On the morning of November 15, 2004, the blood-soaked body of 52-year-old Peter Porco was found near the front door of his Delmar, New York, home. He had been bludgeoned to death with a fire ax. Peter’s wife, Joan, was found in her bed upstairs. She had also been bludgeoned with an ax but was still alive. Before she was rushed into emergency surgery, an investigatorquestioned Joan. When asked if a family member attacked her, Joan supposedly nodded “yes” after he mentioned the name of her youngest son, Christopher. After spending some time in a coma, Joan survived the attack, but did lose her left eye and a portion of her skull.
At the time, Christopher Porco was a 21-year-old student at Rochester University. His whereabouts could not be accounted for during the time of the murder, and his Jeep Wrangler was spotted in his parents’ driveway that morning. Christopher liked to present the facade of a lavish lifestyle to his fellow students, and he found himself in serious debt after forging his father’s signature to obtain loans and lines of credit. It was theorized that Christopher murdered his parents after they confronted him about this. While Joan Porco would later claim that she had no memory of the attack and supported Christopher, the circumstantial evidence was still strong enough to bring him to trial. In 2006, Christopher Porco was found guilty of both second-degree murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life for each count.