Helen Tomassoni Murder: Where is Gary Tomassoni Now? – ‘Fatal Vows‘ is a true crime television series that explores marriages that have ended in murder. The show examines the relationships and circumstances that led to the crime, as well as the police investigations and legal proceedings that followed. Each episode features interviews with family members, friends, and law enforcement officials involved in the case.
The episode ‘Murder in the Cards’ likely follows a similar format, telling the story of a married couple whose relationship ends in tragedy. The title suggests that playing cards may be a significant case element.
Investigation Discovery’s crime show ‘Fatal Vows’ Season 4 episode 12, “Murder in the Cards,” is based on the gruesome murder of 45-year-old Helen Tomassoni in Blaine, Minnesota, in July 2007. If you want to learn more about Helen Tomassoni’s murder and want to know about the current whereabout of her killer, read the article below.
“A blackjack habit leads to tragedy for Gary and Helen, landing one of them behind bars and the other six feet under.”
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Who Was Helen Tomassoni?
Helen Rose Tinsley Tomassoni was born on December 25, 1961, in St. Louis County, Minnesota, to parents William and Spedith Tinsley. In June 1983, she married Gary Howard Tomassoni, and the pair eventually produced two children: Jack and Ryan Tomassoni. According to the episode, the family of three (Mum, Dad, and Ryan) resided in Blaine, which is located in Anoka County in the state of Minnesota, in July of 2007.
Helen Tomassoni, age 45, was discovered dead on her bed on July 21, 2007; she was naked and on her back, and she had a gunshot wound to the back of her head.
Police officers discovered the deceased guy in the basement after getting a call from Ryan, who said that an intruder had broken into his home. Helen had been shot twice in the head, once with a bullet that grazed her and a second that pierced the base of her skull, as determined by the autopsy. On the second attempt, she sadly lost her life when the bullet entered her brain.
Who Was Responsible for Helen Tomassoni’s Death?
Gary Howard Tomassoni was charged with second-degree murder after 45-year-old Helen Rose Tomassoni was discovered facedown in bed with two gunshot wounds to the head.
The home of Helen Tomassoni, whose life insurance policy was valued at $500,000, was investigated by police, who discovered a semiautomatic handgun in a blood-stained lockbox, blood stains throughout the home, and ripped disposable gloves.
Gary Tomassoni, 47, was apprehended by Blaine police early on July 21 after a 5 a.m. 9-1-1 call reported a home invasion. According to the police report, the couple’s 14-year-old son called 911 after being awoken by a loud bang and was advised by his father that a break-in had occurred.
Gary Tomassoni told police that he had lost between $40,000 and $50,000 at the casino over the past year and that he had recently begun borrowing large sums of money from family and friends to pay off his gambling problem.
After receiving the initial 911 call, authorities shut off the area and began hunting for the accused intruder using trained dogs and planes. After locating what they believed to be the murder weapon and other evidence pointing to Gary Tomassoni’s involvement, police declared there was no intruder and canceled the neighborhood search.
Gary Tomassoni was brought to the Anoka County Jail after his arrest. Authorities reported that the 14-year-old boy had been taken into protective custody and will remain in foster care while authorities determine where he should live.
Who is Killer Gary Tomassoni Today?
Gary phoned his sister and an Anoka County child protection worker to discuss paying off his debts and making arrangements for his children’s care while he was incarcerated. According to the court files, he revealed to the child protection worker that he shot his wife. Yet, because of his Fifth Amendment safeguards, the court could not use this confession against him. Yet, the forensic evidence was sufficient to convict him of murder.
The defense contended that Gary did not want to murder anyone and had previously tried suicide. However, the court did not accept his alibi, and he was convicted of first-degree, premeditated murder. In August of 2008, he was sentenced to life in prison without the prospect of release. According to official court documents, Gary, who is now in his early sixties, is serving his sentence in the Minnesota Correctional Institution in Oak Park Heights.
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