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Graziano's Dad Arrested for Soliciting Hit Man

2/26/2009 4:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

john graziano: breaking newsThe father of John Graziano, the young man left in a vegetative state after Nick Hogan's 2007 car crash, was arrested today for trying to solicit a hit man to kill his estranged wife -- and cops say he tried to pay for it using a gift card.

According to police, Edward Graziano told an undercover officer posing as a "go-between" to a hit man that he wanted to have his wife Debra killed. Perhaps most troubling -- cops say Graziano wanted her killed in an automobile accident.

Graziano allegedly paid for the hit with $1,100 cash, a $1,000 personal check and a $13.06 gift card to Westshore Pizza.

The arrest is the culmination of a two-and-half month long undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Division.

Debra's attorney released this statement: "She is saddened by all of this. She can't believe so much tragedy can strike one family. Her main purpose is concentrating on John getting better."

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tellyouwhatithink    

What a dirtbag! Sounds like he "wanted" to get caught. A girtcard? Who does that?! Is everyone involved in this who Hulk Hogan situation a huge idiot?

1980 days ago
62.

Criss Angels Girl    

Heartless!

1980 days ago
63.

Taunya    

This fool has got a problem.

1979 days ago
64.

asdf    

Hitmen get hungry.......but $13.06 what an insult....that's a used gift card. How tacky, why not just pull out a damn werthers original with purse lint on it and throw that in too.

1979 days ago
65.

carol    

I've thought I've heard everything but this beats all - paying for a go between/hitman with a personal check and pizza gift card. I'm going to frame this story.

1979 days ago
66.

Fave    

. Hitmen get hungry.......but $13.06 what an insult....that's a used gift card. How tacky, why not just pull out a damn werthers original with purse lint on it and throw that in too.



Posted at 9:50PM on Feb 26th 2009 by Uh Huh

I nearly fell off my chair when I read this post!! Thank you so much for the laugh, it was a really rough day!!

1979 days ago
67.

Mike    

I wonder if the apple doesn't fall far. Maybe the vegetable wasn't such of an innocent guy if this is his gene pool. After all, a good percentage of Marines aren't stable in the head.

1979 days ago
68.

loveone    

gave wrong emal address, please fix it I used b.loveone@msn.com

1979 days ago
69.

loveone    

ED IS A LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR. HE WOULD NOT WANT ANYONE WITH A LIVING WILL TO SUFFER. HE AND HIS WIFE CAN'T AGREE IF HE SHOULD SUFFER OR HAVE DIGNITY IN DEATH... A GUARDIAN WAS APPOINTED BY THE COURTS LOOKING OUT FOR JOHN'S HEALTHCARE CHOICES, POPULAR OR NOT. (THIS IS TERRY ALL OVER AGAIN). ...ED IS NOT SELFISH./// HE DOES NOT WANT THE HOGAN INSURANCE MONEY, JUST PEACE IN THE FAMILY.... AND WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHO DIES, AND WHEN...THE FAMILY.... ED WILL HAVE A LONG TIME TO DEVELOPE A DEFENSE...... YOU CAN BET THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN PINELLAS COUNTY WILL BE TRIED ON THIS ONE..... I HOPE JOHN IS NOT SUFFERING....THINK ABOUT IT, MOM...ED WOULD PULL THE PLUG IN JOHN, BUT NEVER REALY LET YOU GO DOWN OVER A PIZZA AND A COUPLE OF THOUSAND.... COME ON, GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE...GET REAL........MOM, MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND SIDE WITH HER HUSBAND AN KEEP THE PEASE IN THE FAMILY AFTER THIS TRAGITY.....HOPEFULL LOVEONE SIGNING OFF

1979 days ago
70.

Mr. PreRequisite    

He should spend some time in a mental hospital until he is better. I don't think he was serious because he was trying to use a pizza gift card, if he was serious it's because he is disturbed over his son's condition. I don't know. Who the heck are these detectives that bait people into bad behavior? What is the scenario, you're undercover and you entice people to do wrong and then you bust them? instead you should have been taking Mr. Graziano to Church to heal, shame on you, and hell awaits any and all that do not repent of their sins.

1979 days ago
71.

Deb    

The truth FINALLY comes out. What a bunch of a**wads! Money grubbing, fame grabing looooooooosers!!!!!

1979 days ago
72.

Tamara    

I agree with WTF, that is some of the worse spelling I have EVER seen. Either way, killing your wife via check/gift card is never a good idea. Didn't Jerry Springer get busted when he wrote that check for prostitution years ago? LOLOLOL

1979 days ago
73.

Get a Life!    

Cut me a freaken brake! Does this Linda Hogan really think she is some kind of Superstar? Lets face it, she was just a pimple on Terry's ass that he finally had popped! Nick is a no talent drip of DNA.

1978 days ago
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