Pamela Vitale (born January 11, 1953 – October 15, 2005), was a mother of two and wife of noted California defense attorney Daniel Horowitz.
Pamela Vitale was married to Mario Vitale, whom she had met in London, England as a flight attendant and married in her hometown of Minneapolis. They had two children together, Marisa and Mario Jr. After the divorce, Pamela decided to make a new life for herself and her children so she loaded up her old Fiat and drove to California in 1978.
According Daniel Horowitz, he and Pamela met 12 years ago when Vitale moved to the Bay Area after working in Hollywood as an independent movie producer and attending film school at the University of California Los Angeles. He had written a screenplay about one of his cases and was shopping it around. Mutual friends brought the two together. According to Horowitz, "she was interested in reading my script," he remembered. "But once I met her I fell completely in love and no longer cared about the script."
Vitale was a single mom raising a 16-year-old daughter and an 19-year-old son. Vitale moved to the Bay Area with her daughter, Marisa, and took a job working for Pacific Bell. She eventually became an executive at Informix. When the company was sold, Vitale took her severance pay and began working in her husband's law firm maintaining databases.
Vitale was found dead by her husband on October 15, 2005 at the Lafayette mobile home where the couple was living while their large house was being built nearby. Medical examiners have concluded that Vitale died from blunt trauma to the head, but she also sustained wounds including a stab wound to the abdomen, and an alleged gothic carving in her back.
Vitale's funeral was held on October 19, 2005 at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. She is survived by her husband and her two children, Marisa and Mario Jr.
On October 20, 2005 police arrested a 16-year-old from Lafayette, California, in connection with the crime. He was tried as an adult and has been convicted of special-circumstances murder and burglary. He faces life in prison without parole.
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