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Bingo Queen Murder Case: Suspect named in Olga Parlante's 15-year-old murder mystery, Fla. police say

Olga Parlante, 71, was found beaten and strangled inside her apartment near Fort Lauderdale on March 13, 1997. CBS Miami

Olga Parlante, 71, was found beaten and strangled inside her apartment near Fort Lauderdale on March 13, 1997.
CBS Miami

(CBS/AP) DANIA BEACH, Fla. - Fifteen years after 71-year-old Olga Parlante, nicknamed "The Bingo Queen," was strangled in her South Florida apartment, the Broward County Sheriff's Office has a suspect in the case.

New fingerprint technology led police to 44-year-old Bennie Hall, a career criminal who is serving an unrelated prison sentence in Martin County, reports CBS Miami. Hall, who detectives believe did not act alone, will face one charge of first-degree murder. 

On the day of her death Parlante was beaten, strangled with a blouse and dragged back into her home when she tried to crawl away. A television set, portable radio and mantel clock were stolen, reports CBS Miami. She was nicknamed "The Bingo Queen" because she competed daily at a local bingo hall.

"I want to be able to look that person in the eye and say why did you do this to my mother," Parlante's son, Mark Parlante, told the station. "Why couldn't you just sit her down and take the couple of things that you took and leave her alone."

Detective Frank Ilarraza recently asked the Sheriff's crime lab to reevaluate evidence collected in 1997. In April, he was notified that Hall's palm prints were a match. According to CBS Miami, the county's 1997 fingerprint technology didn't allow for the prints to be compared to others in a nationwide database.

Parlante had nine grown children, lived alone and was partially paralyzed.

  • Casey Glynn

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