A Death on Canyon Road

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Gary Leon Zimmer’s first published works were gambling columns for MediaSoft,

a group of online gambling portals.His work includes short stories, poetry, True Crime and the recently published book Cappy’s Journal. He was featured on Sirens Production of ‘Evil Kin: The Boneyard’ broadcast on ID Discovery. Described on the program as Gary Zimmer: True Crime Writer and featured prominently throughout the one-hour program. Gary lives in Washington State with his wife Marilyn.

A Death on Canyon Road

Missing people! Thousands of them every year! From everywhere! What are the authorities to do? Limited resources prohibit a thorough search for each of them.

When Alaskan businessman, Joseph Tarricone disappeared while visiting his son Aldo in the Seattle area in 1978, authorities in Pierce County where he was last seen performed the cursory search and moved on to other more urgent law enforcement issues.

Joseph Tarricone fifty-three years old, divorced father of seven children, simply vanished.

A call made to a former girlfriend living in Puyallup (just south of Seattle) revealed nothing. Four of his children were grown. They wanted to know where their father was. Joseph, a grown man with a child’s appetite for Kmart, Disneyland and drive-in movies, was capable of making all endeavors fun. He loved children and entertained them endlessly, whether they were his own or belonged to someone else.

Apart from having a good time Joseph was incredibly hard-working. His Alaska Meat and Provisions business provided ample funds for the support of his remaining three minor children. Suddenly, in August of 1978, his children stopped hearing from him. Rose, the mother of his children, stopped receiving child support payments.

Apart from having a good time Joseph was incredibly hard-working. His Alaska Meat and Provisions business provided ample funds for the support of his remaining three minor children. Suddenly, in August of 1978, his children stopped hearing from him. Rose, the mother of his children, stopped receiving child support payments. Submitted by Gary Leon Zimmer Courtesy of: Author’s Lounge 

A trip to Rome, a Mercedes sports car? Rejection, lack of mere guidance! A good man Dies . . .

She is beautiful and the manager of a restaurant cocktail lounge in Anchorage, Alaska. He is a successful owner of a small company dispensing meat products throughout Anchorage and the Kenai Penninsula.

She is twenty-five. He is fifty-three. Still handsome, undeniably charismatic, Joseph Tarricone is presence within any room. Inevitably Joseph would frequent the lounge managed by the stunning and gracious Renee Ray Curtiss.

Once in her lounge, Joseph immediately began to break the rules. What was this man doing? What was he selling with that big smile on his face? A round of drinks came to each table followed by the words Salami and discount. He was selling salami to her customers. Table to table . . . slowly, methodically making friends, buying drinks and selling salami. She immediately threw him out. Three days later,

he returned and again she threw him out. But this

time there was a smile on her face as Joseph unleashed some of his Italian charm. May and December! Romance, brief though it was, happened. Age was the difference maker. The brief liaison ended and to make it final, Renee moved away from Alaska to her home state of Washington. Joseph would not let go. He followed. He offered her a comfortable life, a Mercedes sports car and a trip to Rome. She  refused! Then he vanished! Stepped off the earth! What happened to Joseph? Book

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