Nothing ever happens as we have planned. It also doesn’t always go the way we think it will. When we think about violent crimes it is easy to imagine a dark alley at night. We never think about it being in broad daylight or in a nice neighborhood. Yet, that is what happened with Bradley Finnan & Larry Brodacz Vs, Sebastian Maniscalco. It was midday in a nice neighborhood when the doorbell rang.
It is no secret that dynamic critical incidence happens fast. These violent encounters leave very little time for thought or planning when they happen. When reading this story, try to put yourself in the shoes of the homeowner. Ask yourself, what would you have done in this situation? Is this something you have talked about or something you have tried to prepare for?
We are asking our readers to comment on what plans they have in place to deal with this type of incident. Don’t only consider the events that actually took place. Consider what would have happened if you were unable to get an upper hand. I will explain more in the conclusion.
Bradley Finnan & Larry Brodacz Vs Sebastian Maniscalco
Bradley Finnan 39 & Larry Brodacz 58 decided to get what they believed would be an easy payday. According to court TV Larry had told Bradley that he had seen 200k inside the house 20 years ago. He still believed that money would be inside the home. Larry had last seen the money in cash boxes around the home.
They armed themselves with a firearm, blow torch, and zip ties. They can be seen approaching the home on the ring video cam. They both had a throwaway white mask and a bag with their tools. When they reached the porch, they rang the doorbell and waited for Sebastian Maniscalco to answer the door.
As soon as the door opened Bradley and Larry forced their way into the home. Bradly began to fight with Sebastian. When Larry spotted Mrs. Maniscalco, he chased her into the children’s room. Larry forced the children onto the bed at gunpoint. Mrs. Maniscalco tried to help the children when she was forced to the floor and begged Larry not to shoot. Larry then heard Sebastian yelling for his wife. He then went to find Sebastian and his partner.
When Sebastian heard the doorbell ring. He believed it was his landscapers at the door. Upon opening the door, he was forced into a confrontation with Bradley. The fight only lasted a few seconds. Although, it seemed like lasted a lifetime, in which his family was alone with Larry. Sebastian managed to get Bradley outside the home. Where he can be seen knocking Bradley down and throwing a couple of punches.
Sebastian immediately turned his focus back towards his family and headed to the house. At which point, Bradley took off running down the road. Sebastian managed to retrieve his wife’s firearm from the safe in the master bedroom when he started to yell for his wife. He was then struck on the back of the head and got into a struggle with Larry.
Larry lost his firearm in the struggle and then pulled a knife from his waistband. While trying to go after Sebastian with a knife. Sebastian was able to get a single shot off, which landed in Larry’s abdomen. The shot ended up being fatal and likely saved the lives of the Maniscalco Family. Sebastian nor his family had ever had any contact with either attacker. They did not live in the home when Larry had claimed to have seen the cash boxes there.
Catching Up with Bradley
Bradley was found nearby and immediately arrested and later charged. He was charged with murder and home invasion. Under Illinois state law you can be charged with murder if someone is killed during the commission of a felony that you have committed. Murder may not have been the original intent of Larry & Bradley; however, it was clear by their actions that they were willing to go to any extent to find the money.
It was only by sheer will that Sebastian was able to save his family. Had Bradley have not run away it is possible that the outcome may have gone in a worse direction. The family has received a lot of support and help from their neighbors. Although nothing can remove the trauma which they endured during the terrorizing moments when their lives were hanging in the balance. This violent encounter ended only because they had previously prepared to defend themselves.
I am by no means saying they were prepared for the events of that day. I am saying their training and home defense plan saved their lives. In Sebastian’s fear, he still had enough forethought to go for a tool of self-defense. His wife was able to get to the children and help to keep them safe. All of which is not something that most people would think of during the physiological effects of a violent encounter.
The tragedy that occurred here was not something the Maniscalco’s asked for. Sebastian and his family have thanked the police, investigators, and their neighbors. Their neighbors have offered multiple lines of support, including bringing them food and offering them a place to stay. This is one part of violent encounters we don’t often see.
Anti-gun groups will focus on the firearm used by the intruders and ignore the fact a firearm is the only tool that helped save the family. The media will only cover the dramatic part that gets ratings. When you ask new firearm owners why they are choosing to get a firearm. The one answer you will hear repeatedly is to keep my family alive.
Many of these cases end up with the person who lived through the violent encounter, being charged. Especially, in cases where a firearm was used. If that was not enough then the family has to get through the aftereffects of the trauma. This case ended in what most people would call a success. The survivors are left with one burning question that will haunt them for years. What could they have done to avoid the trauma? Most would give anything to change that one event in their lives. Yet, we will forget about it and they will just become a number in a database that happens to other people. That is until we are that number that ends up on that database.
We would like to believe that we would perform specific acts if we were attacked. The truth is we are bound by our brain’s physiological effects. Our own preparations are the only thing that can guide us threw times of extreme stress. This family will spend months if not years trying to recover from an encounter that lasted only minutes. They did nothing wrong; they didn’t live in a high-risk area. They weren’t involved in high-risk behavior.
They didn’t have questionable friends or family that endangered their safety. Instead, they were simply victims of criminals that had an idea about the home they lived in. They will now become another number in the FBI’s violent crime database. The same database that most people ignore every day, thinking bad things only happen to someone else. While we have seen violent crimes come down year after year.
Violent crimes still happen much too often. It seems easier to blame the violence on a gun or some other tool that criminals use. It is time that our lawmakers and the people realize that these crimes are going to continue regardless of what tool is taken away. It is only a matter of time until criminals find a new tool that a law will have no effect on. Firearms are inert objects until they end up in the hands of a criminal. If you can’t stop the criminals, then you must give the people a tool to defend themselves. The police will never be able to arrive before a person becomes a victim. Laws will never be able to prevent crimes, only to punish those who break them.
RGD Reviews does not support violence in any way. We do believe in a citizen’s right to defend themselves. It is each of our responsibility to protect ourselves and to survive violent encounters. It takes preparations, planning, and training to survive violent encounters. Something we offer and support. We also highly recommend that anyone planning to defend themselves to make sure they have self-defense coverage.
The two companies we support and use at RGD Reviews are CCWSafe and the USCCA. Too many victims become victims of overzealous prosecutions after they have defended themselves. It’s companies like this that stand with you before and after a violent encounter.