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ABC News reopens Daniel Pelosi/Ted Ammon case
ABC News' Cynthia McFadden tackles the Daniel Pelosi/Ted Ammon murder case in a broadcast tomorrow night, and the network just posted this clip -- the first look most people will have had of Pelosi in nearly 10 years. The Manorville resident received 25 years-to-life after being convicted in 2003 of second degree murder for killing East Hamptons financier Ted Ammon while he slept. The case, as you may recall, was sensational for many reasons, but based on a conversation I had earlier today with McFadden, it takes yet another bizarre turn. Pelosi tells McFadden that he ditched a surveillance "black box" in a canal in Lindenhurst -- a box that he claims has evidence that will exonerate him. Here's the clip, and Cynthia's comments follow.
The broadcast sounds fascinating. Have a look . . .
ABC shelves "Revenge" tonight for a real-life revenge story - of Daniel Pelosi, the Manorville native convicted of murdering financier Ted Ammon at his East Hamptons estate in 2001. Ammon was in the midst of bitter divorce with Generosa Ammon - who has since died. Her boyfriend, Pelosi - who has maintained his innocence - was convicted of Ammon's murder in December 2004, and is serving 25-to-life at the Great Meadows Correctional Facility in Comstock, NY., where "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden interviewed him for this broadcast.
Why are you interviewing Pelosi again (she first interviewed him in 2003, before his conviction)? "He is filing his appeal, and that's the occasion to go back and talk to him. He contacted us and told us he was ready to reveal the details and evidence that he had held back at the time of the trial [to protect Generosa and the children, Greg and Alexa, the Ammon's adopted twins.] I told him, 'you're never getting out,' he said, 'I'm a betting man -- I'm getting out.' "
What did he tell you? "He told us of that famous black box -- the security system recorder -- which he now admits he took out of the house. As you'll recall from the trial, it was hidden under the eve of the house, and it was a big selling point for the prosecution that said he knew where it was. He did know where it was and took it out after Ted was killed and threw it in a canal in Lindenhurst. (The canal, says ABC, is on the corner of Shore Road and Grove Street, between Montauk Highway and Palm Street.) We hired a dive team and spent a long day in Lindenhurst [but] I'm not telling what we found. . ."
What exactly is this "black box?" "Generosa was convinced [Ammon] was hiding assets and taking things out of the house, so she decided to have this security system installed [to surreptitiously watch Ammon] from [her room] at the Stanhope [hotel] and from his sister's house. . .Danny maintains that what went down that night is recorded. (Pelosi tells ABC that Chris Parrino, who drove him to the mansion that night, and Generosa were in the house at the time of the murder.)
What did you think of his story? "I have to say, the explanation. . .is somewhat limp (but she adds that) it's worth saying that back in 2003 we had a first rate investigative legal team, and we have the same legal team that's been following the case over these years [and] the result is a compelling, interesting look at this case.
Did you talk to the children (Greg and Alexa)? "They are 21 now, and Greg has a documentary that he's hoping to have shown at a film festival [about he and his sister's ordeal]. It's a search to try to come full circle. But the kids did not want to talk on camera with us."