Case 187

Peter & Joan Porco

In the early hours of Monday, November 15 2004, husband and wife Peter and Joan Porco were savagely attacked with an axe while they slept. From early on in the investigation, detectives thought the perpetrator came from within the close-knit Porco family and zeroed in on the couple’s adult sons – Johnathan and Chris Porco.

Was it possible that either could commit such a violent crime? In a case with nearly no forensic evidence, it would have been very difficult to secure a conviction had it not been for Joan Porco. She knew who attacked her that night… or did she?



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Timeline of Events



UR student’s father found slain, mother badly beaten – Democrat and Chronicle

Student’s Jeep is impounded – Democrat and Chronicle

Threat to judges tied to UR dad’s slaying – Democrat and Chronicle

Chris Porco released on bail – Times-Union

Son charged with killing father, attacking mother Poughkeepsie Journal

Trial to open for man accused of hacking parents with an ax – (AP) Poughkeepsie Journal

The Porco Murder: did a college student take an ax to his parents? – CBS News

Johnathan testifies; Porco brothers don’t look at each other – Spotlight News

Man convicted of killing his father in attack with ax – The Journal News

Porco given 50 years to life – (AP) Democrat and Chronicle

Former UR student’s conviction upheld – (AP) Democrat and Chronicle 

Court lift’s ban on Lifetimes ‘Chris Porco’ Movie Variety



November Memories: Inside the Chris Porco Case – Steve Ference



Medical Detectives S13 Ep05: Family Ties

Dateline 48 Hours “Romeo Killer”

911 calls made by Chris Porco






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