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The triple-deck page 1 headline in the Woodbury Times, "Five Killed, Four Wounded When Vet Stages Maniacal Shooting Spree Against Family of Wife," capsulized a Nov. 17, 1950 murder rampage that history still records as one of the worst in Gloucester County history.Sixty years later, veteran crime writer Patricia A. Martinelli, a life-long Vineland resident, revisits the deThe triple-deck page 1 headline in the Woodbury Times, "Five Killed, Four Wounded When Vet Stages Maniacal Shooting Spree Against Family of Wife," capsulized a Nov. 17, 1950 murder rampage that history still records as one of the worst in Gloucester County history.Sixty years later, veteran crime writer Patricia A. Martinelli, a life-long Vineland resident, revisits the deadly saga in her new book, Rain of Bullets, due to be released Feb. 1 (Stackpole Books, $24.95)."One of the main reasons I wanted to write this book is because this type of domestic violence is still so common, not just in South Jersey but throughout the United States," Martinelli says.Martinelli, who covered the courts and wrote feature stories for the Vineland Times Journal and Bridgeton Evening News before turning to books, is a 1978 graduate of Glassboro State College with a degree in American History."Rain of Bullets" is her fifth book since 2004 (Haunted New Jersey, Haunted Delaware, True Crime New Jersey, and True Crime Pennsylvania) with a sixth (True Crime Ohio) in progress.This book traces the story from the night of the crime to the trials and many appeals that followed in a case that many in South Jersey still vividly recall.According to police accounts, Ernest Ingenito went to the Franklin Township home of his in-laws the night of Nov. 17 to request a visit with his two young sons who were living with his in-laws, Michael and Pearl Mazzoli, and his estranged wife, Theresa.Denied visitation, Ingenito reportedly began shooting with two handguns and a rifle he brought with him.Before the shooting spree ended, five were dead: Both in-laws, plus Theresa's grandmother and her uncle and aunt, Frank and Hilda Mazzoli, who were shot later in Minotola, where they lived. Among the four wounded were Theresa, who was able to call police, and Theresa's 9-year-old cousin. He spared the lives of his children.After a failed attempt to commit suicide, Ingenito told the judge at his arraignment he didn't want to talk further.At his trial, which was covered by the national media, Ingenito was given a life sentence, causing a furor among family members who wanted the death sentence, and a retrial that brought him five life sentences.But New Jersey had no provision for life without the possibility of parole at the time and Ingenito served 23 years before his release. Then he worked odd jobs in the Trenton area.He was arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a minor in 1994, at age 70, went back to prison, and died there of heart failure in 1995.Martinelli, who is related to the Mazzoli family, took a year to write the book and says it has been very thoroughly researched....

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Rain of Bullets Reviews

  • Felicia Bianco
    2019-04-23 08:08

    I read this book last year because I learned from family members about this story that took place in our area some 60 years ago. Crime/murder books are not my usual choice but I was intrigued that this happened in our area of Piney Hollow. Pioppi, Mazzoli, and many other local family names pop up in the book. Man slaughters family members of his estranged wife in revenge for not being granted visitation of his two young sons. Although I really wanted to give this book a higher rating, I couldn't for the following reasons:1. Too many unimportant facts about the trial. 2. Book needed to focus more on what became of the victims and their families and focus less on the trial (which became drawn out).3. Did not enjoy the writing style. Choppy at best.I did like the fact that the author is a Vineland resident. So I would recommend this book only to locals who want to know about this crime. All others will be bored.

  • Teresa
    2019-04-27 05:30

    This has to be the worst of the hundreds of true crime books I have read. Potential here for so much more...a man shoots nine members of his estranged wife's extended family killing five of them. Does the author explore how the survivors coped with this horrible tragedy? Is there any followup of how they were affected by their loss? Do we even get details from the officials involved regarding their perceptions of the victims or the perp? No!! Instead it's an endless litany of the murderer's feelings of being mistreated, misrepresented and ignored. Page after boring page of descriptions of letters he writes and attorneys he abuses & then fires, and his attempts to negate the seriousness of his actions. This was a free book and I still feel like I've been ripped off. If I could give this book less than one star I would. Very disappointing.

  • Fishface
    2019-04-25 00:11

    A good read about a terrible crime. The author effectively takes us back to the early Fifties, sets the scene for us, and describes where it all went wrong. She takes a lot of liberties, for instance saying what this or that person was thinking at a given moment when she couldn't have known, but it's easy to see when she's doing it. There were some maddening gaps in the information, however, and I can see that she left those holes unfilled in order to respect the wishes of people who did not want to be interviewed. This book could really have benefitted from a diagram of family tree involved -- almost everyone was related somehow to almost everyone else in the story and at times it made for a confusing read. That did not keep me from reading it through to the last word.

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-05-09 06:22

    This one dragged on a bit too much in regards to some of the history of the people in the book. Honestly this was a case that could have been written about as a newspaper story. The crime was discussed right away in the book which isn't a bad thing, but it made me feel like there was nothing else to read. I think I would have possibly held more interest in the book if the history of the people involved would have been talked about earlier in the book rather than later. To be honest I really didn't care about where their parents came from etc after reading about the crime.

  • Jean
    2019-04-25 06:24

    Ernie Ingenito began a murderous spree on November 17, 1950, when he murdered five people and wounded four others. His rage was spurred by his wife's relatives, who he blamed for not letting him see his children after he and his wife had separated. A truly tragic true story that makes you question our justice system in many instances.

  • larry brashear
    2019-05-06 04:26

    Sad StoryThis book was written well that though, like most crime stories it is depressing. The tremendous amount of research showed. EVIL person with no conscious was this murderer.

  • Gina Palmonari
    2019-05-12 03:14

    Heard this story while growing up while sitting around the dinner table. Was told that the family went to the review every year he went up for release in order to voice their concerns. Mike and Frank Mazzoli were my grandmother's brothers. Very interesting read.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-18 05:09

    There is no meat and potatoes to this book. It is pretty much just the facts.

  • Lori Petticrew
    2019-05-02 02:09


  • Debbie King
    2019-05-12 00:22

    It was ok. It got very lengthy in the middle talking about all his appeals. There was a lot of repitition and jumping around.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-23 05:17

    The book started out good, but the last 3rd or the book seemed repetitive and had a lot of spelling errors.. To the point of distraction.

  • Ken
    2019-05-14 06:20


  • Jex
    2019-05-19 03:02

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