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Woman finds 'relief' in death of daughter's killer

Pat Gioia of Schenectady talks about the recent death of Ralph International Thomas, who was convicted in 1986 of murdering her daughter Mary Gioia, and Greg Kniffin in 1985. The two victims were beaten and shot at close range with a high-powered rifle early the morning of Aug. 16, 1985. Their bodies were found later that day in the San Francisco Bay near the Berkeley Marina, which was the site of a homeless encampment set up by the city of Berkeley.
Gioia and Kniffen were followers of the Grateful Dead, and were staying at the encampment, known as Rainbow Village, because a local Grateful Dead concert was expected the following weekend. Pat is seen with a blanket made by a fellow victims rights advocate, of a printed picture of her daughter Mary.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Pat Gioia of Schenectady talks about the recent death of Ralph International Thomas, who was convicted in 1986 of murdering her daughter Mary Gioia, and Greg Kniffin in 1985. The two victims were beaten and shot at close range with a high-powered rifle early the morning of Aug. 16, 1985. Their bodies were found later that day in the San Francisco Bay near the Berkeley Marina, which was the site of a homeless encampment set up by the city of Berkeley. Gioia and Kniffen were followers of the Grateful Dead, and were staying at the encampment, known as Rainbow Village, because a local Grateful Dead concert was expected the following weekend. Pat is seen with a blanket made by a fellow victims rights advocate, of a printed picture of her daughter Mary.
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A Schenectady woman who has worked tirelessly to help families of those murdered has now found some relief for herself and her family. Pat Gioia recently learned Ralph International Thomas, the man convicted of killing her daughter, Niskayuna native Mary Regina Gioia, nearly 30 years ago in California, died in prison. Pat Gioia said the news brings “a sense of extreme relief.” “You don’t wish bad on anyone, but this guy, he was not … ...


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