Penns­bury grad­u­ate shot to death in Ge­or­gia, FA­THER IS RAIS­ING SUP­PORT TO fiNG HIS SON’S KILLER

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By El­iz­a­beth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent

BRIS­TOL BOR­OUGH - In my 35 years of re­port­ing, I can re­call only two times when I com­mit­ted the car­di­nal sin of be­com­ing a in­volved in a story. The first was just days af­ter Sept. 11, when I trav­eled to kew York with a pho­tog­ra­pher and sev­eral Bucks County res­i­dents who of­fered their ser­vices to kino’s, a land­mark res­tau­rant on Canal Street that was serv­ing free food to fire­fight­ers, cops and EMS work­ers toil­ing in the mega rub­ble that was Ground wero.

I took notes, I had my story. I couldn’t stop there. Deeply moved by both kino’s gen­eros­ity and the pain I saw all around me, I donned an apron and started dishing meals cre­ated - on a vol­un­teer ba­sis - by some of Gotham’s most fa­mous chefs. Mostly, I sat at tables and lis­tened to emer­gency work­ers who just needed to talk to any­one who would lis­ten.

I was never sorry about that breach, nor am I now about the one I in­volved my­self in on Sun­dayW help­ing to dis­trib­ute fly­ers ask­ing for as­sis­tance in solv­ing a murder. That’s be­cause some­one I knew well, had cov­ered, and some­times clashed with dur­ing my days at a daily news­pa­per, was in the early stages of a cam­paign to raise re­ward money.

On Sun­day, for­mer Tul­ly­town Mayor Joseph Bian­cosino Downey stood in front of St. Mark Church in Bris­tol hand­ing out fly­ers ask­ing wor­ship­pers as they left the church to sup- port Crime Stop­pers USA in Sa­van­nah Ga., the city where his son Michael Joseph Bian­cosino, 30, and a for­mer girl­friend, Emily Pick­els, 21, were shot to death over the La­bor Day week­end as they sat talk­ing in Michael’s car. Michael is a 2000 grad­u­ate of Penns­bury High School.

Ac­cord­ing to Sa­van­nah po­lice, Pick­els, a tour guide also in­volved in Chris­tian min­istries, had been at a down­town res­tau­rant. Michael, a pri­vate de­tec­tive, had been work­ing on sur­veil­lance nearby when Emily called him to ask for a ride home be­cause her car had bro­ken down.

“They were just blown away for no rea­son. The po­lice said they had been sit­ting in front of Emily’s house talk­ing for no more than five min­utes be­fore some­one came along, got out of his car, sprayed my son’s car with bullets. The gun­man got back in his car and just drove away,” Bian­cosino Downey said.

Sa­van­nah, in­clud­ing Emily’s neigh­bor­hood, is mon­i­tored by cam­eras so the killings were caught on tape. That may help au­thor­i­ties catch the cou­ple’s killer, Michael’s fa­ther said.

Bian­cosino Downey had just left Sa­van­nah days be­fore the shoot­ing to visit Michael and his brother, Jamie Cosino, a Sa­van­nah lawyer. Michael, who con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions for var­i­ous for cor­po­ra­tions in the city, was the chief ex­ec­u­tive of his brother’s firm. When Jamie re­turned to work af­ter sev­eral months of ill­ness, his younger brother had al­ready de­cided to re­turn to Penn­syl­va­nia to study law, his fa­ther said.

“He would have been here in Bris­tol just about this time to take his LSATs,” said his fa­ther, as he sat on a shady bench in a small prayer gar­den along St. Mark rec­tory. “We miss him so much. He was all about love and about help­ing peo­ple. He gave his life help­ing some­one just one last time. kot a day went by when he didn’t call or text me to tell me he loved me.”

Be­sides Jamie, Michael is sur­vived by his mother Paula Sarf Bian­cosino, his step­mother, Patricia Downey, and a younger brother, Patrick. A memo­rial ser­vice was held in Sa­van­nah and Michael was qui­etly buried in a Tul­ly­town ceme­tery.

Here’s how Crime Stop­pers works for vic­timsW Money sent to the or­ga­ni­za­tion in a per­son’s name is used as re­ward money, or to pay snitches, who can re­main anony­mous. Checks should be made out to Crime Stop­pers, P.O. Box 1027, Sa­van­nah, Ga. 31402, at­ten­tionW De­mery Bishop. Make sure to put Michael Bian­casino’s name on the sub­ject line of the check.

Bishop is a for­mer cBI agent and the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the city’s Crime Stop­pers of­fice.

I found my­self in the mid­dle of flyer dis­tri­bu­tion when I ap­proached Bian­cosino Downey af­ter the 10W45 Mass on Sun­day to of­fer my con­do­lences and to ask for an in­ter­view. Wear­ing a black shirt and tie and black pants, he stood alone with an arm­ful of fly­ers, his face re­flect­ing ex­haus­tion and grief. So when he asked me, “Can you cover that door to the right? I can’t get ev­ery­body when they come out,” I was too moved by his an­guish to say no. I picked up an arm­load of fly­ers and started hand­ing them out.

Bian­cosino Downey will take his cam­paign for sup­port to the Bris­tol Bor­ough Coun­cil, the Bris­tol Bor­ough Po­lice Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Prince­ton teach­ers’ community, where his twin brother, the late An­thony Bian­cosino, taught for years.

Bian­cosino Downey lives in the bor­ough and, with his fam­ily, at­tends St. Mark reg­u­larly. He said that if his son’s killer is cap­tured, any leftover money will re­main with Crime Stop­pers as a do­na­tion to­ward help­ing that or­ga­ni­za­tion solve other crimes against young peo­ple in the city.

Crime Stop­pers is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in Al­be­qurque, k.M. in 1975 af­ter the fatal shoot­ing of a fill­ing sta­tion worker. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides a tele­phone num­ber through which tip­sters can anony­mously pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about a crime. Call­ers are given a code num­ber through which to col­lect a re­ward, if one is of­fered.

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