At around 4:30pm on November 1, 1996, Tucson businessman Gary Triano finished a round of golf at the La Paloma Country Club, had a drink with friends, and left the club to attend a party at his fiancée’s house to celebrate his upcoming 53rd birthday. Mr. Triano climbed into a borrowed Lincoln Town Car he’d left in the parking lot for a few hours and noticed an unfamiliar gym bag in the front passenger seat. As he reached for it, someone within eyesight of the car toggled a switch on a small remote control. The resulting explosion scattered pieces of the car over a wide area of the lot, killing Mr. Triano instantly.
On the afternoon he was killed, the real estate and casino developer was $24 million upside down in a bankruptcy, most of it owed to professional gamblers and “investors” with ties to organized crime. The day after the murder, the Pima County Sheriff deemed it a professional hit and announced his department had over a thousand suspects. The murder attracted national attention.
The case languished unsolved for 12 years, until public pressure was reignited in 2008 to solve the murder and the cold-case task force of county and federal agents convinced the prosecutor to obtain indictments against Mr. Triano’s ex-wife, Pamela Phillips, and her business partner, Ronald Young.
Mountains of evidence have since been uncovered about WHO actually committed the crime and WHY. Read more below.