A 28-year-old homeless man, David-Israel Zenon Murillo, has been arrested in the first ever murder in Disney Town, a/k/a, Celebration, Florida, a town created by Disney imagineers. Via the New York Post, the suspect was described by police as a “transient” who knew the victim, 58-year-old Matteo P. Giovanditto.
Murillo apparently bludgeoned Giovanditto with an ax before strangling him, making him pretty much the most evil Disney villain of all time — even beating out the hunters that shot Bambi’s mom.
Adding to the sudden surge of violence in Disney Town, Giovanditto’s murder was followed by the seemingly unrelated suicide of 52-year-old Craig Foushee, who’d barricaded himself in his apartment after shooting at deputies. This town that was supposed to be “Stepford-like” suddenly doesn’t sound so perfect after all. Murders, suicides, homeless people? Or is this one of those Disney movies that both kids and adults are supposed to enjoy?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 6, 2010