Friday, January 2, 2009

Pesho's Murder Sent Killer DiMarco's Family Into Destruction

CLEVELAND - One of the most bizarre murder twists in Ohio history shattered one family and literally destroyed another.

It all started on this date in 1996.

Mary Jo Pesho, a 46-year old North Royalton nurse was returning Christmas gifts with her teen aged children at suburban Parmatown mall on Jan. 2, 1996. When they were about to leave the mall, Pesho told her children to wait near the mall's entrance while she went to retrieve the brand new family van from the parking lot.

That's the last time her family saw her alive.

Amazingly, Pesho stepped into the van and was accosted by two teens without anyone in the lot noticing. The teens, Mark DiMarco and Shannon Kidd, both 17 held her at gunpoint and forced her to drive away from the mall. Over the next several hours, DiMarco and Kidd repeatedly raped and taunted Pesho, eventually burning her with the vehicle's cigarette lighter. She was found dead at a rapid station, the victim of a gunshot wound.

The two young men were eventually sought out and arrested for the crime. They both were found guilty in 1998. DiMarco, the apparent shooter was sentenced to 94 years to life in prison.

DiMarco seemed on the verge of winning an appeal for a new trial in late '98, and by the early weeks of 1999 was said to be in good spirits while locked up. But on February 4, 1999, he "supposedly" committed suicide in his cell while leaving behind a cryptic note hailing himself as a soldier while labelling police as "crooked."

In the fall of 2001, DiMarco's mother Joyce Stewart, who served 90 days in jail for trying to block her son's prosecution was found murdered. Her dismembered body had been stuffed in five trash bags by her husband, William Stewart who was pulled over while driving erratically. Police noticed an arm protruding from one of the bags, to which Mr. Stewart responded, "that's my wife."

What a nut job.

When Stewart was arrested, he was placed in a cell and on suicide watch. It didn't matter. He was found hanging by a bed sheet but barely alive. He died a few weeks later.

This entire horrific saga was more chilling than any Hollywood film could ever be. It was all real life and no doubt took root in DiMarco's childhood if not long before that. With today being the 13th anniversary of the crime that started it all, I want to extend my sympathies to Pesho's children as well as her husband Raymond, who had initially been a suspect in her murder. I spoke with him not long after the murder of his wife, and again after DiMarco's suicide. By then, he had remarried and seemed happy.

Here's hoping that all of us can overcome such a tragedy the way he did, and avoid nut jobs like the DiMarcos and Stewarts.

Shannon Kidd actually seems normal in all of this.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

kidd seems normal? ru for real? obviously u never knew or met these ppl. i grew up, went to boy scouts, school etc. with mark. IF ANYONE BOTHERED TO PAY ATTENTION THEY WOULD HAVE PUT HIM DOWN LIKE A DOG LONG BEFORE HE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT HE DID. HAVE U READ THE CORONERS REPORT? DO U KNOW HOW SHE DIED? U WOULD HAVE A DIFF TUNE IF U HAD.

Anonymous said...

Kidd and Demarco were both young whiggers........period.

They both were wannabees that thought it would be "cool" to murder an innocent woman.Dimarco was being raped as soon as he entered prison and could not take it anymore(killed himself) and Kidd enjoyed it so he became a "wife" in prison.

Both kids came from HORRIBLE families .......guess the apple does not fall to too far from the tree?

Anonymous said...

all i wanna say is i love you with all my heart Shannon!!

Anonymous said...

fuck them i knew shannon that dude was whack and fucked up in the head

Anonymous said...

Would be a shame if Shannon Kidd committed suicide. Nothing but white trash wasting my taxpayer dollars.

Anonymous said...

Shannon Kidd was in protective contol at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio, getting fucked in his ass by a little black dude named David Johnston. Shannon Kidd is pure white trash and deserves to, and will rot, in prison.

Anonymous said...

I was abducted by DiMarco. Aug 30, 1997. Still bearing scars. I hope he and his mother are burning eternally in hell. I got away. MJ Pesho didn't. This will haunt me forever.

Anonymous said...

My name is Joe Dejesus and I knew mark we were good friends from the time we were 14 until his bullshit suicide, and I knew his mother and step father, anyone who knows anything knows he didn't receive a fair trial and was convicted without any forensic evidence just some punk bitch saying he did it... He was going to get a new trial and I'm sure he would have won!! You can't blame his mom for trying to make sure he got a fair trial.. in hindsight, I realize that mark had issues and was in trouble allot, but a rapist and killer I don't believe!!! His suicide was a crock of Shit!! And it's no surprise it was never investigated properly!!! My heat and prayers go out to all the people that mark ever hurt or wronged, and I hope that your able to find peace and joy in your lives!!! Don't get me wrong, if he did that horrific Shit, he does deserve to burn in hell! Forever!! But my heart tells me he didn't do it so I will stick by my friend!! Thanks.

Amber Kidd said...

I can see that some of you with ignorant comments chose to be anonymous. Typical. Have all the facts and be sure youre able to throw those stones before you do. Shannon is a good man and was just a kid then. He will be free soon and deserves a good life which we will have. Shannon did not come from a bad family, his mother is a very good woman. Get a life.

Sonda Kidd said...

Shannon's mother had two kids with her cousin's, my mother's, husband. He is my half-brother. I hope he is as good a man as you say Amber, because his dad did horrible things to my mother, and she got me away from him so he wouldn't abuse me in any capacity. As a woman I tried twice to get to know him myself to see if what my mother said was true. First time he got sloppy drunk, burned a cigarette hole in my car seat, and attempted to kiss me in a way I wasn't comfortable with. I Sid not contact him again until a few years ago and it seemed like he had quit drinking and may be getting it together....yeah...he text me while I was at the river and asked me to send him a picture of me in my bikini...so that was the end of that. He is a narcissist in my opinion and is lucky not to be under a prison himself. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Shannon has been a part of my life for a very long time. He is and always will be my best friend...my heart. What happened to Mary Jo was terrible and I as a mother feel for her children and family. I would never try to validate any of it ....there is no way for anyone to make any of it right again..as my heart breaks for the Pesho family my heart also breaks for a man who loves more than anyone knows...opinons are just.that...but don't you dare judge ..That's Gods job to do.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that, let God do the judging. Don't judge what you don't understand or have full knowledge of because that alone is a sin, so peace love and happiness to all and let God punish those he feels deserves it.

Amber Kidd said...

I told Shannon about this post and he would like to know who you are?

Amber Kidd said...

Hi Sonda. Shannon wasn't raised my his biological father. The man who raised him was a good guy..

Anonymous said...

There's not much in Shannons world that I'm not a part of...its not him that doesn't know..its you. However just know that he has and will always be a part of my life ...the bond we have hasn't been broken in over 20 years...he's my best friend . No need to feel some type of way. Take care Amber. #wordforword

Amber Kidd said...

If you were his best friend he would know who you were and he doesn't. Lol but If you want to remain anonymous that's fine. He just thought it was funny was all. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

#ladybug #324-990 #whereeverforever #famILY Have a blessed day chicka #kidkkudi4life ...lmfao at this shit!

Anonymous said...

I KNOW BOTH OF THE HUNG OUT OFF W143RD IT WAS BAD WHAT HAPPENED TO PESHO TOO BAD THEY WAS YOUNG AND STUPID

Bryce Donahue said...

Would be much harder for them to get away with that crime now with all of the video surveillance all over the malls and in the parking lots which they didn't have back in '96. I can't believe the killers didn't leave any fingerprints behind and if she was raped, they were not able to obtain DNA. Hard to believe they were able to cover their tracks so well...

Anonymous said...

Shannon was raised fucked up. His mother left him and his brother alone when they were toddlers so she could go out with her boyfriend Eddie and they ended up catching the house on fire playing with lighters. If it weren't for the neighbors they would have been dead. There mother was only a child herself having babies at the age of 14-15, then when she married a man named john he was a drug dealer and he even had Shannon and his brother dealing for him. They had a fucked up life. You just don't know. & sonda is right Donald kidd his father is a fucking pervert.

Amber Kidd said...
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Amber Kidd said...

Never said he wasn't. My point was Shannon wasn't raised by him. Anyway we are writing a book so what everyone thinks they know and the truth will be available.

Anonymous said...

Truth is amber is a "fan" hiding behind the last name Kidd. Its kinda cute honestly that you live in this make believe world. You've known him since Marion so please don't speak on him like you "know him" . Seriously Amber its comical . There is a huge difference between what you think you know and what it is.

Amber Kidd said...

I know what world i live in. I don't have to prove myself to you "anonymous" lol. Have a nice day

Anonymous said...

You are right Amber you need not prove yourself to me
I know what it is and my position and am extremely confident where I stand. Thank you for the laugh it made night !

Anonymous said...

Shannon is my family and if anyone knows its me he had one fucjed up childhood. The kids was on the streets 24/7 because he was abused badly. Him and his brother junior has been in prison basically there whole life. His mom is a piece of shit she don't even go see him or even write him. Shannon will always be loved no matter how horrible this crime was people change learn to forgive and forget. Move on with your pathetic lives. Free shannon

Amber Kidd said...

Shannon gets out early next year.

Anonymous said...

I'm his cousin I'm sorry how do you know him? I jus talked to him yday he's so grown up now . And I heard he gets on in 2017. And john waycaster was not a good man he was a fucking basterd that abused them boys and treated Samantha like a little angel. So he's where needs to be 6 feet under

Anonymous said...

Actually July 2017 . His life was very difficult however Shannon has let that go a long time ago. He does not hold onto any resentment that could make him bitter. He was a kid then And has grown into such an incredible man. His life is not defined by what he has been through. Shannon's a soldier and has always relied upon the only person who has never left ...himself..

Anonymous said...

John was a very good man. How dare you say something like that. Do you know how torn up Shannon was when he passed. Shame on you for passing judgment like that. Shannon's my heart and would be disgusted to know this was said. As far as his mom goes she did the best she could with the boys. No parent is perfect. Unbelievable

Anonymous said...

actually amber is some whore that married shannon kidd and doesnt even know him. dumbass.

Anonymous said...

john was not a good man.. he wouldnt even let brenda accept shannons phone calls from prison you dumb fuck.

Anonymous said...

Shannon is not married. He met her through his incarnation at Marion and is in contact with her periodically.

Anonymous said...

Well although this has some truth to it it doesn't make John a bad man or me a dumb fuck. I'll just end on this simple note. Shannon has held his own the 18 years he's been away. Not many have truly stood beside him and that is a fact. Subsequently enough I'm not going to continue to subject myself to people who think they know the man Shannon has grown to be with the rude comments. Shannon doesn't live in his past and neither should we. Each day that passes is one day closer to him being home..can't wait to be a part of that journey with him.

Anonymous said...

you keep thinking he is going to get out and he never will. dream on

Anonymous said...

2017 he goes in front of the parole board which they will either laugh in his face which is probably what they're going to do but what they're really going to do is give him an outdated what that means is that they're going to give him another life sentence once you go in front of the parole board they have to give you an out date whether it be 5 years 10 years or 90 years most likely he will get a lot of years until his out date you will not be getting out anytime soon sorry to knock you off your high horse

Anonymous said...

Just as Martin Luther King.... dreams do come true. God bless you

Amber Kidd said...

He went to the parole board in December. He gets it on 2015. I've known him for two years. I've met with him dozens of times he calls me everyday. My profile picture is us together from a visit. I'm not anonymous because why should i be? I know how it is. Life goes on and he'll be happy as we all deserve to be.

Anonymous said...

Hope your visit on the 27th goes well. :)

Anonymous said...

There was no parole hearing in December and he is not getting out in 2015. Amber seriously is there any truth in anything you say? ???? Get it right girl or get gone. Quit making false statements regarding Shannon. Speak on facts ..truthful ones . Smmfh. Tired of having to correct your misleading posts.

Anonymous said...

I.know shannon since jr high when he got arressted for having a gun in a classroom he has always had problems good dude if u were a friend of his if not watch out seems like he always found trouble truthly go to drc and see he will never get out that crime was to horrific for them to put him on the streets again and the pesho family does everything in there power to keep him locked up like he got to marion cause ever other state prison he would be someones girlfriend just the facts

Anonymous said...

He did time in Warren Lebanon also amoung other places. His security level was dropped and that is why he was in Marion. Facts!

Anonymous said...

Tupac and Biggie. Fucked all those boys heads up. ace duece trey. Most of them treated women like shit. Pussies with guns and drugs. West Park Barber Shop.

Anonymous said...

No their parents fucked them up. If their mother wasn't a whore and their father wasn't a one legged drunk maybe they could have had a chance. But they were out here raising themselfs with no guidance.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm very interested in knowing who is who! I check this site bc I can't seem to find another way to gather info about Shannon's release date. Does anyone have a link it a website I can try? The comments about his parents are unfortunately true for the most part, but at 14 having babies I blame the old molester that impregnated her, and her fifteen year old cousin prior to her. It all boils down to one root. The father started the cycle of abuse that can only continue without someone making the decision to stop the cycle. I'm that person. If there is actually a book being written, understand that I work for the best attorney in the state and will make sure that he does not see a dime. Everyone...breathe...enjoy your life.....Mary can't because of Shannon. That is not judgement but fact. :(

sonofcleveland said...

those punk mother fuckers did alot of bad shit. those two just got caught. wannabe wigger punk bitches who either jumped people or pulled a gun. that dude aint getting out. Amber Kidd. LOL! what a joke you are. anyone who supports or loves this piece of shit deserves to be in there with him getting gang raped.