American man spends over $ 250,000 on “cam girl”, kills his parents and brother for trying to get him to stop watching porn, United States News & Top Stories


WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) – Grant Amato had a problem and it was tearing his family apart.

Outside the walls of his family’s well-maintained home in a rural area northeast of Orlando, Florida, the 29-year-old could have been mistaken for another unlucky young man surfing a rough patch – lost his job, was kicked out of school, living at home.

But inside the house, Amato would have gobbled up all the money he could steal. He raised US $ 150,000 (S $ 202,800) from his parents, Chad and Margaret. His brother Cody lost US $ 60,000; when that was gone, Amato allegedly stole his brother’s guns and sold them. Amato is said to have even taken out a loan of US $ 65,000 on the house.

Amato threw all that money through his internet connection, according to police, where he landed more than 9,000 km away in the Balkans. Since last June, he has been communicating with a Bulgarian woman – who has not been publicly identified.

They met on Cam Girls, a live porn site. In three months, he had spent more than US $ 200,000 to interact with the woman.

His family knew he had stolen the money, and they knew where he was going. Her mother and father asked Amato to enter rehab for porn addiction last December. Promises were made, a contract signed between parents and son.

The family drama reached such an intense stage that Cody told his girlfriend he feared his brother would “kill everyone,” according to an arrest affidavit filed recently by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities now believe he did.

Last Friday morning (January 25), police found inside the family home the bodies of Chad, 59, Margaret, 61, and Cody, 31.

All had been shot in what a police affidavit described as an “execution style” shooting.

Amato is currently in police custody and faces three counts of first degree murder. Police alleged that his obsession with the girl across the Atlantic drove Amato to violence.

“I think we have mental health issues,” Jeffery Dowdy, counsel for the accused, told reporters Orlando Fox 5.

“A few months ago … he had checked in at an Internet addiction center in Fort Lauderdale. He had been there.”

As Amato’s hours and money began to be consumed by his obsession with the stranger last year, his life beyond the computer screen was also beginning to unravel.

On June 21, 2018, Amato was working as a registered nurse at AdventHealth Orlando. Hospital staff found eight empty vials of propofol, a drug used as a sedative before surgery, in two rooms Amato supervised, according to a police report.

No doctor had ordered the drugs, and records indicated that Amato had taken them from a storage machine.

When confronted with unauthorized drugs, Amato told hospital authorities “that he administered the drug to patients who were not sufficiently relaxed,” the police report said.

The hospital also believed he had administered propofol incorrectly in the past.

During the confrontation, Amato expressed suicidal thoughts and the police were called.

Officers arrested Amato and the hospital said it planned to prosecute, according to the police report, although public records do not indicate charges were ever laid.

Amato’s brother’s girlfriend later told police that he was subsequently kicked out of anesthesiology school.

In the meantime, Amato’s online relationship intensified and he continued to send large sums of money overseas.

The family, seeing Amato’s online craze draining their bank accounts, have reached a tipping point.

According to the arrest affidavit, on December 22, his father Chad called a family reunion, with Margaret, Cody and their eldest son Jason.

Chad told Amato that if he wanted to stay at home, he had to enter a 60-day sexual and pornographic rehabilitation center in Fort Lauderdale.

He agreed to go, but moved away from the center before the end of his treatment on January 4.

After he returned home, his father presented Amato with a two-page list of rules he had to follow if he wanted to live at home.

One of the conditions was that he cease all communication with the Bulgarian woman.

According to the arrest affidavit, Amato would later explain to police that he was okay with it, “but he didn’t think they were fair because he felt the Bulgarian woman was his girlfriend and that they had a relationship “.

He continued to communicate with the woman on Twitter, however, according to the arrest affidavit.

Soon after, her father found out that the message was still pending. Last Thursday, the family confronted Amato again, telling him he had to get out of the house.

That night, Amato’s brother Cody was with his girlfriend when he got a call from his father asking him to come home.

When the girlfriend asked what was wrong, he replied that it was “stupid” family nonsense, according to the arrest affidavit.

She later texted her boyfriend for a status update. “(A) it’s okay,” he replied.

But when Cody didn’t show up for work the next morning, the girlfriend called the police to check if the family was okay.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house at 9:17 a.m. last Friday. No one responded to the blows.

The windows and doors were all locked. Calls to family members went unanswered. The deputies even detonated the cruiser’s air horn, but no one moved inside.

An assistant finally slid the deadbolt out of the back door with a knife.

Chad was lying on his back on the kitchen floor, blood dripping on the floor. Cody was curled up in a fetal position on the floor of a storage room. Margaret was sprawled out on the desk in her home office. All had been shot and a 9mm handgun was recovered from the scene.

Amato’s 1996 Honda Accord was missing from the house. Law enforcement issued a bulletin for the car, and the next day, police tracked down the Honda to a DoubleTree Hilton hotel in Orlando.

Approached by investigators, he agreed to go for an interview. Amato described the family drama arising from his relationship with the Bulgarian woman.

But he denied killing his family, instead claiming he left home after his father confronted him over the Twitter messages.

Later, Amato said he returned to the house and saw police and press vehicles in front of the house. He claims he ran away again.

After showing Amato gruesome footage of the crime scene – his father face up on the kitchen floor, his brother curled up in the storage, his mother spilled over on his desk – investigators asked Amato if he “had remorse”.

According to the arrest affidavit, his “response was that his family had blamed him for months for ruining their lives, stealing and breaking house rules, so he might as well be blamed for it.”

Court records indicate that Amato will be officially brought to justice on March 26. Authorities have not indicated whether the anonymous camera model faces charges related to the deaths.

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