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When a Screwed-Up Family Gets Deadly

Monday, January 25, 2010, 23:35 EST Leave a comment Go to comments

The father of the Bay State figure skater who was robbed of the 1994 Olympic gold medal by a badly coiffed Russian bimbo-in-training (not that I’m bitter) is dead, and the man’s son has been arrested for assault against him.

The brother of Olympics skating star Nancy Kerrigan was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail today, charged with assaulting their father who was found unresponsive in his Stoneham home early Sunday morning and later died, authorities said.

“He [Mark Kerrigan] stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him,” according to a Stoneham police report filed in court.”He said that he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father’s neck and his father fell to the floor. He said that his father was faking it.”

The death of 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan remains under investigation, and police said this morning that his son, 45-year-old Mark D. Kerrigan, has not been charged with murder. The cause of death for the elder Kerrigan is undetermined pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office.

The Boston Globe also reports that Mark Kerrigan was trouble to his parents long before now. That may be, but God help me, my first reaction to this story was, Has anyone seen Tonya Harding lately?

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