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them. she did. those kids were everything to her, and, you know, she -- they -- they were her world. i'm craig melvin. >> and i'm natalie morales. >> and this is "dateline." >> that's what he was trying to do, was protect his family. that's all he ever wanted to do. even when the man was dying,wa that's what he was doing. >> a quiet family night at homeh shattered by intruders. >> the gun was like right here. >> a devoted father and husband dead. >> she just kept saying "they killed him." >> someone murdered her husband but left her alive, and that left police suspicious. was it possible she was involved in her husband's murder? >> the indicators are in cases
like this that it's the spouse, not a random act. >> but why should she kill a man she obviously loved? >> they never fought. they always were very happy. >> this was a family affair all right. but it was another family that was keeping secrets. >> you ever see anything like that before? >> no. >> one father who fought to save his son. another who used his son to save himself. >> he's a monster. ♪ hello and welcome to "dateline." joe morrissey was a respected scientist who loved his work. that's where he meto kay, who shared his passion and would eventually become h his second wife. then late one night joe, kay, andgh their young son were attacked insidewe their florida home. investigators did not know what to make of the strange circumstances surrounding this
brutalsu crime or the stunning betrayal that followed. here's josh mankiewicz with "broken bonds." >> what would you do for your family? would you lie? would you walk through fire? could you ever accuse them of something terrible to save yourself? this is a story about two very different families. it's about ryloyalty, terror, deception, and love. and for one of the families it begins with a late-night phone call. >> i was about to not answer it and something told me to pick up the phone. >> christina yanos's mother was on the line. >> you could just hear the sirens, and she just kept saying, "you have to come here. they broke into the house and he's dead. they killed him." >> he was joseph morrissey who had been married to christina's mother, kay, for 12 years. their suburban florida home
documented by police video was now a crime scene. >> there was so much chaos going on. the whole street was blocked off. there was tons of police cars and the sirens and you could smell the smoke. and i just remember running down the street and the police officers were trying to stop me. and i just kept going and she was just standing there in the middle of the street and she just looked so small and so hurt. i ran up and gave her a big hug. and she was covered in blood and she just kept saying, "he's dead. he's gone." she said, "why would they do that? he's gone." >> when i arrived at this house, it was about 1:30 in the morning. >> detective brian kendall of the plantation, florida police quickly learned the key facts. joe morrissey had been brutally stabbed to death in his own home. while his wife, kay, and young son had escaped. the detectives spoke briefly with kay.es >> she gives me a brief synopsis of what happened that night. >> believable?ha >> at that point, yes.
that's the only thing i had to go on at that point. >> kay told the detectives that a man had entered their home sometime after 11:00 p.m. and began a reign of terror that started with tying joe and kay's hands and feet with zip ties and ended with the murder of her husband and their house on fire. kay's story suggested a robbery gone bad. to figure out for himself what had happened, detective kendall worked from the outside in. >> what did you see as you got here to the front of the house?e >> the screen to the window right over here was leaning up against the house.g there was a vertical slice down the middle of the screen, and this window was wide open. >> that's how kay told you the guy first came into the house? >> that was the entry area where the suspect came in. correct. i walked down this hallway here. on the ground there was a pair of red-handled scissors.un one of the long plastic flex cuffs was on the ground. a zip tie.
when i walked into the master bedroom, another zip tie was on the ground at the foot of the bed. there were bath towels laying on the ground. on the bed itself was a wedding ring, which i thought was unusual.ed >> kay had said that the man that came in asked for jewelry. asked for valuables. >> demanding cash, valuables. >> but he didn't take them. e >> at this point he didn't take the ones that were in this room at least because when i looked at the closet there was also a large, significant amount of jewelry. >> so if this is a robbery, it's kind of a strange robbery because they didn't take the stuff they supposedly wanted. us >> then he sees the blood. >> right down on the floor here, large amounts of blood. i could see a man's feet outsid the sliding glass door. >> this is where joe was killed. right here in this room. >> he was murdered and stabbed right next to the sofa in this room. >> kay said she dragged his body out of the fire and onto the patio and that's where joe
morrissey's bod write lay in the wee hours of april 6th, 2010.bo >> stabbing always personal. >> they are. they're up close. there is no way to do it from a distance. na >> so everything about that says this wasn't a robbery. this was somebody who wanted to kill joe morrissey in particular. >> in addition to that, joe still had his wedding band on. joe had his watch on. valuables that if it was a robbery, it would have been taken out of the house. >> what's more, his wife kay was still alive, not stabbed, not even once. >> they do a brutal vicious murder to joe morse quee. morrissey. why leave her alive? why is she alive? >> why indeed. in murders like this, the spouse is often the first suspect, sometimes the only suspect. all of that became clear that night to kay's daughter, christina. >> i remember when they took her to the police station and she asked me to stay and watch the house. and i remember sitting there and they would come up and ask me questions, the different
detectives and the police officers and, you know, they asked me, you know, did they ever fight? m or were they arguing? or was there tension between them? >> absolutely not, said christina. >> they never fought. they always were very happy. >> nobody goes through life and never fights. everybody fights. >> i remember they would fight over, you know, him leaving socks on the floor or a wet towel or something like that. but if they ever had any arguments, they were few and far between.buny >> joe and kay started dating when christina was a young girl. both were divorced single parents at the time, but it was science that brought them together. they met at a cancer research institute. tm kay was a biomedical grad student back then and joe was a respected molecular biologist with a ph.d. from stanford university. heh. conducted research into whether there was a connection between cell phones and cancer, among other things. and his work had taken him across the globe.
>> he was a lot like my mom. he was very hard-working and he was very, very humble. the most humble person i know. he never bragged about anything. he was always trying to be a good guy and teach us to do the right thing. >> joe and kay dated for a year. and then joe popped the question on a roman holiday. >> i thought it was so cool he proposed on the top of the vatican.bo i and she was just so excited. and it was fun to plan a wedding. they made sure the kids were all included. >> that meant not only christina but also a son of joe's from his previous marriage. >> it wasn't just a wedding between the two of them. it was like all of us becoming big family. >> it wasn't long before kay and joe wanted a child of their own and decided to adopt patrick, a baby boy from south korea. >> he was a very hands-on father. he was always doing something with patrick. all the time. it was either baseball lessons or hockey practice or going fishing.ns i mean, they were together all o the time. >> but now joe was gone.
patrick and kay had survived. and detective kendall had some questions for kay. >> how did he come through the window? >> t coming up -- kay describes in horrifying detail asc night of terror. >> he said you do anything stupid i have a gun and i have your kid and i have your h husband. >> but does her story match the evidence? when "dateline" continues. evidence ut when "dateline" continues. [ fizz ] joining meeting. [ coughing ] [ gasping ] skip to cold relief fast
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joe morrissey had been savagely stabbed to death in his own home. now his wife, kay, was being questioned by detective kendall at the police station in plantation, florida. >> kay, maybe it will be easier to start with what happened from the beginning last night. >> i was in my craft room, which is the room in the front of the house. and the tv was on, and i heard a noise, like something fall down. i thought it was my husband going to bed. >> she told police her husband had been watching tv in the family room. their 5-year-old son asleep in the master bedroom. then suddenly, kay looked up. >> i saw him. and the gun was like right here, and he was right there and i couldn't believe it. i was like -- i could not believe that this was happening to me.
>> there was a young man in the room pointing a gun right at her. kay said the man asked her where her husband was. she told him she thought he was sleeping in either the family room or their bedroom. >> he said, if you lie to me, i'm going to shoot you. i'm going to kill you. >> what does your radar say at the beginning? is she telling the truth? >> initially i want to believe her, but the indicators are in cases like this that it's the spouse or a domestic issue or some other personal issue, not a random act. >> then kay told police, the man took her into the family room where her husband was. >> and he yelled, wake up real loud to joe. joe of course jumped up. and i said, joe, just calm down. it's okay. wake up. don't move. just do what he tells you to do and we're going to be okay. and then he said, i don't want
you guys looking at me. don't look at me or i'm going to shoot you. i said, okay, we won't look at you. >> kay told the police she heard the intruder talking to someone she never saw via walkie-talkie. someone else wher on the property. >> were the people talking to him on? >> he didn't let them. he said just listen to me, don't talk to me, just be quiet. >> she said the assailant, a young man with a gun, then tied their wrists with zip ties. >> i thought he was going to shoot us. then he was saying where's the wallet? i want the wallet. then he started, i have no money, and joe only had $2. i said we don't use cash, i don't have any cash. at that point he said he wanted to go to the atm to get money out. >> according to kay, the gunman cut their hands free and the three of them got into one of the morrisseys' cars, leaving their 5-year-old son asleep in the house along with whoever had been on the walkie-talkie. on their way to the bank, joe drove.
once there, kay managed to get them to park in view of the atm camera, as you can see on this tape. then the assailant told kay what to do next. >> get out of the car. go get the money. go get the money. he said, remember, if you do anything stupid i have the gun and i have your kid and i have your husband and your kid's with people back there. >> the man wanted $5,000. >> i tried the $5,000. i tried $2,000. then i tried $500 and i was trying for $100 more. and it said that was, it it wasn't going to allow any more money out of that card. >> that's what the machine said? >> yes. >> how much did you end up getting? >> $500. >> after that, kay said they drove back to the house frantic to see their son. was he still asleep? was he okay? as they enter the house, the gunman barked out orders. >> he walked behind us and said don't do anything stupid. and then joe and i were kind of like looking at each other saying why is he coming back? at that point i thought he was going to kill us. i really did.
>> once back in the house, the gunman took them back to the master bedroom and kay said tied their hands and feet with zip ties and put towels over their heads. >> why would they put towels over their head if this person has already seen them? >> then the gunman told joe to come with him. >> so joe goes, i can't walk. and he goes, i want to see you hopping. hop, hop, hop. and then all i heard was that joe said, oh, please. please don't do it. and i saw the fire. >> please don't do it? >> he said. >> joe did? >> yeah. i thought he was talking about the fire, but i guess he was talking about him shooting him or stabbing him. >> it was a horrifying story. >> if she's faking this for some reason, it is pretty elaborate. >> and she's doing a good job at it. she's quite an actress if she's not telling the truth. >> kay's daughter christina was there when the q & a at the police station was over.
>> we went back to my house, and she didn't really say much. she was just quiet. i think she was just letting it all sink in. >> now police were trying to determine whether the evidence matched kay's story. >> coming up -- kay tells her story to us. and this part is really strange. >> he started singing and taunting us. ♪ they're coming for me ♪ i'm going to kill you >> when "dateline" continues. it's down to the wire,
i could not believe that this was happening to me. >> police investigating the home invasion murder of joe morrissy had to consider whether his wife kay had somehow been involved. >> we conducted a comprehensive background investigation on kay. we went through all her phone records to find out who she's friends with and to find out if she maybe had a boyfriend or was dating somebody. >> police found no evidence that kay strayed in her marriage. what's more, they were finding plenty at the krcrime scene to support her story. the broken window screen, zip ties and towels. kay's story seemed to be holding up. christina had believed from the beginning that her mother was innocent, purely a victim. but what she didn't know was how brutal the murder was. >> she didn't want us to know. i remember sitting at the funeral home.
she was very firm. she just kept saying it's going to be a closed casket. no one's going to see him. i want everybody to remember him as the lively person that he was. and i knew then that it was -- it couldn't have been good. >> and when i sat down with kay, she told a story filled with love and courage on that awful night. >> we were surrounded by evil. my insides were shaking. i was just thinking about patrick. >> and that was the theme of the story kay told me. how her 5-year-old son patrick was foremost on her and her husband's minds. that's why kay says she became especially panicked when she and joe were forced to go to the bank by the man with the gun. >> i said, we can't leave patrick here. he said no, he stays. he told us there were people there and that they had guns. >> there you are getting in the car with your husband and some guy with a gun and leaving your
five-year-old at home with -- >> we don't even know. >> with we don't even know who that was. >> it's just crazy. i mean, i'm just -- i'm crying hysterical. >> in the car, kay feared for her and joe's lives as well. as they returned from the bank to their home, they heard a siren. kay thought help was on the way, they would be saved. the gunman thought this might be the end of him and of them. >> when he heard the siren, he becomes very strange. he started singing and taunting us. ♪ they're coming for me ♪ i'm going to kill you i was just so horrified. >> but help did not arrive. once at home, when the gunman forced kay and joe back into the master bedroom, at least they found patrick, thankfully, still asleep. and in that moment, kay says, a father's love came shining through. that's when joe morrissey, tied
up and helpless, made a move to save his young son's life. >> patrick is now awake, and he's now sitting on the bed. so joe says to him, "patrick, do it for daddy. please do it for daddy. just lay down and pretend you are asleep." >> do it for daddy. >> do it for daddy. and he just lays there and pretends to be asleep. >> kay says the man with the gun forced joe to go to the other side of the house. in his final moments with his attackers, kay says family was first in joe's mind. >> he starts pleading, "please, you know i have kids. please." >> their home was on fire. the attackers had fled. and now she had to get patrick and herself out of the house. but her ankles were still tied and she could barely move. desperate to find something sharp to free her feet, kay hobbled to a nearby bathroom. >> i took everything out of the drawers. i just create aid humongous mess. but i couldn't find the scissors. so i called patrick. and i said to patrick, you have to be a big boy.
you have to help mommy. >> and he did. kay told him where to find a pair of scissors. and patrick brought them to her. cutting the zip tie was difficult. but kay was finally able to do it. the 5-year-old boy had saved his mother. then she had another job for her son. >> so i said patrick, please, just go across the street, knock on the door. mommy's going to stay here. do it for mommy, please. i have to go help daddy. remember your karate moves. remember your kung fu kicks. please just kick the door. >> kay saw the neighbor's door open and patrick run in. she knew he was safe. one family member taken care of. now kay was on a mission to save joe. she would not leave him behind, no matter what the risk. and then you run back into a burning house. >> yes. i run back in there. and when i saw joe, it was so hard to pick him up. i remember seeing so many wounds, so much damage to his body. i couldn't even think anymore.
>> kay managed to drag joe out of the burning house and onto the patio. she held out hope that while joe was clearly badly injured he was still alive. paramedics arrived. but there was nothing they could do for joe morrissey. kay's beloved husband was gone. at the age of only 46. >> and that was the last time i saw him. >> you saved yourself. you saved your son. >> but i didn't save joe. i just couldn't. it was the most horrible thing that ever happened to me, to learn that he was dead. >> it was a heart-breaking story and one that police came to believe. they cleared kay. >> we found no evidence that would support us to believe that she was involved in any way in this murder. >> now it was up to investigators to find out who had done such horrifying things
to this family. a family detective kendall believed that had been targeted. but so far it wasn't making any sense. >> if it was just something personal in nature, why not just come in and kill him and leave? >> the search for answers was on. and it would lead to a very different find of family. >> police close in on a suspect who seems to know a lot about the crime. >> coming up -- >> honestly, i think you may be involved in it. >> okay. >> i never thought it was somebody who they knew. >> when "dateline" continues. es the other issue. oh...i'm scratching like crazy. you've got some allergic itch with skin inflammation. apoquel can work on that itch in as little as 4 hours, whether it's a new or chronic problem. and apoquel's treated over 8 million dogs. nice. and...the talking dog thing? is it bothering you? no...itching like a dog is bothering me. until dogs can speak for themselves, you have to. when allergic itch is a problem, ask for apoquel.
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kay's daughter from her first marriage, christina, first thought it might have something to do with the renovations her mom and joe were having done at the home. >> i honestly thought maybe it was the contractors because they had had a lot of people coming in and out of their house doing work. i never thought it was somebody who they knew. >> like some random thing where people came in to rob the house and everything went wrong. >> yeah. that was my first guess. >> who didn't like joe? >> the only person i knew that didn't like him was his ex-wife and their family. it was a nasty divorce. there was just bitter feelings there. >> police looked at his previous marriage, but determined it had nothing to do with the crime. investigators did have one narrow thread to pull on. something kay had mentioned to them. >> the only thing she was able to tell me was a brief description of what the suspect who first entered the house looked like. >> kay had not recognized that man at the time. only later did she realize she might have seen him once several
months earlier. joe had been a scientist, a husband and a father. but he was also a landlord and kay thought the man might be related to the tenants at a townhouse they owned. >> i found a family member who could match the description of what kay gave me in her initial statement. checking more into this person, i found he had a warrant for his arrest. >> what was his name? >> randy pundador jr. >> and with that name, the investigation was now heading from the loving morrissey family to the other family in this story. randy tundador jr. was 21 and into drugs with an arrest warrant for violating his probation on a burglary rap. >> did you go talk to him? >> we couldn't find him. >> but detectives could find his father, randy sr., at the townhouse. randy sr. said he hadn't talked to his son in a while. and when police went looking for randy jr. at the family window
tinting business called gator tint, an alert officer noticed something suspicious. >> k-9 sergeant sees stuck between the lid of the dumpster and the dumpster itself a zip tie. i drive down there. i immediately identify it as the same make, size as the ones used in the murder. that's a solid piece of evidence. >> that's your first break? >> yeah. >> randy sr. allowed police to search the business without a warrant. >> immediately see there is a bag of the same type of wire ties that were used to tie up joseph morrissey. they also sell knives at the business. there is an empty box that holds a 15-inch bowie knife. when he's asked where is the knife that belongs to this box he tells them it should be there. he doesn't know where it is. >> do you think at this point he's covering up for his son? >> i think that he's aware that things are not going good for his son. but it doesn't seem like he wants to cover for his son.
>> so this is a good citizen letting the police do their investigation. >> correct. >> and if the chips fall on his son, then they do. >> correct. >> okay, randy. >> investigators eventually located randy jr. and brought him in for questioning. >> randy jr. seemed composed, very interested to know what information i had about the case, very willing to talk to me. >> if i didn't have a warrant, i would have freely talked to you guys. >> okay. >> no problem. i don't have no connection with this murder. i don't know who did it. i want to clear my name because i did not commit this murder. >> and as for that knife that was missing from his dad's shop, randy jr. had an explanation for that. >> he had stolen that knife weeks earlier and had sold it to a friend of his that he knows on the street. >> i used to buy dope off him. i'm positive he still has it. >> i asked him to further
describe the knife and he draws a picture and it's an exact replica of the knife that we believe to be used in the murder. >> over the course of two days of interrogation randy jr. denied any involvement in the murder. >> it could have been a random hit. you never know what it is. >> it's not random. >> it couldn't be a random place? it couldn't be a random time? >> it's not random. >> but he seemed to know details of the crime that only someone involved would know. >> so is randy jr. trying to cover his own tracks or somebody else's? >> i think he's trying to do both. >> as investigators continued to focus on things found at the tint shop, including a large burn mark behind it and what looked like burnt scraps of evidence from the crime. randy jr. went out of his way to keep his father out of it, to protect him. >> he's been a good father. he's really a good man. he's a very hard worker. he's a stand-up guy. he tries to direct me the right
way and i go the wrong way. he would never do nothing like this. >> honestly, i think you may be involved in it. >> okay. >> that's why we've got to clear the air. >> one thing we definitely have. >> detective kendall really suspected randy jr. and one of his buddies had committed the murder. >> you and this other person are tlook make some money, quick money. you're desperate. you're high on crack. >> okay. >> you confront the people at the house because you think they have money. things get a little out of control. >> all right. >> and someone ends up being stabbed. >> then the detective pulled out the heavy artillery. he tried to crack randy jr. by telling him his own father thought he did it. >> everything you [ bleep ] said's been a lie. your dad's over there crying. >> why is my dad crying? >> because of what you did. come on, dude. i feel bad for your dad. >> if police thought they had
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as police investigated the home invasion murder of joe morrissey, his widow kay was dealing with not only her own grief and trauma, but also with her son patrick's. >> when patrick would ask you what happened to his father, what would you tell him? >> i tried to answer him thinking age appropriate because he was 5 years old. and i would say, you know, daddy had a little boo-boo on his heart and he died. >> kay was still trying to protect her son, just as joe had done on that terrible night. >> even when the man was dying, that's what he was doing. he was fighting for his life and trying to protect my mom and patrick. >> in the days after the murder police were zeroing in on randy tundador jr. when she received an unexpected phone call from his younger brother, shawn
tundador. >> he tells us his brother is not involved. he actually provides his brother with an alibi. randy jr. was with me. he didn't do this. >> you're about, what, 99% or 100% convinced that randy jr. was in fact at the morrissey house that night? >> oh, definitely, yes. >> so shaup's lying to you? >> we know shawn's lying about that part of it, yes. >> police knew shawn had an alibi for the night joe morrissey was killed. he was not his brother randy's accomplice. it turned out that shawn came in not only to give his brother an alibi for the murder but to tell a story that shocked the officers. he wasted no time. >> basically, i'm going to tell you straight up, my dad did it. >> his father, randy sr. >> it was a bombshell. we were surprised we were hearing the father was at the residence. >> and then shawn tundador proceeded to tell a chilling story about his father. how his dad felt wronged by his landlord joe morrissey and went to joe's house to kill him.
he had tried to shoot joe, but his gun wouldn't go off. so he repeatedly stabbed joe. shawn said his father was even able to recite joe's last words. he said, "i got kids. i think i'm dying." >> according to shawn, randy sr. wore shawn's brand-new white sneakers during the murder. >> he said, "trust me, they weren't white when i was done with him." >> shawn painted a very different picture of his dad than his brother had. shawn said his dad was a violent man. >> my father used to beat us bad. i mean, really beat us. >> with a violent past. >> my father is just known to be one of the craziest guys you ever met. i used to call him rampage. i used to call him scarface. because he had a big-ass scar on his face. >> and shawn said his father had been trying to scam joe morrissey out of money by breaking light switches at the rented townhouse and by faking a slip and fall injury so he could sue joe.
>> but there was nothing wrong with that light. >> okay. so this fall down the stairs was a bunch of [ bleep ]? >> it was -- yeah. >> despite all that shawn says his brother, who he describes as having the mind of a child, looked up to their father and would do anything for him. >> he's going to do anything and everything he has to do to make sure my father doesn't because he loves him. >> but if his father loved randy jr. back, then why would he get him involved in the crime in the first place? and even go a step further, let his own son take the rap for it. >> my son's already caught so i won't go to jail. throw everything on him. >> shawn said he was more than disgusted. he loved his brother and had been protecting him since they were young. now randy jr. needed protection more than ever, which shawn felt required him to turn in his own father for a crime of which he was not even suspected. >> he went there to kill him. >> shawn says the murderous
scheme was set in motion when his dad received a letter from joe morrissey. it informed him that he owed just over $1,600 and his lease would now be month to month. that letter arrived the day of joe's murder. >> how did your dad react to that letter? >> like, i'm not going to let him do it. >> because it was like an insult to him. >> he took it like that. it really wasn't. it was a man wanting his money. >> but your dad saw it as a provocation. >> yeah. >> and i'm going to teach him a lesson. >> yeah. >> then he says his dad roped in randy jr. >> my brother didn't know whose house he was going to. and my brother didn't know that somebody was supposed to die in that house. >> only to turn his back on him afterward and let randy jr. fall under suspicion for the murder. >> he says they caught him, not me. i said, you fix this or i will. >> that's what you said to your father? >> i told him straight up. >> fix this or i will. >> yeah.
>> and that's when shawn turned his back on his father and went to police trying to save his brother by informing on his dad. if that didn't stun the officers, then what shawn did next did. >> before we could even ask him to wear a wire, he offers to wear a wire. he wants his father to be held responsible for this. >> have you ever seen anything like that before? >> no. >> this son was going to become a police informant, wear a wire and try to get his own father to admit to a murder. the sound quality on the wire is poor. but for police randy sr.'s guilt came through loud and clear. what's the part of that conversation that says to you guilty, we got him? >> i think when he tells shawn that we have no case, our case is weak, he tells shawn that she can't identify me, she can't even identify randy.
putting himself there. >> what's more, this security video from the business next door to randy sr.'s window tint shop shows a man behind it, tending a big fire a couple of hours after the murder, exactly where police had found burnt evidence from the crime. >> you can't make out the person's identity. it's definitely a large person. randy sr.'s well over, you know, probably 300 pounds. we suspect it's him. >> by friday night, four days after the murder, both randy sr. and junior have been charged with a slew of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, and arson. that randy sr. would let his son take the fall was all the evidence kay's daughter needed. >> he's a monster. if you don't care about your own kids, you're not going to care about somebody else's life. >> case closed? not by a long shot. >> coming up --
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detectives junior was an unwitting accomplice. shawn claimed his father was the mastermind behind the crime. now father and son were about to face trial. a tragic tale of two contrasting families was nearing its bitter end. here's josh mankiewicz with the conclusion of "broken bonds." >> on a quiet april night in florida intruders had invaded the home of kay and joe morrissey. and committed unthinkable crimes. >> the worst case scenario you can imagine. you're living your life the way you think you're supposed to and evil just walks in and rips your life apart. >> tom coleman and steven zack prosecuted the case against randy tundador sr. and his son, randy jr. >> there are no circumstances you can look at and say main if this had gone differently or they'd done this differently it would have had a different result. there's nothing the morrisseys could have done that would have
prevented this other than never meet the tundadors. >> but these two families did intersect, with disastrous results. all prosecutors say because a tenant got angry at a landlord. >> who was this little scientist to think he's going to mess with me? and no one was going to mess with his family and i was going to take care of it. that's what this was. >> but in the end randy tundador didn't seem to care about his family. in fact, prosecutors say he tried to pin the blame on his son, randy jr. >> the phone calls to detective kendall about test his shirt for dna and that's your killer. i mean, just piling on him, just trying to get himself out of trouble. >> randy jr. won't give him up. >> no. doesn't give him up. >> randy jr. stuck by his dad. even though his father pretty much threw him under the bus as soon as he came under suspicion. >> and never stopped. backed that bus over every time he could. >> so the son's loyal to the father but the father's not loyal to the son?
>> absolutely. >> pretty much the opposite of the way joe morrissey treated his son. >> exactly. >> at the end. which was to protect him. >> we kept waiting for senior at some point in time to come forward and say let me cut a deal, let me take life in prison, let me do something. >> let me take the weight off my kid. >> spare my son. >> didn't happen. >> never going to happen. >> prosecutors thought it might be a tough case against randy sr. but then something surprising happened. after swearing to police that his dad was not in any way involved, randy jr. took a deal and agreed to testify against his father. as did shawn. randy sr.'s trial was held two years after joe's murder. he faced the death penalty. kay desperately wanted to make sure he received it. and her testimony in court was powerful. >> i was like so scared. he never answered me. i kept calling him and he didn't
answer me. >> on the stand randy jr. told the jury how his dad intended to inflict even more harm on the morrissey family. >> he wanted to kill miss morrissey and her son. he said they've got to go too. i told him no. i told him you can't -- you can't do that. >> can't do what? >> can't kill the kid. that's wrong. >> randy sr.'s primary defense was that he was not involved. but the father went far beyond that. >> we went to trial and he buried both of his sons, or tried to. >> because it wasn't just junior. once we got to trial. it was that shawn was the other person involved and it was shawn trying to steal my business. he can't ever accept responsibility for anything. >> in court randy jr. lashed out at his father. >> the fact that he would sit here and say that it was me and my brother who did this and planned this, i feel like that's
wrong. he shouldn't do anything to hurt your kids. i think that a father's job is to protect his kids, not to hurt his kids. >> after 5 1/2 hours of deliberation. >> the defendant is guilty of first-degree murder. >> the jury convicted randy sr. on all charges. >> when they say guilty, i felt my heart -- i couldn't breathe. i was very overwhelmed. >> the jury later voted unanimously to give randy sr. the death penalty. and the judge agreed. randy jr., who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and cooperated with prosecutors, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. kay morrissey is angry about that. >> i believe that the crime wouldn't happen one without the other one. they both deserve the death penalty. >> kay morrissey says she's not imprisoned by fear. instead she says the nightmare has made her fear less.
she even sent a letter to randy sr. saying as much. >> you are a coward and i am not afraid of you. >> yes. >> i am never leaving and will always be here. so like you're saying come and get me? >> right. >> tough guy. >> mm-hmm. i'm not going to be fearful. i mean, they attacked us in our house, which is your safest place to be. and so i started to become extremely fearless. >> but she's also struggled to put her life back together. kay's daughter says she can see the pain, even as her mom holds patrick close. >> it's hard to watch my mom with patrick because you can tell they miss him. and they should have him. they shouldn't have to figure it out without him. >> they still have each other. >> i believe god has a plan for us and that's why we survived. >> and she has many memories of her dear joe. after he died, kay wrote about it and to him in a letter.