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Texas Executes Woman Who Tortured, Killed Mentally Impaired NJ Man

The Cliffside Park man left New Jersey with the promise of marriage. His body was found weeks later in a ditch outside Houston.

Suzanne Basso / Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice
Suzanne Basso / Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice

A woman convicted of beating and killing a Cliffside Park man she lured to Texas was executed Wednesday, marking only the fourteenth female execution in the U.S. in nearly four decades.

Suzanne Basso met the 59-year-old Louis “Buddy” Musso at a church bazaar near his hometown of Cliffside Park in 1997, according to one report, and the two began a mostly long-distance relationship that lasted several months.

Basso allegedly persuaded the mentally impaired man to move to Texas. Musso spent what little money he had on an engagement ring, a set of Western-style garb and a Greyhound bus ticket to Houston.

Ten weeks later in a ditch outside of Texas’s largest city, police found Musso’s body mangled with injuries "so horrendous that he was unrecognizable."

An autopsy showed Musso had a skull fracture and 14 broken ribs, and his body was covered in cigarette burns and bruises, according to the Huffington Post, meaning Musso was most likely tortured.

Prosecutors said the woman made herself the beneficiary of Musso's insurance policies and took over his Social Security benefits sometime after he arrived in Texas, which linked her to the 1998 murder, police said.

Basso was tried and convicted of Musso's murder.

Her execution makes Basso the fourteenth woman executed in the United States since a 1976 Supreme Court decision allowed capital punishment to resume, according to the Huffington Post. Nearly 1,400 men have been executed in the same time period.

Michael Kinzig February 09, 2014 at 12:59 PM
john-santaella SO...you know the truth... no one else, especially the filthy establishment.
Michael Kinzig February 09, 2014 at 01:00 PM
PS. if the deceased comes back to life he can move to New Jersey and you can hold his hand.
Michael Kinzig February 09, 2014 at 01:03 PM
"Musso's...but there were concerns. He was mentally handicapped, with a diminished intellectual capacity that some gauged as modest as that of an 8-year-old. " Hmmnn, sounds like most of New Jersey.
Michael Kinzig February 09, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Especially Springsteen and Bon Jovi.
JJ March 07, 2014 at 09:10 PM
GOOD TO BAD IT TOOK SO LONG ! HAD IT HAPPENED IN NJ 20 YEARS LATER WE WOULD HAVE WAITED FOR HER TO DIE ! NOW LETS CATCH THOSE PRICKS IN THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING BUSINESS , ALL OVER THE USA & THE WORLD , EACH AND EVERYDAY, YOUR FRIEND, TEACHER YOUR BOSS COULD BE HINDERING A DARK SIDE, NOT KNOWN TO MOST EXCEPT THERE SICK MIND.

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