A bit of karma has befallen this case by which I mean some justice has been done in punishing the alleged principal perpetrators of the crime of killing a beloved hotel cat whose name was Strushie, a ginger tabby-and-white.
Strushie was a hotel cat. He was born at the Franklin Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA. The hotel owner, Eleonora Todaro, adored him. She sold the hotel and the new owners, Chris Viso and Charles Schneider, hated Strushie at least partly because they were in dispute with the previous owner. They asked an employee, Georgios Lollias, to kill the cat for $10,000. He obliged with a crossbow bolt in a bush next to the hotel. Overwhelming video evidence pointed to the crime and the employee admitted guilt but was suspiciously deported by the authorities before trial. It is believed that he is now in Greece, his home country.
Justice has not been done because the alleged principal criminals in this matter, the co-owners of the Franklin hotel have not been prosecuted. The Facebook page: “Justice for Strushie-Miami Beach cat killed by arrow” continues to pursue justice.
Here are some updates from a highly reliable source involved in this pursuit of justice.
Video of Strushie
Some More Detail (for legal reasons these are allegations at this stage)
Chris Viso, a co-owner of the hotel, offered the cook, Danny, $10k to kill Strushie. He refused but when Lollias was asked he agreed because he had financial difficulties. It is known that Chris Viso had complained relentlessly about Strushie to several of his employees. Three of them contacted my source of information for this article but were afraid to go to the police. Chris Viso’s co-owner of the hotel, Charles Schneider is a gun fanatic and his house is filled with automatic rifles, pistols and unusual weapons. He gave Lollias a crossbow to kill Strushie. It is known that Strushie was killed with the bolt of a crossbow to the head.
My source tells me that last summer, Schneider and a few employees sat on the front porch of The Franklin Hotel drinking and laughing about the killing of Strushie. Schneider said that it cost Viso a lot of money to get rid of “that cat”.
My source also tells me that there is some good news which has arrived in an unexpected manner. Charles Schneider and Chris Viso are under an impending eviction order for missing $500k of rent on their hotel property. The amount had to be deposited into a court escrow account by 3 o’clock on 16 March 2018 and as far as we know it has not been paid.
It had been hoped that the rent default related to both leases concerning this hotel. The Franklin Hotel has two leases because there are two buildings at 852 and 860 Collins. The main building it at 860 Collins which has 16 rooms while the building next to it at 852 Collins has 15 rooms. The default in rent payment relates to the 852 Collins building. Accordingly, they will be evicted from the second building.
It appears that they can retain ownership and occupation of the main building on which the hotel signage is currently in place. It appears that they lost half of their property and it is hoped that they go into default regarding the main building as well. Perhaps their hotel management is as bad as their morals.
Boycott the Hotel
I would ask people to (a) spread the news about this hotel and (b) boycott it. Who wants to stay in a hotel where there is strong evidence to suggest that the owners are animal abusers?
The Miami Beach Police Department and the animal cruelty investigator, Mary Garcia appear not to care about doing their job properly and seeking the alleged real perpetrators of this crime. They have failed. The Justice for Strushie team are justifiably angry and frustrated. They have been provided with all information stated on this page and failed to act upon it. This does not surprise me as I have read many stories of failures of justice concerning crimes against cats.