A Crandall Cop Killed His Wife and Himself in the Cedars, Dallas Police Say

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Vanessa Pitofsky, via Facebook
At midday on Wednesday, Dallas police and firefighters broke down the front door of a small townhome in the 1800 block of Browder Street in the Cedars to perform a welfare check. Inside, they found the bodies of Nick and Vanessa Pitofsky, both dead of gunshot wounds.

Police are describing the slayings as a murder-suicide. Pitofsky, a 47-year-old Crandall police officer, allegedly shot his wife of three years, then turned the gun on himself.

Police haven't specified a motive, though Fox 4's Natalie Solis says friends of Vanessa Pitofsky described her husband as "very jealous," though what sparked the jealousy, and if that's what prompted Pitofsky to allegedly pull the trigger, is unclear.

The Dallas Morning News spoke with neighbors of the Pitofskys, who were surprised by the murder-suicide, but not overly so. Vanessa, 42, was social and active in the neighborhood. Nick the paper describes as "very focused and intense."

Crandall PD issued a statement describing Pitofsky as an "energetic and jovial person who got along with everyone" and was "well-respected by his peers."

Inevitably a couple of outlets, including the U.K.'s Daily Mail, searched out the YouTube video Pitofsky posted a few days earlier reviewing his new Mossberg 500 shotgun.

In retrospect, his endorsement sounds rather ominous: "I purchased this as a self-defense weapon for my household, essentially for my wife."

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jjjms2011
jjjms2011

I am not buying this. This smells like a double murder then make it look like a suicide. Right away the just state the obvious the paper reports and bam everyone believes it as the truth. This paper is like everything else full of mis information.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

I wonder - did the Medical Examiner have to pry his weapon from his cold, dead hands?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Too bad about the wife. But this new trend started by roid cop in Arlington of suicide rather than waiting for discipline, is a good thing.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

most of the cops in the right outside dallas areas of kaufman county are pissed off they only make 36k-42k a year..meanwhile they see code enforcement officers in Garland making $22-23 dollars and hour and cops in Rockwall making 50k+...thats why its a good idead to avoid breaking the laws in theses areas as much as possible...This guy lived in a shitty duplex...Pissed off plus a gun and a license to lie and maim is a bad combo

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Cops = Homicidal maniacs with Badges and Guns.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Domestic violence.

But it's all the gays' fault.

So says Abbott.

It is the law.


CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

The Mossberg 500 is a bruiser. Not a good self-defense weapon for petite women -- too much recoil. A 20-gauge or .410 would be better, if you go with a shotgun. I guess he wasn't worried about that.

observist
observist topcommenter

I think there's a common attitude among police that "If I can't _________ then I'll make sure no one else can either".

doublecheese
doublecheese

Roid rage?  If it wasn't for cops, steroid dealers would go out of business.

dingo
dingo

It's all about priorities. Life gets lot less complicated if you tend to get more upset over a bad chip shot than a bad marriage.

lebowski300
lebowski300

If only we enforced the gun control laws already on the books these sorts of things would never happen. Oh wait.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I am always a bit nervous around "focused and intense" people.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bvckvs  ... he was one of those touted "Law Abiding Gun Owners" ...


... right up to the moment he MURDERED his own wife.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ozonelarryb  ... the only good lowlife scumbag corrupt cop is a dead lowlife scumbag corrupt cop.



melfosket
melfosket

Wow tell us more about how someone you've never met and know nothing about felt and thought,please.... please just keep your destroyed opinions to yourself...that is my boyfriend's sister your talking about...have some respect no one cares what you our anyone else thinks. Move on!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@paulpsycho78  ...in India, cops are one of the lower social castes, equivalent to garbage collectors.



melfosket
melfosket

Really....you use a tragedy to talk about that...stick to the subject, or get a LIFE...people are hurting here

melfosket
melfosket

Hey stick to the topic,ok....

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Montemalone  Don't you just love this succinct comment by Josh Marshall about Ari卐ona's right to discriminate bill?:  "The whole thing appears to have collapsed under the weight of its own ridiculousness in Arizona," says Marshall, "and not just its ridiculousness but the fact that resisting the changing mores of acceptance and equality is bad business and bad politics."

JustSaying
JustSaying

@CogitoErgoSum I didn't search for the youtube video so I don't know if it has a standard stock or if it was sold with a pistol grip. A 12 gauge with a pistol grip is a great weapon for a petite woman. She can shoot it from the hip and just point it in the direction of her target. That is much easier for a little woman than aiming from the shoulder or even aiming and firing a handgun. With much better results.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum  I was just thinking that.  For a man's frame, it's fantastic, but I'm getting a 20 gauge for the wife.

baba4ever
baba4ever

Wow... You're so dillusional....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@observist  ... it ain't easy being slightly stupid and prematurely bald.


No one respects them, even with their tin badges and polished pistols.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@observist  I'll step up and say that cop generalization isn't quite right, since it applies to a lotta guys in general. Not to say that cops don't have a whole panoply of possible marriage problems, but that one's not a cop thing. In fact, I think that line has actually been uttered IRL as a wife-murderer has been led off.

ruddski
ruddski

Nah, urban bar bouncers and doormen would keep the industry alive.

ruddski
ruddski

"Oh wait"

That's what she said

melfosket
melfosket

My comment was to paulpshyco

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna

You know, for once I would have agreed with you, seeing this law as basically a Jim Crow law.

But, I based my opinion on news accounts from major media. I just bothered to actually read the bill (have you?), and has been wholly mis-represented. It turns out that gays weren't being banned from anything, the law is simply an extension of long existent law signed by Bill Clinton, protecting religious freedom.

I'm not going to bother debating the merit of the law, but here's a link from National review that might interest you, because in addition to providing a link to the two-page bill, actually explains what my primary sources mis-represented.

If you're uninterested in the actual law, and prefer to believe the popular mis-representations, that is your right, but dig this:

"SB 1062 simply extended Arizona’s RFRA’s religious-liberty protections to individuals and businesses being sued by state or local government or private individuals. It did not create a license for individuals or businesses to refuse service to gay people. It actually never even mentioned sexual orientation. It would have protected the right of people not to be compelled to participate in or provide services for events that they object to on religious grounds, including same-sex weddings. The religious objector, if challenged, would be required to prove in court that his religious freedom was being substantially burdened. (Ramesh linked to some pieces yesterday explaining how the bill actually works.)

Had I not read NRO, I'd still be under the impression that the opponents were correctly representing the law.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/372136/nine-biased-headlines-arizona-veto-alec-torres#comments

ruddski
ruddski

One nationally-recognized self defense expert recommends a double-barrel model.

observist
observist topcommenter

Yeah, I'm really in a pickle.

observist
observist topcommenter

@wcvemail I wasn't just thinking of jealous possessiveness.  Cops and criminals both tend to score high on the Pd (Pyschopathic deviance) scale of the MMPI.  In the way that religious closet cases tend to be the most vehemently anti-gay, cops are like closet-case criminals who are vehemently anti-criminal... while secretly commtiting the same sort of acts they fight against.  To be clear, I don't think all police are this way, just a consistent subset.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@wcvemail  

In my (completely anecdotal) experience, I do think that those "types" of people (focused and intense) are attracted to positions of authority, or, I should say, authoritarian positions, in higher numbers and therefore make up a larger percentage of the population of those types of jobs - like cops.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ruddski  ... you have the "freedom" to "BELIEVE" whatever hateful bigoted bullshit your idiotic religion tells you to ...


... you do NOT have the freedom to ACT on that bigoted hate towards OTHER PEOPLE, especially when doing BUSINESS with the PUBLIC under license granted by said public.


If HATE and PREJUDICE are that important to you, then don't open a public business, and you can hate all the Negroes, Jews, Spics and Fags you desire ... in private.


ruddski
ruddski

Correction:modeled after law signed by clinton

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ruddski  ... there is no Right to Hate and Descriminate ... not in the law, not in the constitution, and not couched and veiled behind some fool's superstitious nonsense.



ruddski
ruddski

@Dingo

By "you people" Myrna, whether aware of it or not, means "you people who expect to have your religious freedom in America"

But frankly, I think she is as ignorant of the actual law as I was until I bothered to read beyond mainstream media's clear bias.

Let's see if she reads the bill, understands it, and sees that it is actually *increasing* the burden of proof on those claiming loss of freedom.

Moral: always get both sides.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheCredibleHulk @wcvemail  
I'll buy that. One could go further and say that the type of person who gravitates toward authoritarian positions also perceives things in black/white, and from there, to believe in perfect marriage which is either heavenly, or not a marriage at all.

That's sorta like the Madonna/whore schism in the minds of very conservative and/or very religious guys, and a surprising number of criminals who maybe could have gone the other way. For instance, Whitey Bulger was supposedly hell on waitresses who happened to let a bra strap show, and demanded that his moll dress conservatively.

Dub919
Dub919

@DonkeyHotay @ruddski  The man has a point.  


Listen to Central Division's scanner frequency on a Friday/Saturday night.  It's a barrage of check-in after check-in of officers working off-duty bouncer/security jobs in the clubs/bars in Downtown, Uptown, and Deep Ellum.  

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