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Default SF WM, 25 beat to death, his wife raped for hours in 1974; nigger up for parole


Family Of Brutally Murdered Portrero Hill Man Pleads To Keep Killer Without Parole

March 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Next month, a man convicted of a heinous murder more than 40 years ago will be eligible for parole. But the victim’s family says the mere possibility that could happen is a miscarriage of justice that has victimized the family for decades.

25-year-old Frank Carlson was with his wife Annette in their small house in Portrero Hill in San Francisco when an intruder broke in, tied him to a chair and beat him to death with a hammer and a wooden cutting board.

“…in what is probably one of the most horrific crimes scenes ever encountered by police,” said Carlson’s younger brother Eric at a news conference on Sunday. “After he was dead, he took my sister-in-law upstairs and raped her repeatedly for hours and hours.”

Then, leaving Annette for dead, the killer set fire to the house and left. Miraculously, she survived and a man named Angelo Pavageau, who lived nearby, was tried, convicted and sentenced to death plus 54 years.

But two years later, the court struck down California’s death penalty and all condemned prisoners at the time were given life with the possibility of parole. At the time there was no such thing as a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The victim’s brother, Eric, says because of this, every three years or so Annette Carlson and the family have had to appeal to the parole board to make sure Pavageau stays in prison.

“This experience shattered her beyond words and the process makes her live it over and over and over again,” said Eric Carlson.

The system has trapped the family in a prison of their own, never able to get past that terrible night. But in 2008, voters approved the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, or “Marsy’s Law,” which gives parole boards the ability to defer parole hearings for inmates like Pavageau, now in his 70s, for up to 15 years instead of the current three.

“We’re asking that on behalf of Annette and the surviving family,” said Michael Agoglia, an attorney who will be pleading the family’s case before the parole board.

Pavageau’s next parole hearing will be on April 15 at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, where he is imprisoned. Eric Carlson says the family will be there again, seeking to keep the killer behind bars and hoping the board will invoke Marsy’s Law and greatly extend the time to his next hearing.

Perhaps as a way to avoid Marsy’s Law, Pavageau has waived his last three parole hearings. But he cannot avoid the hearing in April and the family is hoping that following that, his next chance for freedom won’t come for a very long time.

“Nobody can bring my brother back,” Eric said, “but what people can do is help us get through this. And that’s the tragedy of the process, because the process isn’t designed with us in mind.”

The Carlson family says public support is important in cases like theirs and they have set up a website, www.justiceforfrank.org, for people who would like to help.


Justice For Frank

On April 18, 1974 a deranged killer broke into the San Francisco home shared by 25 year old Frank Carlson and his wife, Annette.

The Carlsons were terrorized and tortured. Frank was beaten to death. Annette was raped and left for dead when the killer set fire to their home to cover his tracks. The killer was captured and sentenced to death.

The sentence was not carried out.

Frank Carlson was my older brother.

In 1974 he was a 25-year-old aspiring journalist before he was murdered and his wife Annette was sadistically raped, beaten, and left for dead in their home in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Now, his murderer is coming up for parole–and could be released back into society to harm others. In April 2020, he will attend a hearing to determine his potential for release. His parole hearings have occurred on a semi-regular basis since 1980 and this event will be the 16th time he has been considered for release.

On the night of April 18, Angelo Pavageau, a total stranger, climbed the outside of Frank and Annette’s modest home, snuck in through an open second story window, and surprised Annette, asleep in bed, placing a knife to her throat. When she screamed, Frank ran upstairs. With his knife still to Annette’s throat, Pavageau led them both downstairs and forced Annette to help him tie Frank to a chair in their living room. He demanded money; she gave him what they had but it was not enough. Pavageau proceeded to savagely beat Frank’s head with a claw hammer, a thick cutting board, a jar of pennies, and a vase, stopping only when each object broke. Annette was forced to witness the blows that killed Frank.

A firefighter arriving on the scene later described Frank looked like he had been run over by a truck.

Pavageau then took Annette upstairs where he raped and tortured her for over three hours. He bludgeoned her, broke bones and slashed her wrists. When his butchery had run its course, he poured paint thinner around the home and set it on fire. Miraculously, Annette regained consciousness and crawled naked onto the roof where she was rescued by neighbors. She would then spend several days in intensive care, close to death.

On April 15, 2020 the killer will once again be considered for parole.
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