Mark Cappello busted in murder of Boulder man, two others: Cali pot deal gone wrong?

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The arrest of Central City resident Mark Cappello for his role in a California bloodbath can serve as an example for those who consider marijuana a violence magnet, as well as folks convinced that legalization and regulation are the best way to get the criminal element out of the pot biz. Either way, though, three men are dead, including Todd Klarkowski, who called Boulder home, and two suspects are actively being sought. Details and photos below.

According to the Santa Cruz Press Democrat, Cappello was cuffed in conjunction with murders that took place on February 5 in the California community of Forestville -- specifically a house in a rural area rented by the mother of 24-year-old Raleigh Butler.

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Raleigh Butler.
The victims include Butler, Huntington, New York's Richard Lewin and Todd Klarkowski, a 42 year old who's represented by a mug shot. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Klarkowski served a couple of drug-related jail stints, including a ten-month jolt for a 2002 cocaine bust.

What were the men doing in Forestville? Investigators think they gathered there to "buy a large quantity of marijuana," the Press Democrat maintains.

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Richard Lewin.
Other than that, authorities are keeping pretty much everything else about the case quiet, including any possible relationship between Cappello and Klarkowski, the two Coloradans. But we do know that law enforcers searched Cappello's Central City home, where he's lived for the past two years-plus, the day before he was arrested far from the scene -- near Mobile, Alabama.

Turns out cops had issued a search warrant on Cappello's 1995 white Ford Bronco, and officers in Alabama eyeballed it last week. Speculation is that he was heading to Florida, where his mom lives. She says he'd mentioned to her that he might be coming for a visit -- although he presumably left out the part about fleeing from police.

Cappello is currently being held without bail. Meanwhile, authorities are looking for two thus-far unidentified men who are suspected of having some connection to the crime. The vehicle they were driving prior to the slayings was an early 1990s-vintage Ford Ranger, painted gold -- and while the surveillance photos made available were taken at a gas station in the California community of St. Helena, the Daily Camera reveals that the truck was also spotted in Colorado before the killings...implying that there might be yet another local tie to this gruesome crime.

Continue for large photos of Cappello and Klarkowski, plus surveillance photos of the suspects at large.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Mikey ... why isn't this story categorized / key word linked to MARIJUANA ?


joehonton
joehonton

Correction: the Press Democrat is Santa Rosa's hometown newspaper.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Don't do the Crime if you can't do the Time.

This is what happens when professional tradecraft is not followed.


Robb Pierce
Robb Pierce

Marijuana leads to violence like method leads to sleeping!

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Glen fry, 'Smugglers Blues' would say it was the lure of easy money, not the weed:

The sailors and pilots,
The soldiers and the law,
The pay offs and the rip offs,
And the things nobody saw.
No matter if it's heroin, cocaine, or hash,
You've got to carry weapons
Cause you always carry cash.
There's lots of shady characters,
Lots of dirty deals.
Ev'ry name's an alias
In case somebody squeals.
It's the lure of easy money,
It's gotta very strong appeal.

Jeremy Hull
Jeremy Hull

I'm just about done with you, Westworse. You filing know pot doesn't lead to violence. Sensationalist assholes.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

i cant think of a more lame ass thing to be killed over than stupid ass weed

Amber Rae
Amber Rae

This dude was a criminal before he got involved with pot. Sorry, nobody I know serves 10 months in the slammer for a cocaine bust.... Then is involved in Cali or colorados legal medical scene.... it just dont work that way!! He was a felon. A drug related felon at that!! Neither states would allow him his own house full of plants. Idk why u said there needs to be "regulation to keep criminals out"... That is why he didn't have a house!, but was involved with thousands of dollars worth of marijuana!! #realtalk# Sadly, he was probably partnered with this kid... Something everyone should understand is even the government didn't trust him with thousands of dollars worth of "pot". With that being said, if a felon friend wants to partner up with you... Remember they are a criminal. And criminals get greedy when money is around!!

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

of course, if MJ was legal, this never would have even been a possibility. But yeah, let's first try to blame an innocuous plant

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Marijuana does not lead to violence. Bad personal life choices lead to violence possibly, but in no way does marijuana USE ever lead to violence.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

CRIME is what leads to Violence! The problem is that they have made Marijuana a crime. It has nothing to do with Marijuana itself!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Wayne DeNucci 


REGULATION WORKS !!

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Robb Pierce  .... Just Legalize It !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Amber Rae ... you really have no idea what you're yammering about, do you tart?

ordna
ordna

@John Anthony Gadd 

so that means legalized businesses don't have a chance of this happening....no liquor stores, food carts, taxi cabs.  even if weed was legal it would have happened....lots of cash=high risk...wasn't a jeweler murdered in daylight in NYC for diamonds. wake up!

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