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Wednesday
Oct172012

Hamptons Landlord Accused of Spying on Family with Hidden Cameras

Bruce Bennett/Michael Reynolds/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New Jersey family who spent its summer vacation in New York's East Hampton was shocked to find their luxury rental studded with hidden cameras, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

The family claimed in court documents that they noticed cameras pointing directly at the beds in multiple bedrooms in the house when they were four days into their weeklong rental.

They allege that all nine members of the family who stayed at the home, including three young children, were filmed in the nude, in addition to the "bedroom activities" of the adults.

The family members are referred to only by their initials in the court documents in order to protect the identities of three minors who were filmed, according to the suit. Judd Burstein, attorney for the plaintiffs, said they wished to remain anonymous.

East Hampton police would not confirm reports that they are investigating criminal charges against Donald Torr, the owner of the home. The lawsuit alleges that Torr broke federal laws by filming sexually explicit footage of the minors, in addition to privacy laws.

Torr, a resident of Celebration, Fla., declined to speak with ABC News when reached by phone Wednesday. He told the New York Post that the cameras were installed to prevent squatters and others who might break into the home, and did not know children had been filmed.

According to court documents, the vacationers called Suffolk County police, who searched the home the following day with a search warrant and found cameras hidden in walls, heating and air conditioning ducts, and electrical outlets and pointed directly at guests in the shower, hot tub area and multiple bedrooms, according to the lawsuit.

Torr allegedly admitted to viewing all of the cameras' footage over an Internet connection when the family confronted him with a phone call.

"Defendant admitted that he was able to view any video that was recorded remotely through the Internet," the document reads. "Defendant, however, falsely claimed that all of the cameras, including those pointed towards beds and the one in the shower, had been installed only for security purposes."

The family packed up and left their rental three days early, and were refunded their money by Torr, according to documents. The rental cost $6,500 for the week, according to the rental website.

The family is now seeking more than $4 million in damages.

The Suffolk County district attorney did not return calls for comment.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Convicted Hamptons Murderer Claims Wife Wanted 'Revenge'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Danny Pelosi, a New York electrician who was convicted of murdering the multimillionaire former husband of his deceased wife seven years ago, now claims he is ready to tell what really happened the night of the murder as he prepares his appeal.

Investment banker Ted Ammon, 52, was found bludgeoned to death in October 2001 in the East Hampton mansion he once shared with his estranged wife Generosa and their adopted twins.  At the time, Generosa Ammon was having an affair with Pelosi, whom she later married.  Pelosi, 41, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2004 and is currently serving a prison sentence of 25 years to life.

"The bottom line is, I did not kill Ted Ammon. ... Generosa did not kill Ted Ammon.  She had him killed," Pelosi told ABC News anchor Cynthia McFadden in an interview from prison.

Pelosi now says he plans to file an appeal soon, and told McFadden he was ready to tell all: who did it, how and why -- in detail.

Pelosi and Generosa were married in January 2002.  She died of cancer at age 47 in 2003.

"Generosa wanted revenge," he went on.  "She wanted revenge because of that baby. ... She went berserk, berserk, out of this world insane.  White hatred psycho-killer."

"That baby" refers to the baby Generosa believed Ted had secretly fathered with his girlfriend.

Generosa was jealous and wanted to make Ted pay, Pelosi said, and she wanted to make him reveal where he had hidden millions of dollars in secret assets, or so she believed.

Pelosi, an electrician from Long Island, now claims that before Ted was killed, Generosa came up to him and his crew while they were renovating her Manhattan townhouse and offered $50,000 to anyone who would beat up her husband.

Several men heard the offer and were interested, Pelosi said.

The man who took the offer was Chris Parrino, Pelosi claims.  Parrino is Pelosi's ex-employee who, under pressure from prosecutors, turned in state evidence two years after Pelosi's murder conviction.

Parrino confessed to driving with Pelosi to the East Hampton home the night of the murder and told prosecutors he saw Pelosi exit the house with blood on him and that Pelosi said he had a fight with Ted Ammon and "I think he's dead."

In a plea deal that could hurt Pelosi's appeal, Parrino pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution and was sentenced to six months.

Parrino is the killer, Pelosi said.  Through his lawyer, Chris Parrino denies Pelosi's charges.

"You're coming here, Chris," Pelosi said, slamming his hand on the table during the prison interview with McFadden.  "I'm making sure you come here."

See the full story on a special edition of ABC's 20/20, Wednesday, March 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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