What The Hell?? Woman Dies After Husband Beats Her For Not Paying The Cable Bill

- By Bossip Staff


A Staten Island woman died a day after her husband beat her for not paying for cable TV while he was hospitalized over Thanksgiving, law enforcement sources said. Blanche Scala, 59, died on Nov. 27 after her husband, Thomas Scala, 57, attacked her inside their New Dorp Beach home when he came home from the hospital, the sources said.

The husband, who was just released from another 3-month hospital stay on Thursday, was charged with assault and criminal mischief for the alleged attack – but could face a murder rap once the case goes before a grand jury, sources said. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide due to blunt impact trauma to the head.

Scala, who has a long history of health issues, was angry at his wife for not visiting him at the hospital and because she refused to pay for premium cable channels during his stay, sources said. “Things escalate,” a source said. “Things get thrown.”

Investigators believe one of the objects was an ashtray that caught his wife in the head. The woman hurriedly packed her clothes into a cart and tried to escape the Finley Ave. home, but the enraged husband doused them with rubbing alcohol and used hairspray to set them ablaze, sources said. She burned her hands putting out the flames.

The wife was treated for the injuries at Staten Island University Hospital and took shelter at a friend’s house. Her husband found her at the home and began harassing the woman before cops were called and he left, sources said. As the shaken wife tried to go to sleep that night, she complained to her friend of nausea and headaches, sources said.

The friend found her on a couch the next morning not breathing. She was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, but couldn’t be saved. Autopsy results showed she died as the result of the bleeding of an existing subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain. Investigators learned that Scala hit the woman just a week before on Nov. 19, sources said. Detectives believe the ashtray she was hit with just before she died struck the same injury and caused her death.

Scala has admitted to family members that he had hit his wife, sources said. He was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment on Friday.

Wow, this story is crraaazzzyy. R.I.P.


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  • CAN AM

    Maybe he was in a mental hospital.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Sounds like justifiable homicide to me. Hell, y’all ever tried livin’ off regular local tv programmin’ or basic cable? That shyt is unacceptable. Sorry, but the bytch had it comin’. :mrgreen:

  • if anything be noble

    Show of hands of who thinks it was the cable bill.

  • The Beautiful One

    *Blank stare* smdh

  • clarkthink

    Yeah,…..If I miss The Real Housewives of Atlanta I’m kill everybody in the house!!…..and don’t let me can’t find my remote….oh it’s on!!

  • Ktradez

    Not April November.. Lol but either way a long time ago.

  • Real Real Talk groupie!

    Wow Real Real Talk. This is sad so please don’t make me laugh!

  • Mabel

    This is beyond sad. R.I.P my dear. I wonder how much more she had to endure all those years of marriage.

    • rene

      This is sooooo sooooo sad and people are making jokes. How would these NON empathy people like it if this happened to their Mom or sister or daughter ?

  • stan

    as quiet as its kept….. a white women shared a story w/ my sister and told her that that her husband runs/rules that budget and once she strayed and brought a dress and he found out and damn near beat her to death. its alot of this stuff that goes on in the suburbs thats kept under the rug. note; to bill maher.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yes, but unlike the Middle East, this Suburbanite you referenced had the option to further her education, thus ensuring her independence financially and socially…She’s in this position cuz she brought into that antiquated JUNE CLEAVER STAY AT HOME WIFE AND LET THE MAN TAKE CARE OF HER mantra…Not to say I don’t sympathize with her, but in this country, she did/does have options.

  • if anything be noble

    Yep Mabel. And please forgive me if I seemed flippant about this. I was trying to say what you said that this wasn’t about the bill. There were probably years of abuse in degrees… until she died.

  • freckled one...

    Lmao @Clarkthink. I don’t play bout my remote! On a serious note, this cat was crazy. Like somebody said above, maybe it was a mental hospital… No excuses though. RIP

  • G.M.

    at least this is a married couple that made it till death did them part…that’s a plus right??? lol

  • Hispanoila Brotherhood

    Not surprised this happened in SI. That’s where New York’s garbage goes. And I’m not talking about the garbage dumped in the landfill.

  • 7lady

    I don’t find none of the sh*t y’all sayn funny! This lady lost her life to domestic abuse! Have some respect! Damn

    • DivisionAvenue

      co-sign some of these posters are very insensitive

  • SimplePleasures

    What a sad story! And why was he released? He MURDERED his wife! Shouldn’t he be locked up somewhere???

    • MyReason

      Because she died the day after their fight from a pre existing condition that may have been caused by previous abuse from him, but they haven’t proven that yet. If anything, he may eventually be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  • aboveitall

    This don’t sound like it was about a cable bill. There is more to this story. He probably thought she had a man while he was in the hospital.

  • Laura

    My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———-RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
    Because she died the day after their fight from a pre existing condition that may have been caused by previous abuse from him, but they haven’t proven that yet. If anything, he may eventually be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

  • Sharock1

    I meant the cablevision bill

  • Smart Brother

    Very sad….they should lock him up and throw away the key.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983...Bossip is f*cking with me today :( :(

    But why was he R.O.R’ed? He didn’t even have a bail set. I hope this n*gga don’t up and disappear. This is some straight bull shyt.

  • Got that Right

    Lock him up and throw away the remote!!

  • Illuminate Truth "I'd rather die as a lion than live as a lamb"

    Oh $h!t, that reminds me…

    *grabbing debit card, opening up new tab, pulling up cable company website and paying my bill*

  • gigglgal215

    Why was this fool released on his own recognisance?

  • Lisa

    Not a single part of this is funny! Reading this story made me sick but you people laughing made me even sicker! She was a wonderful woman who would have done anything for anyone including you fools! May she finally get to rest in peace away from that animal! And may he rot in jail and then onto hell!!! RIP Blanche. You are truly missed…

  • http://www.twitter.com/biscuitmd denne

    interesting… did the hospital do any scans for her head injury? I know they said the hematoma was ‘existing’ but that doesn’t necessarily mean it had been diagnosed prior to autopsy. might be grounds for a wrongful death suit.

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