Luis Rosado charged with murdering wife Jillian Tatro

Jillian Tatro Rosado appears in a photo provided by WNYT-TV.

Jillian Tatro Rosado appears in a photo provided by WNYT-TV.

A western Massachusetts man who allegedly threatened to kill his wife if she ever left him has now been charged with her murder. The two have been married for less than a year and relatives say there are serious warning signs.

Luis Angel Rosado49, was arrested Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at a home on Fenn Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, based on a warrant issued Tuesday, according to the Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harington. Berkshire County is located in western Massachusetts near Albany, NY. A Pittsfield Police Department activity log lists the address where the arrest took place as 458 Fenn Street; Rosado’s home address was listed as 562 Notch Road in rural Cheshire, Massachusetts.

Luis Rosado appears in a photo provided by WNYT-TV.

Luis Rosado appears in a photo provided by WNYT-TV.

The arrest came afterwards Jillian (Tatro) Rosado, 38, whom authorities also listed as having an address in Cheshire, was found dead at a home in North Adams on Sunday. An 911 call at 7:54 p.m. led officers to a home at 46 Charles Street. Prosecutors said an autopsy later found the woman died of “multiple stab wounds.” Other documents reportedly indicate that the victim was also beaten.

North Adams is a small town in the northern Berkshire mountains near the confluence of the Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont borders. The wealth generated by nearby Williams College and the MASS MoCA, a contemporary art museum built in a stereotypical brick New England industrial complex in downtown North Adams, clashes significantly with the run-down homes and tenements , once inhabited by the area’s mill and railroad workers. It’s a city struggling to gain an economic footing in the post-industrial economy typical of the region.

The rosados ​​had been together as a couple in that setting for six months and married for just five months, prosecutors confirmed.

The victim’s sister Kelly Gancarz SiperogluAlbany, New York NBC affiliate WNYT told the court that she would like the public to remember her sister as Jillian Tatro, her name before marriage.

According to WNYT’s report, Siperoglu said the family “knew” that Tatro Rosado was “abused” and “feared for her life.”

A special conversation with her sister follows Siperoglu.

“She really thought I was joking, and she kept telling me, ‘I got that, I got that,’ and I said, ‘No, you really didn’t get that, he is have this and she just don’t get it,” Siperoglu said while struggling to hold back tears.

The alleged murder likely occurred the night before the victim’s body was found, according to witness testimonies and cell phone recordings cited by the county’s chief attorney.

“We know that days before the murder, a witness overheard Mr. Rosado telling his wife Jillian that he would kill her if she left him, and then on Saturday May 28 we have evidence that that the parties were together the night before this murder,” the prosecutor claimed. “And Ms Rosado’s mobile phone communications were cut off during the time the parties were together. Then witnesses brought the two together the night before Ms. Rosado was murdered.”

The name "Tatro" appeared on a mailbox outside the North Adams, Massachusetts home where Jillian (Tatro) Rosado was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband. (Image via WNYT-TV Screengrab.)

The name “Tatro” appeared on a mailbox outside the North Adams, Mass. home where Jillian (Tatro) Rosado was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband. (Image via WNYT-TV Screengrab.)

That Berkshire Eagle reported that Tatro Rosado was actually “trying to get out of the relationship when Rosado allegedly stabbed her in her second floor apartment.”

The victim’s friends provided copies of Tatro Rosado’s recent text messages Eagle reporter Amanda Burke.

Those messages expressed, according to Burke’s account, that the victim “had reached her breaking point in her relationship with Rosado and had him removed from her home.”

That text message reportedly came on May 27. Tatro Rosado was dead the next day.

Kristen McLainthe friend to whom the texts were sent reportedly said she saw Tatro Rosado trying to cover a black eye with makeup.

Prosecutors said both the victim and the defendant were staying at the Charles Street residence — an apartment in a two-story house on a narrow cul-de-sac west of the city — where Tatro Rosado was found dead, but they also said the couple kept also “other apartments”.

The small town of North Adams, Mass. nestles in the Berkshire Mountains. It is seen here from a vantage point on Route 2 to the west. (Image via Aaron Keller/Law&Crime.)

The small town of North Adams, Mass. nestles in the Berkshire Mountains. It is seen here at sunset from a vantage point on Route 2 to the west. (Image via Aaron Keller/Law&Crime.)

Prosecutors also said Luis Rosado had been “successfully” charged in the past with domestic violence involving another victim. According to a November 2020 news release from the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, in late October 2020 the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of assault and assault against a household member and to individual counts of strangulation, theft from a person and violation of a protective order. He was sentenced to one year in the Berkshire County House of Correction and then 18 months probation. The prosecutor’s office asked for an 18-month prison sentence; Judge PaulSmith agreed with the defense attorneys and granted a reduced prison sentence.

The 2020 press release also said the victim of the earlier incident refused to testify, but prosecutors pushed ahead anyway, using medical evidence and phone calls made by the defendant behind bars. Those calls, according to the press release, proved that the defendant was “trying to persuade the victim not to participate in the proceedings.”

Prosecutors said the defendant’s history of strangulation was worrying and that their office would investigate the “history” of the defendant and the murder victim.

That’s because, as prosecutors confirmed, police arrested Tatro Rosado – the murder victim – earlier this year on alleged abuse of her alleged killer.

“Perpetrators of domestic violence can be very manipulative and very adept at manipulating legal systems to continue their abuse, and sometimes that involves filing criminal charges against their victim,” the prosecutor said. “That, as I said, is an issue where we would have to deal with the facts in the circumstances of these cases.”

Prosecutors then referred to the defendants’ background when asked for more information by reporters who gathered around them at a press conference.

“Once a person strangles their domestic or intimate partner, the likelihood that that partner will be murdered increases by 750%,” prosecutors said, citing abuse statistics.

Prosecutors also said they could not comment on Rosado’s whereabouts between the time of the murder and his arrest.

Court records reviewed by Law&Crime indicate Rosado was also sued by a landlord in Pittsfield District Court in 2019. This lawsuit resulted in a verdict against Rosado for renting and owning a property. The court record lists the total judgment against Rosado as $2,483.

The prosecutor did not say who called 911 to report the victim was dead.

The defendant was charged in Central Berkshire District Court because there was no judge in North Adams on Thursday, prosecutors said.

WNYT reported that Rosado was being held without bail.

Siperoglu told WNYT that she wants to know exactly how her sister died.

“I want to know what he did to her,” Siperoglu said in court. “I want to know if my sister cried, if my sister cried – who was she criing for?”

“She’s my dad’s baby, he has four kids, she’s the baby, and now she’s gone,” Siperoglu added.

The Rosados ​​had no children together, the prosecutor stated.

Friends and relatives remembered the victim as a nature lover and avid horseback rider who loved her two children and grandchild.

That Eagle reported, and prosecutors also pointed out that most of the court files in the case are currently sealed.

[Images of Luis Rosado and Jillian Tatro Rosado via Facebook]

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