Police led Basso and O
A cop would later say that Basso broke out in fake hysteria on seeing Musso dead, while OMalley was expressionless, as though he saw just what he expected.
The lack of reaction "just gave me that gut feeling that he knew before we got there," Robert Pruett,
Cops took OMalley aside and asked whether he had any ideas about what might have happened to Buddy Musso.
Yeah, OMalley replied, we killed him.
We would prove to include Basso; OMalley; Bassos friend Bernice Ahrens Miller, 55; Miller
OMalley helpfully explained that the fatal beating had taken place at Bernice Millers apartment in
He was beaten, stomped, burned with cigarettes and cleaned with a wire brush. He was dumped into a bathtub filled with bleach and pine-scented kitchen cleaner. His corpse was then redressed and dumped in
OMalley and other eyewitnesses would reveal that Musso lived a life of servitude, not love and romance, with Basso. He carried groceries and took out the trash. Neighbors said he was bloodied and bruised.
James OMalley led police to a trash bin, where they found Mussos bloody clothing, bloodstained towels, the mat and rubber gloves.
The six suspects were arrested and charged with murder.