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Dyleski’s roommates file claim against county:

The residents of the “hippy commune” where the accused killer of Pam Vitale, Scott Dyleski, lived are filing charges against Contra Costa County saying that Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies did not have warrants at the time the residence was searched for Dyleski…

More than 10 sheriff’s deputies burst into the Hunsaker Canyon Road residence of Fred and Kim Curiel on the evening of Oct. 19, 2005, looking for Dyleski, the claim says. Dyleski, now 17, was a suspect in the killing of his neighbor Pamela Vitale four days earlier.

At least seven other people lived with the Curiels at the time. The deputies began searching the house for Dyelski, pointing their guns and screaming at each of the adults and children, aged 2 to 16, to get down on the floor, the claim says.

Deputies threatened that if the residents did not cooperate, the deputies would “blow your head off.”

One deputy pushed Fred Curiel’s face into the ground, breaking his eyeglasses. Another pressed her shoe against the back of Curiel’s 11-year-old daughter to keep her on the floor, the claim says.

The housemates allege that the deputies entered without an arrest warrant for Dyleski or a search warrant for the home. The deputies presented a search warrant more than one and a half hours later.

The residents, who seek unspecified damages, say that the experience has left them with nightmares, flashbacks, and other anxieties.

I seriously doubt that in a high-profile case such as this that law enforcement would not have all their I’s dotted and their T’s crossed. To me, this sounds like just a bunch of hippies lashing out against “the man”.

8 thoughts on “Hippies file charges in Dyleski search

  1. Diane Vera says:

    You wrote: “I seriously doubt that in a high profile case such as this that law enforcement would not have all their I’s dotted and their T’s crossed.” One would indeed expect law enforcement to be extra careful in such a high-profile case. Yet a high profile case does not, by any means, guarantee impeccable behavior by prosecutors and police. Occasionally, even very high-profile and very expensive prosecutions are fundamentally flawed. A good example is the McMartin Preeschool case back in the 1980’s. Are you aware of the history of the “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scare back in the 1980’s and early 1990’s? If not, please see my pages on “Satanism” scares and their debunking: A brief introduction and The “Satanic Ritual Abuse” scare (and the larger child sex abuse panic) of the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

    One unusual thing about the Dyleski case is that a gag order has been imposed. Not only is the gag order itself unusual, but what makes it even stranger, in the eyes of some people at least, is that the prosecutor requested it for the alleged purpose of protecting the defendant‘s right to a fair trial. Perhaps the prosecutor is just hoping to avoid the expensive possibility that the case might be appealed on grounds of jury bias. However, some people do wonder whether the prosecutor’s strong desire for a gag order might really mean that the prosecutor has something to hide. Now, I don’t think we should jump to the conclusion that either the police or the prosecutor have done anything wrong. But let’s not jump to the opposite conclusion either, that they’re infallible just because the case is high-profile. Let’s wait and see. The trial is coming up in July.

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  2. Trench says:

    Yes, I’m familiar with the Satanic Panic of the 80’s. Hell, I was right in the middle of it so to speak. Having long hair and listening to Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden you can guess where I fit in to that sitiuation. However I think you misunderstand my opinion as Scott Dyleski as a suspect. I don’t think he is a suspect because he’s “goth” or whatever. That’s only what attracted me to the case. As of right now I think he is the most likely suspect because the evidence presented so farleads me to believe he is the most likely suspect. I do beleive that the prosecutors atgreed to the gag order in order to secure themselves an untainted conviction. If this case were to be tried in the media any defense attorney worth his salt could have it tied up in the appelas process for years.

    And you’re right, I can’t guarantee that Contra Costa County sherrifs did not act improperly but in this case I’m more than likely to believe law enforcement than the questionable community where Dyleski was raised.

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  3. Diane Vera says:

    I’m inclined to agree with you, based on the evidence I’ve seen so far, that it’s most likely that Dyleski is guilty. However, I also think we should avoid rushing to judgment. Let’s wait and see what further information is made available during the trial.

    Ditto regarding the issue of the search warrant – let’s wait for information on how that issue gets settled.

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  4. jujubell says:

    lamorinda (the tri-cities of lafayette, moraga and orinda) cops are completely worthless. a family member of mine was assaulted with a deadly weapon by a prominent attourney who lives nearby and the cops said, “well we went over to talk to him and he seems like a reasonable person.” neither would the police give any instruction on how to press charges, etc. they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. all they know how to do is give high school kids speeding tickets.

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  5. jujubell says:

    also, i wonder why the defense doesnt request a change of venue?

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  6. Jennifer Thompson says:

    I believe that these events took place…I mean look at who the murder victim was….a very high profile attorney’s wife..to the cops it’s probably like hurting one of their own. They probably went crazy thinking they were gonna get their guy. Crazy people do stupid things. Like your page though..keep up the good work.

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  7. Carolyn says:

    Law enforcement dotted all their i’s and crossed all their t’s – WHAT rock are you living under? I would love to be so naive!! Do you ever read a newspaper or watch the televised news – “law enforcement” in this country is more dangerous than the criminals because they can LEGALLY carry guns and KILL people for no reason and get by with saying “Oops, sorry I really, really THOUGHT that cigarette lighter was a gun.” I feel certain the people that resided in the house where Scott was living were quite accurate in their description of what happened when the place was searched and I have NO doubt the cops would have taken great pride in blowing off anyone’s head had they lifted it off the floor – yes, EVEN an 11 year old girl! Wake UP America our law enforcement is a flipping JOKE – half of them barely get out of high school!!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    “Hippy commune” indeed. The Curiels are good friends of mine, and are most certainly not a bunch of “hippies”. I find the use of such a term in what is supposed to be an unbiased news article offensive. Their home is not a “hippy commune”.
    Do your research next time.

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