A New York State resident who played poker on the side committed suicide after killing his ex-wife and trying to kill his current partner.
On March 12 in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, 34-year-old Vincent Maiolica of East Meadow, New York, perpetrated the murder-suicide; the audio of his vicious assault was captured on a nearby CCTV camera.
Irene Spantopanagos, 29, was brutally stabbed to death by Maiolica, according to the Nassau County Police Department. Maiolica also allegedly tried to murder a 22-year-old woman who was thought to be his new girlfriend.
People discovered all three after neighbors called the police; other stories said Maiolica had hanged himself.
Irene Spantopanagos, the mother of Mailoica’s 17-month-old child, was declared dead that day, and Maiolica passed on the next day in a hospital. The 22-year-old patient, who shall remain nameless, is still in the hospital.
Irene Spantopanagos was characterized as follows on a GoFundMe campaign set up to assist her family with financial needs:
“Irene’s pure heart and personality touched all who were fortunate enough to know her. Thank you for the love and support you have shown to our family during this horrific time. We appreciate all the love and support that has been given to us. Please pray for all of Irene’s family and friends and especially for her baby girl.”
Hendon Mob records for Maiolica show eight amounts of cash totaling $27,532, including minimum cash of $15,000 at the 2015 WSOP Main Event. His most recent win was at the Hollywood, Florida, 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.
A discussion on the 2plus2 forum refers to an earlier incident from 2013 where Maiolica was attacked outside a restaurant on Long Island.
The 32-year-old had proactively committed a jail punishment for the endeavored assault of an 86-year-elderly person, and his FB page was depicted as “a blend of tricks/daydream (Covid-governmental issues/rigtard posts), self-centeredness, xenophobia, and devastatingly low insight.”
Zwanzleitner’s live competition record extended back to 2007 with $83,895 in profit.