Renee Perillo, 54, of Florida, will have “many, many years in the Department of Corrections to think about her actions,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said via a statement. Twenty-seven years, in fact. The case is a bizarre one, and involved Perillo’s quest to murder an attorney that was involved in her boyfriend’s in a divorce case.
Perillo’s intended target was Rebecca Eimerman, a lawyer who lived in Noblesville, Indiana. Eimerman was trying to get part of an unpaid divorce settlement out of Perillo’s boyfriend, urologist Dr. Arnaldo Trabucco, for Trabucco’s ex-wife. Perillo and her son, Richard Perillo, plotted to kill Eimerman, together. Oddly enough, Trabucco was not charged and is not believed to have been involved.
On the day of the intended murder, however, things got weird. Eimernan’s husband, not Eimerman herself, got into her SUV to back it out of their driveway. When he did so, he found Perillo and her son hiding in the back. He called police, who found the pair in possession of a gun and a syringe filled with what Perillo claimed was heroin. They were arrested, released, and skipped town, only to be later re-arrested in two different states.
Though it might have been easy to pass them off as a couple of tweakers, Eimerman recognized them from the case and assumed something more sinister was up. The plot surfaced when the Perillos’ car, which had been parked near Eimerman’s home, was found to contain all the items one might bring along on a kidnapping/murder/body dumping activity: a shovel, gloves, a wig, masks, costumes, duct tape, a tranquilizer gun, a machete, etc. And that syringe? It’d been filled with anesthesia—enough to put a person under forever. The pair had also apparently pre-dug a grave all the way in Nebraska, intended for a second victim authorities have never identified.
While Perillo languishes behind bars, her son awaits trial. Things don’t look good for Richard Perillo, who bragged about his schemes to inmates in jail and who is facing a life sentence. However, he did agree to testify against his mom, so he’s got that going for him.