'Santa Shooter' Had Coke in His System

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 3:54 PM CDT
Los Angeles County firefighters remove items from the home that was set on fire during a Christmas Eve murder rampage.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The California man who murdered his ex-wife and eight members of her family on Christmas Eve while dressed as Santa Claus had cocaine in his system, the Los Angeles Times reports. The coroner’s office said the cocaine was present in trace amounts and was only a contributing factor to Bruce Jeffrey Pardo’s rampage. After committing the murders and setting the house where they took place ablaze, Pardo took his own life.