The Bizarre World of Florida

Man, 92, tried to kill daughter because she went against ‘old school principles’ September 9, 2012

A 92-year-old Orlando-area man faces first-degree attempted murder charges after deputies say he hit his daughter over the head with a frying pan, tried to shoot her twice then tried to grab a knife to stab her.

When Orange County deputies arrived at Benjamin King’s home on the 1200 block of Linton Avenue, he had bloodied arms and shins. His arrest affidavit said his injures happened during a brawl with his adult daughter, Patricia Pernacchia.

Pernacchia, who lives with her father and is his caretaker, told deputies King had never been abusive in the past. She also said they had recently gotten into an argument because she allowed her adult son and his fiancée to sleep in the same bed and he thought that was “against his old school principles.”

She was at her father’s home Thursday morning when he came from the kitchen and hit her over the head with a heavy frying pan from behind.

When Pernacchia didn’t pass out from the blow to the head, King tried to hit her again. Pernacchia wrestled the pan from his hand and he demanded to see her head, saying he had “hoped (the pan) was heavy enough to kill her,” the affidavit said.

After Pernacchia got ahold of the pan, King reached for his .22-caliber pistol and shot at his daughter twice.

Both times, the gun failed to discharge and Pernacchia was able to wrestle the gun from him as well.

During the fight for the gun, deputies say King attempted to load a bullet into the chamber of the gun and clear any obstructions that had prevented firing when he pulled the trigger twice before.

Pernacchia managed to get to a phone to call for help. While she was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, King went to the kitchen to grab a knife. Pernacchia said she had to slam the drawer shut on his hand to stop him.

King is now being held in the Orange County Jail without bail. Pernacchia said she thinks he may have some kind of psychological problem.


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