taken to the hospital for a “pre-existing” medical condition then was taken to the jail.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Eileen Pelt was stabbed in the neck with a military style knife. “We’re looking into whether or not that long drive (to Pioneer) contributed to her death,” “There are hospitals near where the incident occurred. It’s possible they could have done something to save her.”

Some neighbors who knew or knew of Paradiso said they would not have suspected him of this type of crime. Police say that Paradiso was on parole for assaulting a corrections officer in 2004. He also had previous charges for drug and alcohol convictions as well as a previous charge for kicking out the window of a sheriff’s dept. vehicle. It is believed that neither alcohol or drugs were factors in the crime.

Paradiso has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, the kidnapping of his mother, vehicle theft, violating parole, and evading police.                                           

She had just met and begun dating him. And according to reports, there was no big screaming argument, no reciprocal fighting. One minute she is meeting her new boyfriend’s family…. the next minute she has a stab wound inflicted at his hand. And he is refusing to take her to the hospital. Then she is thrown out along a rural road, hours from where she was stabbed. Without someone leading police to the site, it may have been months or years before her body was found.

It is difficult for family, friends to admit that someone they love could commit the crime of murder. It just seems unthinkable. But this mother not only had to witness the crime herself, she was forced to participate in an attempt to cover it up and her own life was threatened. Then it was up to her to report the crime, to cooperate in her own child’s capture. No parent should have to be placed in that position.


12:45 pm Eileen Pelt made contact with a friend by telephone. She mentioned that she was with her friend named David. About 1:54 pm, she made contact with her sister, again by telephone. Both have said the calls were uncharacteristic in nature for Eileen Pelt. Pelt then failed to show up for work, another thing uncharacteristic for her. Family and friends began looking for her, even calling police. But because there was no indications of any foul play, police said that an adult must be missing for 72 hours before they took action. Pelt’s family began calling other family and friends and trying to call her cell phone.  

Family has said that David Paradiso was not her boyfriend and they were not sure why she would have been with Paradiso. Prosecutor’s have stated that she had just begun a relationship with him.

Eileen Pelt, who had once struggled with some drug problems had entered and successfully completed a drug program and had gotten her life back on track. During her time in a transitional home, she continued to make new friends and even after completing the treatment, she kept in contact with them. They are now working to collect money for a contribution to Peace for Families, a sexual assault and domestic violence program as a memorial for her.



  1. Mary said,

    December 9, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    I don’t know why EVRYONE is saying David Paradiso was Eileen’s Boyfriend.. He wasn’t her boyfriend!!!.. And I can beileve he did this to my cousin… Eileen was SO full of life and this low life had to take it way… I HATE YOU DAVID PARADISO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. DONNA said,

    December 11, 2006 at 11:36 pm


  3. Jen said,

    March 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    David Paradiso was allegedly just shot and killed by a police detective after he attacked the judge at his trial.

  4. Stuff said,

    March 5, 2009 at 12:33 am

    “David Was not the Kind To Do This” ????

    The guy had a history of violence look it over.

  5. Louise said,

    March 5, 2009 at 4:39 am

    If it is true that David Paradiso had needed psychiatric help that he did indeed not get, then why was that? This kid had assaulted a “corrections officer” in 2004? And he hadn’t beem able to get help THEN?

    Something is majorly, drastically wrong with a system that lets such a young man with a sudden violent streak of whatever origin walk out free along the street. All of my sympathies are with the relatives and friends of the victims of his violence – and that includes his mother.

  6. Vince said,

    March 6, 2009 at 6:07 am

    That piece of shit is scum. My heart sure as hell doesn’t go out to anyone that still claims him. Glad he tried it in court and got shot, because they never would have sentenced his punk ass to death if he’d gotten away with it.

    These women should have had some more self-respect, too. You should find out if someone like that is a piece of shit before you hop in bed with them. Something tells me there were some give-aways.

  7. Alexa said,

    March 6, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I feel so sad for all the pain he caused to his own family and his “girlfriend.” He obviously had a lot of problems and as I do not wish bad on anybody, I think everything happens for a reason. It seems like he had no respect for human life and he got what he deserved.

  8. Mary Louise said,

    March 7, 2009 at 2:17 am

    My heart goes out to these families…

    I know the family of Eileen Pelt…it was deeply tragic when she died.

    I think David Paradiso was crazy or even possessed. He used to do meth – and it really does a number on the brain. I think it is “darker” than heroin.

  9. SJPARALEGAL said,

    March 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Why should our hearts go out to his family? Who gives a shit about his family. They’re just like him. My heart goes out to the victim’s family. The victim suffered and died slowly while David died pretty quick with three shots. The one that killed him is the one to the head.
    As much as the family would like to think that Eileen was his girlfriend, evidence proof differently. She made mistake in seeing someone like David, a mistake that cost her, her life.
    David’s moms’ story about being kidnapped is all a lie. That bitch helped him dump the body!

  10. Michael Greer said,

    March 10, 2009 at 3:00 am

    If we’re to be honest about this case, the real target is the mom, not Ms Pelt. David was clearly conflicted about his relationship with his mother. She’s driving a car and the subject of the proper way to perform sex comes up with Ms Pelt, leading to her savage, unforgivable murder. That’s a little to close; and then he threatens to ice the mother unless she helps him get rid of the body. Finally, David’s confusion concerning the place of the Law, instantiated by a female judge, was just too much for David’s warped, pre-Oedipal mind.

  11. vanastybiatch said,

    May 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    i just have one thing to say debbrah hang in there . and .lil pimp after this whole ordeal id like u to get a hold of me i miss u.oh and damn david was GOOD PEOPLE;GOOD RECORD WITH THE LAW WASNT A FCK UP AT ALL;WHAT ISAY IS THERES ALWAYS 2 SIDES 2 EVERY STORY

  12. September 15, 2009 at 2:08 am

    These women should have had some more self-respect too

  13. Donna said,

    December 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Ummmm .. I’m a little confused here. Where did it say she “jumped in bed” with this guy??? And who are YOU to assume she did? Get a life and maybe you won’t have time to judge others.

  14. Donna said,

    December 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    It has nothing to do with self respect. I imagine that when you were 20 you knew it all. Well, most of us at 20 DIDN’T know it all. I would imagine this young lady felt quite safe in the presence of this psycho’s mother. Don’t be so judgemental of people you have never met.

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