The chilling, grisly triple murder on Miramar's East Shore Drive was caught on tape -- on a home video surveillance camera hidden in the living room.
Casimir ''Butch Casey'' Sucharski, the flashy owner of Casey's Nickelodeon, a popular South Broward watering hole, had taken two beautiful young models to his Miramar Isles home the night of June 25, 1994.
The next morning, on a Sunday, at 7:18 a.m., two men later identified as Pablo Ibar, 27, and Seth Penalver, 26, entered Sucharski's East Shore Road home through a rear sliding glass door.
In the 22-minute video, an intruder in a hat and sunglasses can be seen tying and pistol-whipping Sucharski, 48, with a Tec-9 semiautomatic handgun. The gunman never removed the disguise.
Fifteen minutes later, a man later identified as Pablo Ibar kills Sucharski by shooting him at close range in the back of the head.
TOOK OFF HIS MASK
Ibar, the tape showed, had removed his mask and could be identified on the tape.
The models, Marie Rogers and Sharon Anderson, both 25, were tied up facedown near Sucharski. They also were murdered.
The intruders then took off in Sucharski's black Mercedes Sl convertible, drove it to Palm Beach County and set it ablaze on a remote road.
Miramar Police discovered the bodies the next morning, Monday, after Rogers' mother reported her daughter missing.
The heinous crime that fateful night 13 years ago remains among Miramar's ugliest. And the subsequent trial of the two defendants convicted in the murders was one of the county's costliest -- about $300,000. Both are now serving life sentences for the murders. The first trial ended in a hung jury in 1998. The second, in 2000, resulted in convictions.
Last year, the Florida Supreme Court turned down Ibar's appeal for a new trial but approved Penalver's.
During Penalver's appeal, justices questioned the value of the videotape, noting that there was no hard evidence, such as DNA or fingerprints, linking Penalver to the crime.
''It is difficult to determine whether Penalver is the individual with the hat and sunglasses,'' said the opinion, authored by Florida Chief Justice Barbara Pariente.
The justices ruled that jurors were prejudiced by ''irrelevant and inadmissible'' evidence.
The killers' identification and the credibility of witnesses who testified are sure to crop up again during Penalver's appeal. A court date has not been set.
Ibar's attorney, Peter Raben, was out of town and unavailable for an interview.
And Hilliard Moldoff, Penalver's attorney, could not be reached by The Miami Herald.
It is believed the two gunmen targeted Sucharski, a lady's man who flaunted rolls of cash and flashy jewelry at his nightclub, a place one clubgoer described as opening when the sun went down and closing when the sun came up.
Ibar and Penalver are believed to have gone to Sucharski's nightclub, where they saw Sucharski in action.
The video shows the men rummaging through the house and stuffing things in their pockets, even removing Sucharski's boots.
Prosecutors said Sucharski, who owned a Cartier watch, kept between $10,000 and $20,000 in cash at his home.
Now, Casey's, at 5590 Hallandale Beach Blvd. in Pembroke Park, is long gone.
In its place is a soon-to-open restaurant/lounge called The Polo Club Inc.
Walter Blatch, who once worked as a dishwasher at the club, hangs out at the convenience store across the street from his old workplace, sitting on a plastic milk carton outside.
''Casey's Nickelodeon was a great little place, and the owner, God bless him, was a man who knew how to entertain and cater to his customers real good,'' said Blatch, 59, holding his walking stick and sipping a beer.
"He worked hard and partied hard, but the partying is what did him in.''
Blatch said Casey's late owner didn't deserve to die in such a vicious manner.
``I was surprised he died the way he did. He was always good to people and knew how to show them a good time.''
A decade before his murder, in November 1983, Sucharski's Pembroke Park club temporarily lost its liquor license after police arrested three employees on charges of selling cocaine to customers.
Sucharski claimed he didn't know of drug activity going on at his club.
But a few years prior, while he was owner of a nightclub in Buffalo, N.Y., Sucharski was arrested on cocaine and weapons charges.
Sucharski ''had a lot of friends and a lot of contacts,'' said Chuck Febro, Miramar's deputy police chief at the time. ``And he definitely had some enemies.''
If Sucharski had enemies, Blatch said, it was because of jealousy. The club owner's life was all about women, music, partying and making money.
''It's just a damned shame he is dead,'' Blatch said.