Aramazd Andressian Sr.: An Evil, Cold-Blooded Murderer

     In April 2017, Aramazd Andressian and his estranged wife Ana Estevez were in the midst of a extremely contentious divorce and custody battle over their five-year-old son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., affectionately known as Piqui. (Becau…

     In April 2017, Aramazd Andressian and his estranged wife Ana Estevez were in the midst of a extremely contentious divorce and custody battle over their five-year-old son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., affectionately known as Piqui. (Because the journalists covering this story obviously took pains not to divulge the national origin and background of the five-foot, three inch Andressian other than to occasionally make reference to his ties in Iran and Armenia, he, in this regard, remains a mystery.)

     Estevez and the boy resided in South Pasadena, California. (It is not clear in the reporting of this case if the estranged couple resided in the same house. Moreover, there is no information regarding how they had met, how long they had been married, or how Mr. Andressian made a living.)

     Ana Estevez worked at a south Los Angeles elementary school. She had sought full custody of her son and had requested a restraining order against her husband. A family count judge, notwithstanding the father's gambling problem, his prescription drug addiction, and his threats to take to boy to Iran or Armenia, denied the distraught mother's petitions.

     Andressian, pursuant to the intensely bitter domestic dispute, claimed falsely that he was the boy's stay-at-home dad, the toddler's primary caregiver. (While Estevez worked, her mother cared for the child.) The father also claimed that Estevez practiced the religion of Santeria, once sacrificing a rooster in the boy's presence. According to Andressian, she also spanked Piqui, used profanity in front of him, and threatened to take him to Cuba.

     On April 17, 2017, Andressian, as part of a scheduled visitation, took the boy to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Three days later, the father was found passed out in his 2004 gray BMW. The vehicle was parked in Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. The boy was not in the car. When detectives questioned Andressian at the hospital regarding the whereabouts of the boy, the father said he didn't know where Piqui was. (The boy had not been returned to his mother.) Andressian said he had attempted suicide by drug overdose.

     On April 22, 2017, with the boy still missing, police officers arrested Andressian for the murder of his son. Three days later, the authorities released the suspect due to lack of evidence.

     Since Andressian had been recently seen in Santa Barbara County's Lake Cachuma Park, police, employing dogs and divers, searched the lake and park for the toddler. They came up empty handed.

     In May and June 2017, as the search continued for Piqui, Andressian spent 47 days entertaining himself in Las Vegas. During that period, he attended Britney Spear and Celine Dion concerts, took in a boxing match, went skydiving, gambled, drank, and abused prescription drugs. On June 23, 2017, when Andressian applied for a new passport, the police, fearing that he might flee to Armenia where he had ties, re-arrested him on the murder charge. Andressian had changed his appearance by dying his hair lighter color.

     On June 26, 2017, the authorities in Las Vegas, at a news conference, announced that Andressian had confessed to murdering his son in cold blood to get back at his estranged wife. It had been his plan, after the trip to Disneyland, to murder his son, bury his body, then commit suicide. He said he wanted to make it appear as though the boy had been murdered by his mother. (Prior to the killing, Andressian told people that Estevez had been following him and that he feared for his life.)

     According to Andressian's confession, he had smothered his son with the boy's own clothing. After sitting in the car with the corpse for eight hours, he buried the remains in a wooded area about fifty feet from a parking lot at Vista Point near the Lake Cachuma recreation area.

     On June 30, 2017, the day Aramazd Andressian was extradited from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, searchers found Piqui's skeletal remains where his father said he had buried him.

     On July 3, 2017, following his not guilty plea in a Los Angeles Superior Courtroom, the judge set the murder suspect's bail at $10 million. The deputy district attorney handling the case told the media that the prosecution would seek the death penalty.

    To avoid the death sentence, Andressian, on August 1, 2017, pleaded guilty to the murder of his son. At the sentencing hearing, the convicted man's attorney told the judge that the killing had not been planned and that his client regretted the act. Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum argued that Andressian showed "absolutely no remorse" for the murder. (While in the Los Angeles County Jail, Andressian had shaved his head bald.)

    The victim's mother, speaking directly to Andressian at the sentencing hearing, said, "I hope you relive the image of murdering my baby every day of your insignificant life. May your dark soul burn in eternal hell." The distraught mother, carrying her son's ashes in an urn, also called her husband a failure as a father, a man, and a human being. Referring to how the murder had affected her, Estevez said, "There is no real pain, just an incomprehensible deadness. Like my son, I, too, have died."

     Judge Cathryn Brougham sentenced Aramazd Andressian to 25 years to life in prison. 

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

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