In 2006 I wrote a post that started out:
Nick Tartaglione is one of the good guys in our world.
Tartaglione is a policeman in Briarcliff Manor, New York. When he read in his local paper about a 70-year-old woman who could not afford a cart for her disabled 15-year-old dog, Chopper, he telephoned the company and put the charge for the $395 cart on his own credit card.
He and his family have always been involved in animal rescue. His mother runs an animal rescue group...
So imagine my surprise last week when I checked my statistics and found that the most popular page for several days was the 2006 post on Nick Tartaglione.
Doing a little online sleuthing brought me to the following USA today story:
4 bodies found at property of retired N.Y. cop
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —Four bodies believed to be the missing men allegedly killed by retired Briarcliff Manor cop Nicholas Tartaglione during a busted drug deal in April were recovered Tuesday on property he rented in Orange County.
Chester police Chief Peter Graziano confirmed the recovery and said the bodies were being taken to the county medical examiner's office for positive identification.
Tartaglione, 49, was arrested Monday on drug conspiracy charges accusing him of killing the four in April. On Tuesday, state police and the FBI converged on the property on Old Mountain Road in Otisville to search for their remains.
Tartaglione is charged in a five-count indictment for a conspiracy to distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine and "the senseless murder" of the four men, which was part of that conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. The former cop pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Monday…
In addition to his law enforcement career, Tartaglione was involved for years in animal rescue efforts, helping his parents who ran a dog-grooming business, Dapper Dog, in Nyack. He was rescuing horses and dogs on a 65-acre property he recently bought in Orange County...
Those who clicked on the link to my blog on Google or Bing definitely did not find the story they were looking for. One person commented and three emailed me to the effect that I probably no longer considered him to be one of the good guys.
Tartaglione faces the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison for each of the four charges of murder.
There is a life lesson in all this.
I'm not sure what it is yet.