Monday, September 04, 2017

Mystery Monday: The Mall Murders

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



***Warning: Today's mystery involves the deaths of children.***

On December 12, 2007, Nancy Bochicchio and her seven-year-old daughter, Joey, pulled into the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida. They were captured by a surveillance camera leaving the mall at 3:11 p.m.




Police were called to the mall just before midnight. Nancy's SUV was parked in the Sears parking lot with the engine still running. The bodies of her and her daughter were inside, bound, and one of them was wearing blacked-out goggles.



Nancy's purse was found 45 miles away. The crime has never been solved. 


Joey and Nancy Bochicchio

However, it was only one of a string of similar cases in the Boca Raton area. Earlier in 2007, Randi Gorenberg left the Town Center Mall following an afternoon of shopping. Her body was found behind a nearby Civic Center. Police were alerted to the situation by a witness who reported hearing gunshots and seeing a woman being pushed from the passenger side of a dark SUV. The SUV matched Randi Gorenberg's vehicle.


Randi Gorenberg and her vehicle

An anonymous woman may have provided insight into what happened to this woman. In a 2008 interview, she described in detail what happened to her and her daughter at the Town Center Mall just four months before Nancy and Joey's murder.



The mom, identified as Jane Doe, left the mall for her SUV. She strapped her son into his car seat, closed his door, and walked around to the driver's-side door to get in. That was when she saw a man in the back seat with a gun pointed at her son's head. The man made her drive, stop at an ATM to withdraw $600, then drive to a remote spot. He bound her with zipties and drove around, but as they spoke, he seemed to warm up to her and let her and her son go. This was the composite that was made of the abductor.



The crimes appear to be isolated to 2007, which means the perpetrator could be in jail on another charge or maybe he stopped killing altogether. He could have simply changed his M.O. Or maybe the three crimes weren't connected at all. What do you think?

21 comments:

  1. Hi Stephanie - how dreadful ... I hope he has died or is in prison ... I suspect it was the same person.

    Have a good Labour Day despite this post ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I suspect so, too. I definitely hope he's either serving time or not alive anymore. I'd hate to think he lived on to do this again.

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  2. I echo what the commenter above said. And what you said to her. I hope this man isn't able to commit this crime again.

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    1. I agree! But there are so many unsolved crimes, he could be linked to more in a different area. These were linked because of the location, but the M.O. wasn't the same in all three...

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  3. Sounds like the same person. Wonder how she missed the man in the back seat or near the back door when she was strapped her son in his car seat? I am not as vigilant as I should be--too trusting, I guess. I need to pay closer attention to my surroundings when I'm out and about, as does everyone.

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    1. This was the case I was listening to while walking at the gym. They THINK he hid out on one side of the car, then hopped in while the parents were putting bags in the back. So it made me more than a little paranoid walking out to my car after that!

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  4. Along with questions of others I also wonder how she withdrew $600 from one ATM. I thought the limit was lower than that, especially in 2007.

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    1. Good question! Is that a set limit at every bank? Has it always been uniform across all banks? Could be that the reports of $600 are incorrect. That happens a lot in crime reports.

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    2. Every bank sets its own limits. Most are $500 or less.

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  5. Probably linked. Horrible to think about. :(

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    1. I think so...and sadly, I have a feeling they won't catch him unless he strikes again.

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  6. How sad. What's wrong with people?

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    1. So much evil in the world, but plenty of good people, too.

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  7. Or maybe he's just having a little rest until he feels the need to start killing again.

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  8. This person must be dead or in prison because, I believe, it is connected and they don't stop unless they are forced to. He is centering on mother's with young children. The lady who was able to get out of her situation must have been able to take more money out out her instant teller since the common Max was $500. If you have good credit and good reputation with the bank you can ask to withdraw more. I wonder what else the police have to go on

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  9. If I remember correctly, I thought that was a wealthy area, so it would seem they are linked. Particularly since this was around Christmas. So sad to attack defenseless women and kids, or anyone for that matter, Steph. People can be so cruel. RO

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  10. Could be related for sure. Guy probably went to prison or moved out of the area altogether. Who's to say he didn't move across the country? Creepy!

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  11. So very sad. All three of these victims have haunted eyes, too, as though they knew what would soon happen to them.

    Thanks for the warning about kids. Provide one for dogs too!

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  12. Another horrible story. A warning to be careful when you're shopping and check all around you, not that that might change things. Cases could be related, but so much stuff happens it's hard to know.

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  13. The three crimes doesn't really seem all that connected to me. I feel like the black out googles are important for some reason. They'd be a clue that could tip off solving this.

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