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Here’s a pretty disturbing story out of Fairhaven:
This blew my mind when I first read it. I used to live near there and have seen this store on Route 6 many times. I thought there had to be more to this. Who would keep the name of a man who murdered his wife on their business? And this business sells accessories and clothing to law enforcement and other first responders? Couldn’t be possible.
But it was. I took a ride on the Google machine and I found that Heidi’s mother (also named Heidi) is the local coordinator for a group called Parents of Murdered Children. Here’s her daughter’s bio on their website:
She was one of five children, and the only girl in the family. She had been wed to Mike Padeiro for 19 months, and although she had a love for children they had no kids together. Heidi confided in her mother that Mike was controlling and wouldn’t let her hang out with her friends. According to Mom she was planning to divorce him, and he had told people that if she did try to leave him he would kill her. “I will give myself a present nobody will ever forget.”
On his birthday he shot her in the back as she was getting ready for work, then shot her again 15 minutes later before gutlessly taking his own life. So everything in her brother’s post checks out.
I just can’t wrap my head around how you wouldn’t change the name of your store. If Uncle Turtleboy killed someone and I had carry on this blog I’d probably rename it, since even the brand’s name would be associated with something terrible. But to have the actual business bare this chud’s name is so tone deaf I can’t even fathom how they’d keep it up.
Even more disturbing is what’s on Mike and Wayne’s website:
Da fuq? He “passed away in 1989?” He didn’t just pass away, he killed himself because he couldn’t face the music for what he had done. His partner Wayne Oliveira is a Fairhaven firefighter/paramedic, and although I have nothing but respect for the work that first responders do, and I’m sure he’s saved a lot of lives in his career, this is intentionally misleading. The fact that this place sells accessories and clothing for first responders makes it sound like Mike Padeiro died tragically, through no fault of his own, possibly because of a work related issue. I know it doesn’t outright say that, but to the casual observer that’s certainly the impression I would get from it.
Heidi’s mother commented on the post and says that he was never a Dartmouth Police Officer either:
Being as I have a natural respect for first responders I was willing to give Wayne the benefit of the doubt. I’ve reached out to him on both his personal Facebook page and Mike and Wayne’s Facebook page, but have not heard back. However, Heidi’s brother Mark has attempted to respectfully reach out to Wayne about this issue before posting on Facebook about it, and his concerns were dismissed.
How is the name “Mike” so offensive? Oh I dunno, maybe because Mike murdered his sister? That might have something to do with it.
As you can see from the rest of the letter that he sent to Wayne certified mail he couldn’t have possibly been more polite, respectful, and professional.
He couldn’t have written that any better. He acknowledges that Wayne lost a friend in this too, even though that friend murdered his sister. He pleads with him about how much his family still hurts from this tragedy, and how the name of his store still opens these wounds nearly 30 years later.
And in return for his polite tone this happened:
What a douche donkey. A bully? How tone deaf can you be? You ignored his respectful letter, and continue to intentionally cause this family pain. Now you’re mad because he had the audacity to exercise free speech on his Facebook page? How bout you just make it right and then there won’t be a need for him to post on Facebook? You can call your business Wayne’s. What’s wrong with that? Instead you insist on almost memorializing a murderer. It’s pretty sick.
The worst part about this is how police and other first responders shop at this place. I have a feeling most who do have no idea who it’s named after, since it’s been 30 years and a lot of first responders weren’t even born when this happened. But they have a right to know, since Wayne won’t is being intentionally dishonest on his website. You can do what you want with your money, and we don’t really organize boycotts or anything like that. But as for me, I’ll be getting my Steve Levine handcuffs elsewhere.