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  Name: The Town Center Mall Murders

Nancy and Daughter Joey Bochicchio Mother, Daughter both found dead in their SUV at Town Center Mall


Boca Raton, FL | 2007-12-12

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Case Data

Two violent attacks, involving a woman and child, at the same mall parking garage. In both cases, police say the victims were attacked in their black SUVs, held at gunpoint and bound.

It's hard to fathom what happened to a mother and her young daughter as they wrapped up a holiday shopping spree at the Boca Raton Town Center Mall in Florida. Police are trying to unravel the mystery of their deaths just hours after a fun-filled girls' day out. Joey Bochicchio was just four days away from her eighth birthday.

The Boca Raton Police investigation began minutes after mall security found the bodies of Nancy Bochicchio, 47, and her daughter after midnight on Dec. 13, 2007. They were bound and shot to death at point-blank range in Nancy's black Chrysler Aspen SUV. Police believe Nancy and Joey were killed sometime in the afternoon of Dec. 12. Investigators have learned a great deal about the murders since then. Mall surveillance video showed Nancy and Joey entering the mall hand-in-hand at 2:19 p.m. Less than an hour later, the pair left the mall at 3:11 p.m. carrying shopping bags. Police believe Nancy and Joey were carjacked in the parking lot minutes after getting into their SUV. Based on bank surveillance, detectives said Nancy was forced to drive to a nearby ATM and withdraw $500. During this time she tried to call 911 but was disconnected before she could say anything. At some point, Nancy and her daughter were bound with clear plastic zip ties and handcuffs.

Now police say a pair of goggles was also found on one of the victims -- possibly to inhibit her vision. Goggles Photos of the goggles were released Jan. 25, 2010, and cops need to know where the goggles came from and who makes them. According to police, Nancy broke out of her handcuffs in an attempt to flee, but that bold action cost Nancy and her daughter their lives. The goggles could be the clue that leads police straight to the killer. They have a yellow plastic frame, a hinged bridge across the nose and black removable lenses. The lenses are lined with black foam, except in two areas where there are vents, and the elastic headband is black.

If you've seen goggles like these, or know where someone might have purchased them, call our Hotline at 202-403-2999. Your information could be crucial to the case.

The murders eerily echo the case of Randi Gorenberg, a well-known and affluent Boca Raton mother who was killed by an unidentified attacker at the Town Center mall March 23, 2007. She drove a black Mercedes SUV and was captured on mall cameras leaving in broad daylight. Half an hour later, Gorenberg was shot and killed while trying to escape her captors. Her case remains unsolved.

A third case has grabbed the attention of the police -- an Aug. 7, 2007, carjacking and kidnapping at the same mall. According to police, a gunman attacked and held hostage a 30-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son in the same parking garage at the southwest end of the mall where the Bochicchios were murdered. In the Aug. 7 attack, police said the gunman wasn't ashamed to point the gun at the toddler's head while he made the woman withdraw a large sum of money from a nearby bank. The gunman then forced his hostage to drive back to the parking garage where he bound both victims in the car. Two violent attacks, both involving a woman and child, at the same mall parking garage.

In both cases, the victims were bound and attacked in their black SUVs. The Boca Raton Police have released a composite sketch of the man in the Aug. 7 attack. They think the attack may be related to the Bochicchio murders, but they haven't ruled out other possibilities. The man in the composite is said to be a white man with a good tan between the ages of 18 and 25. Police say he is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build. They also think he could have a ponytail.

The Aug. 7 victim, a woman we'll call "Cheryl,Ē provided details of her attacker that helped John McMahon, forensic artists for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, create a sketch of the suspect. Police followed hundreds of leads after the Bochicchio double homicide. Several leads pointed them to two men who found Nancy Bochicchio's belongings -- including a cell phone and her credit card. But after hours of interviewing both men, detectives believe they simply found something that wasn't theirs.

Later, the police gathered that the killer ditched Nancy's belongings at random as he traveled south of Boca Raton. But it was "Cheryl's" case thatís provided detectives with some real insight into the suspect. "Cheryl" provided police with new information about her abduction. She was forced to drive to an ATM to withdraw $600. Afterward, she drove to a church parking lot and was forced into the back of the car with her frightened 2-year-old son. She was bound with handcuffs and plastic zip ties and forced to wear round, tortoise-framed Gucci knockoff sunglasses that were blacked out with tape. Later, the attacker switched out the glasses for white swimming goggles that were also blacked out. "Cheryl" complied with her attacker's orders in hopes of saving both her life and her sonís. She told police the man drove her SUV back to the mall parking lot and left them in the vehicle running. Once he was gone, she was able to break out of her handcuffs and flee.

Task Force Connects the Dots With three similar cases, detectives knew the best thing to do was pool their resources, compare notes and investigate together. In February 2008, the Boca Raton Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and other agencies created a task force to address these cases. Detectives are not calling the cases the work of a serial killer, but they do admit the crimes have many similarities.




Do You Know Who Killed Me?

2011-07-24 12:40:27 - Posted By: The Town Center Mall Murders

Someone knows exactly what happened. What have you heard?


2013-01-10 16:39:03 - Mrs. Liberty: The plastic goggles found at the crime scene look like they are outdoors type. They could heve been woren by someone that was using a bike to get to the mall. He needed some type of transportation to get to the mall and in a case he drove back to the same mall and left the victims there so he had a reason to return to the same mall. A biker having those goggles was the perfect desgize, outherwise, who carries goggles with them? They had a purpuse as well as returning back to the same mall after committing the crime. I would take a second look at all the serveling tapes you have from the mall again and look for a biker.

2013-02-25 18:38:14 - just me: I believe I have the one that did these kidnaps and murders...but found NO WAY to attach photos's.....All that would have to be done is let Jane Doe see this photo compared with the Sketch released but no way to put it on here

2013-02-26 07:59:43 - Investigator: Please contact me directly at pj@whokilledme.tv

2013-03-18 12:45:08 - intuit: On Friday, March 15, 2013, was leaving the south beach access in Red Reef Park, near restrooms, when a man popped out of the sea grape fauna backwards and startled me. I immediately stopped and was on guard. I had not thought of this case for a long time, but when he looked at me, I immediately thought of that killer. He was wearing that floppy hat, with the thin, very dark sunglasses, white short sleeve shirt with horizontal stripes and blue pants. Young white male, tall, med. build. He smiled as if it is normal to be in the bushes, when he saw I wasn't amused and had 'recognized him' so to speak, his demeanor/body language turned to a dark and sinister stare which creeped me out. He moved on and was aware I was watching. He ran over to the teeing ground and seemed to hide by a golf cart. I then walked to my car but didn't see him again, only another male with a similar sturdier hat, he was older,darker complected and muscular, he looked in my direction and then started doing a lot of push-ups at the teeing ground. I thought the two could be together.

2013-04-16 19:27:21 - Annonymous: Mrs. Liberty has something. The athletic goggles may have been part of a kit of a stealth bicyclist who gained entry into the vehicle without being noticed, who orchestrated the crime the way two brothers orchestrated the bike race in the movie American Flyers, buddy(s) in a van assisting. Victim mentioned chevy suburban next to her SUV and also following it, possibly with bike in tow.

2013-05-14 07:00:30 - Annonymous: Anyone looked at Israel Keyes, the serial killer who killed himself last year? The timeline provided by law enforcement shows he was 'traveling' during this time. The crime, description and MO fits him perfectly.

2013-05-16 08:32:44 - Annonymous: I would look at area landscapers , maybe even the mall landscapers, I see a lot of landscapers with the floppy hats like that bc they are out in the sun all day. The person def has Knowledge of the area and around the mall, prob needs quick cash for drug habit but doesn't mind killing to support it. prob has been in and out of the correctional system, possibly in jail now , deported or relocated that would be my guess why he has stopped .

2013-07-18 07:25:13 - Annonymous: Very similar to the ones you have. Asian market motorcycle goggles on amazon. Can not paste pic. Please email and I will send.

2013-10-18 11:57:41 - Annonymous: It could be Israel Keyes. If you look pictures of him he looks like the Artist sketch. Same nose, wide, set apart eyes. In a video on HLN he is shown getting into a police car and is wearing similar wrap around sunglasses. Some pics show his hair long and curly, like the pony tail. Interesting.

2013-12-10 12:36:10 - Mini Driver: I use to lease a limousine and work the Ft.Lauderdale airport and the surrounding areas. In 2008 a woman going to Boca Raton and I had a conversation about the town center murders. She mentioned that in Chicago they had a similar serial killer at that time, he struck a subway sandwich shop at the mall. When she mentioned it at the time it seemed to make sense. We live in south Florida where a lot of tourist and snow birds visit. This could be a snowbird coming down with his family. Or it could be a student at FAU the University just across the highway of the town center mall. The commuter buses have bike racks on them so the killer can easily put his bike on the buses. I hope he's caught for everyone's sake.

2014-09-01 11:03:00 - Annonymous: It seems unusual that these women kept their SUV unlocked! What about a worker at a dealership? Are there master car keys? Why black SUV's only? Anonymity? Could he be a mall worker with knowledge of the parking without video cameras?

2014-09-01 11:03:22 - Annonymous: It seems unusual that these women kept their SUV unlocked! What about a worker at a dealership? Are there master car keys? Why black SUV's only? Anonymity? Could he be a mall worker with knowledge of the parking without video cameras?

2014-12-27 12:34:09 - Pi for hire: The way he executed the mother and daughter suggest that he might have grown up in a country where there were terrorist so I think he might be middle eastern and he might be associated or still hangs around that mall.

2015-03-10 17:48:16 - Annonymous: I have lived in the northeast most of my life, and recently moved to florida- the goggles look like the type skiers wear to avoid snow blindness

2015-08-05 15:35:41 - MyTwoCents: I think this was a person that wanted quick cash. The floppy hat just makes people focus on that detail and throws people off. The guy was probably wearing bronzer, as well. He told the second kidnap victim to tell police he was a black man. Police were skeptical about the second victim's story until the third case. Then police went back, reinterviewed her and produced a composit sketch. I think he figured out that moms with kids with them will obey him to ensure the safety of their kids. randy Goenberg fought back. Her kids were not with her. She also did not have abn ATM card with her, so he stole her purse. In the earlier years, police looked at relatives of Mrs. Gorenberg with interest and did not link her to the other cases. Maybe there is physical evidence, not released to the public, to support their assumption. Maybe the guy involved in the second two cases was a copycat from the Gorenberg case. I don't know if the police have changed their minds. There is an article online that says mrs. Gorenberg's credit cards were used up north. Wouldn't this guy have left fingerprints? I hope the police catch him.

2015-08-05 15:35:47 - MyTwoCents: I think this was a person that wanted quick cash. The floppy hat just makes people focus on that detail and throws people off. The guy was probably wearing bronzer, as well. He told the second kidnap victim to tell police he was a black man. Police were skeptical about the second victim's story until the third case. Then police went back, reinterviewed her and produced a composit sketch. I think he figured out that moms with kids with them will obey him to ensure the safety of their kids. randy Goenberg fought back. Her kids were not with her. She also did not have abn ATM card with her, so he stole her purse. In the earlier years, police looked at relatives of Mrs. Gorenberg with interest and did not link her to the other cases. Maybe there is physical evidence, not released to the public, to support their assumption. Maybe the guy involved in the second two cases was a copycat from the Gorenberg case. I don't know if the police have changed their minds. There is an article online that says mrs. Gorenberg's credit cards were used up north. Wouldn't this guy have left fingerprints? I hope the police catch him.

2015-08-23 14:27:47 - 427egdir: a previous posting suggested a possible student committed these awful crimes. I agree, check out college students who are competitive swimmers...that would have been graduating and therefore moving back to their home states/country's. The goggle's,his age,build and no previous criminal record (maybe). Colleges/High schools would have pictures of all students available to compare to artist sketch..take a close look at all athletes, not just swimmers. Might begin w/all schools within 20 miles and fan out from there.....pls don't give up!

2015-10-03 23:27:27 - Sebastian: The killer is latino with big build, 5'1₩" - 200 lbs. His capture is soon. FYI EVERY ONE.

2015-10-05 21:07:30 - cnhill: Could it be tanning goggles since they were blacked out and he had a tan.

2015-10-12 06:06:35 - Annonymous: Those goggles look to be children's foldable frame mountain ski goggles sunglasses and can be found on Amazon.

2016-09-07 11:57:20 - Annonymous: https://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Motorcycle-Goggles-Protective-Sunglasses/dp/B00CCF1Q18/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1455027582&sr=8-12&keywords=dysfunctional+doll+goggles

2016-10-03 00:37:38 - PartneDaugherty: Currently, my husband and I are being stalked by a serial killer. The local City police Dept. are too naive to realize what they are dealing with. Stepping back in time to July 15, 2016: Our renter - Linda Greer (age 70)- was BRUTALLY murdered in our rental property, which is located at 1702 Pinion Lane, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Despite blood being up to 7 feet on the bathroom walls, huge amounts of spatter, and the victim writing the names of her killers in her blood on the tub, the local police tried to call the incident "an accident". ANY IDIOT can see that it is murder. Since the murder, other law enforcement have examined the scene and believe it clearly to be murder. But the JPD, wants to cover its initial ineptitude and sloppy police work by labeling it an accident. I do not believe the JPD even fingerprinted the scene. About 5 days later, my husband and I found one of the murder weapons, a bloody knife, in the bathroom, less than 4 feet from where the body had been found. Based upon my extensive examination of the murder scene, I can state that the victim was found naked below the waist. She was brutally beat with many objects, which can be seen as blood trasfer images on the water heater, where she was at while being beaten. There were several empty rolls of Duck Tape brand clear tape found in the residence, which contained hair and spots of blood. The police failed to notice that Linda's sheets were bloody and in the bathroom, or that there was a bloody pair of women's Capri pants under one of the sheets being soaked in water in the bathroom. The crime was committed by two (2) people, was LEFT-handed and one was RIGHT-handed. While the victim was in the bathroom, the Perps were having sex on Linda's bed on a clean sheet. The sheets contained what appear to be semen spots and menstrual spots. The Perps stacked things on top of Linda's bed to cover their bodily fluids. There was blood on the bottom of the mattress as well as on the side of the mattress and box springs. There was evidence that the killing had some semblance of a ritualistic killing. They beat her with tools, hammers, table legs, a triangular shaped rock with a strap tied around it, etc. There were small, barely noticeable signs/symbols on the walls. I have no doubt in my mind and opine that the killers were Linda's daughter ["Susannah"] and the daughter's newest boyfriend ["Dwayne"]. The sadistic boyfriend lived in Florida at the time of the various murders. He has carved on his hand: "BTK"; and "Killed"; and certain symbols appearing to represent his victims. The Boyfriend {"Dwayne") has made a threat to me regarding him taking care of anyone who threatens him, wrongs him, or gets in his way. He knows hat I will not let the case close as an accident, BECAUSE IT WAS MURDER !!!!! Dwayne let it slip regarding his ties to Florida. Research reveals that he lived in Florida central to many of the murders, and later moved to other parts of Florida close to where the various murders were occurring. It seems that he left Florida when Florida started pushing the collection of DNA when a person was arrested. Coincidentally, Dwayne let it slip regarding being charged with a drug-related charge in Florida. At some point in time, Dwayne moved to Alabama in about 2012. I have no idea when he returned to Arkansas, but he got with Recently, someone has written certain evil, satanic symbols that represent "Pan" on 3 of the windows of my home. My gut-instinct tells me it is Dwayne [left-handed]. I have no doubt that Dwayne murdered women in Florida, and possibly other places. P.S. --- The Yellow and Black goggles appear to be Welding Goggles. I have no idea where they would come from, but possibly bought by a welding school in bulk. Coincidentally, Dwayne decided to take a welding class at some point in time. ALso, he has a CDL license. Furthermore, he worked at Medieval Times in Kissemmee, Florida from 2002-2004.

2017-01-20 00:39:31 - Luse: Those are dog goggles. They're meant for dogs! I'm positive. If you look at Petleso goggles on Amazon you will see.

2017-04-07 22:35:16 - Annonymous: I know someone who looks like the guy in the drawing. He was working down in Florida at the time for an elevator company. He was 46 at the time but looks young for his age. He is also shorter, maybe 5'9". He's just such a strange dude. Misogynistic, opinionated, violent, narcissistic, a bigot, racist, etc, etc... just seems like something he could be capable of doing.

2017-04-19 08:58:32 - HaHa: Sounds like the perfect guy!

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