Mark Anthony Alexander Guglielmo
was born on December 12, 1968 in Westchester County, New York. On
June 21, 1994, a grand jury in Volusia County, Florida indicted him
with the first-degree murder of his wife Kimberly Anne Guglielmo.
He was accused of cutting her body in half,
putting her corpse into the trunk of his car, driving to New York
and then dumping the lower half of his wife's body into the Hudson
River and top half in a forest twenty miles away.
There was no trial. Following a plea agreement he
was remanded to the Florida Department of Corrections on July 13,
1995 where he began serving a prison term of 40 years.
Discovery of corpse
On May 10, 1994, Kimberly Anne Guglielmo was last
seen alive near her home in South Daytona, Florida. Her lower torso
was found floating on the Hudson River near Tarrytown in June. A
week later and twenty miles away, her head and upper torso was found
in woods near Bedford. Both locations were within Westchester County,
Background to relationship
Kimberly Anne Guglielmo, née Kimberly Anne
Scaramastro, was born on June 29, 1973 into the marriage of Kimberly
Hoskins (a U.S. citizen from Texas) and Mervyn Osborne Hagger (a UK
citizen living in Texas.) Her surname was changed in 1983 following
the divorce and remarriage of her birth mother to Julio Bruce
Scaramastro in Illinois.
The Scaramastro family then moved to Oxnard,
California where Kimberly Anne experienced a stormy home
relationship. She was subsequently sent to live with her aunt near
Jackson, Mississippi which is where she first met Mark Guglielmo. At
the time he was a student at the University of Dayton, Ohio and
visiting the area with friends during a Spring Break.
After Kimberly Anne was sent back to California
by her aunt, she began living with Mark Guglielmo who had also moved
to the area after dropping out of college. The relationship was
broken up by the parents of Kimberly Anne who returned to live at
her mother's home in Oxnard, California. Mark Guglielmo returned to
live with his parents at Bedford, New York.
Shortly after his departure, Kimberly Anne left
California and moved to New York to live with Mark Guglielmo, his
brother and parents. Within weeks of this reunion in 1992 they were
married by a minister conducting a simple ceremony at the Guglielmo
Because his family was unstable, Mark and his
wife then moved to Florida where Kimberly Anne believed that she had
the opportunity to enter a nursing school program. They established
an upper floor apartment home in the city of South Daytona. Mark and
Kimberly Anne both began working in the adjoining city of Daytona
Beach. She was employed at a restaurant next to the Daytona
International Speedway and he worked across the street at a Holiday
Day of murder
According to official transcripts of the murder
case file, Mark Guglielmo received a phone call around Noon on
Tuesday, May 10 at the hotel. The caller, which according to
witnesses appeared to be his wife, told him to come home because she
had been in a car accident.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. Kimberly Anne visited
their bank which was five minutes from their upstairs apartment home.
She arrived in her own vehicle and withdrew half of the deposits in
their joint bank account.
According to Kimberly Anne's mother she was on
the phone with her daughter when Mark returned home, but there is
confusion over both the veracity and time of this event. At 1:20
p.m. Mark Guglielmo arrived at the same bank and withdrew the
remainder of the funds from the joint account.
At 2:05 p.m. he was seen at a gun shop where he
bought a shotgun and two different types of shells. Around 3 p.m. an
off-duty policeman with the city of Daytona Beach who lived in the
apartment below the Guglielmos, complained to the apartment
management that reddish liquid was seeping from his ceiling and
dripping on to his carpet.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. a maintenance crew
spoke to Mark Guglielmo in his upstairs apartment doorway. He
apologized and said that he had just dropped a large bottle of red
film developing liquid which he would clean up and pay for any
damages. Shortly before midnight at 11:15 p.m. that same day, Mark
Guglielmo checked into a motel just over the Georgia side of its
state border with Florida.
On Wednesday. May 11, 1994, Mark Guglielmo
appeared at the apartment door of his mother who lived in Stamford,
Connecticut and he asked to stay for the night. It was recorded that
his car that he parked outside her apartment that night had a very
He brought with him his wife's cat and explained
to his mother that Kimberly Anne had either had a miscarriage or
abortion and had run away with most of their money. Shortly after
this Mark Guglielmo left for a long drive which to took him to
Peggys Cove near Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.
On Saturday, May 14, 1994, the mother of Kimberly
Anne sent the first of two fax fliers to South Daytona Beach Police
Department from her home in Oxnard, California. She reported her
daughter as a missing person, and confirmed this in a voice
conversation with a police officer.
Her mother accused a waitress from the restaurant
where her daughter had worked of disappearing with Kimberly Anne,
perhaps placing Kimberly Anne's life in danger. Unknown to her
mother or to the South Daytona police, on that same day the lower
half of the corpse of Kimberly Anne was discovered on the banks of
the Hudson River in a wooded part at Tarrytown, Westchester County,
On Monday, May 16, 1994, South Daytona Police
received the second of two fax fliers from Kim Scaramastro, mother
of Kimberly Anne, in which she accused her daughter of being
mentally unstable and a "psychopathic liar", while denying that her
husband Mark Guglielmo had harmed her daughter in any way.
Later that morning the police visited the
apartment manager who told them about the off-duty policeman's
report the previous Tuesday concerning the reddish liquid dripping
on to his carpet.
The police then entered the Guglielmo apartment
for the first time. They did not find anyone at home but they did
observe that a section of carpet and a section of the bed mattress
had been cut out and removed from the single bedroom. In that same
general location they also discovered signs of blood splatter and
On Friday, May 20, Mark Guglielmo telephoned
South Daytona Beach Police Department to ask if they had found his
On Saturday, May 21, the upper half of the corpse
of Kimberly Anne was discovered under a large tree. It was found
laying under a large tree just off a dirt road in woods near a
reservoir close to Bedford in Westchester County, New York.
However, the corpse was not identified as being
Kimberly Anne Guglielmo until Thursday, May 26 when dental records
were sent from Florida to New York.
Arrest and rearrest
On May 26 Mark Guglielmo returned to Florida from
Canada at the request of his mother and his attorney. He was
arrested and charged with tampering with evidence at a crime scene.
He was released on bail and on Friday, May 27 he was arrested again
and charged with first degree murder for the death of his wife
Kimberly Anne in Volusia County, Florida.
Rushed cremation of corpse
On Wednesday, June 1, the Westchester County
Medical Examiner released the corpse for cremation by a funeral home
in Westchester County. No family member was present. The ashes were
mailed to the grandfather of Kimberly Anne in Texas.
The defense attorney had raised the issue of
whether Kimberly Anne was pregnant on the day that she died. He had
requested an independent medical examination of the corpse. A year
later it transpired that the prosecutor and police had conspired to
cause the rushed cremation of the corpse before this question could
be independently answered.
On June 21, while Mark Guglielmo was still in
custody, a grand jury in Volusia County, Florida returned an
indictment against him. It charged Mark Guglielmo with the first-degree
murder of his wife by cutting her body in half and then putting the
body in the trunk of his car, driving to New York and finally
dumping his wife's body in the Hudson River.
In 1995 the sensational murder trial of O.J.
Simpson began in California. It was only briefly swept from front
page media coverage by the detonation of the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Government office building in Oklahoma City. However both
events overshadowed the second degree murder plea hearing of Mark
Guglielmo which became mired in problems before it began.
There were questions about the murder itself and
whether Kimberly Anne had been pregnant on May 10, 1994. There were
pending sanctions against the prosecutor because he had defied the
court and covered up the fact that he had ordered the cremation of
the corpse before an independent examination could be made.
There were questions about who had called Mark
Guglielmo to come home from work and why he was called home. Other
questions concerned the strange actions of Kimberly Anne on the day
of the murder and the even more bizarre faxed and phoned messages
that her mother had made to the police denouncing her daughter in
support of Mark Guglielmo.
His actions were also very peculiar in that he
had not only taken his wife's corpse from Florida to New York, but
the police suspected that someone else might have assisted him in
its disposal in two halves and at two different locations. There was
no explanation for the manner in which the corpse had been disposed.
While it was hundreds of miles from the murder
scene, it had been left in plain site with various tools. There were
no satisfactory answers as to why Mark Guglielmo had bought a
shotgun with various types of shells on the day of the murder or why
he had driven hundreds of miles to a point near Halifax, Nova Scotia
Due to the circumstantial evidence, the
unanswered questions and the pending sanctions, the prosecution
dropped the first degree murder charge and offered Mark Guglielmo a
plea bargain of second degree without the possibility of appeal.
Mark Guglielmo accepted on condition that the
many unanswered questions would be answered. His attorney noted for
the record that he expected that his client would receive a downward
departure according to the prison sentence guidelines.
The answers were never provided and his sentence
was delayed one week. This allowed for the provisions of a new
sentencing guideline to come into effect.
On June 15, 1995 Mark Guglielmo received a 40
years prison sentence instead of the 20 years that he had been
expecting to receive. His judge was Gayle Graziano who had also been
part of the controversial stages of the mass murder charges against
Following the sentencing of Mark Guglielmo his
judge was removed from the bench by the Florida Supreme Court due to
her own misconduct involving other judicial matters.
The murder of Kimberly Anne Guglielmo, which at
first received sensational print and electronic media coverage in
New York and Florida, was eventually dropped as attention was
diverted to the trial of O.J. Simpson and the arrest of Timothy