Elderly Kendall man confesses to murdering longtime wife, police say

Bartolo Gelsomino, 78, has a “history of domestic violence” against Ana Gelsomino and their son, court records show.

01/28/2013 5:23 PM

01/28/2013 9:43 PM

An elderly Kendall man grew enraged after his wife refused to cook him a hamburger, stabbing her to death and covering up the crime by staging a burglary to their home, police say.

Bartolo Gelsomino, 78, now faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his wife, Ana Gelsomino, 71.

Their adult daughter discovered Ana’s bloodied body at the Gelsominos’ Kendall home on 10700 block of Southwest 146th Court the night of Jan. 21. She was last seen that morning “in good health and uninjured,” according to a search warrant served at the home.

But Miami-Dade homicide detectives grew suspicious when Gelsomino’s adult son told them his father “had a history of domestic violence” toward him and his mother, the warrant said.

As police combed the house, Gelsomino — a Sicily-born retiree who speaks primarily Italian — showed up to the scene and investigators noticed “two different possible blood stains” on his shirt.

Miami-Dade detectives scrambled to find a translator, finally securing an Italian-speaking Aventura police sergeant to help. According to an arrest report, Gelsomino eventually confessed to stabbing his wife with a knife from their kitchen after the argument escalated.

Gelsomino later led detectives to a trash bin in a nearby warehouse area where he had ditched the knife and other items from the crime scene, the arrest report said.

Prosecutors will arraign Gelsomino Feb. 11 in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorens. He is being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail.

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