PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011) — Welcome, my dear friends, to October, when men rake leaves and women are glad they do. Today, we have some quick observations to share, and then we turn the page over to our guest commentator, Francois Arneau.

SHERMAN NEXT COUNCIL PREZ? — The telegraph wires have been buzzing recently, which always happens with a municipal election. The latest intelligence intercepted by our Z agents — and confirmed by two city councilors — is that Kevin Sherman wants to be the next council president. He’s lobbying among councilors who will be back for the next term and doing the calculus on likely winners. THE PLANET likes this display of confidence, so certain that Sherman is that he will win re-election in a populated at-large field. We wonder, because we don’t know, if lobbying for this position now, prior to an election, with other sitting members is or is not covered by the state’s Open Meeting laws. Anyone have a thought on that?

MALUMPHY KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN — Dan Bianchi was at Mazzeo’s Restaurant this past Thurday. Melissa Mazzeo was there (as one would expect). So were a roomful of others, as Pam Malumphy launched her campaign for state rep as an Independent. Bianchi’s presence gives credence to the theory that there’s a proxy battle going on between the Ruberto and Bianchi camps. This has been waged in council chambers the past two years with the duels between our Right Honorable Good Friend councilor Mazzeo and Ruberto’s Community Development Czarina, Deanna Ruffer. Now the battle will be fought between Malumphy and Tricia Farley-Bouvier, for whom Mayor Jimmy Ruberto has stumped vigorously.  Malumphy has been described as Melissa Mazzeo’s guru. As you know, the two women bear little love for each other. The campaign also features Mark Jester running on the GOP ticket and THE PLANET’s endorsee, Green Party candidate Mark Miller.

BAY STATE HAS MOST EXPENSIVE STATE HOUSE IN COUNTRY — Speaking of the General Court, that is, the Massachusetts State Legislature, why are they in session the full year? Of the 50 states in these here United States, only eight have full-time sessions. The remaining 42 meet anywhere from 1.5 to two months (Florida, New Mexico, West Virginia) to six months (only Texas). Most legislatures conduct business for 3, 4, or 5 months and then return home to their real jobs. Salaries are a fraction of what we pay in Massachusetts, and often come with no benefits. Massachusetts legislators make $61,133 a year plus bennies. Only two states — Ohio at $67,584 and Michigan at $71,685 — top Taxachusetts. However, neither Ohio or Michigan gives their lawmakers pensions or any other benefits. Factor that in, and we have the MOST EXPENSIVE STATE LEGISLATURE IN AMERICA. What do you think, folks. We getting our money’s worth?


We now present this commentary by Francois Arneau. We have known Arneau for more than a decade. He is a social scientist, researcher, and demographer. Arneau raises lingering questions in the case of Pittsfield’s infamous triple murders.



Special to PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

I know not all of you are concerned about the issues we face, especially concerning issues as upsetting as mass murders within our community. Nonetheless, The entire story of the triple murders needs to be told. All the questions need to be answered. It is not about offending some or “outing” anyone. It needs to be told and explored as a deeper understanding of what happened to our fellow citizens of the City of Pittsfield.

We need to understand what brought about the murders, how they were allowed to be plotted and planned out in plain site, and finally what type of people would or could do this. We owe this to the victims, their friends, their families and to each other.

We need to question the District Attorney and all of law enforcement to ensure other victims are adequately protected. Just the other day, a young man who was either shot or shot at would not testify in court as to who was responsible. Was it in part due to what happened in the Hall case? That almost surely factored in. If it didn’t, then would those charges have ever been brought forward?

Will the “thugs” be further emboldened? How far will they push? I don’t think for one minute a vacuum has not occurred in whatever enterprises Mr. Hall and his associates were involved in. No I am not blaming the motorcycle gang, but I do not believe this was the only time Mr. Hall crossed lines with the law.

For example IF he was involved with drug dealing, he leaves behind a clientele both upstream and downstream that now needs to either find a source to get or to sell “product” to. Once again, this is what we need to look at and question law enforcement about.

As far as Veiovis or Gutfinski or Trash goes, do we not deserve to know how someone with so many issues wound up here? Did you not read the report put together by the Maine newspaper and reprinted here on THE PLANET? He certainly didn’t come here for Boy Scout camp and decide to stay.

Was anyone aware of who was amongst us? And while his wife was hopefully fully informed of his past, she had a choice to date him, perform with him, marry him etc. The rest of us were neither informed or aware of his history. Do we not deserve to know if the system failed us and, more importantly, failed the victims and their families?

Was no one aware of the possibilities of this guy snapping? It has been stated that Mrs. Veiovis had left him or divorced him in the recent past. Was she afraid of him? Threatened by him? Did she report that to the authorities? If it occurred, what was done to protect both her and the general public? Once again, these are questions for law enforcement to answer. We deserve answers and accountability.

We can examine if the young Mr. Gutfinski was served well by society. Should we not exam the system we pay for as taxpayers? Was he treated adequately for his mental disorders? Or was he a burden on the system and passed around rather than treated? Do we not owe it to him and his victims to press for these answers?

Finally,were he or the former Mrs. Veiovis here in Pittsfield and benefitting in any way shape or form as the much touted “creative” economy? Were they on welfare? Did they collect Social Security? Did they receive any other form of public aid? If so, we need to examine the merits of that program we pay for. No, I am not saying all artists are predisposed to commit crimes or murder, but I am asking and probing. Getting answers to these questions and more will make us a wiser community.






  1. Steve Wade
    October 1, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Really is that the best you could do? Open meeting law violation for asking for their vote for council President? Me thinks your grasping at straws….

  2. Silence Dogood
    October 1, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    rake leaves? they are called leaves because wind the wind blows they leave my yard and my neighbors get the fun

  3. Silence Dogood
    October 1, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    everyone involved with the suspects before, after and during the murders should be ready for frequent social colonoscopys…..that just the way it is….when will Leo’s career as an undocumented pharmacist be revealed?….don’t believe the BS about car parts……Bella on one of her pages talks about suspending on hooks…..didn’t Matt Larkin do a photo book on that very subject? (better get to B&N quickly to avoid the rush)…and didn’t that guy with the knuckles on his head work for the high artsy fartsy photog?

  4. Silence Dogood
    October 1, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    good work by FRANCOIS ARNEAU, but who is he?

    • Steve Wade
      October 2, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Dan Valenti’s invisable friend!

  5. Gall Ball
    October 1, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This Arneau asks great questions. Who will get answers? Will you, Planet? Also, nice piece about the bums in the state house most expensive ion the country. Playing us for suckers is what theyre doing.

  6. Tony Dinsmore
    October 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    The most expensive legislature is right! Don’t forget about all their per diems too. These full time salons “earn” their inflated pay by enacting too many oppressive laws. This is why you cannot drink raw milk from a local dairy (might give you a stomach ache) and kids can’t drink chocolate milk with lunch at school (kid might get fat). Yeah, they really are looking out for us, bless their hearts!
    I believe the average pay for a legislator in New Hampshire is $100 per YEAR. Is Massachusetts that much more complicated to run than New Hampshire?

    • scott
      October 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      saw Farmegeddon last week great film.

  7. scott
    October 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I could really care less if this bum was on welfare ( he got social security) all you need to know is there are crazy lunatics out there who will drink your blood while hanging from a tree in the state forest and if they don’t get you the gays will say your prayers and load your gun!

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

      if anyone hasn’t spent a lifetime paying into SS it is welfare…..these are the type of people who come into Ma as more productive citizens leave for other states.

  8. Silence Dogood
    October 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    up until about 10 days ago on a youtube chanell called LustForRevenge, which seems to be Mrs. Veivos’ youtube outlet, there was a short video which featured Mrs. Veivois video recording Mr. Veivos. About 10 days ago this video became unavailable. Why was this video left up for so long if Mrs. Veivos had a bad experience with Mr. Veivos? As I have said many times in other words somebody has a lot of splain’ to do. And I suspect that there are many somebodies.

  9. beezer
    October 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    PLANET ALERT!…… Governor Deval Patrick will be on Meet The Press with David Gregory tommorow…this has been a Planet exclusive, beating the Beserkshire Broadsheet, again!

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      2 idiots

        October 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

        Sheriff Bowler going to be with him

  10. really?
    October 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    wow you know what videos were up and when they became unavailable?
    I thought *I* was the super fan
    she as far as I can tell, she has taken pretty much everything down…probably so people like you won’t link to it and continue talking smack about her.
    although personally, I dont really find it strange that someone would remove a video of themselves being cute with someone they just broke up with, who is now in jail.
    probably too many painful memories.

    lay off bella then not one but TWO more posts bringing her up again?
    Mr Valenti: if you haven’t figured out who the girlfriend is yet your network of spies need to step their game up.
    bother her!

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

      the point being that it was still up well after the arrests were made and then somebody fidured out that maybe lraving it up was not such a good idea…..who’s talkin smack about her?
      “really?” just continues to draw attention to her………all those who were in any significant way connected with the murder suspects will have their lives put under a microscope… do you know so much about Bella? Are you her designated mouth piece?

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

      don’t shoot the messanger

  11. Joe Pinhead
    October 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Really: Just a couple of questions here, Do you think she will or will not be either asked to testify or at least be deposed? I’m reasonably certain she has already been “looked at” (no pun intended) by the authorities.
    Does she not use the collective “US” in her movie series Black light? I have to think if only for a fleeting moment someone involved that deeply in a lifestyle like that wants attention. You know there is no such thing as bad publicity kind of thing. Well now she has it.
    Not to dwell on the whole subject but I can’t believe that anyone would think that this Gutfinski, Veivous , guy had any kind of socially redeeming qualities. Read his past the guy is certifiable, literally.
    You know the pabulum “you don’t know him like I do”
    There are other points that deserve discussion as well, Does porn, violent porn at that breed violence? I mean be real here in an age when TWINKIES can be used as a defense for murder. I wonder will his defense be;” I was involved in a relationship centered around pain and sadomasochism and was unable to tell when it stops being make believe.”
    Yes the young lady was thrown into a situation of which she may have had no desire to be put into; however I can’t believe that she thought one day here choices would not have consequences.
    Ok I’m sure I got it coming, but I believe like elections choices have consequences as well.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

      do war movies cause war? I thunk porn movies cause masturbation!

  12. really?
    October 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    was actually filmed with gutfinski was in prison, he had no part in it whatsoever. It is a queer film that Bella plays a lesbain in, so I’m confused as to where you are coming up with info on gutfinski pertaining to the film?
    it is not a series, and it is actually not a porno, it is a romantic comedy that was shown in various film festivals around the world.
    and again: they never made ANY movies together, pornographic or otherwise.

    yes I’m sure they have looked at her, and hopefully have realized she had nothing to do with him or this terrible mess.

    I’m certainly not trying to defend gutfinski in anything.
    I also never saw or read of any mention of them having a violent sexual relationship.
    as I said before in my post about porn being make believe…often times, the images performers protray on film are very different to their personal lives.
    so, why don’t you all wait to see if she has to testify before tossing theories around about her private sex life.

    If you truly think because you’ve seen some of bella’s films it means you know about her personal sex life that’s kind of funny.
    most people don’t have sex like that in real life, it’s a performance!

    • Joe Pinhead
      October 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      Really, you might be confused as no one mentioned Gutfinski being in or around that movie. What is mentioned is the fact that a collective “us” a small new England town is portrayed.
      Please show me where it says that movie was violent? Or where Gutfinski was mentioned. While your defense of her and the situation is possibly admirable it might be more so if it was accurate from a paragragh above.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      performance or not it is real sex…….not simulated

    • Silence Dogood
      October 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      one wonders what kind of woman would be attracted to any of the 3 scumballs who were arrested? I’ll bet sooner or later we’ll hear from or about others.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 2, 2011 at 4:13 am #

      why was he in prison?

  13. Richard
    October 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Sherman prez no too close to Mayor JOE NICHOLD write in for at large.

  14. Winchester 73
    October 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

    Sherman as prez? he better get elected first. Counting chickens and all that.
    The Arneau piece raises relevant questions about the effect of porn, the violent sick stuff that miss vendetta and her ex were into. How did they get here? and the other questions he raises. Funny how everyone but the planet likes to pretend all is well. Pittsfield is a magenet for these kinds of characters. All is not well. Will the questions raised here be mentioned by ONE candiate? Doubt it.

  15. Joe Pinhead
    October 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Was this guy just released from jail with no follow up? The Brein center was recently expanded is this a sign of things to come? I don’t mean murder per say but who is here? Question per capital what is the ratio of sexual offenders vs say Newton? Are they being shipped here via greyhound therapy? Or is it linked to something else? Like one of those free money state give aways? Great questions for Mayoral candidates.

      October 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      yep we will get them all This is nothing yet, because of Gov. Patrick policy on immigration wait and see what else is coming here. Now our Sherriff is playing this same game. Wait one year and see if I’m right.

  16. Joetaxpayer
    October 2, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Dont understand Pudgies stance,if the rest of the state implements the policy and we dont the ILLEGALS will come to the berkshires in groves and apply for jobs working on Devals mansion.

  17. Ray Ovac
    October 2, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Is there a lugy of spits worth of difference politically between Pam Malumphy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and Mark Miller? If given a choice between cutting any aspect of state spending or raising taxes, you know damn well each of these Democrats (Mark Miller’s Green Party and Democrats are synonymous) would raise taxes whatever amount the party line demanded. Any real change in the State House means by definition a change in the party in control, or are you satisfied with the status quo on Beacon Hill?

  18. Ray Ovac
    October 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Francois Arneau omits mentioning David Chalue the guy who comes across as the least flamboyant of the alleged three dismembering chopateers. Chalue’s not HA nor a suspending hook-loving blood drinker. And anyway just who the hell are these guys anyway? What’s their family backgrounds? Was violence a regular part of their households when they were growing up? Alcoholism? A violent father? Any father at all? Were these characters raised in middle-class two-parent suburban households or something else? Arneau’s right, lotsa questions need answering.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 2, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      look for drugs to be the common thread…..not everyone who has a disadvantaded backgroung gets arrested for murder 1….these clowns were probably on cocaine and or crank and in their mind altered state thought they could do anything and get away with it…..many of the characters running around Pittsfield would have been in the North Hampton State Hospital before somebody thought their rights were being violated.

    October 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Dan I have a question. With all you hear, see, court cases etc about separation of state and religion How can they have a church service every week at Reid Middle School. At least I see signs with arrows pointing to Reid MS from a church. And there is cars parked all over at Reid MS Just wondering!!!

  20. Amanda Blake
    October 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Miss Kitty says the triple murder has not been investigated well. As mr. arneau poitns out, still a million questions.
    As for Kvein Sherman rallying support for council presidency I believe that’s a violation of the open meeting laws. People poo poo the law, but this is a serious matter, the publics busines must be done in public. Period. Thanks for this imporatnt news planet.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      the police have bo reason to release all details of a pending investigation…..the press has that job

  21. Amanda Blake
    October 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Yes, Silence, and when the press, ie the planet or valenti does it, many get all over him. Hes the best journalist in the county, and he takes more @#$% than anybody 10 worthless politicans and public officials

  22. beezer
    October 3, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Off topic, but why do these Bus Drivers go so fast?

    • scott
      October 3, 2011 at 5:06 am #

      I don’t know Beezer but my wife and kids just saw a older gentleman KILLED and laying dead in the road on East street.

  23. scott
    October 3, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    by a SCHOOL BUS!

  24. Gall Ball
    October 3, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    If that’s true the school department will promote the driver.

    • Steve Wade
      October 3, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Gall Ball You have to be the biggest douche bag around!

    October 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Talk about pre-judging someone, are you people for real!!!!!!

  26. Andrew Bemis
    October 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I’m the writer and director of Black Light; as someone else pointed out, it’s not an adult film but a romantic comedy starring Ms. Vendetta. I can only report that I have always known Bella to be very intelligent, professional, gracious and self-possessed. She’s not the story here, and if she has any information that might be relevant to the investigation, that’s a matter for the police, not for reactionary speculation on the internet from Berkshire residents claiming concern for the victims’ families to justify their thirst for gruesome and salacious details.

    I am glad the guest contributor clarified that not all artists are murderers. As a matter of fact, 30-40% of artists have never murdered anyone, and we might have taken offense to such a generalization.

    • danvalenti
      October 5, 2011 at 5:35 am #

      THE PLANET thanks Mr. Bemis for his comments.