On Friday, the 23rd of October a Schuylkill Haven man, Frank Manganiello, shot and killed his girlfriend outside the Social Security Office in Pottsville and fled to a nearby church where he committed suicide. The incident, as you might expect, was well covered by the local press. You can read the AP story here, followup story by Dustin Pangonis from the Pottsville paper here. Story by Leslie Richardson from the Times-Tribune here. Story by Leslie Richardson from the CitizensVoice here. There are a few supposed facts that did not make it into the newspaper coverage.
A local source informs me:
Mangienello [sic] had been charged with breaking into the victim’s home, raping her, and threatening to kill her, only days before. He was released from custody on only $2500 bail at the recommendation of Schuylkill County District Attorney Jim Goodman. While on bail, the victim made complaints to the DA and to the police that Mangienello was stalking her and she feared for her life. Yet, nothing was done.
What is more, my source says:
After she was murdered, Goodman had the gall to go on television, like a hero, to announce Mangienello’s death at his own hand.
Goodman is currently running for re-election against Christine A. Holman [here]. She has charged him with showing excessive leniency toward violent criminals. The details of this incident, especially the failure of authorities to follow up on the victim’s complaints, if verified, are certainly information that voters should have before they enter the voting booth.
Disclaimer: I was not in Schuylkill County when the incident took place and did not witness the TV coverage. The information has come to me second-hand and has not been verified.I strongly urge local reporters to look into the matter.