A New Squeeze
In 1993, Sue Peek, who sometimes worked as an apartment complex security guard, became romantic with Carmine Basso, who owned a
Basso soon moved in with Sue, and her husband moved overbut not out of the home.
They were a mismatched pair.
Basso, who came from
They fought frequently, but Basso eventually replaced James Peek/OMalley altogether in Sues bed. Peek lingered around the house for a few months before moving elsewhere in
Bassos relationship with Sue led to the flounce-and-artifice engagement announcement in the Chronicle. They never bothered to marrythey couldnt, because Sue had never divorced James.
No matter. She introduced Basso as her husband and began using his last name.
In 1997, Sue Basso planned a trip to
In another odd turn in Sue Bassos serpentine life, Carmine Basso turned up dead around the time of the
Basso was found dead in the office of his security firm. An autopsy indicated a natural death caused by erosive esophagitisa severe form of acid refluxthat was complicated by malnourishment.
The death had two effects: It removed Sue Bassos primary source of income, and it cleared a place in her life for Buddy Musso.