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Last week the body of missing Winthrop man Joey Brancato was found off of I-95 in Canton:
5 Investigates has learned that a body discovered in a wooded area next to Interstate 95 southbound on Wednesday has been identified as Joey Brancato, a Marine recruit missing since late last year. Brancato’s family was notified Thursday of the positive identification.
“My heart is broken,” said his mother, Kim LeBaron-Brancato. “I don’t know how I’ll go on without him. He was a good kid. He wanted to be a Marine. That’s all he wanted to do. He wanted to fight for his country but instead he’s found dead on the side of a road.”
Joey Brancato was reported missing on November 18. Our Facebook pagewas reported missing on November 28. People had been messaging that page for a week telling us to look into a recruiter named Frank Lipka. We lost all these messages when the page went down, but it was firmly on our radar. We honestly forgot about it until the news broke this week that Mr. Brancato was in fact deceased.
This is Marine recruiter and veteran Frank Lipka:
And he is a psychopath who recruited Joey back in September. As you can see from Frank’s Facebook page, he has been recruiting Boston area kids like Brancato for a while now. He has many videos and pictures of them lifting weights in what appears to be his basement.
There and Planet Fitness:
Hey kids – if someone tells you that they wanna life weights with you, and then they bring you to Planet Fitness, find a new instructor. And whatever you do, do NOT go to his basement.
Unfortunately Joey Brancato wanted to be a Marine so badly, and this guy was the recruiter from the neighborhood. Joey had twice been rejected and thus was lured by Lipka into his house in September, and was told that he would help get Joey into shape. Joey Brancato was reported missing on November 18.
Also in September Frank Lipka was involved in an insane encounter with the pizza delivery boy of all people:
Lipka, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was released from military custody on March 21 and “separated” from the Marines by the end of the month, the Boston Herald reports. He was then arrested at Logan International Airport the week of his release for allegedly threatening a pizza deliveryman with a gun last September. The pizza delivery driver told police he was standing at Lipka’s door in September when he heard the recruiter yell “I can’t stand this guy anymore!” and “the distinct sound of a gun slide being racked,” the Globe reports.
He told police he apologized to Lipka for being late when he opened the door and saw what appeared to be a gun on the staircase, according to the Globe. Lipka allegedly yelled at the driver about not paying the bill before eventually signing the receipt. Lipka later went to the pizza shop where he screamed at employees about missing sauces and challenged a worker to a fight, authorities said. According to the Globe, police executing a search warrant of Lipka’s home on Dec. 2 found dozens of airsoft and replica guns, as well as five cartridges of .40 caliber ammunition in a firearm magazine.
“I can’t stand this guy anymore.” It’s unclear if he was referring to Joey Brancato, who had recently moved in with him, or the pizza delivery boy, who he had not yet met. Either way, the fact that he was racking his gun slide seems to indicate that we’re dealing with a lunatic here. He wasn’t going door to door looking for ISIS, he ordered a freaking pizza. What reason could someone possibly have to do that in their house? Did he think the pizza delivery guy was there to rob him?
Then this nutjob goes back to the pizza place, yells at them about missing sauces, and tries to fight some minimum wage worker. Yea, clearly this guy is a killer. I mean, what more do you need to see?
But wait, there’s more:
According to WCVB, the 39-year-old Marine recruiter who Brancato had been training and living with was charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage related to a Jan. 27 single-car crash on the Jamaicaway in Boston.
DUI on January 27, long after he killed Brancato. Then in February…..
A month later, Lipka was taken into military custody in South Carolina on charges that authorities said were unrelated to the Winthrop native’s disappearance. The Globe reported that Lipka, who was the sole recruiter at the Roslindale office where Brancato’s application was processed, was held on charges related to drunken driving, an altercation with two Marines in his unit, and an absence without authorization from work.
Another DUI and an “altercation” with two Marines in his unit. Because that’s what psychopaths do – they get into “altercations” with everyone they encounter. Poor Joey Brancato didn’t stand a chance against this armed and trained killing machine.
The Marines cut ties with him shortly thereafter. Because he’s an animal.
He’s also a douche canoe going through a Gaffney-esque mid-life crisis, who thinks he’s hot shit because he drives around in a flaming red sportsmobile:
Which was likely part of his sinister luring plan. “Join the Marines and be awesome and drive around in nice cars like me. Pizza delivery boys everywhere no better than to forget our hot sauce!!”
According to him there were “good kids” out in the Boston area:
So good he decided to kill one of them.
I’m sure the cops are solely focused on him at this point as the killer, and the second DA Conley determines there’s enough evidence to move forward with prosecution for murder, they’ll arrest him for murder. They’ve got a lot already:
- Lipka lived with Brancato
- The body was found on I-95 in Canton, very close to where they lived in the Roslindale/West Roxbury area
- Lipka had tons of weapons
- Lipka is a loose cannon with severe anger issues who frequently got into “altercations” with people who looked at him the wrong way
- Lipka never called the police to report that the kid who moved in with him was missing
At this point they know it’s him, it’s just a matter of proving it. I’m not a detective, but I watch a lot of Dateline, so I think I know what I’m talking about. First they go through Lipka’s cell phone. They find every call, text, email, and Facebook message he made. They might be getting a judge to force Facebook to give them access to his account right now (it happened with the Sterling CT murder last year) which takes 2-3 weeks. They find messages that implicate him for guilt. They determine when Brancato was killed, then they work with Lipka’s cell phone carrier to find all the places his cell phone pinged on the night in question. They go to all the gas stations and businesses he drove by, they pull videos, they get images of him with Brancato, then they get images without Brancato.
Anyway, like I said a whole bunch of turtle riders messaged us about this back when we had our Facebook page, but that’s died down a lot since people can’t find us anymore. So if you’re out there and you have some info you’d like to share with us then hit us up with an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow and message us at Clarence Woods Emerson (my personal Facebook page).