Private investigator Jack Palladino, who often investigated celebrities, died after being brutally attacked by robbers. Before he died he managed to film his attackers who took his camera.
The private investigator suffered a head injury after being attacked by criminals who robbed a house in his neighborhood. Palladino filmed them, and they beat him and took his camera, but they later found them. Photos he took before the assailants fled were used by police to find the suspects. The detective himself spent several days in a coma and died in a San Francisco hospital. He was 76 years old.
His clients ranged from presidents and corporate whistleblowers to scandal-ridden celebrities, Hollywood moguls and sometimes suspected drug dealers. His cases have included the Jonestown mass suicides and several high-profile political scandals. He was hired by Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign to end allegations of sexual misconduct.
He was also an investigator for the family of a 14-year-old boy who won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Michael Jackson after he accused the artist of harassment. Palladino also revealed Big Tobacco’s deliberate campaign to smear a former Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. executive. Palladino also played himself in the 1999 film “The Insider” about the case.