Murder in California
On Oct. 21 in Martinez, Calif., Scott Dyleski was charged with murder in the fatal bludgeoning of his neighbor Pamela Vitale, 52, wife of TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz, 50 (People, Oct. 31,2005). Dyleski, whom some locals described as a good kid going through a Goth phase, turns 17 on Oct. 30. According to news reports, Dyleski had purchased marijuana-growing equipment with stolen credit cards and believed it might have been delivered to Vitale’s residence. When he went searching for it, a fierce struggle ensued, and he allegedly struck her more than 39 times with a piece of molding. He will be tried as an adult and is scheduled to enter a plea on Oct. 27.
Actress Melissa Peterman (Reba), 35, and her husband, actor John Brady, had their first child, a boy, Riley David, Oct. 20 in L.A.
Fiona Swarovski, Swarovski crystal heiress, married Karl-Heinz Grasser, the finance minister of Austria, Oct. 22 at a vineyard outside of Vienna. At the lavish ceremony, an airplane dropped thousands of rose petals on the couple.
On Oct. 18 Boston Legal star William Shatner, 74, was taken to the hospital after complaining of lower back pain on the show’s set. The actor later acknowledged that he passed a kidney stone, but he returned to work the next day…. Oscar-winning actress Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure), 85, had a heart attack Oct. 14. She is recovering at an L.A. hospital. “She has become much stronger and is nearly back to her normal self,” her family said in a statement.
On Oct. 18 Hawaiian police arrested a man on outstanding warrants for burglary and assault and said that he is a possible suspect in the burglary of Lost star Josh Holloway’s home (People, Oct. 31, 2005). Holloway and his wife, Yessica, were robbed at gunpoint in their Honolulu-area residence Oct. 12. The thief ran off with cash, credit cards and the couple’s Mercedes-Benz, which was recovered later that day. A police spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Singer and pianist Shirley Horn, 71, whose slow, smoky ballads influenced a generation of jazz musicians, died of complications from diabetes Oct. 20 in Cheverly, Md. Horn began her career as an opening act for Miles Davis and earned a Grammy Award in 1998 for the tribute album I Remember Miles…. Actor Gordon Lee, 71, who played Porky, Spanky’s chubby younger brother in the classic 1930’s Our Gang comedy shorts, died Oct. 16 in Minneapolis after suffering from brain and lung cancer. Credited for coining Porky’s signature phrase “Otay”—immortalized by Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat impersonations on Saturday Night Live—Lee departed the Gang after a growth spurt and left acting not long after. He became a history teacher later in life.