Murder suspects ordered $80 lunch including burgers even as bloody victim lay in apartment bathtub
Joseph Comunale was allegedly killed at a booze and drug-fueled party after an argument over cocaine
According to prosecutors, 27-year-old James Rackover and 30-year-old Larry Dilione ordered organic burgers and chicken bites for lunch after killing a young Connecticut man, whose bloody body lay in the bathtub as they ate. At about 4 pm on November 13, 2016, Rackover allegedly ordered $78.82 worth of food from Bareburger. He is currently on trial for the brutal slaying of Joseph Comunale, the New York Post reports.
Assistant DA Rachel Ehrhardt read out the Seamless.com invoice for the order on Thursday: “Buffalo chicken bites, beef burger, medium rare, brioche bun, add county bacon…” Aside from the aforementioned items, the duo ordered a second burger, a side of french fries, onion rings, Brussel sprouts, and sriracha pork belly. As the duo chowed down on their sizeable meal, the mutilated corpse of the victim was slumped over in the bathtub of Rackover's apartment. They had allegedly tried to cut up the body, but in vain.
According to prosecutors, the men tried to use a serrated knife to remove Comunale's arm, but were unsuccessful in doing so. They then finished their meal, stuffed the victim's body in the back of Rackover's Mercedes, and drove it to Oceanport, NJ, where they set it on fire and buried it in a shallow grave behind a florist shop. It is alleged that Rackover's adoptive father, Jeffrey Rackover, who is a famous celebrity jeweler, had paid for the Grand Sutton apartment and leased the Mercedes for him.
Rackover reported for work the next morning and according to another Seamless.com invoice, ordered a large breakfast at about 9 am, which included oatmeal, a western omelet, a side of Irish sausage, and a French vanilla iced coffee. Det. Daniel Smith told jurors, earlier on Thursday, about the blood he found all over Rackover's apartment and said the men had desperately tried to clean up the scene.
Prosecutors suspected Rackover and Dilione had met Comunale for the first time that morning and got into an argument over cocaine. After things got heated, the duo murdered him.