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Valerie PAPE

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


A.K.A.: "The Torso Killer"
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Domestic dispute - Dismemberment
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: January 23, 2000
Date of arrest: January 2000
Date of birth: July 29, 1952
Victim profile: Ira Pomerantz, 60 (her husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Mesa, Arizona, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty in 2002 to second-degree murder. Sentenced to 16 years in prison with no parole
 
 
 
 
 
 

Valerie Pape, 47, killed her husband, Ira Pomerantz, 60, and dumped his headless, armless, legless torso in a Mesa trash bin January 27, 2000. Pape pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years.

 
 

DOC decides not to transfer inmate to France

Associated Press

Nov. 21, 2006

The Arizona Department of Corrections has reneged on a deal to transfer a French woman serving a sentence for killing her Scottsdale husband after learning that France might release her on parole.

Valerie Pape, 54, was released from the Arizona State Prison on Nov. 7 and placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

She arrived Friday at the federal transfer center in Oklahoma City, where she would be housed until her flight to France.

The transfer was done under an international treaty that allows for prisoner exchanges between nations.

Arizona Department of Corrections executive director Dora Schriro approved the transfer along with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to prison records.

But Schriro changed her mind Monday after the daughters of the victim voiced their concerns about the uncertainty of how the sentence would be served in France.

Pape, a Scottsdale hairdresser, pleaded guilty in 2002 to second-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Ira Pomerantz, whose headless and legless torso was found in a trash container behind a Mesa grocery store in January 2000.

Pape admitted to shooting Pomerantz during a fight, but has said nothing about how he was dismembered or where the remains are.

She was sentenced to 16 years in prison with no parole. But Arizona authorities said France would have been free to release Pape on parole once she was in that country.

 
 

State seeks reversal of torso killer’s French deal

EastValleyTribune.com

November 21, 2006

A former Scottsdale hairdresser who has remained silent on the whereabouts of her husband’s remains was bound for her native France on Monday to serve her sentence for murdering him.

But the Arizona Department of Corrections reneged on a deal to transfer Valerie Pape after the daughters of the victim became angry upon learning that France might release her on parole.

“I haven’t thought about Valerie in years, but the thought of her getting out is unreal,” said Robyn Snell, daughter of Ira Pomerantz, whose headless and legless torso was dumped in a trash container behind a Mesa grocery store in January 2000.

Snell, 35, of Long Beach, Calif., didn’t know about the transfer until the Tribune informed her Monday.

Pape, 54, was released from Arizona State Prison on Nov. 7 and placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. She arrived Friday at The Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, where she would be housed until her flight to France.

Katie Decker, spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, said the transfer was done under an international treaty that allows for prisoner exchanges between nations.

Decker said the department is going to work with the U.S. Marshal to have Pape returned to the state.

“We’re going to be taking a good hard look at this case and, hopefully, she won’t be leaving the country,” Decker said.

Department of Corrections executive director Dora Schriro approved the transfer along with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to prison records.

Decker said Schriro made the decision without victim input after attempts to find Pomerantz’ family were unsuccessful, but she changed her mind Monday after the daughters voiced their concerns about the uncertainty of how the sentence would be served in France.

Pape, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to second-degree murder, was sentenced to 16 years in prison with no parole, but France would have been free to release her on parole once she was in that country, Decker said.

A deliveryman saw Pape in January 2000 dump the torso, which was all that was found of Pomerantz.

Pape admitted to shooting Pomerantz, 60, during a fight, but she said nothing about how he was dismembered or where the remains are.

Defense attorney Larry Hammond, who represented Pape until she pleaded guilty, said it appears to him that the transfer was done properly and that such transfers are common.

Hammond, who no longer represents Pape, said the transfer is in Arizona’s best interest because the state would no longer have to pay to house her.

 
 

'Torso' killer seeking return of luxury items

Adam Klawonn - The Arizona Republic

Jun. 3, 2004

Valerie, a former Scottsdale, Arizona salon owner was convicted of killing her husband in the grisly 2000 "torso murder". Pape pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of her husband, Ira Pomerantz. His headless, limbless body was found in a dumpster behind an east Mesa supermarket.

Friends of Valerie Pape, including state Sen. Russell Bowers, said that they could not believe she was guilty of killing and dismembering her husband.

"Valerie Pape showed my paintings in her salon," said Bowers, an avid artist. "She is a very gentle, decent person, and I'm astonished at this."

Merle Bianchi, of Paradise Valley, was Bowers' administrative assistant for several years, and introduced Pape to the senator. Bianchi's own husband died in a homicide.

It was to Bianchi's house that Pape went in the fall when she sought refuge from her husband, Ira Pomerantz, 60, a bar owner.

"They looked and perhaps took some things, but I don't know what," Bianchi said Sunday. "I only know that Valerie was the most kind, warmest, most gentle person you ever met in your life. She was naive and trusting."

At the time of the murder she was 47-years-old, and a French citizen. She admitted to police that she had dumped Pomerantz's headless, legless, armless torso into a Mesa trash bin that day. It was four days after finding him dead at their home, she said.

Pape told police she found her husband's clothed body lying face up in a pool of blood in her Scottsdale home on Monday morning. A gun lay nearby. Her husband had been fatally shot in the back, police said.

Then, on Friday, she dumped the body behind the Bashas' at McDowell and Power roads in Mesa. It remains unclear what Pape did with the body during those four days. Pape told investigators she disposed of the body because she feared being accused of his murder.

'Afraid,' friend says Bianchi said Pape "was terribly afraid" of Pomerantz. "She started coming to my home last fall, shortly after my husband was murdered," Bianchi said. "She called me one night and said Ira had thrown knives at her. She ran out the back door and said could she come and stay with me." Bowers also knew about Pape's problems.

"I think highly of Valerie, and it makes me sick to my stomach to think this could happen to her," Bowers said. "I knew her husband beat her up. I've seen her face. It was a sickening thing."

She made a claim from jail for the return of her personal property taken into police custody during the investiagtion/trial. She claims Mesa police improperly turned over $16,000 worth of personal items, including designer lingerie, family photos and keepsakes, collected during the investigation to Pomerantz's daughter, Stacy. The claim was triggered by an investigation of Stacy Pomerantz. She is suspected of passing checks in Pape's name around Palm Springs, California.

 
 

Woman pleads guilty in torso murder case

Arizona Daily Sun

August 20, 2002

PHOENIX (AP) — A Scottsdale beauty salon owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the slaying of her husband, whose headless, limbless torso was found in a garbage bin in January 2000.

Valerie Pape, 50, entered the guilty plea in Maricopa County Superior Court. Her attorney, speaking on Pape's behalf, said Pape shot and killed Ira Pomerantz, 60, during a domestic dispute Jan. 23, 2000.

Pape faces 10 to 16 years in prison when she is sentenced in October.

She originally faced a charge of first-degree murder.

As part of the plea agreement, Pape will not have to disclose who, if anyone, helped her cut up her husband.

Prosecutors said their decision to reach a plea deal was based in part on evidence of a stormy relationship between Pape and Pomerantz.

"There appears to have been a domestic violence problem that existed between the defendant and the victim, Ira Pomerantz," Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman Bill FitzGerald said. "This includes an incident that appears to have happened just before the homicide. This information has led us to conclude that the murder was not premeditated and that the more appropriate charge is murder in the second degree."

The victim's daughter, Stacy Pomerantz of California, told The Arizona Republic she is relieved that Pape confessed.

"Now we don't have to face a long trial and see all those grisly pictures and hear her talking about my father, who is the victim here," Stacey Pomerantz said.

Pape initially told police that she panicked when she found her husband's body but went to work at her beauty salon anyway. Later she dumped his corpse, sans head and limbs, in a trash bin at a Mesa strip mall, according to transcripts of her Jan. 28, 2000 interrogation. But Pape refused to tell Mesa homicide detectives anything about the dismemberment, the records show.

Ira Pomerantz's body parts have not been found.

Police did find a receipt in Pape's purse showing she bought a reciprocating saw, a potential tool for the nasty dismemberment job, at a Scottsdale hardware store weeks before the slaying. In the kitchen, they found a bullet that they believe was fired from a gun hidden behind the rear seat of Pape's Jaguar.

After her arrest in January 2000, news reports detailed Pape's strained marriage, big debts, and her relationship with another man.

 
 

County investigators seek link between two murders

Paysoundroundup.com

Monday, January 31, 2000

Police are investigating a possible connection between the September murder of Ronald Bianchi of Paradise Valley and the recent dismemberment of Scottsdale businessman Ira Pomerantz.

The men's wives, Valerie Pape and Merle Bianchi were friends, and after Pomerantz and his wife separated, Pape spent some time at the Bianchi house in Paradise Valley.

Bianchi's body was discovered in the woods north of Payson by a group of hikers Sept. 18. Investigators say the man died from a gunshot wound to the heart. No suspects have been identified in Bianchi's murder.

"We're still evaluating (the possible connection between Pape and Merle Bianchi)," Gila County Attorney Jerry DeRose said Monday. "We're not going to ignore that they were friends."

The headless, limbless torso of Pomerantz was discovered in a dumpster behind a Mesa grocery store Thursday afternoon. The rest of his body has not yet been found.

According to the East Valley Tribune, a delivery truck driver witnessed a petite blonde woman throwing the torso into the dumpster behind the store. He jotted down the license plate number of the woman's Jaguar as she left the scene. Police traced the Jaguar to Pomerantz's estranged wife, Valerie Pape.

According to a report in the Tribune,Pape admitted to dumping the torso in the trash and has been charged with first-degree murder.

While Gila County detectives continue to investigate the Bianchi murder, they'll also be following the Pomerantz investigation.

"This could be nothing more than a coincidence," DeRose said. "We are in communication with Mesa and Maricopa County.

 
 


Valerie Pape sits with husband, Ira Pomerantz.

 

Valerie Pape

 

Valerie Pape

 

Valerie Pape prison photo.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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