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Florida Police Reopen “The Bingo Queen’s” Murder Case

Florida Police Reopen “The Bingo Queen’s” Murder Case

Written by: Glo Wood on 22/06/2012 16:45

 It has been 15 years since the death of 71 year old Olga Parlante, nicknamed "The Bingo Queen". She was strangled in her apartment in South Florida and now the Broward County Sheriff's Office has found a suspect.

With advancements in fingerprint technology, police followed the trail to Bennie Hall, a 44 year old career criminal who is currently serving time locked up for a separate offense. He will now be charged with first-degree murder but police do not believe he committed this crime on his own.

The poor woman was beaten and strangled. The perpetrator pulled her into her home as she tried to escape by crawling away. According to local news in Florida, a television set, portable radio and mantel clock were taken from her apartment. Parlante was given the title of "The Bingo Queen" because she enjoyed playing at a local bingo hall every day.

"I want to be able to look that person in the eye and say why did you do this to my mother," Parlante's son, Mark Parlante, told the station. "Why couldn't you just sit her down and take the couple of things that you took and leave her alone."

Evidence that was obtained in 1997 was reviewed once more at the request of Detective Frank Ilarraza. Hall's palm prints came back as a match after screening in April. Local news reported that at the time the crime took place, technology was not at a stage where prints could be run through a database throughout the country.

Parlante was taken from nine adult children in a horrific way and justice will finally be done.

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