Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dad murders mom during child custody exchange while kids, 7 and 13, watch from car (Mission Viejo, California)

This was not a "custody dispute." The media needs to stop using that expression.

Let's be clear. Fathers who do this are not in "disputes." They are controlling, violent men who have convinced themselves that they are entitled to use and abuse the people around them as they see fit. As far as they are concerned, women and children are nothing but possessions.

Dad SCOTT GIMBEL has traumatized these kids for life, and he just didn't give a crap. Nor did he care about robbing them of their mother for life. He didn't care about anything but his own obsessive bullsh**.

This is why violent fathers should NOT have access to the kids, and mothers should not be asked to "facilitate" any contact EVER.

Banker shot dead wife before turning the gun on himself in custody dispute while kids, 7 and 13, watched from the car
Scott Gimbel, 50, shot Linda Sachs Gimbel, 44, as they handed over kids
The senior banker then turned gun on himself in Orange County parking lot
Their 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son watched from the car
Friends pay tribute to 'smart, amazing, funny' accounting executive Linda 

By Mia De Graaf for MailOnline

Published: 09:55 EST, 2 November 2014 | Updated: 10:56 EST, 2 November 2014

A banker shot his estranged wife dead in the street before turning the gun on himself in front of their two young children on Halloween during an alleged custody dispute.

Scott Gimbel, 50, and Linda Sachs Gimbel, 44, were found outside an apartment block in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California, at 8.30pm on Friday.

It is believed one was handing their 13-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son to the other in a custody exchange.

But as the children sat in the car, Mr Gimbel, senior vice president of a leading mortgage lending firm PFI Financial Inc, opened fire.

Mrs Sachs Gimbel, an accounting executive at Citadel Services Corp, was killed instantly, reports claim, before Scott then killed himself.

Their 13-year-old daughter called 911.

The family was pictured together as recently as December last year before an apparent separation sparked the alleged custody dispute.

A high-flying couple, both Mr Gimbel and Mrs Sachs Gimbel have extensive experience in the financial services industry.

Mrs Sachs Gimbel worked as a sales manager at Deutsche Bank before joining Citywide Mortgage Corporation, which Scott founded, as senior operations manager.

Mr Gimbel was educated at Indiana University Bloomington.

He founded Citywide in 1999, and by 2005 it was one of the largest mortgage brokerage firms in the country.

Paying tribute to Linda, her friend Jamie Melim wrote on Facebook: 'My heart aches at the loss of a beautiful friend. 'She was smart, amazing and sooo funny! She was tragically taken from this world last night. 'She left behind two young children and a family that absolutely adored her. 'Please pray for her family tonight and for my dear friend Leigh Ann as she is trying to cope with the loss of her beloved sister.'

Her sister Leigh Ann Sachs posted a picture of herself with Linda and their father, commenting that she didn't have the words to express her feelings.

She wrote to a friend: 'Thank you for posting that beautiful tribute to Linda. I just couldn't do it.'