'Santa' Gunman Hid Son From Ex-Wife: Cops

Revelation of child from previous relationship stressed the Pardo's marriage
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 5:32 PM CST
Letter carrier Ray Mayland delivers mail to the home of deceased murder suspect Bruce Pardo today in Montrose, Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, who police say killed nine others in a Christmas Eve rampage in California, kept a child from a previous relationship secret from his ex-wife, the Los Angeles Times reports. Pardo did not support his physically handicapped 9-year-old son financially, but claimed him as a dependent for 7 years on his taxes.

When ex-wife Sylvia found out, she demanded Pardo stop claiming his son as a dependent, and the resulting friction help lead to their divorce. Police, in turn, believe the divorce was a factor in driving Pardo to the shooting rampage that left his ex-wife, her parents and six others dead.