BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The sister of disgraced financier Bernie Madoff shot her husband, then herself in the murder-suicide we reported on exclusively late Saturday night. BocaNewsNow.com’s reporting was cited worldwide on Sunday by scores of publications, broadcast outlets, and websites, including Fox News, the New York Daily News, Drudge Report, and multiple South Florida newspapers.
In another exclusive Monday, BocaNewsNow.com has learned that it was 87-year-old Sondra Weiner who shot and killed husband Marvin Weiner, 90, before turning the gun on herself. BocaNewsNow.com has learned that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 11259 Barca Boulevard in Valencia Lakes on Thursday just before 1 p.m., but was never needed to perform rescue services. The initial call was a “suicide attempt,” but the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office quickly realized that two people were suffering from gunshot wounds. With a gun found at the scene, rescuers were told to “stage” nearby but to not enter the home.
Sources tell BocaNewsNow.com that rescuers were ultimately never called into the house. While a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson would not confirm who killed the other, PBSO did confirm that the family of Marvin Weiner invoked “Marsy’s Law” which prevents a law enforcement agency from releasing the name of a victim in some circumstances. For Marsy’s Law to apply, Marvin Weiner would have been the shooting victim, not the shooter.
Oddly, Marvin Weiner’s family apparently invoked the highly controversial “Marsy’s Law” after PBSO had already confirmed BocaNewsNow.com’s reporting which named both Sondra and Marvin as the deceased. News media is under no obligation to withhold the names of victims of any crime.
Marsy’s Law itself is highly controversial in Florida, with police agencies routinely using it to protect the names of officers who shoot people — claiming that the officers, on duty and paid to fight crime — were actually the victim of crime when they opened fire. In another recent example of Marsy’s Law misuse, the Boca Raton Police Department sought tips concerning a bicyclist who was killed by a vehicle but initially refused to release any information about the bicyclist which prevented potential witnesses from knowing if they saw anything of note, or not. Boca PD ultimately released the information.
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